LeBron James does not have any tangible connection to Atlanta or Georgia Tech—the superstar is from Akron, didn't go to college, and has spent his NBA career in Cleveland and Miami. However, Georgia Tech's basketball is using the story of James "going back home" to Cleveland to try and land one of the nation's most coveted 2015 recruits, Marietta native Jaylen Brown. The Atlanta Journal-Constitutionhas more on this recruitment:
“Coach Gregory expressed to him the importance of staying home, and he talked about how it affected LeBron,” Brown’s AAU coach, Desmond Eastmond, told the AJC on Wednesday night.
“(Gregory) reminded Jaylen that when LeBron decided to come back to Cleveland, one of the first things he said is that he never should’ve left because the importance of him staying within the community that raised him. He mentioned how LeBron talked about how the support system raised him and meant so much to him.
“Coach Gregory’s message was very, very powerful.”
Georgia Tech has an uphill battle if they want to keep Brown home. The small forward is a consensus five star and rated No. 2 in the nation in 247Sports' composite rankings. He has offers from powerhouses like Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Louisville, and Ohio State among numerous other schools.
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