Oregon forward Dillon Brooks will enter the 2017 NBA draft, he announced today in a video posted to YouTube. Brooks will sign with an agent, forgoing his remaining NCAA eligibility, per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports (Twitter link).
Brooks, 21, is coming off a solid junior year at Oregon in which he averaged 16.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 2.7 APG in just 25.3 minutes per contest. He also improved his three-point shot — after making just 33.8% of his attempts in his first two years, the 6’6″ forward connected on 40.1% in 2016/17.
Ranked 42nd on Jonathan Givony’s big board at DraftExpress.com and 54th on Chad Ford’s ESPN board, Brooks projects as a potential second-round pick this June. As Ford outlines, the Oregon junior is an excellent scorer whose defensive struggles “continue to hurt him a bit” with scouts at the NBA level.
Check out the full list of early entrants for this year’s draft right here.