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Recruiting Notebook: Michigan showing late interest in five-star wing

According to a report from On the Radar Hoops, a Michigan assistant coach was in to watch class of 2015 five-star Jaylen Brown yesterday. Brown is the No. 2 prospect in the country and this is the first reported interest from Michigan.

Brown’s recruitment is already at a very advanced stage. He’s taken official visits to Kansas and Kentucky and is also planning to visit UCLA and Georgia on officials. His fifth remaining visit has yet to be determined and, according to this report, North Carolina and Georgia Tech are the primary schools trying to earn the final visit.

Where will Jaylen Brown take his fifth official visit? “We haven’t decided on the fifth visit yet,” his mother said. “We’re just going to leave that open for now, and see how things go.”

Jaylen recently told reporters that he is considering an official visit to North Carolina after coach Roy Williams flew to Atlanta a couple of weeks ago to observe his workouts. Georgia Tech, which was the first school to offer Brown, may also be a contender for that fifth visit.

Is it fair to say that Brown will decide between North Carolina and Georgia Tech for that fifth visit? “That could possibly be it,” his mother said.

The news of a Michigan visit was described by Scout analyst Evan Daniels as “beyond random” and is surprising given how far along Brown is in the recruiting process.

Thornton adds big offer

Derryck Thornton added a scholarship offer from Duke last week. Since adding the Duke offer, the Blue Devils made a run in the 247 Sports Crystal Ball. Michigan, Kentucky and Duke have all emerged as the favorites, according to popular opinion, landing 40%, 24% and 24% of Crystal Ball predictions respectively.

Thornton also didn’t make it to Kentucky’s Midnight Madness event, opting to reschedule his next visit to Lexington for January 12th through 14th. While he didn’t trip to Kentucky, Thornton made the trek across town to UNLV for its Scarlet and Gray game over the weekend. Thornton plans to trim his list soon. Kentucky, Michigan, Duke, Miami, California and Louisville are some of the schools recruiting the five-star point guard the hardest.

Dozier continues visits

PJ Dozier has now visited Michigan, Georgetown and North Carolina with official visits to South Carolina (October 24th) and Louisville (October 30th) to come.

“It’s all about the feel for PJ right now, getting on the campus and see how it feels,” Dozier’s father told Sports Talk SC after the North Carolina trip.  “There’s no favorite.  Everybody has their perks and their pluses.  It’s hard to say what’s going to be the final decision until he takes all five visits.”

Dozier is also planning to announce his decision on one of ESPN’s television channels.

Battle sees Kentucky

Tyus Battle visited Kentucky for its Big Blue Madness activities which included a visit from Drake. Battle’s father told Zags Blog that Tyus enjoyed the trip.

“It went very well,” Gary Battle, the player’s father who did not make the trip with Tyus, told SNY.tv. “Tyus said Big Blue Madness was awesome and Cal and coach [John] Robic were very excited about him and how he may fit if he attends the school in a few years. Ty stated that he could see how Coach Cal gets some of the best talent year after year. It was a great event.”

Battle plans to cut his list in December.

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