Rush Declaring For Draft, Not Hiring Agent

posted by Hoopinion on 4/27/2007 - -

Per KUSports.com:

“Sources within the Kansas University men’s basketball program Thursday evening confirmed that sophomore Brandon Rush, KU’s leading scorer this season, has declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft.

Rush will not yet sign with an agent, leaving the door open for him to return for his junior season.

Rush, who will soon turn 22, had expressed concern that he’d be a 23-year-old rookie if he were to stay another year.”

UPDATE: Jason King of the Kansas City Star has a terribly dull and brief (though EXCLUSIVE!) interview with Rush, plus quotes from his mother, Glenda, and his former summer league coach John Walker.

stats glossary

Points, assists, turnovers, blocks, and steals listed per 100 individual possessions

Brandon Rush’s stats while at Kansas:

Year %Min eFG% FT% PPWS Pts A TO BS S OR% DR%
FR 79.5 53.9 75.4 1.13 24.2 3.6 4.6 1.3 1.5 5.3 14.3
SO 80.4 53.2 68.1 1.12 24.7 3.6 3.7 1.6 0.7 5.6 13.0

Brandon Rush’s 2006-07 stats along with those from comparable players who have entered the 2007 NBA Draft (Arron Aflalo, Morris Almond, Corey Brewer, Daequan Cook, Jeff Green, Alando Tucker, Marcus Williams, and Nick Young):

Name %Min eFG% FT% PPWS Pts A TO BS S OR% DR%
Afflalo 81.0 54.8 79.5 1.18 31.0 3.8 3.3 0.4 1.2 1.6 8.9
Almond 82.9 55.4 84.6 1.26 47.0 2.1 6.1 1.3 2.1 5.0 17.8
Brewer 66.4 53.1 72.3 1.16 27.6 6.1 5.2 0.8 3.9 5.1 13.5
Cook 49.9 53.0 69.7 1.10 30.8 3.2 4.5 0.8 2.2 4.5 20.4
Green 83.0 56.0 77.5 1.20 28.8 6.4 5.2 2.3 1.6 7.3 16.3
Rush 80.4 53.2 68.1 1.12 24.7 3.6 3.7 1.6 0.7 5.6 13.0
Tucker 81.7 50.6 65.9 1.09 38.7 3.9 3.2 0.5 1.8 8.2 12.1
Williams 79.0 52.3 69.5 1.11 29.4 4.0 4.7 1.4 2.0 7.9 15.2
Young 81.3 57.4 78.6 1.23 31.5 2.4 4.4 0.5 1.3 4.7 11.2

Brewer and Green are, in my opinion, clearly better NBA prospects than Rush who will have to differentiate himself from Afflalo, Almond, Cook, Williams, and Young to be assured of being taken in the first round.

I think that Rush’s combination of defensive ability and shooting range would be an immediately useful fit for a number of teams. But, were a team looking for immediate or long-term offensive help there are arguably better options, especially Daequan Cook.