Former 5-Star PF Jordan Brown Transferring to Arizona from Nevada

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2019

Nevada forward Jordan Brown (21) against Little Rock in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Reno, Nev., Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes)
Tom R. Smedes/Associated Press

Former 5-star recruit Jordan Brown is leaving Nevada and will continue his college basketball career at Arizona.

Brown announced his decision via Twitter on Friday:

Jordan Brown @JIBrown21


Brown was one of the top recruits in the class of 2018. According to 247Sports, he was the top-ranked prospect in the state of California and the 19th-ranked overall recruit in his class.

The 6'11", 210-pound forward averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game as a freshman for the Wolf Pack in 2018-19.

When former Nevada head coach Eric Musselman left for Arkansas in April, Brown opted to enter the transfer portal. His dad, Dion, told Nevada Sports Network that Jordan was looking for "trust" at his next school.

Arizona had been in the mix prior to Brown initially committing to Nevada coming out of high school. However, as he told 247Sports' Evan Daniels in May 2018, he felt "really comfortable" with the Wolf Pack. Ultimately, though, he has decided a change was in his best interest.

Aaron Torres @Aaron_Torres

Former McDonalds All-American Jordan Brown commits to Arizona. Can say that as recently as last week the Nevada coaching staff thought they were in position to get him back. Now he's headed to Tucson. Btw, Arizona practice squad with Brown + Jemarl Baker will be STACKED next year https://t.co/lRSCAih9h7

Brown told Daniels on Friday that Wildcats coach Sean Miller heavily influenced his decision to move on to Tucson:

"We really just talked about, we have both faced adversity and having expectations of things we should accomplish. Just knowing that we both have things that we want to accomplish I feel like really complements each other, having a player and a coach that have expectations they want to reach.

"The freedom that he gives the bigs, I feel like I can help that out, by being able to spread the floor more and handle it away from the post and also doing damage in the post and just be a big presence for them."

The Wildcats beat out a number of schools for Brown's services, per the New York Times' Adam Zagoria:

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria

Nevada transfer and former @McDAAG Jordan Brown is considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Wake, Arizona State, Louisiana Lafayette, St Mary’s, California, Oregon, Baylor, LSU, Pitt, Ohio State, his dad tells me.

While Brown will have to sit out the 2019-20 season, he will still have three years of eligibility remaining.