Last night, 2020 five-star forward Greg Brown III shocked the world by including Kentucky in his final list of five schools left in contention.
While it’s no surprise that an elite prospect is interested in UK, the 6-foot-9 big man didn’t have a confirmed offer from the Wildcats and left them out of his top-ten back in February. During media opportunities at various recruiting events, Brown never even mentioned Kentucky as a realistic option, especially throughout this past AAU season.
Tonight, however, David Sisk of Rivals.com spoke with the high-flying athlete’s father and confirmed that Kentucky had, in fact, offered a scholarship after Peach Jam.
I just spoke with Greg Brown III’s father and he confirmed to me that his son does indeed have a Kentucky offer. He said it occurred in July and they have kept it quiet. I will have the full interview up on @KentuckyRivals this evening. @RowlandRIVALS
— David Sisk (@CoachDavidSisk) August 7, 2019
Sources close to the Kentucky basketball program told KSR last week that after keying in on their top guard targets – Jalen Green and Josh Christopher – and securing commitments from BJ Boston and Cam’Ron Fletcher, they were ready to shift their attention to the frontcourt in the class of 2020.
Now, it looks like Brown will become one of those top targets moving forward, joining the likes of Isaiah Todd and Lance Ware, among others.
While it’s fairly obvious that things have been almost completely quiet on the Brown-to-Kentucky front considering no one had any idea that an offer was even extended, sources tell KSR that both the UK coaching staff and Brown’s inner-circle have made a point to keeping their mutual interest as quiet as possible and that the shock value last night in including the Cats was by design. It should also be noted that another source told KSR this afternoon that top-three prospect Jalen Green is interested in playing with Brown in college, as well, which makes plenty of sense given UK’s recent spike in interest. Green is Kentucky’s top target in the class of 2020, after all.
247 Sports Director of Basketball Scouting Jerry Meyer loves Brown’s game, specifically when it comes to his elite athleticism:
“Long and freakily athletic. Runs like the wind. Needs to physically fill out. Terrific finisher in transition. Quick straight-line driver in half court. Jump shot progressing and has potential. Shot blocker with defensive versatility. Shaky ballhandler. Has tremendous upside that could place him in lottery at the draft.”
Check out some of his most recent highlights in this quick Overtime feature:
Come on down, Mr. Brown.