Basketball: Jabari Brown picks Oregon

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.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • uh oh.

    As a Cal fan, much better than UW or ASU.
    Oregon is a dead hoops program, no?
    He’ll be able to basically do whatever he wants on the floor, b/c he has no teammates.

  • uh oh.


    We look forward to a detailed report/interview.

  • Dan

    No top recruits seem to want to come to Cal to play for Monty from the 2011 class. At least we know that he’ll max out whatever talent he has, and tthat his team will not only live up to expectations, they will surpass expectations…

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Looks like virus season has already started.

    First the Cal state football can’t get a good QB

    Now the Cal state basketball can’t get a SG

    Cal state = No QB U
    Cal state = No SG U

  • BlueNGold

    “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.

    One has to wonder how this kid will feel about his choice if the “vision” does not turn out to be as he hoped it would.

  • Crawford

    He was impressed by facilities and the guy is a one and done player. He’s all about getting exposure, did you notice he happened to go where the NIKE headquarters are. The guy wants a shoe deal when he leaves after a year.

    Cal needs bigs

  • rollonubears

    can’t blame a guy for wanting to get away from oakland.

  • JayB


    That’s too bad for Cal State (although not clear which one – Fullerton? San Diego? There are over 20 or so in that system).

    Glad Cal doesn’t have that issue. Boehm, Kline, Hinder and Bridgeford – 4 excellent QB prospects in a row. And Cal landed a number of elite shooters last year in hoops, so between Crabbe, Rossi, etc we should be stacked there too.

  • Larry

    Hey Moron,

    He did’nt chose U$C either! CHEAT ON!