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Chaundee Brown elects to pursue NBA Draft, passes on extra season at Michigan

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Brown’s time at Michigan is done after one season.

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Chaundee Brown announced on Saturday that his time with the Michigan Wolverines has come to an end after one season, as the senior will enter the 2021 NBA Draft process.

Brown spent this past year in Ann Arbor after three seasons at Wake Forest.

Brown, who was tasked with being the first man off the bench for Michigan, played 20 minutes per game for Juwan Howard this year, averaging 8 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He also shot a career-high 41.9 percent from three-point range, which was over seven percentage points higher than his previous high mark (34.2 percent).

Brown joins fellow transfer guard Mike Smith as seniors on the team that are pursuing the next step in their careers. Forward Isaiah Livers and center Austin Davis are not expected to return to the roster, but there remains optimism that Eli Brooks may decide to stick around for a fifth season. Seniors that take the NCAA up on the opportunity for an additional year do not count against the scholarship limit if they return to the team they played for this season.

Now we await a decision from sophomore wing Franz Wagner as to whether he returns or will head to the NBA Draft. Many mocks have him as a first round pick and several have him going in the lottery, so it would not be a surprise to see him elect to move on.

Michigan brings in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country next year with players expected to contribute early from that group. There could also be additions (and/or subtractions) via the transfer portal, so the final roster is very much still in flux.