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Dorchester’s Bruce Brown declares for NBA draft

In this Jan. 15, 2018 photo Miami's Bruce Brown Jr. (11) stands on the court during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Coral Gables, Fla. Brown is expected to be sidelined for about six weeks because of a left foot injury that will require surgery. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Bruce Brown averaged 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 19 games this season.

University of Miami sophomore guard Bruce Brown, a Dorchester native, announced Thursday that he has declared for this year’s NBA draft.

Brown, however, has not hired an agent, leaving him the option of continuing his college career. The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft is June 11.

A 6-foot-5-inch guard, Brown averaged 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.3 steals over 19 games this season. After undergoing foot surgery Feb. 1, he missed the final 12 games of the Hurricanes season, which ended with a 64-62 loss to Loyola-Chicago in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Despite the injury, some draft experts expect Brown to be selected late in the first or early in the second round of the June 21 draft.

Brown played football and basketball at Wakefield High School as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Vermont Academy for his final two high school seasons. He also starred on the AAU circuit with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club.