The Arizona Wildcats have hauled in at least one McDonald’s All-American every year since 2012, but that streak is in serious jeopardy, as they don’t have one in their 2018 class.
Five-star forward Jordan Brown has Arizona in his Top 3, according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports.
Five-star power forward Jordan Brown (https://t.co/qudItwBtPQ) has a top three of Arizona, California & Nevada, per a source. Others are still involved.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 27, 2018
He had 26 points and eight rebounds in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Brown has already used four of his five official visits, but said in late March that he would consider using his last one if the right situation emerges.
He has already taken official visits to Cal, Louisiana-Lafayette, UCLA, and St. John’s, which means he can’t visit both Nevada and Arizona unless he does it unofficially. Obviously getting Brown on campus is paramount for Arizona.
In March, Brown mentioned that Arizona had ramped up its pursuit of him, but the FBI investigation is a potential obstacle to a commitment.
“If things get cleared up, then I’m going to think more on it,” he said (via FloHoops).
Things haven’t been cleared up, but there also haven’t been any new developments, either.
Needless to say Brown would be a huge addition for the Wildcats. He would arguably be the most talented player in their frontcourt, and he could immediately compete with Ira Lee, Chase Jeter, and Ryan Luther for a starting job.
At the very least, he would up Arizona’s talent level significantly.
And here’s something crazy: if Arizona lands Brown and point guard Brandon Williams, it would have the No. 7 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports’ class calculator.
That would be quite the rebound, considering UA’s 2018 class looked like a lost cause not too long ago.
Williams is picking between Arizona, Oregon, and Gonzaga (maybe in that order?). He is visiting the Bulldogs this weekend and recently visited Oregon.
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