Thursday , Jun , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Illinois guard Brown suffers foot injury

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – University of Illinois guard Dee Brown
reportedly suffered a foot injury during this week’s NBA predraft camp,
putting a damper on the youngster’s draft status.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Brown left the Moody Bible Institute in
Chicago on crutches Wednesday night and was expected to undergo x-rays on his
right foot. Broadcast reports then stated that Brown, who made himself
eligible for the draft in May, had indeed broken his foot and will have
surgery later this week.

Brown, though, has not signed with an agent, leaving open the possibility of
returning to the Illini for his senior season. If Brown undergoes surgery, his
rehab could last almost two months.

Last season for Illinois, the 5-foot-11 Brown ranked second in scoring with
13.3 points-per-contest, and reached double figures in 29 games.

Brown finished second in the Big Ten with 99 three-pointers, which is the
second highest single-season total in school history. He was also second on
the Illini and third in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 4.5 assists-per-
game, while leading the team and ranking third in the Big Ten in steals,
averaging 1.8 steals-per-game. He also led the team and ranked third in the
Big Ten in assist/turnover ratio (2.42).

Both the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the
Year, Brown also earned consensus first-team All-America honors and was the
Sporting News National Player of the Year, as well as a Wooden Award All-

Brown has until June 21 to withdraw his name from the draft eligible list.
The draft is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, at The Theater at Madison Square
Garden in New York City.