CHICAGO – Throughout his extensive recruiting process and many college visits, Jaylen Brown, arguably the nation’s No. 1 basketball prospect, has come to one notable conclusion about the University of Kentucky.“Kentucky is the best basketball program in the country,” he said at media day before Wednesday’s McDonald’s All American Game. “… Just the professionalism that they carry their selves with is ridiculous. How they handle things at Kentucky, the facilities, it’s like a pro atmosphere, and I didn’t feel that way at any other school. Well, I felt that way, but it was more at Kentucky. Basketball is what they do.”If that’s how he feels then why not just go to Kentucky?“To me, I’m more than a basketball player,” he said. “There’s other things that go into my decision than basketball. Basketball is just what I do. It’s not who I am.”Malik Newman ‘feels like it’s time to decide’That’s not to say UK won’t land Brown — the imposing, dominant small forward from Marietta, Ga. — in the end.He declined to say exactly the list of factors that will lead to his eventual college decision, and he’s hard to pin down. He’s considering an array of teams from all over the country with varying degrees of basketball tradition and academic prestige: Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA and California.He has officially visited UK, Michigan, Kansas, UCLA and UNC and unofficially visited the others.He had a home visit with Kansas this past week.Brown is entering the home stretch of his recruitment, though he hasn’t yet finalized a date for a decision. He has a busy month that will include playing in the Dick’s Sporting Goods national tournament this weekend with his high school team in New York, the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., on April 11 and the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 17.He said he expects to make a decision within two weeks after the Jordan game.Brown said he’s not sure yet if the roster changes and NBA draft departures at elite programs like Kentucky and Kansas will affect his decision. For one, he’s still weighing if he prefers to go to a school with multiple other NBA prospects or one where he figures to be the marquee player from day one.“That’s a line I’m walking on and a dilemma I have for myself,” he said. “Do I want to go somewhere where I can start something, where I can be the influence to all my teammates and make them better, or do I want to go somewhere where I’m one of many, where I’m just an additive to a great team?“Decisions, decisions. That’s all I have to say.”Brown said he thinks elite players can make it to the pros from anywhere.“If you’re a pro, you can pretty much go anywhere, and they’ll find you,” Brown said. “So it’s not about going to a certain school to be a pro. If I’m doing what I’m supposing to be doing, I think I can get to the NBA with my abilities.”The notion that certain coaches have better track records of getting players to the NBA “doesn’t apply to me,” Brown said.IU recruiting Thomas Bryant the hardestAs well as Calipari has recruited, the one position he’s failed to consistently attract top prospects is small forward. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the only elite small forward he has landed at UK, and Brown said Calipari has told him he would fill a void the program has had.“He hasn’t too many great wings, and this year he didn’t have any wings at all,” Brown said. “He said I’m what they’re missing, somebody who, as a true wing, can do many things: Distribute, pass, score, defend, guard multiple positions. He said he hasn’t had that in a few years, and he’s looking for me to fill that role.”Brown has recently started considering California, which Brown called a “public Ivy” for its academic reputation. He took an unofficial visit there in the past month after calling coach Cuonzo Martin, who previously recruited him at Tennessee, and telling him he’d be interested in the program.Cal has also emerged as a strong contender for McDonald’s All American big men Ivan Rabb and Caleb Swanigan.