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Greg Brown’s father thinks three schools lead, and Kentucky isn’t one of them

Photo: Jon Lopez, Nike

Photo: Jon Lopez, Nike

Kentucky will host the nation’s top uncommitted power forward this weekend, and it looks like John Calipari and his staff have some ground to make up.

Greg Brown III, a five-star prospect out of Austin, TX, is down to a final five of Auburn, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan, and Texas, with a decision expected to happen in the spring. While we wait for a final announcement, the 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward is in the process of taking his official visits before taking the next step.

And according to his father, the visits have made quite the impression on the consensus top-ten prospect, so much that he feels the three schools they have visited thus far – Texas, Auburn, and Memphis – are the leaders in his son’s recruitment.

“I think the three schools that we have visited so far are definitely high on our list,” Greg Brown Sr. told Christian Fowler of on his podcast, ‘Tigers in 20’. “… I will say that the three schools that we visited so far, man it’s a race between those three for sure.”

At the conclusion of each official visit, Brown Sr. has walked away feeling his son will ultimately wind up signing with that specific school.

“Every visit that we’ve been on, after the visit, I was like Greg’s probably going to this school,” Brown Sr. told Fowler. “So with that being said, after the Memphis visit, I was like, ‘Oh snap, Greg probably might be going to this school.’”

While Texas, Auburn, and Memphis made great impressions on their official visits, Brown Sr. said it will be the five-star forward’s decision at the end of the day.

And if it happens to be one of those three schools, Brown Sr. will be happy, as there isn’t a “bad choice in going to any of those three schools.”

“It’s ultimately going to be his decision,” Brown Sr. said. “The first three schools that we visited, I don’t think there’s a bad choice in going to any of those three schools. I do think each school has its advantages and maybe disadvantages to a certain degree.”

So where do the final two schools on his list stand, specifically regarding their scheduled official visits in the coming weeks?

Kentucky, who will get their chance with Brown this weekend when the Cats take on Alabama, and Michigan, a new addition to the list that will get an official on Feb. 7, both remain in the hunt. They’re looking forward to “[seeing] what happens” with both schools.

“We’re looking forward to this Kentucky visit this week to see what happens and how it goes and our Michigan visit as well,” the five-star forward’s father said. “… We’re just waiting until we can figure everything out. We’re going to wait until it plays out, I’m not in a rush, man. … We’re really just focused more on the season right now, but I think after all these visits we’ll have more of an idea.”

As Brown Sr. mentioned not only in the podcast, but multiple times in the past, the five-star forward is not going to make a decision for quite some time. At the end of the day, while they have enjoyed the official visit process, they don’t want to make a final decision out of short-term emotion.

“Being such a good player, it allows you to kind of take your time. We’re just going to take our time because we don’t want to make a bad decision,” Brown Sr. said. “Not necessarily that we can make a bad decision, but at the same time, we want to put Greg in a decision that people are saying he’s a top-10 guy. We want to see if we can put him in a place where people are talking about he’s a top-one, top-two, top-three kind of guy. That’s where our decision is right now.”

John Calipari and his staff have a strong track record of making up ground on official visits, and it looks like they’ll have to work their magic yet again when Brown makes his way to Lexington this weekend.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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17 Comments for Greg Brown’s father thinks three schools lead, and Kentucky isn’t one of them

  1. UKLugo
    1:30 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

    Well then, I like UKs position. Essentially we will be the last legit visit since Michigan has already signed two Todd and Dickerson. At the same time, I’m not in love with Big Brown’s quotes. Makes me wonder if this is a good fit. In Cal I Trust.

  2. mothandras
    2:14 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

    We keep missing on big guys.. not sure what happened.. but we get good guards like crazy.. too many.. but big men go elsewhere.

    • JoChan
      2:26 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah cause Cousins, Davis, Anthony-Towns, Randle, Cauley-Stein, Noel, Wiltjer, and Orton (all too prospects) all went elsewhere. That’s about 1 a year which is what you need.

    • mothandras
      2:41 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      Only Cousins and Davis really played out.. rest were Meh.

    • 4everUKBlue
      2:44 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      Huh? KAT, Randle and WCS didn’t play out? I want whatever you’re smoking mothman?

    • ClutchCargo
      3:35 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      4ever, I’m thinking you might want to stay away from what he’s smoking. 😉

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:03 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      You’re probably right Clutch, probably just some bad Jimson Weed, causes hallucinations I hear.

    • StuckinLville
      4:06 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      JoChan, look how many years ago that has been. Cal just hasn’t gotten the good big kids lately and that’s proven fact; just look at all the ones that passed up on UK last year alone. Mothandras, yeah you’re definitely smoking something if you don’t think a #1 pick and 2 top 10’s didn’t pan out. Noel was playing very well before he was injured.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:42 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      We know why he hasn’t gotten some of them, we don’t pay players to come here…unlike K and some of the others.

    • TonyMontana
      4:56 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      To be fair in 2015 we got Skal who was ranked #1 by some. In 2016, we got Bam. In 2017 we got Kevin Knox. In 2018 we got EJ Montgomery. These were all top 5, top 10 guys who we were very excited to get. Of course, they didnt become superstars but to say we’re missing on bigs is totally wrong. (Although the last class… we definitely missed)

      Hopefully Brown joins this class. I feel like 2020’s class will be one of our best and all it’s missing is that key big.

  3. 4everUKBlue
    2:56 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

    Why do all these players pick Texas? What has Shaka Smart done the all the talent he’s had? Lost in the first round in 2018, didn’t make the tournament in 2017, lost in the first round in 2016, lost in the first round in 2015. Should I go on?

  4. BobbyBlue
    3:25 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

    How is Big Brucies team in on so many top guys ?….I mean Auburn was/is a one season phenomenon,fueled by both good and bad breaks.
    Brucie is looking at looming NCAA charges, in the near future, regarding the FBI sting that reeled in (Chuck Person) his top recruiter and I believe charges will be filed against Brucie over lack of control and who knows what else.
    Still all these skilled kids seem to have Auburn on their top 5 list. humhh !
    As for Howard at UM,every basketball fan, over age 35, knows that he was involved in a huge recruiting scandal at
    University of Michigan when he and his team mates on the Fab 5 were proven to be inleligible due to taking money to sign and play at UM—No doubt he hasn’t forgotten how that works.
    Penny caught lightning in a bottle by using money,thinly veiled as just helping out,but in reality it was to secure loyalty from the James Wiseman family in order to recruit James.—that set it all in motion for his super recruiting haul,for this years team at Memphis–That and all the Fed-X help,that is available. That said,who knows what the future holds for Penny, except for a lock down of all the Memphis area athletes but the talent might not be there every year.
    Shaka has shown,year after year, that he was a one trick Pony,and has done nothing since.That being said,
    my bet would be on Texas,due to proximity.
    If anybody can do anything it’s Cal but it sure doesn/t look good.for the Cats.

    • 4everUKBlue
      4:44 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

      Texas will be a good home for him if he wants his year in college to include a first round exit, that is if they even make the tournament.

  5. Catlogic15
    4:27 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

    Seems whenever a recruits dad is interviewed and there is a lot of “we” and “our” said, Cal eventually backs off.

  6. BobbyBlue
    4:51 pm January 9, 2020 Permalink

    UK Logo
    Todd only commited to Michigan— he did not sign a LOI with Michigan and it is widely thought, that he will be playing overseas, next year,rather than going to College for a year.