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Posterize246 05-27-2009 12:16 PM

Xavier's Derrick Brown staying in draft


Derrick Brown has no intention of returning to Xavier.

"Doubtful," said the athletic junior forward. "There’s a slim chance I come back to school."

The 6-foot-8 (with shoes), 229-pound Brown has worked out for Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago thus far and will remain in the Windy City for this week's pre-draft festivities.

Remember, Brown redshirted his first season in college and has already earned his degree.

"I'm in the draft," Brown said. "I'm not even thinking about anything other than that. I loved my time at Xavier, but I'm ready to move onto a new era."

According to sources close to the situation, Brown will likely sign with agent Bill Duffy.

"I feel like I've done a lot of Xavier," he added. "But I don't feel as though I can increase my stock much with another year. I've been in school for four years and it's time to move on."

While Brown said he is confident that he has put himself in the first round of the June 25 NBA Draft, several NBA executives told that he could also slip into the second round.

"Right now I'm not even thinking about the second round," Brown said. "But if it happens, it happens. It wouldn't be the best thing, but it wouldn't be the worst, either."

Definitely a sleeper pick in the draft. I'm not sure many people know about Brown. Very athletic combo forward. Improved his shooting range tremendously this season. He's an end of first round talent if a SF is your need. Wouldn't surprise me to see him go to LA if they can't bring back Odom/Ariza.

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