AUBURN, Ala. — One more Auburn basketball star will at least test the NBA draft waters, as shooting guard Bryce Brown is putting his name into consideration.
The program announced Wednesday morning Brown will enter the 2018 NBA Draft but not hire an agent, giving him an option to stay in school for the 2018-19 season.
“I want to thank God for everything he has done for me and the way he has led me,” Brown said in a statement. “I had a dream to play in the NBA one day and I want to pursue that dream. Testing the waters will be a great opportunity for me and my family to see where I’m at in the process.
“I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for putting me in great situations to succeed and show what I can do on the court. I want to thank the fans and the Auburn family as well. Together, we created something special this past season with the best home-court advantage in the country.”
Brown is the fourth Auburn player to declare for the NBA draft after the Tigers’ SEC championship campaign and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Brown was a first-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press last season after averaging 15.9 points and hitting 107 attempts from 3-point range. He is not currently projected to be a selection in the draft in June.
“I’m not sure there is a player in college basketball who has improved more over the last three years than Bryce Brown,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement. “He is an elite shooter, an improved playmaker and a great defender. We’re really excited for this opportunity for Bryce.”
Small forward Mustapha Heron, point guard Jared Harper and center Austin Wiley also entered the draft. Heron is the only one who entered with the intent of hiring an agent, which means he will not be back with the Tigers next season.
Auburn has also lost starting power forward Desean Murray and reserve point guard Davion Mitchell in recent weeks. Murray announced Tuesday night he would not be back for the 2018-19 season, opting to pursue either a graduate transfer or a pro career.