April 24, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior guard Shannon Brown (Maywood, Ill.) announced Monday that he has declared for the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent. Under NCAA regulations, undergraduate student-athletes have until June 18 to remove their name from the draft and still maintain their eligibility, providing they do not sign with an agent.
"My lifelong dream has been to be an NBA player," said Brown. "By testing the draft waters I am allowing myself to make a more informed decision while keeping all my options open. This really is a win-win decision for me. I can fulfill a dream of becoming an NBA player this season, or I can return for my senior season and fulfill a dream of graduating, establish myself in the Spartan record books while competing for a championship and reach the NBA next season. It's a process that's been made easier by the great support I've received from my teammates, coaches and family."
"For the past three years, Shannon Brown has done everything asked of him," said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. "During his time here, Shannon and I have forged a relationship based upon a mutual trust. We made a deal when I recruited him, and he's more than fulfilled his part. There is no question that he is an NBA prospect, and I have an obligation to look into everything with due diligence as he pursues the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of being an NBA player. There are so many unknowns about this year's draft, with different projections all over the board. Shannon owes it to himself and his family to make the most informed decision he can possibly make, and this is just the next step in a continuing process.
"I fully support Shannon's decision to continue with the process. If he can be a first-round pick, I always enjoy watching my players realize their dreams, and I'll look forward to sitting in my basement late at night during the winter watching him in the NBA just like I do with the rest of my guys. But if he decides to return to Michigan State and pursue his NBA dreams next season, I will welcome him back with open arms."
Brown averaged 17.2 points in 2005-06, ranking third on the squad and sixth in the conference. In Big Ten games, he averaged a team-best 18.8 points, third-highest in the league, earning second-team all-conference accolades. He also improved his all-around game as a junior, averaging career bests in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and assists (2.7 apg), ranking second on the squad in both categories. Among his individual honors, he was named to the USBWA and NABC All-District Teams and was a Naismith Award candidate. Brown also excelled on the defensive end of the court, earning a spot on the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. This past season, he joined teammates Maurice Ager (19.3 ppg) and Paul Davis (17.5 ppg) to be the only trio in the nation with each player averaging more than 17 points per game. The three players shared MSU's MVP award as voted on by their teammates.
In 2005-06, Brown became the 36th player in MSU history to score 1,000 career points. He currently stands 27th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,183 points. His other career highlights include being named Most Outstanding Player of the Austin Regional in the 2005 NCAA Tournament as Michigan State advanced to the Final Four.
The NBA Pre-Draft Camp will be held in Orlando, Fla., June 6-10. The NBA Draft will be held June 28 in New York City.
Shannon Brown will enter his name in the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent.