Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 prospect in the recruiting Class of 2015, will join No. 7-rated Ivan Rabb at the University of California next season.
Brown, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound senior small forward from Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia, shocked the college basketball recruiting world Friday night by choosing the Bears over Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina. He had eliminated Kansas University on Thursday night.
Brown, who averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds a game last season, is one of the country’s premier wing prospects. Rabb, a 6-9, 220-pounder from Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd, is one of the top power forward prospects.
RealGM.com pointed out that Brown is Cal’s first No. 1 commit since Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who played for the Bears in 1995-96 before turning pro.
No Cal in this poll: USA Today probably should have waited a day before releasing its “way too early” Top 25 for the 2015-16 season.
Coach Cuonzo Martin’s Cal Bears didn’t make the cut.
KU, however, checked in at No. 7 in the poll.
North Carolina, which has four starters back from a Sweet 16 team, was No. 1, followed by Kentucky, Iowa State, Maryland, Virginia, Duke, KU, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Villanova, Michigan State, Arizona, Indiana, Wichita State, SMU, Notre Dame, Louisville, Butler, UCLA, Georgetown, Michigan, Wisconsin, Miami, Baylor and a tie between Texas and Utah.
“Kelly Oubre Jr. and Cliff Alexander are gone to the NBA, but Kansas returns its two best players in leading scorer Perry Ellis (13.8 ppg) and feisty point guard Frank Mason III. Both will be older and much better, as will guard Wayne Selden Jr. and forward Jamari Traylor,” USA Today’s Scott Gleeson wrote. “Guard Devonté Graham, who showed potential but never put it all together as a freshman, should blossom. Coach Bill Self also has a strong recruiting class, landing a couple of dynamic power forwards, top-10 recruit Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg.”
The odds: Bovada of Las Vegas has listed KU’s odds of winning the 2016 national championship at 16 to 1. Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina are favorites to reach the Final Four with their 10/1 national title odds. Maryland is 14/1, KU 16/1, while Virginia and Iowa State are 18/1.
Collison has scope: Former KU forward Nick Collison of the Oklahoma City Thunder had a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee Thursday, Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced. He had a similar procedure last June.
The procedure was performed by the Thunder’s head orthopedic physician, Carlan Yates at the McBride Orthopedic Hospital in Oklahoma City. Collison is expected to miss four to six weeks of basketball-related activities.
Collison averaged 4.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists while logging 16.7 minutes a game in 66 games last season. He started two games. Collison recently placed fourth in voting for the league’s sportsmanship award. Kyle Korver was first, followed by Anthony Davis, Pau Gasol and Collison.