Amida Brimah Declares for 2016 NBA Draft: Latest Comments and Reaction

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2016

Connecticut center Amida Brimah (35) celebrates on the court at the end of the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Memphis in the finals of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 13, 2016. Connecticut won 72-58. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Connecticut Huskies center Amida Brimah has reportedly declared for the 2016 NBA draft, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The 7'0" junior has not yet hired an agent, per Charania, meaning he can remain in school before the May 25 deadline for underclassmen to declare.

This year, the NCAA pushed back its deadline for players to remove their names from the draft to 10 days after the NBA Draft Combine. New NCAA protocol also allows players more leeway to test their stock:

The NCAA implemented the restructured rules for players like Brimah, who still has one year of eligibility remaining and is coming off a so-so season in which he averaged 6.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 21.0 minutes in 25 games. 

Cody McDavis, a member of the Division I Men's Basketball Oversight Committee, elaborated on why the rule will benefit players like Brimah, per Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports:

The rule is a good idea because it provides men's basketball student-athletes the opportunity to test their dream of going beyond the stage of amateurism into the professional level without completely sacrificing their collegiate career, should they find they are not as prepared as they had hoped for the next level.

Brimah missed nearly seven weeks with a broken finger but returned well before the season ended and helped the Huskies reach the NCAA tournament as a No. 9 seed. They went on to lose to Kansas in the second round.

The Ghana native, who went to high school in Miami, was a member of UConn's 2014 national title team as a freshman.

Brimah can now meet with teams to gauge his stock. He has coveted size and shot-blocking ability, but given his contributions were limited in his three-year college career, he probably figures to be a second-round pick at best.

Meeting with pro teams to get a true assessment of where he stands without forfeiting his eligibility is a logical decision.