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Cal basketball recruiting: Jaylen Brown visits Berkeley


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Huge huge development on the Cal basketball recruiting front. With Ivan Rabb deliberating, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler small forward Jaylen Brown, considered by many to be the top senior prospect, took an unexpected unofficial to Berkeley this weekend fresh off a visit to Ann Arbor mid-week. The fact that he took an unofficial (where you have to pay your way) to go that far West is most definitely interesting. Evan Daniels of Scout first broke the story.

Brown then returned home for a day, before taking an unofficial visit to California on Sunday and Monday, according to a source close to the situation. California hasn't been on Brown's list, but have apparently been actively recruiting him. "They've been recruiting him since they left Tennessee," a source said.

Brown has offers from everywhere. Michigan (who got a visit earlier in the week which supposedly went well), Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA, local Georgia and Georgia Tech, Arizona, Maryland, Ohio State, the list goes on. Watching his tape, it's easy to see why. Brown is a two-way force. Athleticism, long arms, quick reaction time, strong hops--Brown gets up and gets going offensively and defensively. Add him to Cal's wing rotation, play him as a stretch-four, and suddenly the Bears become an imposing defensive squad.

It's early in the process, and in the end Brown might not even have us near the top of his list--no one knows what his decision making process right now, as he's let on no clues as to where he wants to go to school. But getting this kind of attention from top national recruits is exactly the kind of buzz Cuonzo Martin wants to build up. Go big or go home.