Still sidelined for several weeks with broken foot
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 decision.
"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 the situation.
"I think he approached it right, the whole decision," Weber said. "He had the smarts to not sign an agent, to keep his options open."
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.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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