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Who will the 5-star forward choose?

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Five-star forward Jordan Brown will be announcing his commitment Friday, choosing among the Arizona Wildcats, California Golden Bears, and Nevada Wolf Pack.

Which school will he pick? We made our predictions below and also aggregated those from some of the experts around the industry.

Here we go.

Ryan Kelapire — Nevada

Nevada has everything going for it in this recruitment — it’s close to Brown’s home (he’s from Roseville, California), it has a talented roster and a coach with an NBA track record, and Brown has visited UNR at least three times.

That’s two more times than he visited Cal and three more times than he visited Arizona.

While it’s hard to imagine anybody committing to a school they never visited, it wouldn’t be a total surprise because this is recruiting and nothing makes any sense.

That said, I would be shocked if Brown chooses Arizona. Really the only thing that makes me think it’s a possibility is Evan Daniels’ tweet saying Arizona “is” going to have a top-10 recruiting class, because the Wildcats need to land Brown to do that.

Still, I’m going with Nevada.

Alec Sills-Trausch - Nevadizonia

Honestly, I have no idea. No offense to Nevada-Reno, but why would any want to go to school there unless you have a big affinity for Lake Tahoe? It’s probably going to be Nevada because he keeps visiting that place, then again, if you have to visit someplace that many times and you’re still not convinced, maybe it’s not for you.

Arizona’s been on-again, off-again with Brown for the last two-plus years so it wouldn’t be a complete shock if he chose UA, but him not visiting is definitely cause for concern.

You’d think Brandon Williams’ commitment would be the deciding factor but these days, players don’t always want to play with the best but sometimes want to have the light on them the entire time (Brandon McCoy, UNLV for example). So, we’ll see what happens. It’s very intriguing to say the least.

Christopher Boan — Nevada

Eric Musselman has some serious recruiting juju going on up in Reno. The liquid enthusiast and former NBA coach has a stacked lineup that included Niare Zouzoua, Ehab Amin, Jazz Johnson, Corey Henson (and possibly both Martin brothers). Each of those players averaged at least 14 points per game last year, which is bonkers.

Also, Jordan’s father, Dion, appears to be Lavar Ball on steroids when it comes to be hands-on in where his on plays, and evidently wants Jordan to stay within driving distance from the family’s home in Roseville, California (about 115 miles from UNR). I fully expect the five-star forward to pull out a Wolf Pack hat (or shirt, tie, pair of boxers, etc.) tomorrow, putting the kibosh on Arizona’s late-season recruiting surge.

Matthew Shapiro— Nevada

Jordan Brown’s recruitment has been very intriguing as nobody is 100 percent sure where he will end up. This recruitment seems as if it’s Nevada’s to lose. Brown has expressed that he would like to stay close to home and Reno is very close. In fact, it is so close that Brown has taken three unofficial visits.

Getting Brandon Williams may have helped the Wildcats recruitment with Brown but there is one thing holding the Wildcats back and that is that Brown hasn't visited Tucson. Most players visit a school when you know that you could be spending the next four years there. Arizona does have some familiarity with players committing, as Kobi Simmons did that a couple years ago.

All in all, I expect the Wolf Pack to land Jordan Brown and will be shocked if they don't.


Expert predictions

Adam Zagoria — Nevada

Chris Murray (Reno Gazette-Journal) — “Would be shocked” if it’s not Nevada

The 247Sports Crystal Ball — Overwhelmingly trending towards Nevada

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Which school will Jordan Brown choose?

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  • 37%
    Arizona
    (235 votes)
  • 3%
    Cal
    (23 votes)
  • 58%
    Nevada
    (362 votes)
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