Is Jaylen Brown on his way to becoming the next Stanley Johnson? He might be.
For starters, Brown is headed to the Pac-12 Conference as an incoming college freshman. He is a top basketball recruit with high expectations being placed on his shoulders. Those expectations include being one of the best players in college basketball and leaving school early to enter the NBA draft. This was Johnson in 2014.
Johnson was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year at the University of Arizona. He also received other Pac-12 honors before leading Arizona to both the Pac-12 tournament championship and a bid to the NCAA tournament. Brown can reach those same achievements at the University of California, Berkeley this upcoming season.
Both of them play the small forward position.
They are similar in size, too. Johnson is listed at 6-feet-7, 245 pounds. Brown is 6-feet-7, 220 pounds.
Fans of Stanley Johnson are going to be fans of Jaylen Brown, according to Steve Kyler of BasketballInsiders.com. Kyler wrote the following about Brown:
“Brown is [a] elite-level defender, has an amazing offensive game and is built like a linebacker. Brown is more evolved offensively than Johnson and could be a stellar two-way player at the next level.”
California head coach Cuonzo Martin echoed those same sentiments. Martin said the following via CalBears.com:
“He is a strong, athletic player with a tremendous work ethic. Jaylen has the skill and ability to play four different positions on the floor.”
Four months prior to the 2015 NBA Draft, Kyler wrote the following about Johnson via BasketballInsiders.com:
“Johnson might be the best all-around player in the draft and his skill set looks to be suited for the NBA game.”
That statement is good news for Brown, since he is also expected to be a one-and-done collegiate athlete. If Brown is Johnson with a better offensive game, he should have no problem transitioning to the next level when he does leave school.
Brown is projected to be a “potential top-five pick” in the next NBA draft. The same was written about Johnson in 2014.
The following statement, via BasketballInsiders.com, is about Johnson but sounds a lot like Brown, too:
“Johnson has a great mix of NBA size for his position, and a solid knack for scoring and defending. He proved he can do it against some elite level NBA guys. There is a real chance that Johnson could sneak into the top five in 2015, especially if he continues to showcase himself at Arizona as he did this summer.”
Jaylen Brown is from Marietta, Ga. He attended Wheeler High School. He is a consensus top-five national prospect in the 2015 recruiting class. He was selected to play in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic in 2015. He is 18 years old.
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