Move over Nike and Under Armor, because UCLA has something better than you. Adidas? Two five-star basketball recruits, power forward Carlton Bragg and small forward Jaylen Brown, both said this weekend at the Adidas Nations camp in California that the Bruins’ association with the company is a major bonus for the school.
In the interview, Brown said it was less about the clothes and more about how the company treated them.
“Adidas very much looks out. They take care of me and my team and they talk to me about things. They make me feel welcome. I know a lot of the reps and a lot of the head guys. Definitely going to an adidas school, I definitely feel a lot more welcome and a lot more comfortable with that other than a Nike or Under Armour side just because I’m more comfortable with adidas. I’ve been playing on the circuit for two or three years now so it’s definitely good.”
Brown, who made his unofficial visit to UCLA today, has narrowed his list down to Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Alabama and plans on committing soon. Several non-adidas teams are in his top school list. Bragg has less to say when asked why UCLA was so high on his list, but adidas was one point he made.
“They’re adidas. It’s either adidas or Nike for me, and I’ve been with adidas all my life.”
It is shocking to think a player could make a commitment based solely on what type of affiliation they have with a shoe company, especially since 247 sports says UCLA is one of the lowest schools on Bragg’s list. Kansas and Kentucky are listed as his top schools, and only one of those schools is affiliated with Adidas.
I do have to wonder what they would have to say about Nike or Under Armor at one of their events.