If you took the time to watch the video above, what I’m about to say won’t seem too far fetched. Jaylen Brown is head and shoulders above any incoming freshman entering the college basketball season this year. Residing at a ranking of 4th on ESPN’s top 100 recruiting list, Jaylen spent the majority of last year at the top spot of that list. Now what exactly moved him down to 4th I don’t know, but that’s neither here nor there. This kid can flat out play the game of basketball and beyond that he is already physical. Bullying defenders to get to the rim and deciding on his own when he wants to take jumpshots. This kid is READY. I might even go as far as saying if the rules permitted him to bypass college for the NBA, he would’ve had the ability to make that jump.

UC Berkeley forward, Jaylen Brown.
UC Berkeley forward, Jaylen Brown.
Jaylen is currently a freshmen enrolled at UC Berkeley. Where the Golden Bears finished with an 18 win season to go along with 15 losses last year. That’s pretty much horrible, especially since their conference (PAC-12) doesn’t yield that many tournament teams every year. Although, this year should be a complete change in direction with the acquisition of Jaylen and local California native recruit Ivan Rabb. Ivan is also ranked in ESPN’s top 100 list sitting at 8th. With two top 10 recruits to pair up with senior guard Tyrone Wallace (17.1 ppg, 4.0 ast, 1.3 stl) and former McDonald’s All American alumni Jabari Bird ( 10.5 ppg, 2.0 ast, 3.3 reb) who is also an upperclassmen, this season should be a lot more successful. And as the team success rises, so will the stage for big time performances from Jaylen Brown.

In my prediction for his one and only season for UC Berkeley, he will capture the attention as being the best freshmen in the country next season. Leading the squad to a 20+ win season with a trip to the Sweet 16 during the NCAA Tournament in March 2016. Good luck JB! As you will need it, all freshmen hit a wall at some point in the season. Even the best of the best. But until then…It was written!

Credits: Ballislife Youtube Channel via youtube.com (For the video). Calbears.com (For the photo).  ESPN.com (For statistics and recruiting info).

-Terrence Whaley