Brandon Rush is a former professional basketball player from the United States of America who played as a swingman, i.e. a shooting guard and a forward, depending on the requirements of his team. Rush played collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas and for three seasons, was one of the key members of the team.
Rush won the 2007 Wooden Award and was instrumental in helping the team win the 2007-08 national championships in his junior year. Rated as the number one small forward by Rivals.com, Rush was named MVP of the Big 12 Tournament after averaging at 15.8 points per game. At the end of the season, he decided to declare for the NBA Draft.
His plans of declaring for the draft were initially scheduled for 2007 although he decided to appear in 2008 after an injury forced him to return to college and play. After successful surgery and rehab, Rush only managed a November return and was only able to appear for the 2008 NBA Draft.
Selected at 13th overall, the Portland Trail Blazers decided to trade Rush out to the Indiana Pacers with Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts also following suit. Jerryd Bayless and Ike Diogu came to the Trail Blazers. In 2008, Rush only played 10 games and scored at 6.1 points per game with 2.4 rebounds.