"As I went to different workouts, I got positive feedback from people that make decisions that I would go in the first round," said Brown.
"I want to thank Coach Izzo, all the coaches, my teammates and everyone who has supported me. Coach Izzo was supportive and told me the pros and cons of what he thought, but he was behind me 100 percent."
Indeed, when Brown made overtures of staying immediately after the Spartans surprising first round exit from the NCAA tournament, Izzo urged him to think things through and make an informed decision.
"I feel very confident that this is going to work out for Shannon. When it's all said and done, this has been a pleasure. He's been a good guy to coach. He's worked his tail off and he's handled the process as well as you can handle the process that he's been dealt," said the coach.
When asked why he could give his blessing to the Chicago area star leaving a season early, Izzo praised Brown for his level-headedness.
"He was quiet and humble and he earned his keep. He has the personality that he won't get big-headed. He'll stay focused and I think you'll see him get better each year. It's a very good decision that was thought out, acted out, involved the right people and for that, I hope Michigan State people applaud that it was done the best way it could be done."