Kansas Head Coach Bill Self Confirms Sophomore Brandon Rush to Declare for NBA Draft

April 27, 2007

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas head coach Bill Self has confirmed that sophomore guard Brandon Rush has made it clear he will declare for the NBA draft. Self also said Rush informed him that he is not going to hire an agent immediately.

“We certainly respect Brandon’s decision and we wish him the best as he pursues this dream,” Self said.

Rush averaged 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds for his career on two Big 12 regular-season and two league tournament championship teams. Should he not sign with an agent, he would be eligible to return to Kansas for his junior season should he pull his name out of the NBA draft.

A Wooden Award All-America selection in 2006-07, the 6-6, 210-pound Rush averaged a team-high 13.8 points as a sophomore and led KU with 50 three-point field goals. The Kansas City, Mo., guard was second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per contest. As a freshman, Rush led Kansas in scoring with 13.5 points per game and rebounding with a 5.9 average.

Rush was an All-Big 12 First Team selection in both his seasons at Kansas. In 2006-07, Rush was selected to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team and helped Kansas advance to the Elite Eight of the event. He was also a member of the Big 12 All-Tournament team in March and was a Naismith Trophy finalist.

Rush becomes the second Kansas player to declare for the NBA draft. Sophomore forward Julian Wright declared on April 9.