Jordan Brown took off his sport jacket and slipped on his red, white and blue McDonald’s All American Games jersey Tuesday at Napa Christian Campus of Education, where he is a senior.
“It feels pretty good. Fits pretty good,” said Brown, a 6-foot-11 forward/center for Prolific Prep Academy of Napa.
Brown was named last week to the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games, one of the top all-star events in the country each year.
“Just being able to have this jersey across my chest and knowing the people who also have had it and the success that has come with it, it’s amazing,” Brown said on the stage area of the gym. “I’m just excited for the game.”
Brown, who transferred from Woodcreek High School in Roseville after his junior year, is on the West team roster for the 41st annual boys games. The McDonald’s All American Games are March 28 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
“It’s a blessing,” said Brown. “I can’t find any other words to describe it.”
He is averaging 23.5 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for Prolific Prep, which plays a national tournament schedule.
Brown, 18, was presented with his McDonald’s All American Games jersey Tuesday as part of the McDonald’s All American Hometown Heroes presented by American Family Insurance, which honors all 24 boys and 24 girls selected for the prestigious event.
A ceremony honoring Brown was held in the gym at Napa Christian. All 15 players for Prolific Prep, which is now in its fourth year, attend Napa Christian, a Seventh-day Adventist school.
“We are so proud of him,” said Justine Leonie, Napa Christian’s principal. “I am so proud of him because he’s now become a mentor to other children. He’s a very good student.”
Brown was joined by his family, teammates and staff from Prolific Prep, and students and staff from Napa Christian.
“We really think that Jordan has got a bright, bright future,” said Billy McKnight, Prolific Prep’s head coach. “This is an unbelievable honor that recognizes your work up to this point. But there’s a long way to go in your basketball career still. And that’s really what is so exciting about all this.”
Brown is the only player from California on the West team for the McDonald’s All American Games. The West team’s head coach is Brad Lauwers of A.J. Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska.
The McDonald’s All American Games for boys, which will be carried by ESPN, features players from 17 states.
Brown has scholarship offers from UC Berkeley, UCLA, St. John’s, Oregon and Nevada. He has made official visits to UCLA and St. John’s.
“He has worked really hard,” said Dion Brown, who played basketball at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame last year. “He deserves it, he definitely deserves it. He has put the numbers up. He has had team success.
“This is a great award.”
Jordan Brown was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason team for the 2017-18 season, USA TODAY High School Sports announced in late November.
He averaged 26.3 points and 15.8 rebounds per game last year, leading Woodcreek to a 32-3 record and to CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and CIF Northern California Open Division championships. He was named as The Sacramento Bee Player of the Year and a MaxPreps.com second team All-American last year.
Brown is having a good season for Prolific Prep, which plays in The Grind Session, a circuit of elite national high school basketball events throughout the winter.
He set a single-game tournament record with 20 rebounds at the Lighthouse Classic (Mississippi) and was voted Grind Session Player of the Week during the first week of the season.
He was selected to the Marshall County (Kentucky) Hoopfest All-Tournament team after scoring 30 points and getting 19 rebounds in the first game.
Brown has enjoyed his season with Prolific Prep and the challenges that a tough schedule presents.
“It’s been great, just being able to compete every day in practice and having the guys around me and the coaching staff around me, to help me get better throughout the year,” he said.
Josh Jackson and Gary Trent Jr. are former Prolific Prep players who were selected for the McDonald’s All American Games. Jackson is a rookie for the Phoenix Suns and Trent is a freshman at Duke.
Brown played on the gold medal-winning team for the USA at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain.
He played on the 2015 USA National Team, which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Bahia Blanca, Argentina.
He was named as a finalist for the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team.
There are 126 students in grades K-12 at Napa Christian. Brown will graduate from Napa Christian later this year.