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Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown 2017.jpg
Brown with the Celtics in 2017
No. 7 – Boston Celtics
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1996-10-24) October 24, 1996 (age 21)
Marietta, Georgia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Wheeler (Marietta, Georgia)
College California (2015–2016)
NBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016–present Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Jaylen Brown (born October 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college basketball for the California Golden Bears, being named first-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Declaring for the 2016 NBA draft after that season, he was selected by the Celtics with the third overall pick. As a professional, he has split his time between shooting guard and small forward.

High school career

Brown in March 2015

Brown attended Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia.[1][2][3][4] As a senior, he helped lead his team to victory in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) AAAAAA state championship. With 0.6 seconds remaining, Brown hit two free throws to give Wheeler a 59–58 win.[5][6] As a senior, Brown averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds while leading Wheeler to a 30–3 overall record.[7]

Brown was rated a five-star recruit and ranked by, ESPN, and as the fourth best recruit in his class behind Ben Simmons, Skal Labissière, and Brandon Ingram.[8][9][10] ranked him third in his class.[11]

Brown won a 2014 FIBA Americas Championship gold medal as part of the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team.[12] He was also selected to play in the 2015 McDonald's All-American Boys Game.[13] At the conclusion of an outstanding high school career, Brown was named Gatorade Georgia Boys Player of the Year, USA Today's All-USA Georgia Player of the Year, Georgia's Mr. Basketball, and the Class 6A Player of the Year.[7]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jaylen Brown
Alpharetta, Georgia Wheeler HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 1, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 4   Rivals: 3  247Sports: 4  ESPN: 4
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career

On May 1, 2015, Brown committed to play for the Golden Bears at the University of California, Berkeley, under coach Cuonzo Martin and alongside fellow top-recruit Ivan Rabb.[14] He was heralded as an all-around prospect due to his athleticism.[15] Brown took a masters-level class in Berkeley's Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program during his first semester in college.[16] He also gained some fluency in Spanish, stating a goal of learning three more languages by the age of 25.[17][18]

While playing for California, Brown averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.6 minutes per game over 34 games. He had his best scoring games on November 27, 2015, against Richmond and January 27, 2016, against Utah, recording 27 points in each game. He had a season-high 11 rebounds twice during victories on November 23, 2015, against Sam Houston State and on January 1, 2016, against Colorado. On January 23, 2016, Brown recorded a season-high 7 assists to go with 15 points in a 74–73 victory over Arizona. Brown earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

College statistics

2015–16 California 34 34 27.6 .431 .294 .654 5.4 2.0 .8 .6 14.6

Professional career

Boston Celtics (2016–present)

Brown playing for the Celtics in 2018

On June 23, 2016, Brown was selected by the Boston Celtics with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.[19] On July 27, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics after averaging 16.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals in six Summer League games.[20] He made his debut for the Celtics in their season opener on October 26 against the Brooklyn Nets, scoring nine points on 3-for-4 shooting, while adding two blocked shots in 19-plus minutes.[21] In his first career start on November 3, Brown scored 19 points in a 128–122 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[22] On January 27, 2017, he scored a career-high 20 points in a 128–98 win over the Orlando Magic.[23] Brown helped the Celtics claim the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, before helping them advance through to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they were defeated by the Cavaliers in five games. Brown had a productive rookie season in 2016–17, with his role off the bench continuing to develop as the year went on. He appeared in 78 games for the Celtics during the regular season, with 20 starts. He averaged 17.2 minutes on the floor, 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists.[24] At the season's end, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.[25]

In the Celtics' 2017–18 season opener against the Cavaliers on October 17, 2017, Brown scored a career-high 25 points in a 102–99 loss.[26] On November 18, he set a new career high with 27 points and helped the Celtics win their 15th straight game with a 110–99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.[27] On December 13 he had a 26-point effort against the Denver Nuggets.[28] Brown missed two weeks in March 2018 with a concussion.[29] On April 6, 2018, he set a new career high with 32 points in a 111–104 win over the Chicago Bulls.[30] In Game 2 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, Brown had a playoff career-high 30 points in helping Boston take a 2–0 series lead with a 120–106 win. At age 21, Brown became the youngest player in Celtics history to score 30 or more points in a playoff game.[31] In Game 4, Brown scored 34 points in a 104–102 loss.[32] The Celtics went on to win the series in seven games, with Brown sitting out the second-round series opener with a strained right hamstring. He returned to action in Game 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 13 points off the bench in a 108–103 win, helping the Celtics take a 2–0 series lead.[33] In Game 5, Brown scored 24 points in a 114–112 series-clinching win.[34] In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Brown scored 27 points in a 109–99 loss to the Cavaliers.[35]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2016–17 Boston 78 20 17.2 .454 .341 .685 2.8 .8 .4 .2 6.6
2017–18 Boston 70 70 30.7 .465 .395 .644 5.0 1.6 1.0 .4 14.5
Career 148 90 23.6 .461 .379 .658 3.8 1.2 .7 .3 10.4


2017 Boston 17 0 12.6 .479 .217 .667 2.1 .8 .4 .1 5.0
2018 Boston 18 15 32.4 .466 .393 .640 4.8 1.4 .8 .6 18.0
Career 35 15 22.8 .469 .363 .647 3.5 1.1 .6 .3 11.7

Personal life

Brown has been described as a "scholar" and "introvert".[citation needed] He is primarily a vegetarian and has diverse interests including learning Spanish, studying history, meditation, and philosophy. He is also a big soccer fan. Many have described him as an unusual athlete, with many ambitions beyond basketball.[36] Brown, who is African-American, assembled a primarily African-American advisory team prior to the NBA draft, but did not hire an agent.[17] He was criticized by some as "too smart" to play in the NBA.[17] This criticism was taken by some as racial bias against African-Americans.[37][38]

Brown's father is Quenton M. Brown, a professional boxer, who is the 2016 WBU World Champion, the 2015 WBU C.A.M. Heavyweight Champion, and a member of the Hawaii State Boxing Commission Board.[39]

Brown has been critical of President Donald Trump, maintaining that under his presidency it has become more acceptable for racists to publicly speak their minds, comparing it to the unrest that characterized the Civil Rights Movement.[citation needed] He has also said that Trump's character and some of his values make him unfit to be head of state for the United States.[40][clarification needed]

Brown has a YouTube channel, where he has posted several documentary-style video series depicting his life during the season and off-season workouts. The first episode, FCHWPO: Pawn to E4, was posted on January 31, 2017.[41] The video title refers to Brown's love of chess. FCHWPO, which is also Brown's Twitter and Instagram handle, stands for Faith, Consistency, Hard Work Pays Off.[42]

Brown is the cousin of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye, a free agent signing in the NFL.[43]


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  2. ^ Borzello, Jeff. "'Old man' Jaylen Brown separates from pack - not just with his game". Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  3. ^ "The Jaylen Brown Blog: No. 2 ranked senior talks UNC visit, SAT, HS season and more | USA Today High School Sports | USA Today High School Sports". Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  4. ^ Ryan Gorcey (2016-03-10). "Cal freshman Jaylen Brown breaks the mold of a five-star, NBA-bound talent; he's as much student as he is athlete". Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Jaylen Brown, No. 7 Wheeler win state title with free throws with 0.6 seconds left | USA Today High School Sports | USA Today High School Sports". Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Wheeler High's Jaylen Brown wins state title with dramatic free throws". Atlanta Sun Times. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
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  15. ^ "Five-star forward Jaylen Brown commits to Cal for 2015-16". Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  16. ^ Faraudo, Jeff (November 11, 2015). "Cal freshman Jaylen Brown making an impression — in classroom". Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b c Spears, Marc J. (May 25, 2016). "Jaylen Brown: The 2016 NBA draft's Renaissance man". Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  18. ^ NBA Draft: Why teams shouldn't be afraid of Jaylen Brown's intellect
  19. ^ Washburn, Gary (June 23, 2016). "Celtics formed a bond with Jaylen Brown". Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Celtics Sign Five Players". July 27, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Thomas scores 25, Celtics fight off Nets 122-117". October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Cavaliers stay unbeaten with 128-122 win over Celtics". November 3, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Thomas scores 21 as Celtics rout Magic 128-98". January 27, 2017. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
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  26. ^ "Celtics' Jaylen Brown: Posts 25 in season opener". October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Irving, Brown help Celtics rally for 15th straight win". November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Jaylen Brown 2017-18 Game Log". Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  29. ^ "Rozier scores 33 as Celtics roll past Kings, 104-93". March 25, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Greg Monroe's triple-double lifts Celtics over Bulls 111-104". April 6, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Brown scores 30, Celtics roll to 120-106 win over Bucks". April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  32. ^ "Tied up: Giannis' tip-in lifts Bucks over Celtics in Game 4". April 22, 2018. Retrieved April 22, 2018. 
  33. ^ "Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat 76ers 108-103". May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 3, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Celtics beat 76ers 114-112 in Game 5, advance to face Cavs". May 9, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  35. ^ "Boston bound: LeBron James pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics". May 25, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018. 
  36. ^ Letourneau, Connor (March 8, 2016). "Cal's Jaylen Brown has scholarly ambitions". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  37. ^ Seehafer, Lucas (June 3, 2016). "Jaylen Brown, Intelligence, and Racial Bias". Canis Hoopus. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  38. ^ "Jaylen Brown Is Not "Too Smart"". Check Down Sports. June 29, 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016. 
  39. ^ One-on- One with WBU World Champion Marselles Brown
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  43. ^ "Jaylen Brown of Celtics rooting for Jaguars because his cousin is A.J. Bouye, hopes he 'picks off Brady 3 times'". Retrieved January 19, 2018. 

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