Can Georgia Basketball Recruit the Jaylen Brown – Mike Edwards Double Play?


With the Dawgs desperately needing a post player and with the nation’s top recruit still uncommitted, Georgia basketball recruiting is in high gear.

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Georgia lost to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But the Dawgs are still in the hunt for the spring’s big prize. Jaylen Brown (6’7” 217) remains uncommitted.

Trying to get a read on the nation’s top high school recruit is impossible. With rumors of Brown skipping college all together and playing in Europe subsiding, Brown visited Michigan. As it turns out, Brown is originally from Muskegon, MI and apparently playing in front of his chillier family members has some appeal. Or does it?

After visiting Big Blue country, Brown jetted to Berkeley for a secret peak at Cal. What makes this trip a “secret” is arguable, but it seems that young Mr. Brown, while demonstrating grace and maturity through the recruiting process, is in fact a kid and he’s having a little fun.

Avinash Kunnath of described Brown’s talents: Brown is a two-way force. Athleticism, long arms, quick reaction time, strong hops–Brown gets up and gets going offensively and defensively.

But here the Cal scenario breaks down as Kunnath continues: . . . play him as a stretch-four, and suddenly the Bears become an imposing defensive squad.

No way is Jaylen Brown going anywhere expecting to play the stretch four . . . or the squished four or any other kind of four.

Few prognosticators and talent gurus believe Brown will end up at Georgia. However, while names of Brown’s possible college choices shift and swirl with the March winds, the name Georgia has held firm, always there, always waiting.

Brown will play in every big all-star game this spring, including the McDonalds All-American Game in Chicago on April 1. In his USAToday blog, Brown announced, “I’m probably looking at waiting it out and maybe making a decision at the McDonald’s All-American game if I’m fortunate enough to make the team. I’m looking at making my decision as late as possible, but, at the same time, when you know you know.”

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While Brown is the big prize and would make the Dawgs a favorite to play in the Sweet Sixteen next year, what Georgia really needs to firm up its roster is post players. To that end, the Bulldogs are chasing Westland Michigan center Mike Edwards (6’10”, 225).

Edwards held few significant offers until his break out senior season. Georgia offered first, followed by Nebraska and Kansas State. Georgia’s roster is certainly enticing to any big man recruit interested in immediate playing time, but the elephant in the room – Michigan – is now making noise.

From Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press: “He likes Michigan a lot,” said Rockey Black, the president of the Michigan Warriors AAU program. “The funny thing is his dad was a football player at Michigan State.

“I really believe that Michigan is probably going to offer him. They need a big, and he’s very intriguing at that level. He loves Michigan; he loved Michigan State. If (Michigan) offered him, I think he would take it.”

It would appear Georgia has no chance with Edwards, but the basketball recruiting trail is full of twist and turns and Michigan is waiting on an overseas center’s  commitment on one hand and early NBA entry announcements on the other.

April looms, but neither the Edwards nor Brown saga appear to be near a conclusion.

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