Jordan Brown closes in on decisionBy: Cameron Salerno
Throughout his life, Jordan Brown has stood out. Whether it be at school, around town or being the last ESPN Top 100 recruit to commit in the Class of 2018, everyone has had a close eye on Brown. Standing at 6 foot, 11 inches, Brown is extremely noticeable, with that comes a chip on his shoulders that over the years Brown has embraced.
“It is just different,” Senior Jordan Brown said on his height. “Not everyone my whole life was as tall as me, and the most important part for me was just accepting I was different at a young age.”
At the age of 18, Brown has already had a very accomplished career. Most notable is when he won two gold medals with the junior Olympic team, he was named a McDonald’s All-American last month and led Woodcreek to the state championship appearance last spring.
“There is a bunch,” Brown said on the accolades he has received. “I led my team to a state title game my junior year, I was selected as a McDonald’s All-American and also competed in a bunch of tournaments for The Path and Team USA.”
After completing his junior year at Woodcreek, Brown made the switch and transferred to Prolific Prep in Napa to further his education and be in a more competitive environment playing across the country night in and night out. However, his senior year did not go exactly as planned.
Brown nursed a hand sprain that kept him out for a big chunk of his senior season. Despite this, Brown still managed to average 21.5 points and grab 11.7 rebounds a game in his senior year.
Brown, after the prep season went on to be named 1 of 24 McDonald’s All-Americans which honors the top high school players in the country. In the game, Brown went on to have 26 points, while grabbing 8 rebounds while playing crucial minutes down the stretch in the West’s 131-128 victory over the East squad. Prior to competing in the McDonald’s game; Brown was invited to the Nike Hoop Summit where he played against the best players from World; led by Duke commit R.J Barrett.
With high school coming to a close soon for Brown, he has still yet to make a decision where to take his talents to and continue his academic career next fall. The top three schools battling for Brown’s services are University of Nevada, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Arizona. Although Brown has only taken a official to Berkeley out of that list, he still has one more left that if needed he could use to help make his college choice.
“All three of my final schools have been around for a long time,” Brown admitted. “Nevada and Cal were the first schools to offer me and Arizona has a good program, any of those schools should have a good roster next year.”
Wherever Brown lands, he will look to make an impact right away in hopes of making the NBA in a few short years.
“(The NBA) has been a dream of mine my whole life,” Brown admitted. “Having that chance to play where so many people I have looked up to has played would be a dream come true.”
Despite the fame, Brown has remained humble in honoring his Roseville roots.
“The city of Roseville will always mean a lot to me,” Brown explained. “Being able to see all the support throughout the community and how it has grown over the years means everything to me because this is my hometown.”