September 07, 2010
Cali High Sports is coming out with the best and most accurate list of the top Cali players for each sport. We add basketball to our rankings where an extremely talented 2011 class features maybe the best crop of athletes California has seen in years.
We continue our countdown to number 1 with all worldly shooting guard Jabari Brown. Jabari has absolutely dominated in AAU, off season camps and in season for his Oakland High School team.
#2 Jabari Brown
School: Oakland High School
Position: Shooting Guard
Weight: 200 pounds
Schools Considering: St. Johns, Cal, Washington, UConn, Georgia Tech
Jabari Brown has breathtaking ability on the basketball court. His combination of physical tools and developed basketball skill is extremely rare for this level. Most importantly, Jabari knows how to use his physical gifts to compliment his basketball skill, something it sometimes takes years for players to understand.
Jabari is extremely strong for a guard. At 6'4 200 pounds he really has an ideal frame for a shooting guard and is pound for pound one of the strongest players in California. Brown combines his overwhelming strength with his strong handles to take guards to the rack. If you put a smaller player on Jabari he simply physically overmatches them. He can attack the basket going to both his left and right hand and uses his physical nature to fight through contact to finish at the rim. He does a great job drawing contact to get to the foul line and contact doesn't really hinder his ability to put the ball in the basket.
Jabari has incredible leaping ability. Even at 6'4 he is constantly playing above the rim and flies around the court. If given too much room going to the basket he can soar up and posterize his man. If unchecked on offensive boards Jabari will leap over players much bigger then him for tip ins and put backs. He is able to get great separation and space on his jumper because by simply jumping he can create so much space in between him and his man.
Brown has world class speed and quicknesses that give him the potential to be an incredible defender. Jabari is so strong and fast that when he really wants to be he is the best on ball defender in the state. His lateral quickness is so great that he can move step for step even with the quickest, best ball handlers in California. He is able to deny opposing shooting guards perimeter looks by playing them extremely tight because most guys simply can't get around him. He'll use his body to prevent his man from getting to the rim on him and can make blocks at the basket. Jabari has quick hands and will poke away a steal now and then too.
All of Jabari's physical tools that we have mentioned above make him an absolute monster on the break. He absolutely attacks the basket and his man and always forces the defender to make a choice. If his defender commits to him, Jabari has proven to be a willing passer and will dish the rock. If you don't pressure the ball against him he will soar up above the rim and put the ball in the basket.
As for his basketball skill sets, Jabari can do it all. He can score from all over the court. His jumper is very solid with a quick release. He has range all the way out to the three point line and score off the dribble and off pick and pops. He displays a nice mid range game too and has a solid little floater that he will deploy when going to the basket.
Jabari is a very willing passer who shows good court vision. He'll make the extra pass when he needs too and doesn't turn the ball over too much. He has great handles and can attack his man with both hands and doesn't show a reluctance to use his left.
Jabari Brown is a great player who has every single athletic tool and basketball skill you would want in a dominant 2 guard. He has the complete package.
The next level?: Jabari is currently looking at a wide range of schools and has given no indication of when he will make his decision or what school is in the lead for his services.
At the next level Jabari is possibly a one and done type player, but he is good enough and far enough along in his development that in just one year he could transform a program. Jabari has shown there is nothing he can't do on a basketball court, he just needs to display more consistency in his game. He truly has the complete set of skills but doesn't dominate every play. In college he would probably benefit from having a strong minded, disciplinarian coach who could push Jabari to be his best and realize his massive potential.
Cali High Grade: 98