Jabari Brown Narrows His List


by Craig Yamada, Editor-In-Chief

Scout.com reported earlier today that highly coveted five star recruit Jabari Brown has widdled his way down to just seven schools vying for his services. Here are his final seven (in no particular order): UW, Cal, Georgia Tech, St. John’s, Oregon,  DePaul, and UCONN.

No, there is no typo here. Kansas is no longer on his list. Shocker right? I definitely think so. For the last month heading into his final AAU tournament, all the buzz was about Rock Chalk Jayhawks. All the rumors were about Jabari wanting to play along side his AAU teammate, Josiah Turner. Maybe something has happened?

Given the latest list Jabari has released, one couldn’t help but get excited about the possibility of a future Wroten and Brown backcourt. Throw in Hikeem Stewart while you are at it, and we can have a party.

It’s still a bit premature to assume anything, but Jabari has only set up one official visit thus far. And whom might that be? Yes, that’s right.  Romar has an in home visit scheduled on 9/9. And Jabari says he’s visiting Montlake on September 18th to watch Jake Locker and the Dawgs take down Nebraska. (Tangent: I am super stoked to hear ASJ is now a Husky)

He is also working on setting up official visits with Oregon, Georgia Tech and Depaul. Cal is in his backyard in Berkeley and will be able to take an unofficial there. Brown is claiming that “all schools are equal right now.”

From my point of view, it will likely be a two horse race between Cal and UW. Mike Montgomery will surely be in Jabari’s ear about how important playing in front of family will be. The upside for the Dawgs: Cal is at least two years away from being a title contender after losing their 4 starters to graduation last year. Don’t be surprised if Steve Lavin becomes part of a bigger conversation with Brown. Lavin has shown much interest in the west coast, especially with their guards as of late. He may be a contender after all is said and done. As it stands, UW fans should feel confident in their standing with Brown as I had last heard that UW was one of his leaders, if not THE leader, before the whole Kansas topic came up in conversations months ago.

Jabari went on to say in the article that he needs to “figure out if he can spend up to four years [at the school he chooses.]” All in all, things are looking bright for Romar if that is the case. Romar is second to none in terms of developing and graduating his talent in four years time with a degree. Jabari has definitely shown his cards to read that he’s not just another one and done. Only time will tell.

From the sounds of things, Brown wants to make his decision in the early signing period after he takes his five official visits. Sounds like a five star that won’t be making us wait to the deadline.

With today’s news, my guess is that we sign the following this year:

1. Wroten

2. Brown

3. Stewart

4. Chol

5. Davis/Kingma

All for now. Thanks for coming!

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  • GrantUW

    The ’05-’06 teams were thin up front too. But strong guard play pushed them to a Sweet 16. Even with no post recruits from this class, Romar will still have Aziz, Gant, Breshers and Simmons at forward in 2011-12.

  • craiger

    Come to think of it, the 05-06 post presence wasn’t too shabby. We had Brockman down low to play alongside Jamaal Williams. But yes, I agree, we lacked height that year. Our biggest player and was Joe Wolfinger and we all know how amazing he was in the post.

    I would feel comfortable with the post presence we had now for next year and add in Kevin Davis to the mix. That dude is an athlete if you have seen film on him.

  • UWcommit4life

    i dont get it. why doesnt kevin davis have any scouting reports especially if he is an athlete like that

  • UWcommit4life

    man tony wroten’s rank keeps falling on scout.com

  • craiger

    yea… there are plenty of posters on Scout that are giving the site admins a hard time for not giving Davis a profile. He definitely is worthy.

    In regards to Wroten’s rankings, I personally think that some of the “experts” are letting Wroten’s twitter madness get in the way of their overall evaluations. Wroten should be a top 10 recruit easy. Most of the scouts are not much different from the ESPN analysts when it comes to east coast bias. The fact that Stewart hasnt even cracked the top 100 defies me as well. I’m glad Brown is high up on that list. That will bode will for Romar’s appeal if he lands him.

    All in all, the rankings mean very little at this point. We have another 8 months until the final rankings are released. And even at that point your rank makes little difference until you set foot on the NCAA stage.

  • craiger

    UK UPDATE: Doesn’t look like Kanter will be declared eligible anytime soon. The Turkish pro team that he played for is denying any assistance in proving that Kanter didn’t receive any compensation. Turkey wants Enes to play in Turkey and will give no love to Calipari. Just glad we aren’t waiting around like this:

    http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=58674

  • the_insider

    @craiger

    Love the report. It’s understandable why the Federation won’t help. They lost one of the league’s best young players. They have no reason to help……they won’t get compensated because this is the NCAA.

    Then again….this is Calipari we’re talking about here.

  • UWcommit4life

    yeah i know rankings dont really matter but it just shows what the scout people know. also thanks for that report craiger, one more piece to assure huskies victory in the MI. im playing. itll still be a hell of a match. i think abdul should sit that day and let overton get on knight’s nerves.

  • Gersen

    I just hope those officials let them play. How big would it be for us and the Pac 10 to beat Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan St? That tournament is huge for the Pac 10 the rest of the year. That is how the nation will perceive us from how well we play. Funny, but we are carrying the whole league just like Arizona used to do for us way back when. No pressure though guys. :)))

  • homerdawg

    I never sweat over the ranking of UW recruits because I know that Romar have great eyes for talent. If Romars want somebody then it’s good enuff for me.

  • UWcommit4life

    on a football note, FWIW kasen william’s rank went down too. i have a very strong feeling that he’s coming to the Dub. hopefully he will choose them tonight