Nevada received a massive boost to its 2018 recruiting class Friday with a verbal commitment from elite power forward prospect Jordan Brown.
"It honestly felt like it would be a good fit for me," Brown told 247Sports' Evan Daniels. "They were the first school to offer me so I'm just really comfortable with the coaching staff and the whole program. It's a good veteran team and they have a good chance at making to the NCAA Tournament again. I want to be a part of that."
Brown is a 5-star prospect who rates as the No. 17 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He's also graded as the fifth-ranked power forward in the group and the No. 1 player in the state of California.
The Prolific Prep and former Woodcreck High School sensation, who measures 6'10" and 195 pounds, has done most of his damage so far attacking the rim. He's started to work on bringing more variety to his offensive skill set, however, including an ongoing extension of his shooting range.
Mitch Stephens of MaxPreps passed along comments Woodcreek head coach Paul Hayes made last March about his prized forward.
"There's not much he can't do," he said. "He was very skilled when he got here and he's just got better. A nice new thing for him is his ability to avoid contact and now he can step outside and shoot. He can consistently knock down 15-footers. He has tremendous footwork and moves. He's the complete package."
One other thing that stands out watching Brown are his soft hands. He rarely juggles or mishandles the ball when it's tossed to him in the post. He makes a confident catch and uses a growing variety of moves to create an open look around the rim.
While he'll need to add more weight to his frame as well as increase his overall strength, the other raw tools are already in place for him to shine during what could be a short stay in college.
Ultimately, it's hard to overstate Brown's potential impact for head coach Eric Musselman and the Wolfpack. He's one of the best players in the class, and his hard work to further expand his all-around game continues to increase his upside.
Although it may take some time for him to find his footing at the collegiate level, especially as he hits the weight room to power up, he should take off during the second half of his freshman year at Nevada. He should be a reliable force down low by the time the NCAA tournament arrives.