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Report: J’Covan Brown to enter the draft

Texas Longhorns v Iowa State Cyclones

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 08: J’Covan Brown #14 of the Texas Longhorns shoots past Chris Babb #2 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament March 8, 2012 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Texas won 71-65. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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J’Covan Brown intends to enter the 2012 NBA Draft.

The junior guard exploded this season, averaging 20.1 ppg and 3.8 apg to lead the Longhorns to the NCAA tournament. While they were eliminated in the opening round by Cincinnati, Brown was able to show the nation why he was a highly-regarded scorer in high school.

“I’ll make the decision, talk to coach (Rick Barnes), talk to my parents and see what the best thing is for me,” Brown, who hasn’t publicly announced that he is declaring, said after Friday’s loss. “At the end of the day I have a family to take care of.”

The family that he speaks of is his daughter Jordyn, who turns two in July.

Draft Express currently projects Brown as a late-second round pick.

Making matters worse for the Longhorns is that it appears Myck Kabongo may also be entering the draft, according to a report, although nothing is official yet. If so, that would means that, for the second straight season, Rick Barnes would lose his entire starting back court to the NBA. Last season, Cory Joseph and Jordan Hamilton both left along with Tristan Thompson.

It’s pretty difficult to rebuild when every star you bring in bolts after one year.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.