Boston Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown may end up being a popular man in neighboring Cambridge.
In an interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the former Cal Golden Bear endorsed the idea of Wendell Carter, who like Brown is a five-star recruit from the state of Georgia, choosing to attend Harvard next season.
“At the end of the day, basketball is basketball; you’ve got a whole life to live. So I said Harvard, I would love to see that,” Brown told the Globe. “I would love to see somebody coming from where I’m from [and] do that. If I could do it over again, I probably would have still went to [Cal] Berkeley but I would have at least considered Harvard because that’s a great school, that’s a great brand that’s attached to him, so I want him to do what’s best for him. But selfishly, I’d like to see him go to Harvard.’’
Carter is rated as the fifth overall recruit in the Class of 2017 by Rivals. Like Brown’s decision to attend Cal, academics is playing a big part in Carter’s recruitment. That’s why Harvard is a serious player for his services. The 6-foot-9 center even took an official visit to Harvard last month, where he was hosted by Zena Edosomwan. Four years ago, Edosomwan, a top-100 player at that time, spurned nearly forty scholarship offers to attend Harvard.
Edosomwan is going into his senior season at Harvard. If Carter were to choose the Crimson, it’s hard to believe he ever uses more than a single season of eligibility.
While it’s fun to envision a world where a one-and-done player comes from the Ivy League, it’s important to remember that Duke is still very much in the mix. Coach K has developed a recent history of pumping out one-and-done talent, and while it isn’t Harvard, it’s still a pretty damn good school.