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Jaylen Brown is the Real Deal…Go Get Him Calipari


I have seen the future of the Kentucky basketball athlete…and the future is Jaylen Brown. For the first time tonight, I saw 2015 recruit Jaylen Brown play, and I believe Brown is the best perimeter athlete UK could get since John Wall. His explosiveness is amazing. He has an unbelievably quick first step and his ability to leap to the rim and throw down with power is as good as I have seen. Jaylen Brown is the type of player that when you watch, you get excited….not for what he is (although he is immensely talented) but for what he can become. He has athleticism that made one college coach look at me and shake his head and go “wooooooo boy, now he is something.” There is plenty for Brown to work on with his game (he isn’t a great ball handler, makes the occasional poor decision and his mid-range game needs work). But with his ability to dominate with athleticism, steady outside shot and explosive rise to the basket, he will be a star and the perfect Calipari player.

The last trait is the one that I couldn’t stop focusing on Thursday night. If you were to draw up a perfect wing player for Calipari, you would get Jaylen Brown. He is an explosive leaper like MKG, long like Liggins and has a decent outside shot like Darius. He plays look effortless on the court and in a Calipari system where he would get penetration lanes (and foul calls which don’t happen in these AAU “Showcase” events) that would make him unguardable. I imagine Calipari salivates at the thought of him in a Kentucky uniform, which is why he is such a priority

After the game, I spoke to Brown and he said that while he has a number of schools, he is hoping to narrow it to three by the time his the fall rolls around. He is visiting UCLA unofficially in August and then plans on taking official visits to Kentucky and Kansas in August/September. Those three schools, plus home state Georgia and Georgia Tech seem to be the early leaders. When asked about Kentucky, Brown says, “Kentucky I like because of Coach Cal. He is a great guy. He always has a lot of things to say to me about my game because he watches me play. At Kentucky it is a great basketball environment.”

While he likes everything he has seen from Kentucky, Brown also notes that many people don’t want him to go to UK and that others trash the program. He said that coaches of other teams note that UK could have too many players, an issue that he is following because it is important to him. “I am a guy that wants to work for everything I get but I want to play right away,” Brown said, “I don’t want to have to sit my first year.”

But while he understands the questions about the roster, the negativity he hears about UK goes beyond that. And Brown wants to correct them. “There are a lot of misconceptions about Kentucky as well, about things they do and how they work. They say those boys out there don’t go to school, they don’t go to class, all they care about is basketball, they don’t care about education. But that’s not true. They are just like the rest of the teams in college.” When I asked if he hears more negative about Kentucky than other places, he said, “It is absolutely more about Kentucky than other schools. Some people just don’t like Kentucky. They say, I don’t like that place, they are shady.” He says however he isn’t worried about such comments because, “I know what they aren’t true”

One thing he does believe is that he is the best player in America. When asked if he sees himself as the most talented high school player, he replied, “Absolutely. I feel like I have a lot of stuff to work on still but in my eyes, there is no one better. There are a lot of good guys that I give a lot of respect to, but I don’t feel like they can do what I can do on the floor.”

After watching him, I think he may be right. Ben Simmons is the best player in the land and Malik Newman has out of this world talent. But when it comes to athleticism and the “Wow” factor, give me Brown. He could be special in Lexington.

Article written by Matt Jones

10 Comments for Jaylen Brown is the Real Deal…Go Get Him Calipari

  1. DH
    10:38 pm July 16, 2014 Permalink

    If he believes he is the best player in the country this year (in high school), then who does he believe he would have to sit behind his freshman year at Kentucky? I just don’t understand how opposing coaches can suddenly make this argument against Kentucky. I think it’s safe to say that the Harrison twins will be two and toodle doo. So does Malik Newman think he will have to back up Tyler Eulis?

  2. Anne
    10:38 pm July 16, 2014 Permalink

    Does anyone (including you Matt Jones) that both college basketball coaches and the national media trash the Kentucky program every chance they get? They have hated Kentucky for more than 20 years…

  3. Catlogic15
    10:51 pm July 16, 2014 Permalink

    Sounds like opposing coaches are going into the gutter now to recruit against us. “Shady?”. Ha.

    Bring it.

  4. Brian
    10:56 pm July 16, 2014 Permalink

    Hmmmm? Go and play at a school where, “You don’t have to go to class,” That has the best NBA draft record in recent years. Yeah, that will definitely discourage an NBA hopeful from attending your rival university. Whether true or not, that doesn’t make much sense.

    Your counter being, “Yeah come to our school where you have to attend classes religiously for the 2/3rds of the year you’ll be there.”

    That’s brilliant.

  5. Andrew
    11:00 pm July 16, 2014 Permalink

    Hilarious that UK was slammed for getting players to the league after one year or that the players decided to leave after only one year. Now the program is getting slammed because they have had – in reality – one year in which a majority of the players have decided to come back for an additional year. These opposing coaches are some fart smellers, uh uh I mean smart fellers. What a joke. Like the first poster said – if Brown feels that he is the best player in his class, then who exactly would he be sitting behind next year at Kentucky? Listen to the guy who gets players to the NBA Jaylen – he’s pretty damn good at it.

  6. DH
    11:04 pm July 16, 2014 Permalink

    Brown, Diallo and Maker, if he moves up to the ’15 class, are elite level talents. If Drew and Ryan turn out to be right about Cal leaving after next season then we would be better served to surround those three with next level type guys just in case.

  7. UKBlue
    12:19 am July 17, 2014 Permalink

    Al McGuire said it best about UK: They had it before you, they had it during you, they’ll have it when you’re gone. What else are college coaches supposed to say when they know UK has: the lodge, the Craft Center, the players suite at Rupp, Cal putting kids in the NBA like we’re in the Express Lane, our history & tradition, along with the BBN being the most powerful fan base. The choices are either give up or talk smack.

  8. Dejjy Odabas
    1:11 am July 17, 2014 Permalink

    1 – Malik Newman 2/3 – Jaylen Brown 3/4 – Carlton Bragg 4 – Ivan Rabb and/or Cheick Diallo 5 – Diamond Stone. Man I wish we could get the best players at each position in this class or at least 3-4 of them, but seriously I don’t think it’s impossible Cal can’t get them all. Jaylen Brown is an absolute must because we never had a wing that was a dominant, explosive scorer since Cal’s reign here.

  9. markky
    9:06 am July 17, 2014 Permalink

    this kid reminds me of Stanley Johnson! very talented.

  10. freetobeme
    5:02 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    haters!!!!!!! all haters jealous.