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He declared for the NBA Draft. What’s next for this Hurricanes star?

Miami Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown Jr. (11) drives the ball as North Florida Ospreys guard Garrett Sams (11) defends in the second half as the University of Miami Hurricanes host the North Florida Ospreys on Saturday, November 25, 2017.
Miami Hurricanes guard Bruce Brown Jr. (11) drives the ball as North Florida Ospreys guard Garrett Sams (11) defends in the second half as the University of Miami Hurricanes host the North Florida Ospreys on Saturday, November 25, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Sophomore Bruce Brown announced Thursday that he has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, the University of Miami men’s basketball team announced Thrusday on Twitter.

One thing to note, however: Brown has not hired an agent yet, according to UM. This allows Brown to retain his collegiate eligibility should he decide to take his name out of draft consideration at some point during the predraft process. The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft is June 11.

Brown missed the Hurricanes’ final 12 games of the 2017-18 season — including its ACC Tournament loss to North Carolina and first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Loyola-Chicago — after undergoing foot surgery on Feb. 1. He was cleared by doctors to return to action ahead of the NCAA tournament.

But when he was on the court, Brown was one of Miami’s most dynamic players.

Brown played in 19 of the Hurricanes’ first 20 games this season and led the team in rebounds per game (7.1), assists per game (4) and steals per game (1.3) while ranking second on the team, averaging 11.4 points per game in that span. He scored a season-high 23 points in Miami’s 80-74 win against Florida State on Jan. 7.

Despite the injury and missing almost half the season, Brown is still highly regarded in the NBA draft circles. ESPN has Brown being selected 29th overall by the Golden State Warriors in its latest mock draft. Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo has Brown ranked No. 28 on his NBA Draft big board.

While Brown has made his decision, the Hurricanes are still waiting to hear what freshman Lonnie Walker plans to do regarding his basketball future. The former five-star guard led Miami with 11.5 points per game in his first season. Players have until April 22 to enter the NBA Draft.

The 2018 NBA Draft takes place June 21.

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