Five-star wing Jaylen Brown picks California

Dylan Burkhardt
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Five-star wing Jaylen Brown verbally committed to California tonight. Brown chose the Bears over Michigan, North Carolina and Kentucky.

The 6-foot-6 wing hadn’t spoke to recruiting reporters over the last several weeks, but rumors had swirled regarding his recruitment. There was talk of a package deal with Ivan Rabb at California, the adidas connections at Michigan and Kansas, and his ‘dream school’ of North Carolina, and a flood of 247 Sports Crystal Ball picks that predicted Brown would choose Michigan.

In the end it was California and the connections with Cuonzo Martin and Ivan Rabb that won Brown’s signature.

  • GoBlue1993

    Cal? Do they even have a basketball team? Ugh..tough to swallow

    • bobohle

      Maybe that’s why this went down. He will definitely be the man at Cal.

      • MAZS

        Cal’s got 4 starters back plus Raab (a top 5/10 player). Jaylen won’t be alone.

        • Indiana_Matt

          Obviously would have been great if the kid went with the Wolverines, but I respect Martin as a former B1G star and I am just glad he didn’t go to Kentucky. Silver lining.

          I really like the look of our team next year.

          • MAZS

            I also respect Martin for leaving Tennessee, where he was not respected, largely, because he wasn’t (that recruiting sleazeball) Bruce Pearl. And we know how we sent Pearl out of UTenn–destroyed.

  • JosephG

    Best of luck to Jaylen at Cal! Would have been sweet! But we still have a promising year ahead of us.

  • bobohle

    So much for that. We will still be good. I suppose this means Max will be back. If not they will probably give the scholarship to Lonegran for this year. I wonder if Jamal Murrey switched to the 2015 class. Does anyone know for sure?

  • Tyrell

    We will still be fine without adding anyone else, I hope we save the scholarship for next year’s talent and I’m really excited that the players we have get the opportunity to compete.

  • ChathaM

    Man, the top talents simply do not come to Michigan. Ah well; not surprised, and still cautiously optimistic about next season.

    • itsjustaherb

      We’ll be fine so long as we don’t have another injury issue.

      • ChathaM

        I hope you’re correct. I guess my concern (and I’ll likely get crushed for this) is that this group reminds me a bit of some of the teams back in the Amaker era, where there were always lots of decent-looking returning players, but the collective talent was still never enough to get over the hump. Either way, I’ll enjoy watching, but I’ll believe the B1G title contender talk when I see it on the floor. A number of the young players did grow a fair bit this season, but this is still the group that posted some pretty bad losses.

        • Indiana_Matt

          While I don’t know that we’ll contend for a conference title, I do see us back in the tournament with a decent seed. The difference I see between these days and the Amaker era is that the current staff is much more effective at developing talent.

        • psickert1

          Do you not comprehend that we miss three players…..two which were our leading scorer, rebound andassist man, our starting guard and a big man with potential? Caris, walton and Wilson would’ve helped get a better record and this so called mediocre team hung in close with the big wigs Maryland, Laura, Wisconsin and actually be osu and Illinois three times.now we add a shooter and two skied big men. Yes Brown would’ve helped us slot but we already had a great squad. This team can shock many.
          Stop worrying about the past and think about our future. You’re probably one of the people still complaining about us signing Austin Davis despite him playing well against top comp.

          • ChathaM

            I didn’t call the team mediocre, and I haven’t said a thing about Austin Davis. What is your deal?

        • MAZS

          just emphasizing what Indiana_Mike says below—you can’t compare anything with the Amaker era because (thankfully) Beilein ain’t Amaker.

          • ChathaM

            That’s a great point. Beilein has proven that he and his coaching staff can take Top 51-150 HS players and make them into draftable players.

        • Bunk

          Collective talent not good under Amaker? ? I agree they never got over the hump but they had outstanding talent under TA. Bernard Robinson Jr. had loads and loads of potential. Dion Harris won Mr. Basketball in Michigan. Daniel Horton was player of the year in Texas. DeShawn Sims was Mr. Basketball. Lester Abram, DeShawn Sims, and Chris Hunter were very very good high school players in big basketball states. Petway should have been much better, too. They were all there at the same time. One year, I remember they lost a critical BTT game with Harris, Horton, and Abram in the same backcourt, against a Minnesota team with three walk-ons in the starting lineup. Not here to bash Amaker either, as he’s had success elsewhere post-UM. But I’m sure he would even attest to his teams vastly underachieving in those years.

          I think Beilein’s record at Michigan speaks volumes, and to be skeptical about their chances with “decent looking returning players”, ignores what he’s done since he’s been there.

          • Bunk

            And by mentioning DeShawn Sims, I also meant to mention Courtney Sims, who was another guy with a pro skill set, and great talent.

      • jake

        I’m guessing you’re referring to Walton, Irvin, and Levert?

    • psickert1

      Irvin. ROBINSON J.R. MCGARY. CHATMAN and Walton? Did you forget that we have 6 pro player but 4 recently with two lottery picks and two first rounds? We have two five stars according to different publications Irvin and Chatman and before you go giving up on players that realize that most the transition from Fresh to sophomore very well. We have top 5 top 1000, including 3 top 50 and our best prospect was a two star. Stop discrediting the players that we have just because player didn’t pick us. It actually kind of ticks me off. We have top talent but the stars aren’t behind their name!

      • ChathaM

        See, that’s what I meant by getting crushed for showing less than extreme optimism for next season. I re-read my two sentence post, and didn’t notice anything about giving up on any players. I do respect your opinion, but the fact remains that Eamonn Brennan at ESPN didn’t have us in his recent pre-season top 25 (updated since the news that Caris is returning). I respect his opinion, too.

        • Mattski

          You’re not really responding to Psickert’s refutation of the charge though, ChataM. You said we are not getting the top talents (sic), and that’s just not the case. Both through top 100 recruiting and incredibly savvy finds, we have, against almost all of the odds. Five, six guys to the NBA early over two years, the top two, three guys injured this year. . . put these together and, to my mind, it shreds many or most of the criticisms. (More guys to the NBA from UM the last two years than MSU has the last 20!)

          And you know what? With the exception maybe of Kentucky or Duke, every single school in the country is targeting piles of guys every year and getting one or two at most–this is even true of Kansas. So OF COURSE we are missing out–that’s how recruiting works. I get that complaining is what you do on the internet, but it’s mysterious that fans can’t absorb this fundamental fact.

          At a higher level, cooler heads will have to continue to prevail, because if you go and fire a coach like Beilein because he isn’t Kentucky’s (yucky) Cal, you are committing suicide. And it won’t cost anonymous internet posters anything, but it sure will cost a school.

          If we’re not winning and not getting effective players to make up teams in a year or two, by all means get back to me. But in the meantime–for the duration of Beilein’s tenure here–that has simply not been the case. Go back and watch the Illinois tourney game, as I did the other day, and listen to the announcers lavish praise on Beilein for what he accomplished this year, how great he had those walk-ons playing at the end, how much promise the team has for next year. And then get back to us.

          • ChathaM

            I guess I’m referring to top 10 type talents. It seems as though they always go somewhere else, aside from McGary, and that frustrates me. I haven’t criticized Beilein in the least, and I certainly haven’t advocating firing him. I don’t know where you get that from me. I am a big supporter of Beilein, and I’ve demonstrated that here time and again. I haven’t said the team will be weak next year (in fact, I said that I’m cautiously optimistic), and I certainly rarely, if ever, complain about things here, or anywhere “on the internet”. But, that’s all good. I’ll keep my comments to myself from now on.

          • No reason to keep your comments to yourself @disqus_nNXwiQxden:disqus! They are appreciated here!

          • Mattski

            Certainly not trying to shut you down, up, sideways. But if you do the math on “top ten” players in the–what–three years since McGary signed, how many are we supposed to have signed? That’s two more recruiting seasons. It was the following two seasons that we really moved into the ranks of the nation’s top-flight teams. So–yeah–in the two years since, we (among the 350 D1 schools) not pulled a top ten guy, although we were among the remaining three for Brown.

            Some of these figures can be massaged a little one way or another, but I do think they tend to show how ridiculous it is to get too upset with Beilein just yet.

            Personally, I am happy if we fail to pull the top guys and play giant-killer for the foreseeable future, but that’s a conversation for another day.

  • Indiana_Matt

    If any other programs go negative on us in the recruiting process (i.e., try to discredit our program), what do you think they say?

    • JohnNavarreIsMyHero

      Honestly I don’t really know what others could say. Cal could certainly not argue anything over us regarding on court success.

      The moron at Indiana did attack us at the end of that game in 2013, yet seems okay that MSU had signed multiple guys from Indiana in the past few years. I assume its because he is cut from the same cloth as Izzo and just projects anger on us because we stole Indiana guys. Its okay for Izzo to steal Indiana guys, but when Beilein does it, the guy goes berserk.

      In-state wise, aside from our roster being wiped out by injuries this past year, Beilein had more head to head success, overall success, NBA draft success, has the school with better academics. Also, MSU’s facilities are extremely out-dated. The Breslin center is a complete dump these days.

      That point guard from Detroit seems to like MSU despite the last MSU NBA point guard in the NBA was like 15 years ago (who also happened to be a HUGE Bust).

  • Fab 5 Legends

    Had a feeling when Levert came back we were not getting Jaylen Brown…but Im fine with this teamFab

    -Walton
    2-Levert
    3-Irvin
    4-Dawkins
    5-Doyle

    Spike, Rahkman, Chatman, Donnal, DJ Wilson, Duncan Robinson, Wagner

    I think we should be Top 25 team all year…i expect Walton/Levert/Irvin to improve from last year…Dawkins, Doyle, Rahkman & Chatman can make us to a legit contender / deep run into tourny if they continue to improve

    • UMTigersWingsLions

      Oh yeah we will be great. sweet 16 probably.

  • Mattski

    Because, let’s face it, any kid looking at a choice between us and Kentucky is going to choose Kentucky.

    • psickert1

      What are you talking about? He picked Cal. Lol.

      • mattski

        I’m quoting more or less verbatim a statement that was made by one of Beilein’s critics here just hours before Brown chose Cal. Just teasing a little. I don’t think this will staunch the relentless negativity, but it’s a bit of a lesson. Brown, meanwhile, chose the best academic setting available, and a very cool up and coming coach–love Cuonzo.

        • UMTigersWingsLions

          Best academic setting? We are both comparable in academics. He didnt choose Cal for academics either, i assure you that

          • Mattski

            Cal consistently places higher than us in most academic rankings, particularly for undergrads (M really stakes its rep on its grad schools). If you haven’t picked up that this is a super-bright kid who consistently stated that he wanted a good school. . . he has been as good as his word. And people prefer to diss Martin, but he is a rising star. Somewhere Gene Keady is applauding this morning.

        • psickert1

          Lmao my bad l was wondering haha.

  • UMTigersWingsLions

    crystal ball 247 had us 57% UK 38% and Cal 3%..lol

  • I’m not particularly upset about this one. This kid would have made a spectacular 4 or Right or whatever we call the position GR3 played for us, but we have a number of guys who can play that position already. And while they will likely play it much differently, they might play it better on a team with the fire power that this team already has. Sincere good luck to Jaylen Brown.

  • psickert1

    Maybe we can go after the 5th year transfer if he hasn’t committed. This is disappointing. We will eventually get our super star. Let’s hope that kam can develop.

  • David Remmler

    A little disappointed but not that much. We have a deep and talented rotation this coming year already. Honestly, who knows how Brown would have fit in? Maybe he would have upset team chemistry.

    I root for Cal as well so I’m glad he went there instead of Kentucky. Basketball-wise it’s an odd decision since Cal is nowhere on the basketball map and Martin isn’t nearly is good a coach as Beilein. But he’s likely a one and done so coaching probably isn’t a big deal for him. And Cal is loaded with talent now – another top 10 player Rabb coming in and a few elite players still on the roster including Jabari Bird. If they stay healthy and Martin can do a decent coaching job (a big if), they have Final Four potential.

    As for Michigan, we have enough talent and experience to make a deep tourney run ourselves this year. We are adding a lot of talented players to a team that took two Final Four teams to OT late last year – a 6’8″ elite shooter in Duncan Robinson, a 6’10” top 20-40 forward in Moritz Wagner, a now healthy 6’9″ top 100 forward in DJ Wilson, a healthy elite top 40 point guard in Derrick Walton and a healthy borderline lottery pick in Caris Levert. That’s ridiculous. And top that all off with several highly promising and more experienced sophomores. Our Achilles heel is still a young and unproven front court but that should be better. If a couple front court players up their game, the other pieces gel and we stay healthy, the sky’s the limit.

    • psickert1

      They won’t go to the final four but they will be competitive. Overall, I’m Happy with our roster and if we find someone with a high motor and that is aggressive… I would take them as well. . Just me, I’m not a coach.

  • psickert1

    Slot of these 5 stars don’t often translate well in college. Kentucky had like 3 or 4 players that wouldn’t be first round picks even if they were the stars… Harrison twin dominated high school but nor college. Look the 5 stars at Florida who. Fail to live up to potential and one just entered the draft. Slot of teams do well with out all Americans. Iowa state ect… we will be fine this is one of our tallest teams.. 4 player 6-9 or taller. I player 6-8 . Two players 6-7 possible three if Max Comes back. and two 6-6…the size and skill is there and we also have experience. I really think Wagner, Wilson and Duncan Robinson will help take our team to the next level, IMO.

  • A2JD

    So, without Brown, I’m wondering if they bring back Max just to add
    depth and experience up front. For the last month of the season, he was
    the best big (albeit at 6’6″-7″) that Michigan had and it sounds like
    Max might prefer staying at U of M for his 5th year. It also would give
    Beilein more flexibility if Moe isn’t really ready to contribute.

    • Chris De Sana

      Why would we bring back Max and let young players who need experience sit on the bench? Does anyone really think he is the difference between winning a Big Ten Title or making the final 4? Give the young guys the minutes and if there is a few bucks left split it among the walk ons…

      • A2JD

        Because, as I noted, he was the best interior player they had down the stretch. If somebody else beats him out of minutes, great. I’m not advocating just giving him minutes because he’d be a 5-year senior. A scholarship to Max will only effect the upcoming season. I don’t see a downside. From what I’ve read and seen, Max was liked by his teammates and coaches.

        • Chris De Sana

          The downside is lack of playing time and development for those that need it. As said above if we were a few Max minutes away from a Big Ten Title OK or a few Max minutes away from a final 4 OK but I do no see him being that guy that puts us over the top.

          • A2JD

            They other guys can get that PT and development if they earn it. They don’t need to be handed free minutes if there’s somebody that makes the team better than they do.

          • A2JD

            This isn’t a case of a 1st team and 2nd team QB. Every player will still get plenty of opportunity to earn minutes during practice.

    • MAZS

      I like Max, but I’d be very surprised if he came back. I think both Max and UM are ready to move on. Beilein has alluded to Max having some unhappiness about playing time in the past. He would have no guaranteed playing time this year. He may get that elsewhere–an opportunity to show his game.

  • ChaseGoBlue

    Any news on shonn miller!

    • He’s going to UConn.

      • ChaseGoBlue

        Dang I hope we get Max back.

  • troy

    does this mean Bielfeldt is coming back?

  • UMTigersWingsLions

    I know this might sound crazy, but i think we might be better off without him. We have established players already developed in our system. Comraderie among teammates. No discontinuity. We would have to change things around him if he came. I think we will be a very good team without him.

  • ChaseGoBlue

    Yeah you’re right that should be Wilson or wagners spot.

  • Corperryale

    If Michigan meets California in the 7/10 game, who wins?

    • UMTigersWingsLions

      We are much better than Cal