After a stellar junior season, in which he led Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) to a runner-up finish in the state tournament averaging 20 points and five assists a game, Jaylen Brown began one of the most dominant AAU campaigns of the summer leading Game Elite (Ga.) with 26.1 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. His stellar play has college basketball heavyweights like Kansas, UCLA, Duke, Louisville and Kentucky, among many others, in hot pursuit. Brown has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to everyday life in a blog.
This is Jaylen and I’m back with you guys again for my third blog; I know it’s been a minute but I want to update everybody on what’s been going on with me.
This week I’ll be playing in the Elite 24 in New York and I’m really excited about it. I’ve never played in an environment like that where we’re outside and the crowd is really excited and in to the game. The outdoor game is a lot different from the indoor game; we won’t get too much of that outdoor ball in Atlanta, it’s too hot!
Of course everyone talks about the fans in New York so that’ll make it even more hype.
I haven’t played in New York since the seventh or eighth grade and that’s the last time that I’ve been there so I’m really excited about it.
I really want to sightsee and shop and everything like that; we’re in one of the greatest cities in the world!
I’m definitely ready to link back up with some of my boys from the AAU circuit at Elite 24 too; especially my guy Antonio Blakeney. That’s my dude; funny guy! This summer he came to chill with me for a few days after Peach Jam and we just cooled out. That’s my man!
I’ve definitely had a long summer traveling all over the world for basketball and I plan to get a few days off to rest, but after that it’s back to work for me. I’m trying to make my high school team the No. 1 team in the country when the season starts. I’ve already got my team preparing for it, and I’m gonna start with them soon so we can all be on the same page.
My teammates look to me as a leader because I’m one of the only returning seniors on the team so I make sure that our grades are good and we’re respectful around the school and that we’re working hard, which they don’t really have a choice on.
We want to achieve greatness so these are the things that we have to do now.
Right now, I’m probably looking at cutting my list to around eight schools. ESPN told me that I could do it on TV at the game, but I’m not sure about that. I’m going back and forth about it. I’m just not that guy to be on ESPN; I’m more the guy that stays low-key. That’s putting myself on front street and that’s just not me. I don’t know; we’ll see what happens, but the plan is to cut my list down to eight.
I know I talked about wanting to end my recruitment because I didn’t like everything that came with it, but I’ve started to realize even more the type of position that I’m in.
There’s no rush for me now. I’m gonna take my time because I’m focused on making the right decision for me.
None of the coaches have a problem with my timeline; they all say that if I want to come there my spot will be there.
It’s a blessing to be in this position, but it’s hard having so many great options that you don’t know where to go.
Try to imagine having nothing but great options where you can’t go wrong with any… It’s a hard decision.
I still don’t like to be on the phone with the coaches too much, so that hasn’t changed. My thing is, for the coaches, just text me when you have something to text me about. Don’t just hit me because you want to hear from me. I understand why you do it, but just have something interesting to text me about. Don’t just be like, “Whatcha up to?”
I think the coaches understand that about me now; I don’t think it’s crazy to want something interesting to talk about if we’re gonna talk on the phone.
Like recently I had a really interesting conversation with Coach Cal when he was coming from the ESPYS and he was telling me about the people he talked to like Russell Wilson and a lot of other stars. I thought that was cool; not a lot of college coaches are going to the ESPYS.
As for my visits, I know I’ll be taking officials to UCLA, Kansas and Kentucky.
OK guys, like I said in my last blog I’m really in to style and fashion so at the end of every blog I’m gonna give you guys a fashion tip to help you step your game up a little bit.
My tip for this blog is simple: Dress your age.
If you’re in your 30’s be careful when wearing something a teenager would wear; it can be a disaster if it’s not approached delicately.
OK everybody, again, this is Jaylen Brown; it’s coming down to the end of the summer and I’m exhausted! I definitely appreciate you guys tuning in while I started my blog this summer and stay tuned for more from me!
I’ll talk to you guys later.
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