Kansas Jayhawks Recruiting Rumors: Jaylen Brown Might Be An Option


The Kansas Jayhawks recruiting rumors are heating up since Kelly Oubre Jr announced earlier in the week he was leaving for the NBA. The Kansas Jayhawks are suddenly in need of a small forward type player, and Jaylen Brown might be the answer.

Jaylen Brown is 6’7″, 220 pounds, and from Georgia. He is listed at the number two overall recruit in the class in the ESPN Top 100. He is being recruited by the best of the best, as you can imagine. According to ESPN, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, and North Carolina, among others, are all interested in the Brown.

ESPN’s scouting report paints a nice picture.

"Brown is playing with a great sense of urgency and an improved motor to go along with his high level athleticism and college ready body. Brown is a highlight on the break and attacks the rim with power straight line drives where he finishes through contact with ease."

DraftExpress posted a scouting report from Adidas Nation on Brown in August.

"Strengths:-Good size for a wing player at around 6-7-Strong frame. Solid wingspan-Excellent athlete-Powerful first step. Plays above the rim with ease-Has good shooting mechanics even if he sees inconsistent results from outside-Capable of making shots with his feet set or off the dribble-Attacks the rim with both hands-Outstanding in transition-Gets to the free throw line prolifically-Doesn’t settle for jumpers even though he can make them-Enjoys taking contact at the rim, doesn’t shy away from a hit-Great potential defensively-Moves feet extremely well. Does a good job staying in front of opponents-Shows good timing as a shot-blocker-Gets in the passing lanes regularly-Prolific rebounder-Unselfish player, makes the extra pass-Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Always in attack mode-Has terrific intangibles off the court. Very intelligent"

ESPN Insiders speculates that Adidas might have an influence on what school Jaylen Brown eventually picks. The Kansas Jayhawks are, of course, an Adidas school. Insiders Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borcello think the Jayhawks may be the favorite (video)

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Kansas has already pulled in forward Carlton Bragg, and Bill Self has been recruiting other big men like freshman-to-be Cheick Diallo and Mike Thorne Jr, who is transferring from Charlotte, and will have one more year of immediate eligibility.

Jaylen Brown seems like an exciting player, and would probably fit into Bill Self’s plan of rotating talent through that small forward position. Ben McLemore, Andrew Wiggins, and Kelly Oubre all spent just one year on the court at this position.

Brown seems destined to be another one-and-done player.

Brown, plus other top recruits, will probably wait until after the Final Four, and after the bevy of Kentucky players declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, before they make their decisions.

The whole one-and-done system seems to be a viscous cycle some coaches can’t seem to escape from. Bill Self is one of these coaches. He hasn’t had much luck with success in the NCAA Tournament with this latest string of one-year players, yet he continues to recruit them.

The continuity of the team seems really upset by this style of recruiting.  The offense has looked stagnant over the past couple of years, and the defense over the last few seasons seems to be, to the naked eye, far below the level of defense Self’s teams were known for in the past.

Some of these issues may stem from the revolving door of one-and-dones and transfers.

Jaylen Brown might be a solid player for the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team – for one year. Wouldn’t it be nice if fans could have players they could get to know and love over a longer period of time?

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