The Jaylen Brown mystery: All-USA forward 'just a normal kid' amid the recruiting rumors

The Jaylen Brown mystery: All-USA forward 'just a normal kid' amid the recruiting rumors

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The Jaylen Brown mystery: All-USA forward 'just a normal kid' amid the recruiting rumors

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 ALL-USA basketball player Jaylen Brown of Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) took girls ALL-USA player Te'a Cooper of McEachern (Powder Springs) to the prom. (Photo: Twitter)


ALL-USA basketball player Jaylen Brown of Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) took girls ALL-USA player Te’a Cooper of McEachern (Powder Springs) to the prom. (Photo: Twitter)

It seems there’s a new rumor floating around every day about where American Family Insurance ALL-USA basketball player Jaylen Brown of Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) will be attending college.

Depending on whom you believe, Michigan, Cal, Kansas and Kentucky are all lead-pipe cinches. His list also includes North Carolina, UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

The thing is, Brown isn’t talking much, so until he makes his choice, the reports will continue to be just rumors.

A report this week from ESPN’s Paul Biancardi said Brown had cut his list down to Cal and Michigan and he was deciding between the two, citing “sources close to his family.”

Brown , a 6-7 wing ranked No. 4 overall by ESPN and No. 1 by Scout.com, refuted the report that he had trimmed his list with a simple “No” in a text message to SportsNet New York.

Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi referred to Brown’s recruitment as “the murkiest situation” among the elite uncommitted players. That is largely because Brown has “the most closely guarded decision process that is going right now,” Bossi said.

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For the past month, he’s been playing postseason basketball, including the McDonald’s All American Game in Chicago, followed by the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals in New York City, then the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., followed by the Jordan Brand Classic in New York. It was no surprise, then that he didn’t play in the last event because of a sore hip flexor, said Wheeler coach Doug Lipscomb.

“The fatigue factor is evident when you have kids like Ben Simmons who didn’t even go (to the Jordan Classic) and his coach was coaching,” Lipscomb said. “I don’t know what college (Brown) is going to. I don’t control any of that. I just want to make sure his focus is on school and enjoying being a senior in high school.”

At the McDonald’s All American Game, Brown told USA TODAY High School Sports, “I really haven’t had a chance to really stop and think. I’ve been on the go.”

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Somehow, amid all the basketball, he found time this spring to take girls ALL-USA player Te’a Cooper of McEachern (Powder Springs) to the prom.

“He’s just a normal kid,” Lipscomb said. “My concern is having him take care of everything he needs to take care of for school. I like seeing him walk around school and be happy.”

On the basketball court, once he finds his destination, what will that program get?

“This guy’s the best finisher in the class,” Biancardi said. “When he gets in the paint and at the rim, you can’t stop him. He can go over you, he can go around you.”

Contributing: USA TODAY High School Sports

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