Brown Talks Early-Entry Decision

When the NBA Draft comes up this summer, and a team has a first-round pick, J'Covan Brown thinks he should be under consideration.

Talking about his decision from the annual Texas Men's Basketball Banquet Monday night, Brown said he felt like he had accomplished enough to be under consideration by a team drafting in the first round.

"I think so," Brown said. "I go out there and lay it on the line for 40 minutes every night; never quit. And everybody could tell you that.

"But it's not up to me," Brown said. "All I have to do is go into the workouts, and let the scouts go from there."

Brown said he came to his decision after praying and talking to his parents. He said the birth of his child was also a consideration, but said that the decision was "really hard."

"(It was about) just being ready," Brown said. "I just thought I was ready to move on to that next level and play with those guys that are there. I just felt like I had the confidence, the courage and the ability skill-wise to do whatever they've done to get there.

"It was just me being ready and me being confidence in myself," Brown said.

Now, Brown will have to establish that confidence in the people on the other side: the NBA coaches and general managers. He'll be leaving Texas early after averaging 20.1 points per game in his first year as a starter, the top mark in the Big 12. He also led the Longhorns in three-pointers made and free-throw percentage. And his 130 assists and 41 steals were the second-best in each category on the team. For his efforts, he was named first-team All-Big 12.

Count his former coach as a believer.

"I think every guy has got to get better at every level," said Texas coach Rick Barnes, when asked about what Brown can work on. "He's a prolific scorer, he has a great basketball IQ. Defensively, he's proven that he can guard people. Ball-handling, people will look at maybe his turnovers a little bit, but he can handle the ball.

"He's done a great job," Barnes said. "The way he's grown here, I think he's got a terrific chance to really make something out of himself and certainly play at any level."

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