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Jabari Brown remains committed to NBA Draft

By Missourian staff
April 16, 2014 | 10:05 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Tuesday was the final day that college basketball players could retract their decisions to declare for the NBA draft and remain in school.

Missouri junior Jabari Brown did not change his mind.


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Brown, who declared for the 2014 Draft on April 2, originally stated that he was not ruling out the possibility of returning to school if he did not like his evaluation from the NBA.


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Missouri coach Frank Haith released a statement supporting Brown's decision.

"We wish Jabari and his family all the best as he takes this exciting step into his professional career," Haith said. "Jabari accomplished a great deal during his two seasons at Mizzou, and we know he will continue to represent the University of Missouri and our program with tremendous passion and class for many years to come."

Brown transferred to Missouri from Oregon after starting in two games there his freshman season. He excelled as a Tiger. In 2013-14, Brown led Missouri in scoring with 19.9 points per game and was named a first-team All Southeastern Conference player.

This is an exciting day for our family, but it's also a difficult chapter to close because Mizzou has become an incredible home for me," Brown said in a statement. "There isn't much I would change about my experience at Missouri, but if I could do it all over again, I would have been a Tiger right out of high school.

Everyone here embraced me, helped me mature as a student and as a basketball player, and I want to thank Coach Haith, the coaching staff, my teammates, the support staff and our great fans for an incredible college experience." 

The NBA Draft will take place June 26. Brown has yet to sign an agent.