- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 3, 2001

It's all coming apart in Foggy Bottom.
First George Washington lost its men's basketball coach, and now the Colonials will lose one of their top scorers.
GW guard SirValiant Brown will forego his final two seasons to make himself eligible for the NBA Draft, the school announced yesterday.
According to GW sources, the 6-foot-1 Brown is doing poorly in school, and his decision to turn pro was made much easier when coach Tom Penders resigned less than two weeks ago.
"I wouldn't come out if I didn't think I was going to be drafted," Brown said. "I talked it over with my family, friends and coaches. It's been my life's dream to play in the NBA. I have an NBA tattoo on my left bicep."
Brown said he hasn't signed with an agent, leaving open the possibility he could return to GW if he doesn't like his draft position.
He said he expects to be selected late in the first round or early second. He will attend a pre-draft camp next month in Chicago and hopes to improve his status.
Brown, a product of Springfield's Lee High School, gained notoriety two years ago when he nearly became the first freshman in NCAA history to lead Division I in scoring when he averaged 24.6 points. Brown finished just one-tenth of a point behind Fresno State's Courtney Alexander.
Brown's departure delivers another embarrassing blow to GW's program. Attila Cosby, GW's 6-9 center, is being retried for misdemeanor sexual assault charges stemming from a dormitory incident with an alleged prostitute. The original case was dismissed for lack of evidence.
Last month, GW's student newspaper reported that four players Mike King, Bernard Barrow, Darnell Miller and Marquin Chandler had violated NCAA rules by making unauthorized long-distance calls after copying the access code from assistant coach Tommy Penders Jr. The NCAA is investigating this incident.
Citing health concerns and stating a desire to spend more time with his family, Penders resigned April 20. The Colonials remain without a coach as the May 15 signing deadline approaches.
With Brown leaving and the possibility of Cosby, Miller and Chandler being dismissed, GW may return just four players from last season's 14-18 season.
Brown might not be drafted after his scoring average last season plummeted seven points. Brown, who was GW's second-leading scorer this season at 17.3, shot just 36 percent from the floor. In his two seasons, Brown shot 27 percent from 3-point range.


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