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Kansas sharpshooter Brannen Greene declares for NBA draft, to hire agent

Brannen Greene

Kansas’ Brannen Greene celebrates after making a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northern Colorado Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas won 109-72. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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When a college coach calls a player’s dunk “the biggest dick move I’ve ever had a player do during a game,” it’s usually a decent sign that player will be moving on soon enough.

Kansas release:

Following a three-year college career, Kansas men’s basketball guard Brannen Greene has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft and will be leaving KU, Greene and head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.

“Brannen has elected to declare for the NBA draft with the intent of hiring an agent at some point,” Self said. “I certainly understand Brannen making this decision. We wish him nothing but the very best. He has an NBA skill that I think will translate very well to the next level. We appreciate his efforts during his time at Kansas.”

Greene’s NBA skill is 3-point shooting. Only one player* this season matched Greene in each of these three stats:

  • 3-point percentage: 49.2
  • 3-pointers per 40 minutes: 6.8
  • Free-throw percentage (a key indicator for outside shooting in NBA): 84.0

*William & Mary sophomore Connor Burchfield

Otherwise? I’m not sure what Greene provides at the next level.

The 6-foot-7 small forward will likely have to show other skills, ideally defense, in workouts to get picked in the second round. Outside shooting is a coveted skill. I’m just not convinced that alone gets Greene drafted, though I wouldn’t completely rule it out.