Oshae Brissett will forego his final two years of eligibility for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team to remain in the NBA Draft, announcing his decision Tuesday on social media.
The 6-foot-8 forward posted the screenshot of a prepared statement to his Twitter and Instagram accounts in which he thanked Orange fans and confirmed his intentions to remain in the draft, scheduled for June 20.
“On this journey of testing the waters, I’ve learned a lot and gotten a lot of feedback as to where I stand,” Brissett stated. “After speaking with my friends, my family and advisors, I feel it’s the right time to fully concentrate on my No. 1 goal, and that’s to keep my name in the 2019 NBA Draft. With the support of coach (Adrian) Autry and coach (Jim) Boeheim, I am confident in taking this next step.”
Brissett – a native of Mississauga, Ontario in Canada - garnered invites to the G-League Elite Camp and the NBA Draft Combine since declaring for the draft soon after SU (20-14 overall) suffered a season-ending loss to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
He has been projected as high as a late first-round pick in recent mock drafts, and took part in the measuring and scrimmage portion of the combine that is reserved for the top 60 prospects.
Brissett scored 12.4 points per game on 39 percent shooting to go with 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists during his sophomore season last year, after posting averages of 14.9 points and 8.8 rebounds as a freshman.
Brissett joins former SU junior guard and 2018-19 leading scorer, Tyus Battle, as Orange players eligible to be selected in next month’s NBA Draft. Elijah Hughes will be the only returning SU player that averaged double figures in scoring last year.