Bruce Brown is testing the waters.
UM said Thursday that Brown, the sophomore guard, has declared for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent. That would allow him to participate in the pre-draft process, including the NBA combine, but return to school if he wants.
In an Instagram post, Brown was excited to share the news.
“Been waiting or this my whole life!!!” he wrote. “I’m declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft.”
He did not say that he was going sans agent.
Brown, 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, missed the final 12 games of the season because of a foot injury. A stress fracture of his fifth metatarsal on his left foot kept him in a walking boot from Feb. 1, when he had surgery, to March 13. He was in uniform and warmed up with his teammates before UM’s 64-62 loss to Loyola-Chicago last Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Dallas.
The NBA combine is May 16-20 in Chicago. Brown would almost certainly be invited to that. The dateline for a early entrant to withdraw from the draft is June 11. The NBA Draft is June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
NBADraft.net projects Brown, a Boston native and former five-star recruit, as the No. 55 overall player available. He was projected as a potential lottery pick before the season, in which he averaged 11.4 points and led UM with 7.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists. His shooting percentages dipped, a worry for scouts. Brown’s 3-point shooting regressed from 34.7 percent as a freshman to 26.7. His field goal rate sank from 45.9 to 41.5. He also made 62.9 percent of his free throws, compared to 74.4 percent in his first season. His rebounding (5.6 to 7.1) and assists (3.2 to 4.0) rose, however.
He posted one of the best debut seasons in UM history in 2016-17, setting school reords for in points (391), field goals made (134) and minutes played (1,053) by a freshman. He scored a Miami freshman single-game record 30 points in a win over over No. 9 North Carolina and 25 of his team’s 55 points in a win over No. 10 Duke.
His triple-double in Miami’s 2017-18 season opener against Gardner-Webb (10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists) was the second triple-double in his career, the third in program history and the 31st in ACC history. He is the sixth player in conference history with two career triple-doubles.