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 247Sports.com 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.