Monday, April 2, 2012

Texas guard J'Covan Brown entering the NBA draft

J'Covan Brown

Texas will have a big hole to fill in its backcourt next season.

J'Covan Brown announced Monday he was forgoing his final season of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

"There were a lot of reasons to come back to school next year, most importantly getting my degree and being around my teammates every day," Brown said in a statement. "But the time has come for me to pursue a career in professional basketball and take care of my daughter, Jordyn. This has been a difficult decision, but it is the best decision for myself and my family."

Brown averaged 20.1 points to lead the Big 12 in scoring this past season as the Longhorns went 20-14 and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 14th consecutive time.

He is not projected to be a first-round pick.

"Our staff wishes J'Covan and his family nothing but success as he moves forward," Texas coach Rick Barnes said in a statement. "We've literally seen J'Covan grow up and mature before our eyes over the last three years here, and we are proud of the man that he has become. We respect his decision and understand his need to provide for his daughter."


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