As major college recruiting becomes more and more competitive, players are now being tabbed the next big thing at younger and younger ages.
Take a look at Jordan Brown, for example, he did not start practicing basketball until the fifth grade and it did not take long before he garnered the attention of recruiting websites.
Here is a snippet of an article from premierball.com:
Premierball.com Recruiting recalls the 2013 Pangos Jr All American camp where we first evaluated a six foot – six young seventh grader Jordan Brown out of Rosevillle, California.
At that time, the monster three out of California were in attendance. DeAndre Ayton, Billy Preston and Brandon McCoy all had length and potential professional measurables.
Brown who was several years younger took full advantage of his opportunity and was named one of the top players at Pangos Jr. All American.
That camp performance propelled Brown’s name into a team USA invite.
His work ethic and pro measurables and production left no doubt he was going to be a future high school name that’s buzzed with the tag the "Next Great Big"
Brown is an elite prospect as you can see based on his rankings:
ESPN: five-stars, 4th overall
Scout: five-stars, 2nd overall
Rivals: five-stars, 4th overall
247sports: five-stars, 9th overall
Brown has a decent list of accomplishments as it pertains to USA Basketball, as he participated in the 2014 USA Men's Junior National Team October minicamp before making the 2015 U16 National Team which captured gold at the FIBA America's Championship.
Brown averaged 26.7 points, 15 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as a sophomore.
The 6'10 Woodcreek (Ca.) High School product is long, athletic and demonstrates smooth touch in his finishing ability. He can run the floor and knock down mid-range shots. He looks like a legitimate future star at the collegiate level if he continues to improve his game.
Check out highlights from his sophomore campaign below.
Brown's notable offers at this point are from Arizona, Cal, Kansas and UCLA. Here is what Brown told premierball.com about Cal in a recent interview:
Last fall I went to a CAL football game. Also attended a CAL basketball game. I enjoy the family atmosphere the most about CAL. The coaching staff cares about you on and off the court and do a great job motivating the team to play hard.
There is still a ways to go in Brown's recruitment, so we will have to wait and see how it goes for the young man in the coming years, but it would be nice for Cal to pull in another Northern California kid to man the post for the Bears in a couple of years.