Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOGSUWANEE, Ga. — Atlanta just keeps cranking out High School basketball stars. At the moment, Jaylen Brown has to be in the equation as one of the best.
Brown, 6-foot-7, 200-pound a sophomore combo guard out of Atlanta (Ga.) Wheeler High School, helped Game Elite with Daniel Giddens to a championship game showing, before losing to Upward Stars in the 17U division of the Nike Memorial Day Classic.
The long and athletic wing forward says that the hometown schools are going after him the hardest at the moment.
“Schools closer to home have been recruiting me the hardest,” Brown told SNY.tv. “Georgia, Georgia Tech, and the ACC schools mostly. The schools that farther away I haven’t heard as much from.”
Brown is ranked 17th in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com, and currently holds offers from Louisville, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
When he has to make a decision, he says he has a couple things that will convince him that he has made the right choice.
“I know it will be the right choice when I have my family behind me, my school behind me, and I know that the school I chose will get me to the next level,” said Brown.
One of the longest guards that you will see in high-school, Brown can beat an opponent in multiple ways, posting up smaller guards, and knocking down long-range bombs.
Brown says he currently has no favorites when it comes to college, but when it is time to narrow the list, he does have a method.
“My favorites are the teams that are recruiting me the hardest.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.