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Javonte Brown-Ferguson visits Kansas, UConn up next
By ADAM ZAGORIAJavonte Brown-Ferguson, the 7-foot, 240-pound 16-year-old big man from Thornlea Secondary School in Ontario and the Under Armour Canada Elite AAU program, took his second official visit to Kansas this past weekend.
Brown-Ferguson is currently in the Class of 2021, but is leaning heavily toward reclassifying to 2020.
“Kansas was great,” he said by text. “They said they want me. They need two bigs. They said if Gethro [Muscadin] and Isaiah Todd sign then it wouldn’t be the best thing for me to come.”
The 6–10 Muscadin visited Kansas last month and was at Texas Tech this past weekend. Todd, also 6-10, will announce Oct. 17 between Kansas and Michigan.
Brown-Ferguson previously visited Texas A&M last month.
“The visit was great and their message was they want one big man and they believe I’ll fill in the spot very well,” he said.
Next up Brown-Ferguson will take an official to UConn Oct. 24. With UConn poised to re-enter the Big East Conference in 2020, Dan Hurley and his staff are keen to land a big man, a piece they believe can make them a Top-15 or 20-type team.
They are also in the mix for Roselle (N.J.) Catholic big man Cliff Omoruyi and Dylan Cardwell of McEachern (GA), who visits Oct. 17-19.
“They need a big for 2020,” Brown-Ferguson said of UConn. “They have good point guards and they just signed a big-time wing and now they need an impactful big so they can possibly go top 15.”
Kansas, Arizona, Seton Hall, Western Kentucky, Marquette, Indiana and Stanford are also involved.
Brown-Ferguson, who lives about 30 minutes outside of Toronto, said he’s “70-30” in favor of reclassifying to 2020 and previously said he will make a final decision after the New Year.
He models his game after Anthony Davis and Nicola Jokic, but hopes to follow fellow Canadians like Andrew Wiggins, R.J. Barrett and others into the NBA.
“Yeah, 100 percent,” he said.
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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.
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