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John Calipari is confident he can develop Greg Brown in a budding star.

Basketball: USA Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats were a late addition to Greg Brown III’s final five. However, the Wildcats seem to continually be gaining more steam in the race.

Brown is currently ranked as the No. 8 overall recruit in the Class of 2020 by 247 Sports. In his class, he’s both the top-ranked power forward and the second-ranked player from Texas.

Talk about impressive. What’s even crazier is that as a freshman in high school, Brown averaged 17.2 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game.

The 6-9, 195-pound athlete has the complete package when it comes to physicality. Mix in his skill set, and you have a player that coach John Calipari thinks could be the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

“He likes that I can do everything. He said he would make me the No. 1 pick in the draft. Yeah, that’s what he’s been saying,” Brown told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

While 247 Sports has Brown 100% dedicated to Texas, Brown still has Auburn, Kentucky, North Carolina and Memphis on his watch list. Of those five, there’s only two that have a track record of successful professional players like Cal’s Wildcats.

And while the Longhorns have been viewed as the favorite, Brown’s father, Greg Brown II, says not so fast.

“We’re more interested in what’s going to best for Greg,” his dad said. “I could give less than a damn what’s best for anybody else. What’s best for my son to be able to develop and get to where he is trying to get to? We’re making our decision based off of that.”

Brown II and his wife are both Texas alumni, but he was pretty adamant he wants what’s best for his son, which is good news for Kentucky.

Oh, and we already know how getting AAU teammate and fellow Texas native Cade Cunningham will help tremendously with Brown. Kentucky has gained a lot of momentum with Cunningham, but even if he picks the Cats, Brown is still expected to wait until the spring for a decision.

Be sure to read Roberts’ full interview with Brown and his family.

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