SUWANEE, Ga. — Top class of 2015 recruit Jaylen Brown made some more summer highlights Wednesday night, this time while UK assistant coach John Robic was watching.
The 6-foot-7 wing from Georgia played in front of a home-state crowd for the first time since wrapping up his junior season of high school. He’s been to tournaments all over the country — and played against international competition in Italy — over the past few weeks.
He’s also put his name in the discussion for No. 1 player in the class with the type of high-energy, high-flying displays he showcased Wednesday.
Brown doesn’t think there’s any debate over the top spot.
“I feel like I have a lot of stuff to work on, but in my eyes, there’s no one better,” he said. “There’s a lot of good guys that I give a lot of respect to. But I still don’t feel like they can do what I can do on the floor.”
He mentioned Louisiana State commitment Ben Simmons as his nearest competition.
“I feel like if anyone is on my level, it’s him,” he said.
Brown earned a scholarship offer from Kentucky earlier this spring, and he said Wednesday that he’ll start taking visits in the next few weeks.
He’s planning an unofficial visit to UCLA around an Adidas event in Los Angeles early next month. He also wants to take official visits to Kentucky and Kansas, and those will likely happen sometime in August or September.
Brown reiterated that the recruiting process is wearing on him. To alleviate some of the inquiries, he’ll cut his list of schools to a manageable number by the end of the summer. He plans to trim that list to three schools by the beginning of his senior season and then start thinking about a college decision, which could come in time for the early signing period in November.
UK Coach John Calipari was expected to watch him play Thursday.
“Coach Cal – great coach, great guy,” Brown said. “He always has a lot of things to say when he watches me play; stuff I need to do to get better. He talks about what it’s like about up there at Kentucky. It’s just a great basketball environment.”
Brown specifically mentioned UCLA, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Ohio State, Kansas, Florida and Arizona as the schools he is interested in.
Scout.com ranks Brown as the No. 4 overall prospect in 2015.