Immediately after the first round loss to Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament last week the speculation started. Â Now it’s finished, at least unofficially. Â Sources are reporting that Texas junior guard and 2012 Big XII scoring leader J’Covan Brown will forego his senior season and make himself eligible for the NBA draft. Â The Port Arthur native averaged 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game last year with Texas. Â With the loss of seniors Clint Chapman and Alexis Wangmene fans hoped Brown would return to play another year with an improved but still young Texas team. Â For the last several years the Longhorns have been hit with a rash of Â players leaving early for the NBA, including last year’s trio of Corey Joseph, Tristan Thompson and Jordan Hamilton. Â The eyes of Texas are now glaring on freshman Myck Kabongo and his possible exit to the NBA draft. Â The Longhorns bring in a handful of prospects next season including commitsÂ Javan Felix, Connor Lammert, Prince Ibeh and Ioannis Papapetrou, but the team will still be be young – by all measures. Â Barnes and his staff have their work cut out for them if the team intends to make a 15th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance next year.
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