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J'Covan Brown Bolts for NBA

Photo courtesy Randall Chancellor,
UT's J'Covan Brown, on guard against the Navy Midshipmen in 2010.

UT men's basketball player J’Covan Brown will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft.  Brown said in a statement that “the time has come for me to pursue a career in professional basketball and take care of my daughter, Jordyn.”

Brown’s average of 20.1 points a game led the Big 12 this past season. His move makes 10 Longhorns to leave school early for a shot at the big leagues since 2006. Brown was also an Academic All-Big 12 Team selection.

Texas coach Rick Barnes said in a statement that “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.” You can read the full statements from Brown and Barnes at Texas Sports

The Longhorns exited this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in the first round following a 65-59 loss to Cincinnati.

Daniel Guerra is an intern at KUT News
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