Jordan Brown is leaving Woodcreek High School in Roseville and will play for Prolific Prep in Napa, a move that will send shock waves through local basketball landscape this season – though some might have expected it.
Brown, last season’s Bee Player of the Year, will join a national powerhouse for high-profile recruits whose alumni include Kansas’ Josh Jackson, taken No. 4 overall by the Phoenix Suns in June’s NBA draft.
Brown, a 6-foot-11 senior, is rated as the top power forward prospect and No. 6 overall in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rating that surveys the major recruiting websites.
Brown will attend Napa Christian High School along with his Prolific Prep teammates.
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Dion Brown said he wanted his son to face stronger every-day competition in an effort to better help his development. Prolific Prep is not part of the California Interscholastic Federation, so Brown will be eligible to play right away. Big-name prospects often land at such programs, though it has been rare for Sacramento-area athletes to do so.
He is the region’s most heavily recruited player since Bill Cartwright of Elk Grove in the mid-1970s. Some recruiting websites consider him a one-and-done prospect who could be an NBA lottery draft pick after his freshman year in college.
Known equally for his quiet demeanor and shy smile as much as he was for his ability to score and block shots, Brown was the focal point of teams that quickly turned Woodcreek into a Northern California powerhouse.
Woodcreek coach Paul Hayes said the team “wishes Jordan all the best.”
“No ill will at all,” Hayes said. “He was tremendous to coach and he’s a tremendous person. I know Dion has his son’s best interest at heart, and it’s hard to fault someone who is doing something he feels is best for his son.”
Brown was a three-year varsity starter for the Timberwolves, who went 32-3 last season and won the prestigious CIF NorCal Open Division championship, edging Sheldon. He averaged 26.3 points and 15.8 rebounds as a junior.