Mar 302015
Jaylen Brown


Malik Newman




CHICAGO — Don’t expect a college decision from Jaylen Brown, Malik Newman or Stephen Zimmerman during McDonald’s All-American week.

All three players spoke to the Herald-Leader on Sunday night in Chicago, where they will take part in McDonald’s week festivities leading up to Wednesday night’s nationally televised all-star game.

Brown said he had “about a month” to go in his recruitment during one point in the conversation. He also said it was “fair to say” that he could wait until current college players announce their NBA intentions before making his own college choice.

If a decision comes before that, it seems unlikely to be Kentucky.

“If I choose a school within the next two weeks that I think I like the most, and they don’t have any NBA guys, then I won’t have to wait until whatever the NBA deadline is,” Brown said. “But, if I do, then I’ll probably wait.”

Brown is also considering California, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina and UCLA.

Zimmerman’s list still includes UK, Arizona, Kansas, UCLA and UNLV.

“I’m not going to try to rush it or anything,” he said. “I know I can only wait so long until I have to commit. But I’m taking my time.”

Zimmerman acknowledged that there’s a good chance he’ll wait to see which current players declare for the NBA Draft before announcing his choice.

Newman has not yet taken any of his five official visits, though he has been on unofficial visits to UK, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Louisiana State. Kansas and N.C. State are also on his list.

Like many of UK’s uncommitted targets, Newman will participate in the McDonald’s Game (April 1), the Nike Hoop Summit (April 11) and the Jordan Brand Classic (April 17). He also said he doesn’t have a firm timetable for a decision.

“I’m trying to put one together,” Newman said. “April was really the month that I was hoping to go out and look at some schools. I’m going to try to squeeze a few in, but I don’t really know yet.”


  4 Responses to “Three of Kentucky’s biggest basketball targets talk about timetables for their college decisions”

  1. Ben, when is the deadline for committing to the NBA? It’s central to this story but is missing.

    Liked your story on the evolution of Karl Anthony Towns. Funny and insightful.


  2. Newman previously has said (on this site) that he and Diamond Stone were a package deal. Terps still have 3 slots open, so happy to have him too.

  3. Thanks, Barry.

    April 26 is the early entry deadline.


  4. Sounds like none of these guys are interested in risking a “platoon” system when they get to college, but if this team wins it all there would be little point in any of the starting five returning as far as further accolades are concerned.

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