The NBA can wait: K-State’s Brown returns for senior season

The return of Barry Brown Jr. is good news for the Wildcats.
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MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. withdrew from the NBA draft Friday, deciding instead to return to the Wildcats for his senior season.

The 6-foot-3 Brown has started 83 of 105 games in his career and already ranks third on the school’s career list with 189 steals. He averaged 15.9 points per game last season. With 1,283 points, Brown is just outside the top 10 on Kansas State’s career scoring list.

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber says Brown made the right decision by exploring his dream of playing in the NBA, and he “now realizes where he needs to improve in the next year to reach that goal.”

Brown is expected to anchor a team that returns all five starters and all its major bench pieces after winning 25 games and reaching the Elite Eight last season.