Jaylon Brown a new 2013 prospect on Indiana’s radar

INDIANAPOLIS — A year ago at this time, there were not college coaches coming to watch Jaylon Brown.

“Maybe one school,” Brown admitted.

But during this week’s adidas Invitational, the 5-foot-10 junior point guard from Fishers was a guy Indiana was watching.

The Hoosiers’ coaching staff recently played host to Brown on an unofficial visit.

“(Tom Crean) really likes me,” Brown said. “He said he has a really strong interest.”

Indiana told Brown they will be watching him this month and evaluating him before possibly making an offer.

Crean, who is not shy about telling recruits they remind him of a past player, praised Brown’s game by comparing him one of Crean’s top former players.

“Coach Crean said I remind him of Dominic James from Marquette,” Brown said.

It’s easy to see why. Brown, playing for Martin’s Wolverines this month, gets up and down the court with a lot of speed. But despite not being the biggest point guard around, he can fly. His dunk over a Michigan Mustang opponent dropped the jaws of several on-lookers.

“I am pretty sure no one thinks I can jump until I dunk or do something in warmups,” Brown said. “Then they finally notice I am fast and all of that stuff. I surprise people. I like doing that.”

Brown’s only offer is from American University, but the fast-riser in the class of 2013 has also visited Ohio University and is hearing from Xavier and Butler.

With the college coaches now watching, Brown is dealing with playing in the limelight.

“It can be pressure, but once I get into the game and get a feel for it I settle down and just play my game,” Brown said.