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Armoni Brooks announces he will keep his name in the NBA Draft
POSTED: May 29, 2019 -- 11:42 a.m. CT
The Houston Cougars' 2019-'20 roster will definitely look different than the 2018-'19 roster: in addition to replacing senior starters Breaon Brady, Corey Davis Jr and Galen Robinson Jr, the Coogs will have to replace guard Armoni Brooks.
This morning, Brooks announced he was keeping his name in the 2019 NBA Draft and foregoing his final season of collegiate athletic eligibility.
Brooks tweeted, "University of Houston, you guys have been amazing to my family, my teammates, and myself. Thank you for all the memories you guys have helped us create. It wouldn't have been possible without you. I would like to thank Coach Sampson and all of the assistant coaches for giving me the opportunity to play for this amazing school and for believing in me every step of the way. After talking with my family, I have decided that I will keep my name in the NBA Draft and pursue my goal of playing at the next level!"
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Last month, Brooks announced he was declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. "It's a win-win. If I don't feel like it's going to work out; then, just come back and use everything that they told me," Brooks mentioned. "Build my game and just get better. Then, hopefully, next year, when I'm a senior, just have a better year."
Brooks participated in the NBA pre-draft process and worked out for a few NBA teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, the Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons, to tell him what he needs to do to get better.
"I don't want to go there and them (NBA personnel) just tell me that I'm a good shooter because I feel like that they're coaches and they know that. But, I just want them to tell me, maybe, 'Get stronger.'; 'Focus more on making the right play.'; 'Maybe ball-handling'.
"I want them to critique me on the negative sides of my game; so, that I can use that to build."
Brooks, 6'3", averaged 13.4 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game this past season. He made 121 threes (in 37 games) this season on 39.0 three-point shooting.
Today, is the NCAA's early entrant withdrawal deadline (10:59 p.m. CDT).
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