Kentucky's top-ranked basketball target is done with visits. What's next for Greg Brown?

Ben Roberts, Lexington Herald-Leader on

Published in Basketball

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- All of his recruiting visits now behind him, top 10 national basketball prospect Greg Brown III is inching nearer to a much-anticipated college decision.

He's just not ready to make it quite yet. Or, more accurately, his dad wants him to think about it a little bit longer.

Greg Brown Jr., the star recruit's father, told the Herald-Leader this week that he and his son hadn't even sat down to seriously talk about his college options, days removed from the family's final official visit, a trip to Michigan this past weekend. The Wolverines are among a list of five finalists that also includes Kentucky, Auburn, Memphis and hometown school Texas, all programs that have hosted the Brown family for previous official visits.

Brown Jr. said the plan is to wait until late March or early April to really assess those five schools, figure out where his son fits best, and make a final decision.

The reasoning for the wait is simple. According to his dad, Brown's favorite school has always been the most recent one to host him for a visit.

"It's like, 'Oh, I like this place now, Dad.' And I'm like, 'Slow down, we haven't even been to the rest of the places yet!' " Brown Jr. said with a laugh. "And then we go to another place, and it's, 'Ohhhh this is my number one place now!' I'm like, 'Bro, stop telling me all this stuff. You change your mind like the damn weather changes in Texas. So chill out."


Brown -- a versatile 6-foot-9 forward from Austin -- is the No. 9 overall player in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. His standing in this recruiting cycle -- due to his limitless ceiling on the court -- means Brown can wait as long as he wants and still have a roster spot at any of his finalists. It appears that will be the most likely scenario, and Kentucky and the other four schools on his list won't be getting an answer anytime soon.

Back in October -- as his son impressed at the high-profile USA Basketball camp in Colorado Springs -- Brown Jr. told the Herald-Leader that he thought the 18-year-old was, of all the high school prospects in the country, "the best player by far ... that doesn't know how to play basketball."

By that, he meant Greg III had the size, athleticism, motor and raw-but-growing skill set to be a star, he just lacked much of the basketball understanding needed to achieve such a status.

That, Brown's father said this week, is changing.


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