University of Miami sophomore guard Bruce Brown Jr. announced Thursday afternoon that he intends to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.
Brown, however, said that he will not hire an agent – which would allow him to retain his college eligibility and potentially return to the Hurricanes if he withdraws from the draft by June 11.
According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, Brown is considered a late first-round pick. He could improve his draft status with a solid performance in the NBA’s pre-draft combine (May 16-20).
The 6-foot-5 combo guard was averaging 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4 assists per game for UM this past season. His year was cut short at 19 games after he sustained a left foot injury that required surgery – which he had on February 1 – and he missed the final 12 games of the season, including the ACC tournament and Miami’s first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Loyola-Chicago.
A Boston-native, Brown set UM freshman single-season records in points (391), field goals made (134) and minutes played (1,053) in 2016-17. He also set the single-game record for points that season with a 30-point performance against North Carolina.
Brown also recorded two triple-doubles in his career at Miami – becoming just the sixth player in ACC history with multiple career triple-doubles.
Brown may be just the first Hurricanes hooper to declare. An announcement from freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV remains imminent – although many suspect that Walker, a former five-star McDonald’s All-American, will hire an agent.