Once Jordan Clarkson made his decision known that he was leaving Mizzou for the NBA Draft, you knew Jabari Brown wouldn’t be far behind. On Wednesday afternoon, Brown made it official that he will also enter the Draft.
“This was a step I needed to take in order to make the most educated decision possible with regards to my NBA opportunities,” Jabari Brown said. “My time here at Mizzou has been incredible. This is a special place and a second home for me. However, I must approach this looking at the bigger picture. This is a decision that impacts my family as well and that is most important to me.”
There is still a chance that Clarkson and/or Brown can return to Missouri, but that is highly unlikely. Both players may receive feedback on the prospects of them turning pro and it gives them the opportunity to sign with an agent or return to Missouri for a senior season. Underclassmen have until April 15 to withdraw their name from consideration and retain collegiate eligibility.
“So many things right now point for him to enter the draft, hire an agent and move forward,” said coach Frank Haith in a statement released by the University of Missouri. “He will do his due diligence in this process and then make the decision best for him and his family. I am really proud of Jabari and know Tiger fans are too with how he has conducted himself in the face of such great adversity this year.”
Brown was the SEC’s leading scorer this season, averaging 19.9 points in 35 total games. He topped 20 points in scoring 19 times overall.