2016 Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Day: Cal men's hoops had Jaylen Brown, Cal women's hoops has Jaelyn Brown
SAN FRANCISCO – Jaylen Brown made his presence felt in his lone year in Berkeley, leading the Golden Bears to a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament before being drafted third overall by the Boston Celtics in June. While Cuonzo Martin no longer has his services, the name hasn’t left campus.
Now it’s time for the Cal women’s basketball team to have one of its own, as Jaelyn Brown enters her freshman season with Lindsay Gottlieb’s group. Like Jaylen the young man, Jaelyn the young woman comes to Berkeley as a prized prospect, ranked 54th in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz. In another interesting twist, Jaylen hails from Marietta, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta), while Jaelyn comes to Cal via Murietta, California.
“She’s incredibly talented. I think she’s starting to realize what she’s capable of,” head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said at 2016 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Media Day. “She’s got very good instincts, and I think she’ll only get better.”
Brown couldn’t play her senior year of high school after tearing her ACL, MCL, meniscus and compressed cartilage artery, but Gottlieb says she’s ready to go for the 2016-17 season.
“She’s terrific. She’s healthy. She hasn’t missed a beat with us,” Gottlieb said. “She’s very, very talented. She’ll be a contributor for us no doubt about it.”