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New Mexico guard Elijah Brown to transfer

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He’ll be one of the more sought-after targets on the market

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Guard Elijah Brown will graduate and transfer from New Mexico, the school announced on Monday. He will be immediately eligible to play next season.

In a release, New Mexico coach Craig Neal expressed his support for the all-Mountain West second-teamer:

We are grateful of the contributions that Elijah has made to our basketball program. He has matured and developed over the last three years, which led him to being one of the top Mountain West players the last two seasons. He is an incredibly talented player, who brought a lot of excitement to our fans and to The Pit.

Brown is fresh off a tremendous junior campaign for the Lobos, where he averaged 18.8 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

This will be the second transfer of Brown’s career. He left Butler after a freshman season in which he played almost 19 minutes a night while scoring 6.8 points per contest.

Brown will be near the head of the list of sought-after graduate transfers this offseason. He is a shot-creator who’s adept at getting to the line and converting those opportunities. His outside shot took a half-step back from his sophomore season, during which he shot nearly 40 percent from deep, but he is still a danger to score from any place on the floor. He will certainly have a long list of suitors vying for his signature in the coming weeks.

Brown is the son of former Lakers head coach and current Golden State Warriors assistant coach, Mike Brown.