Big, BIG news for Miami Hurricanes basketball. According to a report on twitter by Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Bruce Brown will return to Miami for his sophomore season.
Miami's Jim Larranaga told me that after extensive conversations, Bruce Brown has decided to return to school next season. Won't test waters— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 3, 2017
A player with elite talent who some thought to be a 1st round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Brown was a big get in recruiting a year ago, and a big get to keep on campus this year.
Brown had a nice freshman season for Miami, averaging 11.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.2 assists. Brown had 3 games of 20+ points, all of which came against Duke and North Carolina. Brown’s season high, 30 points, came in Miami’s signature win of the year, a 77-62 win over National Championship finalist North Carolina.
Brown was the centerpiece of an elite recruiting class for Miami in 2016. Joining forces with 5-star F Dewan Huell, 3pt specialist Dejan Vasilijevich, and 4-star C Rodney Miller, Brown led the way for the freshman class of Canes Hoops players this past season, and looks to grow as a player heading into next season.
Keeping Brown in Coral Gables is big. BIG. Having Brown on the team with the aforementioned freshmen, Senior G Ja’Quan Newton, Junior wing Anthony Lawrence Jr., Junior C Ebuka Izundu, and another stellar recruiting class, headlined by 5-star G Lonnie Walker and 4-star PG Chris Lykes, gives Miami the talent to be a top 4 finisher in the ACC and a serious NCAA tournament challenge for any team they face.
In the end, Bruce Brown thought about testing the NBA draft waters, but instead will 100% be back on campus in Coral Gables next year.
I, for one, LOVE IT!!!