Fishers (Ind.) High School guard Jaylon Brown is back to playing basketball after sitting out the end of the summer circuit with mononucleosis.
Thanks to some eye-opening performances, including 77 points in two games Sunday at the Metro Indianapolis Fall League, Brown is making up for lost time.
Brown announced his list of top five schools in August: UE, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, St. Bonaventure and Wichita State. Drake and Richmond have since joined in recruiting him.
“He probably was going to have some pretty big offers — not that Evansville’s not — and it didn’t work out for him,” said Fishers coach Joe Leonard. “But he’s starting to realize that Evansville, Miami of Ohio and a couple of these other schools have already been there. That’s who he’s narrowing it down to right now.”
The Indianapolis Star and Scout.com this week have both featured the 5-foot-11 senior, rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. Brown was also named the top uncommitted recruit in the state by the Indiana Basketball Source.
Leonard said UE coach Marty Simmons planned to visit Brown on Wednesday.
The Aces’ staff has “been on him since last year, and they’ve done a good job of building a relationship with him,” Leonard said. “He’s pretty much a relationship kid.”
Brown had another recent in-home visit with UE. He told Scout.com, with a laugh:
“Really they just kind of want me to commit to the school. They have been talking to me for a long time. They wanted to talk to my mom and show my mom what they have. It was a good visit, and I really like the place. They have a nice arena and they are in a good conference.”
Brown plans to commit sometime this fall and sign a Letter of Intent during the NCAA’s Early Period in November.
Simmons already has one verbal commitment from his son, Castle High School forward Blake Simmons. Harrison High School guard Ernie Duncan reopened his recruitment last week after committing to the Aces.
UE’s four scholarship seniors – Colt Ryan, Ned Cox, Troy Taylor and Lewis Jones – are all guards.