Texas’ J’Covan Brown to forego senior year, enter NBA draft

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After averaging 20.1 points and 3.8 assists this past season for the Texas Longhorns, junior guard J’Covan Brown will forego his senior season and enter the NBA draft, the school announced Monday morning.

“It was always my dream to be a Longhorn, and I have lived that dream and become a better person,” said Brown in a statement.

Brown was the leading scorer on a team that went 20-14 on the year and lost in the Round of 64 to Cincinnati this past March. He nearly doubled his scoring average between his sophomore and junior seasons and led the Big 12 in that category, ahead of Kansas’ Thomas Robinson and Missouri’s Marcus Denmon.

In a statement, Brown said he considered returning to Texas to complete his degree, but he believes now is the right time to pursue a career in professional basketball.

Just a few weeks back, Brown’s complement in the backcourt, freshman Myck Kabongo, announced that he will be staying in school and return for his sophomore season.

“Our staff wishes J’Covan and his family nothing but success as he moves forward,” said Texas coach Rick Barnes. “We’ve literally seen J’Covan grow up and mature before our eyes over the last three years here, and we are proud of the man that he has become.”

Draft Express projects Brown to be selected at the end of the second round in this year’s draft.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Ex-Duke guard, Marshall assistant Chris Duhon suspended after arrest

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Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended by the university after he was arrested on a charge of aggravateddrunken driving early Monday morning.

Duhon, who is currently in his second season at Marshall, was booked into the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia, at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, according to the Herald-Dispatch.

The athletic department released a statement saying that Duhon had been suspended later on Monday.

Duhon was a member of Duke’s 2001 National Title team. He played for the Blue Devils from 2000-2004 and spent nine years in the NBA with the Bulls, Knicks, Magic and Lakers.

North Carolina’s Marcus Paige to play on Tuesday

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No. 9 North Carolina will be at full strength when they host No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday.

“He’ll play,” head coach Roy Williams said on ESPNU’s college basketball podcast. “Unless something weird happens today in practice. He practiced Friday and Saturday.”

Paige was an NBCSports.com Preseason All-American, but he broke a broke a bone in his right — non-shooting — hand prior to the start of the season. Prior to the 2014-15 season, Paige was picked as the NBCSports.com Preseason Player of the Year, but he had a disappointing year as he spent the majority of last season battling a variety of injuries, from plantar fasciitis to sprained ankles.

He missed the first six games of this season with the hand injury, including UNC’s loss at Northern Iowa last week.