"Both of them are a winning-winning thing."
That's how Georgia Southern star point guard Tookie Brown saw the decision he wrestled with for two months: take a chance in the NBA Draft or return to Statesboro for his senior season.
Last week, Brown chose the latter after NBA scouts advised him to return to school for more seasoning.
"I just want to continue to get better. That's what I'm going to do," he says. "I can do more things and get better. Even on the positive things I'm doing, I can try to get great at."
But Brown admits he's not sure if those scouts were correct.
"I always feel like I'm NBA ready," he smiles. "You can't ask God why things like that happen though."
Brown would go on to say he was happy to hear what those in the NBA thought of his game, and says he got a ton of positive feedback. But being told to wait is something that won't be forgotten any time soon.
"Not getting into the draft and not getting into the NBA is going to stick with me every time I play somebody," he says. "I ain't going to watch [the NBA Draft] too much. I'll probably just be in the gym because I'll get too angry about it."
Besides getting better as a player, Brown says returning for his senior season will allow him to get his degree and one more chance at leading Georgia Southern to a conference title and the Eagles' first NCAA Tournament since 1992.
"All I want to do is win," Brown says. "Just win. Once you win, a lot of good things come with it, rings and banners and all that type of stuff."
There's no doubt Tookie's return has improved Georgia Southern's stock as Sun Belt title contenders. Brown knows there will be as much pressure on this team as any in recent memory.
But he also likes his team's chances.
"I think this year might be the year for us," Brown says.