After one season at UNLV, 7-foot center Brandon McCoy has made the decision to enter the 2018 NBA Draft. McCoy stated that he will forgo the remainder of his collegiate eligibility, which lines up with reports that he will be hiring an agent.
McCoy, who was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year after averaging 16.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, announced his decision by way of his Instagram account Tuesday afternoon.
This is probably one of the toughest decisions I have ever made. My experience at UNLV has been amazing. I love Las Vegas, the university, Coach Menzies, my teammates and the entire Runnin' Rebel program. I will always be a Rebel but when weighing all the factors, with the support of my family I have decided it is in my best interest to forgo my collegiate eligibility and pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. I plan to earn my degree and will continue to work with Coach so that is achieved in the near future. There were so many great memories created here. I want to thank the entire Rebel Family all and will be their biggest fan moving forward. I will carry the Vegas Strong mentality with me for the rest of my life.
McCoy’s scoring and rebounding numbers set conference records for a freshman, and in addition to racking up a Mountain West-high 18 double-doubles he also shot 54.5 percent from the field.
“Brandon was an amazing addition to our program and helped to legitimize our ability to recruit top-tier talent,” UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies said in a statement released by the school. “His commitment to his academics is real and I am confident he will continue to work toward his bachelor’s degree from UNLV. Even though his time here was short, it was great having him as a part of the program.
“I am confident he will have a successful career at the next level based on his dedication, commitment, ability and overall character.”