Brown leaving Missouri basketball early, declaring for NBA draft

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 4:06 p.m. CDT; updated 4:51 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 2, 2014

COLUMBIA — Missouri shooting guard Jabari Brown announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA draft.

The Tigers will now enter next season without their top two scorers. Brown's best friend and backcourt teammate Jordan Clarkson announced Monday that he is declaring for the draft. 

Brown led the Southeastern Conference in scoring (19.9 points per game) and minutes played (37 minutes per game). He placed third in the conference in 3-point percentage (41 percent) and shot almost 80 percent from the free throw line in his second season at Missouri after transferring from Oregon.

The Tigers finished the season 23-12 after a second-round exit from the National Invitation Tournament.

The Oakland, Calif., native was a five-star recruit out of Oakland High School in 2011. He transferred from Oregon after playing just two games for the Ducks and signed with Missouri.

Brown averaged 13.7 points in 24 games in his first year with Missouri after sitting out the 2012 fall semester due to transfer rules. This season he became Missouri's most consistent and versatile scorer thanks to an improved ability to score off the dribble. 

He scored a career-high 33 points on Feb. 1 in Missouri's loss to Kentucky, reached double figures in 32 of Missouri's 33 games this season and scored at least 20 points in 20 of them.

Brown is projected as a second-round pick according to several online mock drafts. 

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