Jalen Brown isn’t about to reflect completely even though he is only three weeks from graduation.
There is too much work to do yet.
Plus there is one more thing he’d like to put in the boxes he is taking to Oregon the first week of January.
A state championship ring.
Ok, so it probably won’t be ready, should Mountain Pointe beat Hamilton on Saturday in the Division I state title game, by the time Brown attends his first practice as an Oregon Duck, but maybe he can find a place for it when he starts unpacking once he gets to Eugene.
Securing one is first up.
“We’ve been building up to this,” Brown said. “It’s been a great year, but we have to finish it off strong.”
Brown made the decision, before choosing a college destination, he was going to be on campus for spring ball so it put everything – studies, the college application process, making a decision others wait until February to make, graduation from Mountain Pointe – into hyperdrive.
Everything had been happening so fast that it was hard to comprehend how few days the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year had left in his high school career.
Until the second round playoff game against Red Mountain.
“It definitely hit me in the quarterfinals when I started to think about how it was my last home game at Mountain Pointe,” said Brown, who has been an impact player since his freshman year. “It’s bittersweet. I love this season; it’s been the best thing ever and we have one more thing to do.
“But I can’t wait to get to get to Oregon and start my college career.”
Brown, who will come back in May to walk with his classmates at graduation, came on to the scene in 2010 when he had three interceptions against Westwood on Oct. 22 in Week 8. Now, he owns the school record for season (6) and career (15) interceptions along with just about every wide receiver record.
It’s flown by faster than Brown against a mismatched cornerback.
“It has all come together,” said Brown, who needs one touchdown catch to break his own Mountain Pointe season record (18) he set last season. “I am so blessed and there will be a time to reflect on it. I am so very fortunate to be where I am now.”
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