COLORADO SPRINGS -- It took the first day for him to settle in, but five-star power forward Jordan Brown acquitted himself nicely at the USA Basketball Junior National Camp. Brown talked about adjusting to a new school and the two visits he's got set.
Standing 6-foot-10 with a lean 205-pound frame, Brown is an interior player with skill and athleticism who is down to a final seven of UCLA, Oregon, California, Gonzaga, Nevada, St. John's and Louisiana-Lafayette. He'll see St. John's this weekend and follow that up with a trip to UCLA, but first wanted to talk about how transferring to Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep has helped him out.
"It's going pretty well," said Brown. "There are a lot of high-level players there and it's helped me pick up my game because I'm competing every day. I feel like it's been a really good move for me. At my old school, there were times I maybe didn't have to play as hard to succeed and that impacted me. Being at Prolific now, I always have to compete and play hard and that's making me better and helped before coming out to USA Basketball."
Brown also detailed what he likes about the two programs he'll be visiting over the next two weekends.
"They have head coach Chris Mullin and assistant coach Mitch Richmond and those are two NBA legends who give me really good input about the game," said Brown about St. John's. "Their playing style, I think they play like a mix of Golden State and maybe a bit of the San Antonio Spurs. That style and going there and learning to play an NBA style could really help me for the next level."
UCLA has done very well recruiting the state of California and many of the things Brown likes about the Bruins are similar to what he likes about the Red Storm.
"It's kind of the same thing overall that I like about St. John's," said Brown. "They are probably going to have another really good team this year and by the time I should get there. They also play a pro style and I think that could really help me out for the next level."
After completing the St. John's and UCLA visits, Brown hopes to take at least a few more visits. He plans to set them soon, but is thinking spring when it comes to making a final decision.
"Probably soon we are going to narrow some more visits down and figure out where I'm going to go," said Brown. "I'm not for sure who will get the visits yet, we have to plan it out.
"I'm still planning to wait until the spring. I want to watch the playing styles, figure out who the teams will have and make sure that the coaching staffs will still be there when I am."