Elijah Brown Leaving Butler’s Basketball Team

Elijah Brown (Photo by Brent Smith)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Freshman guard Elijah Brown has requested and been granted a release from the Butler men's basketball program, and he will seek to transfer to another school.  The 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, Calif., played in 30 games for the Bulldogs last season.

"I would like to thank my coaches, teammates and the Butler Community.  I'm blessed to have been treated as well as I have been here at Butler by everyone involved in the basketball program," said Brown in announcing his decision.

Brown, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown, averaged 6.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists.  He led the team in free throw shooting (.854) and finished third on the squad in three-point field goals made (30).

"We appreciate Elijah and all of his efforts throughout his time here at Butler," said Butler head coach Brandon Miller.  "(Elijah) and I have had discussions about his decision and we wish him nothing but the best."

"In knowing Elijah's intent to transfer, we will look to add to our incoming recruiting class," continued Miller.  "I am extremely excited about the team we have returning and our current incoming recruiting class."

The Bulldogs return four starters from last year's team, including leading scorer Kellen Dunham and  BIG EAST leading rebounder Kameron Woods.  Also back is junior Roosevelt Jones, who sat out last season as a medical redshirt after leading the Bulldogs in assists and finishing second in rebounds in 2012-13.  Butler's incoming recruiting class includes Kentucky All-Star Kelan Martin and Indiana All-Star Tyler Wideman.