Jaylen Brown (born October 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the California Golden Bears. As a freshman, he earned first-team all-conference honors in the Pac-12 and was named the conference's Freshman of the Year. After the season, he decided to forgo his remaining college eligibility, and was selected by Boston with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
Brown attended Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. As a senior he helped lead his team to a victory in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAAAAA state championship. With 0.6 seconds remaining, Brown hit two free throws to give Wheeler a 59–58 victory.
Brown was rated as a five-star recruit and was ranked by Scout.com, ESPN, and 247Sports.com as the fourth best recruit in his class behind Ben Simmons, Skal Labissière, and Brandon Ingram. Rivals.com ranked him third in his class.
Brown won a 2014 FIBA Americas Championship gold medal as part of the 2014 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team while playing alongside future NBA players Stanley Johnson and Justise Winslow. Brown was also selected to play in the 2015 McDonald's All-American Boys Game.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Jaylen Brown |
|Alpharetta, Georgia||Joseph Wheeler High School||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)||220 lb (100 kg)||May 1, 2015|
|Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 4 Rivals: 3 ESPN: 4|
On May 1, 2015, Brown committed to play for the Golden Bears at the University of California, Berkeley, under coach Cuonzo Martin and alongside fellow top-recruit Ivan Rabb. He is listed as a small forward and is heralded as an all-round prospect due to his athleticism. During his time at California, he attended a master's degree class as a freshman for the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education. In addition to that, Brown also learned how to speak Spanish relatively well in his time in California, with him planning on learning three more languages by the age of 25.
While playing for California, provided 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists with 27.6 minutes played per game in 34 games of action. He had his best scoring games on November 27, 2015, against Richmond and January 27, 2016, against Utah by recording 27 points in each game. He recorded a season-high 11 rebounds twice during victories on November 23, 2015, against Sam Houston State and on January 1, 2016, against Colorado. On January 23, 2016, Brown recorded a season-high 7 assists to go with 15 points in a 74–73 victory over Arizona. While Brown would prove to be a leading force throughout his only season in California, he had limited success in the NCAA Tournament, providing limited distribution before fouling out en route to a loss to 12th-seeded Hawaii, which also resulted in Hawaii's first ever NCAA Tournament victory. However, Brown also earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and be the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year for the production he gave to the Golden Bears all year long.
Boston Celtics (2016–present)
On June 23, 2016, Brown was selected by the Boston Celtics with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. On July 27, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics after averaging 16.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals in six Summer League games. He made his debut for the Celtics in their season opener on October 26 against the Brooklyn Nets. In 19 minutes off the bench, he scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting in a 122–117 win. In his first career start on November 3, Brown recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 1 block in a 128–122 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Brown has been described as a "scholar" and "introvert". He is primarily a vegetarian. Brown, who is African-American, assembled a primarily African-American advisory team prior to the NBA draft, though he did not hire an agent. He was criticized by some as "too smart" to play in the NBA. This criticism was taken by some as racial bias against African-Americans.
Brown's father is Quenton Marselles Brown, a professional boxer, who is the 2016 WBU World Champion, the 2015 WBU C.A.M. Heavyweight Champion as well as a member of the Hawaii State Boxing Commission Board.