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Arizona re-entering Jordan Brown’s recruitment, but FBI investigation is a factor

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Brown has one official visit left, and the Wildcats are emerging as an option

Photo courtesy of McDonald’s All-American Game

Jordan Brown still has one official visit left at his disposal, but he has no plans to use it.

Yet.

“If I have to and I really want to check out a school, then I will,” he told Eric Bossi of RIvals.com. “Otherwise, I’m going to keep it and hold onto it for now.”

Brown has taken official visits to Cal, UCLA, St. John’s, and Louisiana-Lafayette, where his father, Dion, spent his collegiate career.

If the McDonald’s All-American does use that fifth visit, Arizona could be the destination.

The Arizona Wildcats have re-entered Brown’s recruitment after it had been “on and off” with him throughout the process.

On the court, there is no denying Brown’s fit with them.

The lanky 6-foot-10 big man could immediately compete for a starting job in Tucson, as Arizona is only set to return Chase Jeter and Ira Lee in its front court next season.

Brown, the No. 16 player in the 2018 class, could very well be the most talented of the three.

And from Arizona’s perspective, it needs all the talent it can get right now, seeing that it lost seven scholarship players and currently has zero incoming recruits.

Of course, the reason Arizona’s 2018 class is barren is because of its involvement in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, which led to the decommitments of Jahvon Quinerly, Shareef O’Neal, and Brandon Williams.

Nobody knows what else will come of that investigation — a scholarship reduction or postseason ban, etc. — or when the next shoe will drop, so it’s something Brown will have to address before Arizona becomes a serious option for him.

“You do want to take it into consideration,” he told Bossi. “They haven’t talked with me about it officially, but I feel like if we continue to explore that option, then that has to be something that has to come up.”


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