After a season in which he scored the most individual points in FGCU men’s basketball program history, redshirt junior point guard Brandon Goodwin intends to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft, but not hire an agent, allowing him to withdraw from consideration up until June 12.
The announcement comes on the heels of Goodwin’s first year with FGCU, in which he scored 629 points, good for 18.5 points per game as the first Eagle player to ever top 600 in a season.
“Brandon is coming off the most prolific scoring season in program history, and after speaking with him, we both decided this would be the best option for him to see what areas of his game still need improving,” said FGCU head coach Joe Dooley.
Last year, the first year the NCAA officially allowed players to maintain amateurism while going through the NBA evaluation process, saw former FGCU star Marc-Eddy Norelia test the waters. Like Norelia did in 2016, Goodwin will be able to see where he stacks up against his peers, with the intent of being invited to the select NBA Draft Combine which takes place May 9-14.
If selected to compete at the combine, Goodwin will get a chance to display his skills in front of NBA scouts, allowing him to choose to return to FGCU for his senior season without penalty.
“It’s been my dream to play in the NBA, and this is a great opportunity for me to find out just where I stand,” Goodwin stated. “Going through this evaluation process over the next month or so should provide me with a better understanding of that and allow me to make a more well-informed decision.”
In addition to his scoring output, Goodwin’s 2016-17 totals included 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, also setting the all-time program record with 136 made free throws.
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