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  • Saturday, May 2, 2015
    Arizona State G Murray to transfer
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona State guard Chance Murray is transferring out of the program for his junior season.

    • Murray is the third player to ask for his scholarship release since the arrival of new coach Bobby Hurley on April 9, joining sophomore center Connor MacDougall and senior forward Sai Tummala.

      "After the season, as you know, Coach (Herb Sendek) got fired and everybody was kind of hesitant about what they wanted to do," Murray told the Arizona Republic. "But with the hire of Coach Hurley, I was kind of certain that I wanted to stay, but in the back of my mind I knew something was kind of uncomfortable. I just had an uncomfortable feeling. I went up to talk with Coach Hurley and we both kind of mutually agreed that it would be good for me to transfer. He was open to the option of me staying, but I just decided to make the next move in my life."

      Murray, a 6-foot-2 player from Los Angeles, was a reserve during his two seasons with the Sun Devils. He averaged 8.6 minutes per game as a sophomore while averaging 2.4 points and 1.1 assists.

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    Sulaimon: Allegations had no bearing on Duke dismissal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon addressed reports for the first time on Tuesday that his dismissal from the basketball team in January was related to a sexual assault, saying the reports were false and that it resulted from a different matter.

    • "Me being dismissed from the team had nothing to do with this allegation," Sulaimon said, according to ESPN.com.

      Sulaimon did not specify details for the reasons behind coach Mike Krzyzewski's move to remove the 6-foot-4 former high school All-American from the team.

      "I have never sexually assaulted, not only anyone on the Duke campus, but anyone period," he said. "It's not in my nature at all. I have great respect for the role of women in society. I would never demean or do anything to a woman in this manner. No, I've never done anything like this in my life."

      After Sulaimon was booted off the Duke on Jan. 29, the Duke Chronicle ran a story that described two allegations of sexual assault against Sulaimon during his freshman year. The student newspaper reported that no complaints were submitted through the university or the Durham police.

      According to ESPN, the university would not comment on the story Wednesday.

      "The university investigated the sexual assault allegation, and they knew it was unsubstantiated, so Coach K knew that, too, because I told him," Sulaimon told ESPN.

      Sulaimon said he was told that the Office of Student Conduct investigated one sexual assault allegation against him but that he never met with anyone about a second allegation.

      "This whole time I've been told about one allegation and I have no idea where the second allegation came from," Sulaimon said. "It's false. It's purely fiction (that there's even a second allegation).

      "The second meeting, after we talked, the tone was a lot lighter. They told me to keep living my life and be a student -- and not to worry about it."

      Sulaimon started 33 games for Duke as a freshman but was moved into a reserve role the next two seasons and wasn't a part of the national championship team this year.

      "I'm a very competitive guy and I believe I should have been starting," he said. "Quite simply, I just got frustrated. In retrospect, in looking back on it, I didn't handle it well at all. My immaturity and me being frustrated with hitting adversity, I think it greatly impacted my relationship with Coach K heavily."

      Sulaimon is planning to go to another school as a graduate transfer for his final season. Among the schools to contact him are Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, George Washington, Houston, LSU, Maryland, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, SMU, Texas, Texas Southern and Texas A&M, according to ESPN.

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015
    Ex-Louisville PG Jones not indicted in rape case
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Louisville basketball star Chris Jones was cleared on rape and sodomy charges by a grand jury Wednesday.

    • A Jefferson County (Ky.) grand jury returned no indictment against Jones and his two co-defendants -- Jalen Tilford and Tyvon Walker -- after hearing testimony over two days. Jones' co-defendants also were cleared of all charges.

      The decision came two months after Jones was arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted two women at an off-campus apartment. Jones faced two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy.

      Jones, a point guard in his senior year, averaged 13.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Cardinals before being kicked off the team in February.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Report: Shot clock could be reduced to 30 seconds
    By The Sports Xchange

    Fewer points have been scored in men's college basketball games in recent years, and the NCAA rules committee chairman told ESPN.com that the NCAA is likely to reduce the shot clock from 35 seconds to 30 seconds in hopes of speeding up the game.

    • Rick Byrd, the head coach at Belmont as well as the rules chairman, said there is a lot of interest in taking five seconds off the shot clock.

      "Now there's a real decent chance," Byrd said Monday, according to ESPN.com. "It's pretty evident a lot more coaches are leaning that way. The opinion of coaches on the shot clock has moved significantly to reducing it from 35 to 30. And all indicators are pointing toward that."

      The rules committee is scheduled to meet May 12-15 in Indianapolis to review data from the past season and consider rules modifications. The committee can change rules every odd-numbered year.

      The NIT, CBI and CIT postseason tournaments experimented with the 30-second shot clock this season.

      "I think it's fair to say the buzz about the game is that scoring in the 50s can be ugly," Byrd said. "There's a lot of talk about it -- more coverage than ever before. All of that has created acceptance from the coaches' side.

      "There's not a lot we can do unless we rewrite the rules. There will be pressure to do something, and one of those things to do is to lower the shot clock to 30. I think that would improve the pace of play."

      Women's college basketball already has a 30-second shot clock.

  • Monday, April 27, 2015
    Hoosiers G Ferrell coming back for senior year
    By The Sports Xchange

    Indiana junior guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell will return to Indiana for his final college season.

    • Ferrell had considered forgoing his senior year, but announced over the weekend he would return to the Hoosiers.

      Ferrell is 22nd all-time in scoring with 1,379 points. He has led the Hoosiers in assists in each of his three seasons in Bloomington.

      "I truly want to leave a legacy of accomplishments at IU, like the great IU legends of the past," Ferrell said in a news release. "I plan to lead my returning teammates and our incoming players to our goal of achieving great things next year in Assembly Hall."

  • Friday, April 24, 2015
    Walker leaving Florida for NBA
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida sophomore forward Chris Walker declared for the NBA draft on Friday, ending a disappointing two-year stint with the Gators.

    • He joins Michael Frazier II as Gators surrendering their remaining eligibility to enter the draft. Walker, who averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season, is not projected to be drafted in the NBA's two-round selection process.

      Walker's early departure comes after a rocky two years at Florida.

      A former top-10 recruit, Walker sat out 12 games as a freshman while the NCAA investigated his amateur and academic status.

      Walker also was suspended for three games last season due to a reported failed drug test.

  • Thursday, April 23, 2015
    Freshman Johnson leaves Arizona to enter NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona freshman forward Stanley Johnson declared his availability for the NBA Draft on Thursday.

    • Johnson said at a news conference that it was a difficult decision to leave college after one season with the Wildcats, who reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Wisconsin.

      "I put a hell of a lot of thought into coming back," Johnson said. "For me ... it took a lot of thought, but at the end of the day, you've got to make the right decision. I put a lot of hard thought into it. For me to do what I have to do, I thought this was the best decision."

      Johnson averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals and shot 44.6 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from 3-point range for Arizona. He was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year.

      "I have no doubt he'll be a high pick and go on and have a career we'll all be proud of," Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

      The versatile Johnson is considered a top-10 pick by draft analysts. He joins Arizona teammates Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as early NBA entrants.

  • Thursday, April 23, 2015
    Louisville lands top transfer Lee
    By The Sports Xchange

    Louisville landed the No. 1 transfer available for the 2015-16 season in Drexel's Damion Lee, who averaged 21.4 points and 6.4 rebounds last season.

    • Because Lee graduates in June he is eligible to play immediately without sitting out one season as per NCAA transfer rules.

      Lee said he chose Louisville because he considered playing for coach Rick Pitino a "once in a lifetime" opportunity.

      "Damion fills a big void for us in scoring," Pitino said in a statement. "He's also an outstanding defensive player and is terrific at the free throw line, which is also a great asset for our team. He's an outstanding young man with a great attitude."

      The addition, plus a recruiting class that includes a trio of top 100 recruits, shoud help ease the pain of losing Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear.

      The Cardinals are also expected to sign fifth-year graduate transfer guard Trey Lewis from Cleveland State.

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    UConn's Ollie has no plans to pursue other jobs
    By The Sports Xchange

    UConn coach Kevin Ollie said Wednesday he has no plans to leave his job as rumors continue to swirl for NBA job openings since leading the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA championship.

    • This week, several media outlets reported the 42-year-old Ollie was a leading candidate to replace Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City, even though Brooks had not yet been fired. Brooks was fired by the Thunder later Wednesday.

      Ollie, who signed a $15 million, five-year contract with UConn last May, released a statement to stop the rumor mill.

      "As I have said many times, I am proud and honored to be the head basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and I have no plans to pursue other opportunities," Ollie said in the statement released by the school.

      "We are already excited about next season and I am looking forward to preparing our team to be the best we can be on the court, in the classroom, and in our community."

      Ollie spent 13 years as an NBA journeyman before returning to his alma mater.

      The Thunder missed the playoffs for the first time in six years as their star player, Kevin Durant, missed most of the season. Ollie finished his playing career in Oklahoma City in 2010 and developed a close friendship with Durant.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Duke fills void with point guard recruit
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke filled a hole on its roster for next season, landing a commitment from elite point guard Derryck Thornton on Tuesday.

    • The 6-foot-2 Thornton will graduate early from Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., and enroll at Duke this fall. He was named by Rivals as the No. 9 player in the class of 2016 before reclassifying and deciding to leave high school this spring.

      After Duke won the national championship earlier this month, point guard Tyus Jones joined Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow in declaring early entry for the NBA Draft, leaving the Blue Devils with a true point man on their roster. Jones was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four in Indianapolis.

      Thornton is considered a pass-first floor general with speed and quickness.

      "I have been considering reclassifying up for months, so it's been on my mind," Thornton said, according to ESPN.com.

      Among the teams recruiting Thornton were Louisville and Kentucky. He visited Duke earlier this year for its game against North Carolina and then committed after an in-home visit Monday night by coach Mike Krzyzewski.

      "Last night, Coach K and (assistant) Jeff Capel came in for the visit and they told me how much confidence they have in me to be their point guard next year. They were very prepared about my game and their plan for me," Thornton said, according to ESPN. "They told me they could have went after fifth-year transfers but wanted me instead. I am excited about the opportunity and the challenge."

      Duke's 2015 recruiting class, which includes five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard, is ranked No. 2 by ESPN. The Blue Devils still could add Brandon Ingram, a five-star forward from Kinston, N.C.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    Michigan G LeVert returning for senior season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan junior guard Caris LeVert contemplated leaving the Wolverines for the NBA draft, but announced Tuesday that he plans to be back for his senior season.

    • LeVert is recovering from January surgery on his fractured left foot. He will team in the backcourt with Spike Albrecht, who is recovering from hip surgery.

      "Over the past few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about my future," LeVert said in a statement released by the school Tuesday morning. "My family and I, along with the coaching staff, gathered as much information as possible. ... Coming back allows me to keep working towards my Michigan degree and take the next steps in my development as a player, teammate and a leader of our program. Michigan is a very special place and the college experience only comes once. The future is bright and I am blessed to be part of it."

      LeVert fractured his foot Jan. 17 against Northwestern. He averaged 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 18 games.

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    Utes C Poeltl returning for sophomore season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Utah center Jakob Poeltl on Monday announced that he would not declare for the NBA Draft this year and instead will return to the Utes for his sophomore season.

    • "I really enjoy it here at the University of Utah," Poeltl said. "I love my teammates, coaches and college in general. I think another year will help my development and I'm looking forward to next season."

      As a freshman, the 7-foot Australian native averaged 9.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

      Some draft experts had Poeltl being drafted in the first round.

      His mother, Martina, told The Salt Lake Tribune via email that the family weighed the risks and benefits of both options.

      Poeltl "wants to elevate his game before facing the challenges of playing in the NBA, he wants to become physically more ready. Utah's staff can help him with that."

  • Monday, April 20, 2015
    Gonzaga F Wiltjer coming back for senior season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Gonzaga All-America forward Kyle Wiltjer on Monday announced he would return to Spokane for his senior season.

    • Wiltjer averaged 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds last season for the Zags. He most likely will be one of the preseason favorites for national player of the year next season.

      Wiltjer had seriously considered forgoing his final year, but most draft experts projected that the 23-year-old would not be drafted and would end up playing in Europe.

      The Zags could have one of the best frontcourts in the nation with the return of Wiltjer and Przemek Karnowski, who also decided to come back for his senior season, joining Domas Sabonis.

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Iowa State's Hoiberg undergoes heart surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg was recovering Friday from open heart surgery to replace an aortic value.

    • Dr. Rakesh Suri performed the operation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and called it a success. Recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks.

      "Everything went very well," Suri said in a statement. "The operation was a success and Mr. Hoiberg is in recovery and doing very well himself."

      Hoiberg had an aortic root operation in June 2005 that ended his 10-year NBA career and last year underwent a procedure to replace a pacemaker.

      Iowa State said in a release that the Hoiberg family expressed its thanks for those who prayed for him and thanked hospital staff members for their support.

      In five seasons at Iowa State, Hoiberg has guided his alma mater into the NCAA Tournament four straight years. This past season, the Cyclones finished with a 25-9 record and won the Big 12 tournament for the second year in a row.

  • Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Petteway leaving Nebraska for NBA
    By The Sports Xchange

    Nebraska guard Terran Petteway declared for the NBA draft, joining teammate Walter Pitchford and ending an emotion-filled week for one of the Big Ten's top scorers the past two seasons.

    • A Texas Tech transfer, Petteway returned to Texas last week following the death of his mother. He is scheduled to graduate in May, which factored into the decision.

      "I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years," Petteway said. "This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y'all."

      A two-time All-Big Ten selection, Petteway started every game the past two seasons and averaged 18.1 points per game, second all-time at Nebraska, during his career with the Cornhuskers. In addition to losing two players to the NBA draft, coach Tim Miles also lost guard Tarin Smith (transfer).

      "While I had hoped he would stay with us for his senior year, I completely support his decision, and we will help him as much as we can through this process," Miles said in a statement. "I believe any team in the NBA or otherwise would love to have Terran on their team."

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    College basketball notebook: Duke freshman Jones to enter NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke freshman guard Tyus Jones, the Most Outstanding Player during the Final Four, will enter the NBA draft.

    • Jones and teammates Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow all are entering the draft after just one season at Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

      Jones, Okafor and Winslow join Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012) and Jabari Parker (2014) as Duke freshmen to enter the draft.

      Jones, an All-ACC third team honoree, averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

      ---Arkansas swingman Michael Qualls joined former Razorbacks teammate Bobby Portis and declared for the NBA draft.

      Qualls tweeted that he will give up his senior season with the Razorbacks to take a shot at the NBA.

      The 6-foot-6 Qualls averaged 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Arkansas last season. One day earlier, Portis announced his intentions to make himself eligible for the draft in June.

      Qualls is projected as a late first-round or second-round pick in the 2015 draft by most analysts.

      --- North Carolina State guard Trevor Lacey is leaving the Wolfpack to take a shot at the NBA, the school announced.

      The 6-foot-3 Lacey averaged 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Wolfpack in 2014-15. He was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team.

      Draft analysts peg Lacey as a late second-round pick or an undrafted free agent.

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    NC State's Lacey opts for draft eligibility
    By The Sports Xchange

    North Carolina State guard Trevor Lacey is leaving the Wolfpack to take a shot at the NBA by declaring himself eligible for the 2015 draft, the school announced Wednesday.

    • The 6-foot-3 Lacey averaged 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Wolfpack in 2014-15. He was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team.

      "I would like to thank the coaching staff, university and fans for a wonderful experience the last two years at NC State, but I'd like to declare for the NBA Draft," Lacey said. "I had a great group of teammates the last two years and they'll always be like brothers to me. This has been the toughest decision of my life, but I feel like pursuing this new journey in my basketball career is what is best for me."

      Lacey transferred from Alabama to NC State in 2013 and sat out the 2013-14 season in Raleigh before he became eligible. In two years at Alabama, he averaged 9.3 points per game.

      Draft analysts peg Lacey as a late second-round pick or an undrafted free agent. Reports indicated that he would not sign with an agent immediately, which affords him the opportunity to gauge NBA interest in him before the April 26 deadline for finalizing his intentions.

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Second Arkansas player exits early for NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arkansas swingman Michael Qualls joined former Razorbacks teammate Bobby Portis and declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday.

    • Qualls tweeted that he will give up his senior season with the Razorbacks to take a shot at the NBA.

      "My time at the University of Arkansas has not only helped me grow as a basketball player, but also as a man and I'm very thankful for the guidance the coaching staff and everyone at the university has given me over my three years." Qualls tweeted. "After sitting down with my family, I felt the best decision for me is to continue my basketball career as a professional. I'm ready to provide for my family and son.

      "I can't say thank you enough to the Razorback fans. Coming in as a kid from Louisiana, they embraced me from the start like I was one of their own and have always shown me an amazing amount of support. That means a lot to me and I'll forever be a Razorback."

      The 6-foot-6 Qualls averaged 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for Arkansas last season. One day earlier, Portis announced his intentions to make himself eligible for the draft in June.

      Qualls is projected as a late first-round or second-round pick in the 2015 draft by most analysts.

      Arkansas, which reached the NCAA Tournament this past season, loses Qualls, Portis and seniors Alandise Harris and Rashad Madden from that team.

  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Duke G Jones to enter NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke freshman guard Tyus Jones, the Most Outstanding Player during the Final Four, will enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

    • Jones joins teammates Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow to declare for this year's draft after just one season at Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Wednesday.

      "Tyus could not have done a better job for us this past year," Krzyzewski said in a statement. "We're so very happy for him and his family to have the opportunity to declare for the draft. He is projected to be a first-round pick.

      "He's going to get a lot better, but people have already seen him and know how he handles himself, especially in pressure situations and in the biggest games. He comes through like a champion! I loved coaching him, and I believe he'll be an outstanding professional. At this time, I think is so appropriate for him to take advantage of this opportunity."

      Jones, Okafor and Winslow join Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012) and Jabari Parker (2014) as Duke freshmen to enter the draft after just one season of college basketball.

      Jones, an All-ACC third team honoree, averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during his freshman season.

      Jones, an Apple Valley, Minn., native, helped guide the Blue Devils to their fifth national championship title by averaging 13.0 points, 4.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.2 rebounds over six games played in the NCAA Tournament. He scored 23 points in the Blue Devils' win over Wisconsin in the national title game.

      "Coming to Duke was a dream of mine and being a part of such a special team was amazing," Jones said. "I knew coming in I would be a part of a great team, but I never envisioned I would be a part of such an incredible family. That is what has made winning a national championship such an amazing experience. I am faced with the tough decision of returning to a place I love or pursuing my next dream.

      "With the support and guidance of my family, my coaches, my teammates, and Duke University, I have decided to start my professional career. Even though I am entering the NBA draft, I will forever be a Duke Blue Devil."

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    San Diego schools to play game in Petco Park
    By The Sports Xchange

    The basketball series between San Diego State and the University of San Diego seemed to be in jeopardy until the schools reportedly reached agreement for an intriguing contest -- an outdoor game at Petco Park, the San Diego Padres' home baseball field.

    • The San Diego Union Tribune reported that sources confirmed the schools reached agreement on a one-year contract to play outdoors in early December at the downtown baseball stadium.

      Obviously, the winter weather conditions in San Diego provide a few more options than would be available for schools in the northern part of the country.

      San Diego State has played an outdoor basketball game before. The Aztecs opened the 2012-13 season against Syracuse on the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay.

      The idea of playing the game at Petco Field was introduced by San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk.

      San Diego and San Diego State have played every year since 1998, but a four-year contract expired after this season and it appeared the series might not be renewed until the Petco Park solution arose.

      The schools would receive an appearance fee from the Padres, who would promote the event. The stadium would be configured to accommodate about 20,000 spectators for the basketball game.

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Duke's Winslow, Arkansas' Portis turning pro
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke freshman Justise Winslow and Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis are the latest college basketball stars to announce that they will leave school to enter the NBA Draft in June.

    • Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made the announcement on Winslow's behalf on Tuesday.

      Winslow, a small forward, is a likely lottery pick. CBSSports.com ranks him as the No. 5 NBA prospect in this year's draft.

      He averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season, and he excelled in the postseason, helping the Blue Devils to the NCAA championships.

      "He had a sensational year, both on and off the court," Krzyzewski said in a statement released by the school. "He was an amazing factor for our success in winning the national championship. From everything we have found out, Justise is projected to be a high lottery pick and we believe that to be true. This is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity."

      Winslow joins Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor, who announced his intention to enter the draft last week.

      Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012) and Jabari Parker (2014) were other Blue Devils players who entered the draft after their freshman seasons. All five were lottery picks.

      Portis was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and averaged 17.5 points and 8.6 rebounds while leading the Razorbacks into the NCAA Tournament this past season. He ranked second in the SEC in scoring and third in rebounding.

      He is ranked as the No. 13 NBA prospect by CBSSports.com.

      "Unbelievable experience for me at the University of Arkansas these past two years," Portis said on Twitter. "The love I have for this program is unconditional but I've decided to forgo my junior year of college to take that next step and enter into the NBA Draft.

      "Special thanks to God, my family, the coaching staff, the athletic department, the education faculty, my teammates, Jeff Long, and the fans. Without all of you none of this is possible."

      Portis, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, also shot 54 percent from the field last season for Arkansas, which lost to North Carolina in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. He also led the team with 1.4 blocked shots and 1.1 steals per game.

      Portis beat out Kentucky standouts Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the SEC Player of the Year award.

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Kansas F Ellis to return for senior season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kansas junior forward Perry Ellis announced at the team's basketball banquet his intention to return to the Jayhawks for his final season in 2015-16.

    • "I've been talking to my family and to coach (Bill) Self about the future. Looking back on this season, there is still a lot on the table," Ellis said Monday night. "I feel that it would be best for me to come back."

      Ellis averaged 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game last season.

      Kansas freshmen Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander declared for the NBA draft, but the Jayhawks return their top three scorers to pair with a heralded recruiting class.

  • Monday, April 13, 2015
    Wichita State Gs Baker, VanVleet will return
    By The Sports Xchange

    Wichita State junior guards Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet said Monday they will return for their senior seasons.

    • "I spent a lot of time talking it over with Coach, my teammates and my family," Baker said via a release from the school. "The reality is I felt like any decision I made was going to be a good one. I think I'll eventually be successful at the next level; but, with what we have coming in and the people we have returning, including Fred VanVleet, next season has the potential to be very special.

      "It's been an amazing ride here at WSU, and my family and I aren't quite ready for it to end."

      Baker averaged 14.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while VanVleet chipped in 13.6 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Shockers.

      Before Monday's announcements, Wichita State's offseason already was considered a success. The Shockers locked up coach Greg Marshall with a seven-year, $21 million deal.

      Marshall has been the target of just about every major program with a vacancy the past two years.

      Last season, Marshall guided the Shockers to a 30-5 record and into the Sweet 16 before they lost to Notre Dame.

  • Monday, April 13, 2015
    No decision yet for Buckeyes' Russell
    By The Sports Xchange

    Despite reports Monday that he was ready to forgo his final years of eligibility at Ohio State and declare for the NBA Draft, Buckeyes freshman guard D'Angelo Russell did not make an announcement.

    • "It's funny because no one knows what I'm doing. I don't know what I'm doing. If I knew, I would've made a decision by now," Russell told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Monday night before being honored at Ohio State's scholar-athlete dinner. "I'm really just taking it slow, going at my family's pace, not anybody else's pace. The deadline is coming up. I know we'll know before that."

      Russell, who has until April 26 to decide, remains among the few high-profile freshmen who still have yet to announce their intentions.

      If Russell does decide to head to the NBA, he is a projected top-five pick, which would guarantee him at least $3.1 million.

      Russell recently was honored with the Jerry West Award as the nation's best shooting guard. After just one season in Columbus, Russell was a consensus All-American as well as Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, five assists and 1.6 steals per game.

      The Buckeyes beat VCU in overtime in its first NCAA Tournament game before losing to Arizona in a round-of-32 game.

  • Monday, April 13, 2015
    Virginia G Anderson plans to enter NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Virginia junior guard Justin Anderson plans to enter the 2015 NBA Draft, according to reports Monday.

    • Yahoo Sports reported Anderson is in the process of setting up agent meetings for later this week in Virginia. He could still change course and return for his senior year before the underclassman deadline of April 26.

      The 6-foot-6 Anderson averaged 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists this season. He missed eight games because of a fractured pinkie finger and an appendectomy.