PGU has learned from sources close to the Jabari Brown recruitment that he is inching closer to making a college decision.
Brown, a 6'3" 200 lb shooting guard out of Oakland, CA, is reportedly leaning toward ASU. The Sun Devils made up ground rapidly in Brown's recruitment, and are now believed to be the odds on leader to land the elite guard's services.
Long thought to be Washington's to lose, Brown cooled on the Huskies after Lorenzo Romar inexplicably filled his spot by taking local product Hikeem Stewart. With elite 2011 point guard Anthony Wroten Jr on the verge of a commitment to Washington, Brown might have felt that Romar did not have room for him in Seattle and thus warmed up to other schools.
UConn, the other big player in the Brown recruitment, has developed a very good relationship with Brown. The coaching staff and their ability to develop pro players has appealed to Brown since the very beginning, but playing for legendary coach Jim Calhoun would require a cross country trip for the west coast kid.
Distance is a major factor for Brown, and the fact that ASU is closer to the west coast is a huge advantage for them. Brown is also considering Oregon, though Dana Altman's team is fully in rebuilding mode and likely won't be competitive any time soon in the Pac-10.
At ASU, though, Brown could be part of the school's best recruiting class ever. Former Arizona recruit Jahii Carson has already committed to the Sun Devils, so a Brown commitment could make ASU's 2011 class nationally relevant. Carson and Brown would join a sophomore Keala King, giving ASU a deadly backcourt rotation that could do major damage in the conference in 2011-12.
PointguardU watched every game the Oakland Soldiers played this summer and Brown's ability to draw contact and get to the line consistently was his greatest strength. It's arguable that he was the best player on the immensely talented Soldiers roster and clearly he was the most physically prepared player for the college level.
Brown is also considering Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets have less going for them than UConn and are still a cross country trip away. Luckily for ASU, it seems that the stars are lining up to land Brown. If the recruitment holds pace, we could see ASU land its second big time player in the 2011 class and give the Pac-10 a much needed boost in star power.
ASU coach Herb Sendek will meet with Brown for an in-home visit Tuesday night in Oakland, California.