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Basketball: Jabari Brown update

Here’s the latest on Jabari Brown, the highly rated shooting guard from Oakland HS, who ranks at the top of Cal’s recruiting wish list:

I spoke today to his father, David, who confirmed that Jabari’s list of schools includes Cal, Washington, Oregon, St. John’s, Georgia Tech, UConn and DePaul.

But David Brown added there are at least two other schools —  Maryland and Miami — that have joined the picture.

Maryland has scheduled a home visit, as have Washington, Oregon, DePaul and Georgia Tech, according to David Brown. He said the family is trying to schedule a home visit with Cal coach Mike Montgomery on Sept. 28.

Brown has lined up just one official campus visit — to Washington on the weekend of Sept. 17.  David Brown said Jabari likely will take an unofficial visit to Cal — which he’s able to do because of proximity, and would allow him to use his five permitted official visits elsewhere. How things go on home visits will help determine which schools Brown visits.

David Brown said he and his wife, Fannie, will help their son sort things out, but added, “We don’t want it to be our decision. We’re  just trying to make sure he’s looking at the right factors.”

And those factors?

“A big factor is how the school is going to use him. A couple schools said they want to use him at a 3 — we don’t want that,” David Brown said. “Some schools say they’ll use him as a 1 and 2. That’s what we’re looking for. Mostly, we’d like a program that’s going to care about him as a person.”

David Brown said at one time his son was thinking he’d take his time and wait to announce his decision until after his high school season. “Then he said, `I can’t deal with all this,’ ” his dad said. Now the timetable is to make a decision by the November early signing period.

Jeff Faraudo