According to a press release from the university, Amida Brimah has dropped out of the NBA Draft and is set to return to UConn for his senior season.
Brimah followed in the foot steps of fellow UConn teammate Rodney Purvis, and took advantage of the new NBA rule. This new legislation allows players for meet and work out with NBA teams while still having the option to return to school, if they don't hire an agent.
This seems like the safest bet for Brimah if he is serious about pursuing a career in the NBA. Not many mock drafts had Amida Brimah getting selected, and the writing seemed to be on the wall when he did not receive an invite to the NBA Draft Combine.
Last season the big man averaged only 6.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. The 7-footer needs to work on a few things before jumping to professional leagues. Brimah could improve his strength, rebounding, and become more of a threat offensively. If he can develop a hook shot from the low post and puts on some muscle, a few NBA teams will certainly give Brimah a chance. This is a great choice on Brimah's part because he is still very limited on the basketball court, he doesn't do much besides block and alter opposing shots.
That being said, his return will help next season's UConn team, immensely. His rim protection allows nifty guards like Rodney Purvis take risks on the perimeter, when trying to force turnovers. UConn guards know that if they come in hard for a steal and whiff, Brimah is behind to send opposing shots back. Brimah's return means the Huskies surely should enter the season as Top 25 team.