Status: UK target
Power forward | 6-9 | 195
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Brown exited the early signing period as one of a handful of uncommitted five-star players and Kentucky’s top-ranked target left on the board in the 2020 class.
The highly athletic, high-upside forward has narrowed his recruiting list to Auburn, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Texas, his hometown school and the alma mater of his father, who was once a football standout with the Longhorns.
Texas goes into the winter as the presumptive favorite in Brown’s recruitment, and the buzz in recruiting circles is that Kentucky and Memphis would be the next two in line. The Longhorns’ chances with Brown could in part depend on their 2019-20 season under Coach Shaka Smart, who came to Austin with high expectations but has a total of zero NCAA Tournament wins in four seasons so far at Texas.
It’s also worth noting that Brown’s father told the Herald-Leader this fall that the local pressure for his son to pick the hometown school wouldn’t matter in his recruitment.
“We’re more interested in what’s going to best for Greg,” Brown II said. “I could give less than a damn what’s best for anybody else. What’s best for my son to be able to develop and get to where he is trying to get to? We’re making our decision based off of that.”
Brown averaged 18.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while proving himself as a capable shot-blocker during the Nike EYBL season in the spring and summer.
“He’s going to be someone that defends the ‘3’, ‘4’, and ‘5’. And he’s going to be someone that causes havoc whenever the game speeds up. Now, when it slows down, that’s the question mark. … Because he’s so good — he’s the best of the best — whenever the game speeds up. But how good can he be when the game slows down? And that’s why it might behoove him to find an up-and-down system, and a place that’s going to develop his ball skills further and his jump shot further.”
-Recruiting analyst Corey Evans