Oakland High’s Jabari Brown is headed to Oregon.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, rated as the nation’s No. 22 overall prospect by Rivals.com, announced on ESPNU this afternoon he will join new coach Dana Altman’s program in Eugene, Ore., a year from now. Both Rivals and Scout.com rate Brown as the nation’s No. 5 shooting guard prospect.
“Coach Altman really had a vision for me, that I was going to be a key player to help bring the program to national prominence,” Brown said.
Brown visited Oregon last weekend, where he met with players and coaches, scouted out the campus, watch the Ducks beat Stanford in football and toured the work-in-progress $227 million Matthew Knight Arena.
“It’s not finished but it’s definitely crazy,” Brown said. “It’s going to be a great facility.”
Brown said he ultimately picked the Ducks over Arizona State. He considered Cal early, but decided on Oregon a couple days ago. ”I just felt it was the best fit for me as a a player and a person,” Brown said. “I think coach Altman is going to get the best out of me.”
“He’s a huge addition to the Oregon program,” said Mark Olivier of the Drew Gooden Oakland Soliders, Brown’s AAU team. “Jabari Brown, to me, is a pro. Those are big words, but he can shoot it, has size and can get to the basket. He’s a competitor. He loves to win.”