CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Dee Brown, who recently broke his foot at
an NBA pre-draft camp, said Monday he will return to Illinois
for his senior season.
The Illini guard, who averaged 13 points and 4.5 assists last
season, had declared for the June 28 draft but did not hire an
agent. He broke his right foot at a pre-draft camp in Chicago on
June 8. At the time, ESPN.com's Andy Katz had reported Brown was likely to drop out of the draft.
Illinois, the top-ranked team for most of last season, lost to
North Carolina in the NCAA title game.
"It was tough deciding between the NBA and coming back," said
Brown, the Big Ten player of the year. "There was a lot of
positives both ways."
Appearing at a press conference on crutches Monday, Brown said
he ultimately sought guidance from his family before making his
"I asked my parents, I asked all my family: 'Would they mind
another year being down in Champaign?' " Brown said. "Everyone in
my family loves Champaign, so I just decided to come back."
Illinois coach Bruce Weber commended Brown for his handling of
"I think he approached it right, the whole decision," Weber
said. "He had the smarts to not sign an agent, to keep his options
Brown, who is expected to be sidelined for another four-to-six
weeks, said he will take a math class this summer and complete a
required internship. He is studying sports management.