STORRS, Conn. --- Three members of the UConn men’s basketball team, all with college eligibility remaining, have decided to take advantage of a new NBA Draft rule that allows players who do not hire an agent to work out for NBA teams and receive feedback from those teams before deciding whether to keep their names in the draft or return to college with no penalty.
“As I said before, I do like the rule because it gives them an opportunity to go against other great players and then sit down with a general manager and get a true assessment of where they stand,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “I just hope that they don’t sign with an agent right away, so it keeps their option open to go back to school with their eligibility.”
College players with eligibility remaining have until the early entry deadline of April 24 to file their intention with the NBA. The league will invite some 60 players to its scouting combine on May 11-15 in Chicago, where they will work out for NBA teams and get an assessment of their skills and possible position in the draft. Even those players who are not invited to the combine are allowed to work out individually for NBA teams. Players then have until May 25 to withdraw their names from the draft list and return to college, as long as they have not hired an agent. The NBA Draft is scheduled for June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hamilton, a 6-7 swingman with two years of eligibility remaining, was an All-American Conference Second Team pick and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the AAC Championship after leading the Huskies to the league title in Orlando. He led the team and the conference in rebounding (8.9), led the team in assists (4.7) and was second in scoring (12.5). As a freshman in 2014-15, Hamilton was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
Brimah, a-7-foot center, averaged 6.5 points 4.6 rebounds this season and is UConn’s all-time leader in field goal percentage (.662) and owns the school’s single-season record in that category (.674). He is third all-time in blocked shots (280). As a sophomore in 2014-15, he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Purvis, a 6-4 guard, was UConn’s top scorer this season (12.8) and added 2.6 rebounds per game. He reached double-figures in 27 games and was second on the team in three-pointers made (70).
“Hopefully, they will make the right decision for themselves and their family,” Ollie said. “If that is to come back to UConn, we will certainly welcome them back. And if it means to move on, we will be there to support them.”
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