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Nevada's Jordan Brown will visit Saint Mary's, Arizona State

Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown will take a couple more official visits before making a decision on whether he'll return to Nevada. (Nick Beaton/Nevada athletics)

Nevada basketball player Jordan Brown will take recruiting visits to Saint Mary's and Arizona State, per a report from CBS Sport's Jon Rothstein.

Brown has already taken a visit to Arizona, and Kentucky and Texas A&M also are showing interest in the former five-star McDonald's All-American, who hasn't ruled out a return to Nevada despite putting his name in the transfer portal.

Like the rest of the team, Brown put his name in the portal following the Wolf Pack's coaching change from Eric Musselman to Steve Alford, although Brown's father, Dion, has said his son would have done so even if Musselman remained the team's coach. When he committed to Nevada last year, Brown became the highest-rated player in any sport to sign with the Wolf Pack.

But Brown's first season at Nevada didn't go exactly as planned. Despite playing well in his minutes, he logged minimal court time. The 6-foot-11, 210-pound power forward averaged 3.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 assists per game while shooting 50.6 percent from the field. He averaged 10.1 minutes per game and got only two minutes in the team's NCAA Tournament loss to Florida after not playing in Nevada's Mountain West Tournament opener against Boise State.

Brown originally picked Nevada over finalists Arizona and Cal, although he never took an official visit to Arizona until earlier this month. The Wildcats are currently under investigation by the NCAA. Saint Mary's would give the Roseville, Calif., native a location close to home, which was a draw for the Wolf Pack in his first recruitment cycle. As a high school prospect, Brown took official visits to UCLA, St. John's, Cal and Louisiana Lafayette. UCLA was coached by Alford at the time.

While there is no firm deadline on a decision for Brown, Nevada starts the first session of summer school June 10 when the program can practice as a team.

One of the largest allures of staying at Nevada is the fact Brown wouldn't have to sit out a season. If he transferred to another Division I school, he'd be required to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules barring a waiver to play immediately, which would be unlikely in Brown's case since there is no obvious hardship. Brown has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Retaining Brown would be a coup for Nevada, which has pulled a number of players out of the portal for a return to Reno. One big area of weakness, however, is in the frontcourt where Nevada has just two traditional power forward/centers in Zane Meeks (6-9/210), a high school recruit who will join the team next season, and K.J. Hymes (6-11/210), who redshirted as a freshman last year.

Nevada will host a pair of forward/centers on official visits, including 7-foot graduate transfer Jaume Sorolla from Valparaiso. Sorolla could slot in at center for Nevada and allow Brown to play his more traditional power forward position. Sorolla averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season while making 51.1 percent of his shots from the field and averaging a career-best 1.3 blocks. He recently visited Cincinnati.

Also visiting Nevada is Oregon State transfer Warren Washington, a 6-foot-11, 210-pound forward who would have to sit out next season under transfer rules. As a freshman for the Beavers, Washington averaged 7.8 minutes per game and tallied 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds an outing while shooting 53.6 percent from the field. He has taken official visits to San Diego State and San Diego and has interest from Nebraska, Fresno State and Missouri.

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