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  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Tennessee names Tyndall as coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    Southern Mississippi coach Donnie Tyndall was introduced as University of Tennessee head coach on Tuesday.

    • Tyndall replaces Cuonzo Martin as Volunteers' head coach.

      "I am humbled, appreciative and thankful for this tremendous opportunity," Tyndall said in a statement. "We have great tradition at the University of Tennessee and with our men's basketball program, and we will work tirelessly to take our program to new heights."

      Tyndall, 43, is 160-98 during his eight seasons as a head coach. He went 114-85 at his alma mater Morehead State from 2006 to 2012 and has gone 46-13 at Southern Miss since 2012, which included NIT trips after each of his two seasons. Tyndall was previously an assistant coach LSU, Idaho and Tennessee State.

      "We are excited to add Donnie Tyndall to the Tennessee family," Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart said. "He has a proven track record of success and has won at every level at which he has coached. Donnie brings tremendous positive energy and a strong work ethic to this important leadership role, and we look forward to his impact on our men's basketball program."

      Martin left to become head coach at Cal two weeks after Tennessee went to the Sweet 16 in his third season in Knoxville. Martin was reportedly offered a two-year extension by Hart to stay at Tennessee but instead accepted a five-year deal at California.

      Michael White, who was considered the leading candidate over the weekend to succeed Martin at Tennessee, decided Monday to remain as the coach at Louisiana Tech.

      Tennessee loses three of its key players from the 2013-14 team, including Jarnell Stokes and Jordan McRae.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Baylor's Austin enters NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Add Baylor center Isaiah Austin to the list of underclassmen declaring his intention to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

    • Austin announced his plans on Tuesday in a Google video.

      Shoulder surgery for a torn labrum kept the 7-foot-1 center from leaving Baylor last year as a freshman because he was unable to work out for NBA teams.

      During his recently completed sophomore season that ended with a loss to Wisconsin in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots per game. Those numbers were down from 13.0 points and 8.3 rebounds as a freshman.

      "Our coaching staff really enjoyed working with Isaiah for his two years at Baylor University, and we want to thank him for his tremendous contributions to Baylor basketball," coach Scott Drew said. "His versatility and defensive prowess helped us win an NIT championship and make a Sweet 16 appearance. He's a tremendous player and a great role model in the community, and we look forward to watching him as he takes the next step to the NBA."

      Draft projections slot Austin as a late first-round or early second-round selection in June.

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Kentucky's Randle declares for NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kentucky freshman Julius Randle announced Tuesday he will leave after one season to enter the NBA Draft.

    • The 6-foot-9, 250-pound All-American power forward is projected to be a top-five pick in the June 26 draft.

      "Growing up, I dreamed about playing in the NBA," Randle said. "I came here (Kentucky) to win a national championship, I came here to mature. We came one game short."

      Randle, a native of Dallas, Texas, helped lead Kentucky to its 16th Final Four and 12th NCAA title game appearance.

      Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds and was voted to The Associated Press' All-America second team.

      Randle is the Wildcats' 12th one-and-done player in five years under coach John Calipari. Teammate James Young became the 11th last week.

      Sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman forward Marcus Lee both announced they are coming back to school next year. Twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, forward Alex Poythress and center Dakari Johnson have yet to make their intentions known.

      Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to enter the NBA Draft.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Duke lands Rice transfer Obi
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Duke Blue Devils landed Rice transfer Sean Obi on Monday night.

    • The 6-foot-9, 265-pound forward told ESPN.com that he committed to Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils.

      The Nigerian native averaged 11.4 points and led Conference USA in rebounding (9.3) as a freshman this past season.

      Obi reportedly considered Michigan and Vanderbilt. He will sit out next season and have three years remaining at Duke.

      Obi made the announcement via Instagram.

      "Happy to officially announce that I will be attending Duke university for the rest of my college basketball career," he wrote. "Very thankful for all the support and love from my family and friends all over, and also to every college Coach that have called and been in involved with me through out this process. Duke it is!!"

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Report: Louisiana Tech's White rejects Tennessee
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michael White, who was considered the leading candidate over the weekend to replace Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee, has decided to remain as the coach at Louisiana Tech, according to reports Monday.

    • Sources told CBSSports.com and ESPN.com that the 37-year-old White will not be moving to Knoxville.

      White, who has led the Bulldogs to a 74-31 mark over the last three seasons, was the top choice of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart.

      Martin left the Volunteers last week after three seasons and a 64-31 record, including a surprising Sweet 16 run this past season, to go to California.

      CBSSports.com first reported White's talks with Tennessee on Saturday night, at which point a source said that UT had initially contacted some so-called "A-list" candidates to replace Martin, but that the interest wasn't mutual. Hart then turned toward White.

      A major reason for the talks cooling apparently has to do with White's current contract giving him more long-term security at Louisiana Tech than Tennessee seemed willing to provide.

      According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, White recently received a contract extension at Louisiana Tech that increased his annual salary and his buyout to $600,000. Tennessee will receive $1.3 million from Cal for its hiring of Martin, who turned down UT's offer of a contract extension (two years), a raise ($450,000) and a decreased buyout ($1 million for the length of his contract) for a five-year deal at Cal. Monetary terms have not yet been released by Cal.

      CBSSports.com reported that Southern Mississippi coach Donnie Tyndall may now emerge as an alternative candidate.

      Tyndall, 43, is 160-98 during his eight seasons as a head coach. He went 114-85 at Morehead State from 2006-12 and has gone 46-13 at Southern Miss since 2012.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Calipari meeting with players about draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Kentucky coach John Calipari has meetings set up this week with each of his remaining players who are possible early NBA draft entrants, ESPN.com reported Monday.

    • Calipari said he was scheduled to meet with freshman forward Julius Randle, who is reportedly announcing Tuesday that he is declaring for the draft. The coach, however, said he does not yet know Randle's plans.

      Calipari did say he was surprised that sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein is returning.

      Calipari was also scheduled to meet with freshman forward Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress Monday afternoon and freshmen guard twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison on Tuesday.

      Freshman guard James Young previously announced he is declaring for the draft.

      Calipari said he wants the NCAA to get rid of the early-entry deadline of a week after the NCAA Tournament ends since the only binding one is the official NBA deadline at the end of April. Players are no longer allowed to return to school if they officially declare for the draft and send in paperwork to the NBA, according to a new NCAA rule.

      Also, Calipari would not confirm the hiring of University of Pittsburgh assistant coach Barry Rohrssen to replace Orlando Antigua, who left for the head coaching job South Florida. However, a decision could be made this week.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Report: Kentucky's Randle to declare for draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    University of Kentucky scheduled a press conference for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. ET to announce that freshman forward Julius Randle will officially declare for the NBA draft, according to CBSSports.com.

    • Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds this past season as the Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament championship game. The 6-foot-9 Randle had a freshman school-record 24 double-doubles. He is expected by draft experts to be a top 10 pick and perhaps go in the top five of the draft.

      Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft.

  • Sunday, April 20, 2014
    Tennessee coaching search centered on White
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tennessee is targeting Louisiana Tech's Michael White to replace Cuonzo Martin as head coach.

    • ESPN.com reported Sunday that White is the choice of Volunteers athletic director Dave Hart.

      White, 37, is 74-31 over three seasons as the Bulldogs' coach.

      CBSSports.com first reported that Tennessee is focused on White to replace Martin, who took the coaching job at California.

      However, ESPN.com also reported that White is still considering his options.

      In White's first two seasons as Louisiana Tech's coach, the Bulldogs won a share of the regular-season title in both the WAC and Conference USA.

      If White takes the Tennessee job, he will inherit a team that advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, but is losing its top three players -- Jordan McRae, Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon. Prior to that, the Volunteers went to the NIT in consecutive years under Martin.

      White played collegiately at Ole Miss and was an assistant coach with the Rebels.

  • Sunday, April 20, 2014
    Canty backs off Auburn commitment
    By The Sports Xchange

    Marshall transfer Kareem Canty backed off his commitment to Auburn and will visit South Florida before making a decision.

    • Canty, a guard, made a verbal commitment to Tigers coach Bruce Pearl on Saturday night.

      "After speaking with my family, I need to really consider where I'm going to spend the next three years," Canty told ESPN.com on Sunday. "I do really like Auburn, but I need something to compare it to so I am going to visit South Florida before making my final decision."

      Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists per game last season for Marshall.

      Pearl took over as Auburn's coach right after the season ended. He spent the last two seasons as an analyst for ESPN.

      Tony Barbee was fired as Auburn's coach after a 14-16 season. The Tigers lost guard Chris Denson, their leading scorer, to graduation.

      South Florida recently hired Orlando Antigua away from his job as a Kentucky assistant to replace Stan Heath.

  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    CBK roundup: Haith accepts Tulsa job
    By The Sports Xchange

    Missouri coach Frank Haith confirmed to ESPN.com Friday that he verbally agreed to take the vacant job at Tulsa.

    • The Tulsa opening was created when Danny Manning left earlier this month after leading the Hurricane into the NCAA Tournament to become the coach at Wake Forest. CBSSports.com reported that Tulsa would pay up to $1 million per year to lure Haith away from Missouri.

      Haith came to Missouri from Miami and led the Tigers to two NCAA Tournament berths in his three seasons at the school, compiling a 76-28 record. Missouri played in the NIT in 2014.

      ---Duke sophomore shooting guard Rodney Hood declared for the NBA draft on Friday.

      Hood, who played one season at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State, is a likely first-round draft pick and could even go in the lottery, several NBA executives told ESPN.

      The 6-foot-8 guard averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season.

      --=One of the members of Kentucky's ballyhooed freshman class from this past season is returning for his sophomore year. The school announced Friday that forward Marcus Lee will stay in school and pass on the 2014 NBA Draft.

      The 6-foot-9 Lee had an up-and-down first season, playing in 25 of 40 games and averaging 6.3 minutes. But he finished strong in the NCAA Tournament. He had 10 points and eight rebounds in the Midwest Regional final win over Michigan and made the all-tournament team.

      According to experts, the athletic Lee likely would have been a second-round pick in this year's NBA Draft.

      ---The NCAA's Division I Leadership Council recommended that some athletes who transfer to other schools via hardships should be allowed an extra year of eligibility.

      The council proposed that athletes forced to sit out a year after transferring should be given a sixth year of eligibility. Athletes seeking transfers would still need to provide evidence of a hardship, including a serious family illness, to receive the extension.

      Amy Huchthausen, commissioner of the America East Conference and chair of the Leadership Council subcommittee that examined the issue, said the recommendation would provide athletes with additional time to focus on academics and increase their chances of graduating. It is also intended to reduce concerns about abuse of the waiver process and inconsistencies in NCAA decisions.

  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    F Lee to stay at Kentucky
    By The Sports Xchange

    One of the members of Kentucky's ballyhooed freshman class from this past season is returning for his sophomore year.

    • The school announced Friday that forward Marcus Lee will stay in school and pass on the 2014 NBA Draft.

      "I've really enjoyed my college experience and I'm looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Lee said. "Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year."

      The 6-foot-9 Lee had an up-and-down first season, playing in 25 of 40 games and averaging 6.3 minutes. But he finished strong in the NCAA Tournament. He had 10 points and eight rebounds in the Midwest Regional final victory over Michigan and ended up making the all-tournament team.

      "I'm excited for Marcus and think he's barely scratched the surface of what he's capable of," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "In addition to his athleticism and the energy level he brings, the experience he gained in the NCAA Tournament this year will be immeasurable for us next season."

      Center Willie Cauley-Stein earlier announced that he will return to Kentucky next season. The Wildcats are still awaiting the decisions of freshman guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison, freshman center Dakari Johnson and sophomore forward Alex Poythress.

      According to draft experts, the athletic Lee likely would have been a second-round pick in this year's NBA Draft.

  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    Tulsa confirms hiring Haith
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tulsa confirmed that it has hired Missouri coach Frank Haith after he told ESPN.com Friday that he had verbally agreed to take the job.

    • The Tulsa opening was created when Danny Manning left earlier this month after leading the Golden Hurricane into the NCAA Tournament to become the coach at Wake Forest.

      ''It's truly a blessing,'' said Haith, who had a 76-28 record at Missouri. ''There's no question that Tulsa's move into the American Athletic Conference was a big part of making the decision to come here. The strength of this league is phenomenal. It's a basketball league.'' CBSSports.com reported that Tulsa would pay up to $1 million per year to lure Haith away from Missouri.

      Haith came to Missouri from the University of Miami and led the Tigers to two NCAA Tournament berths in his three seasons at the school. Missouri played in the NIT this season.

      Haith inherits a Tulsa squad coming off a 21-13 record, a Conference USA tournament title and reaching the NCAA tournament with a young team. Sophomore guard James Woodard was a second-team all-conference selection, and forwards Rashad Smith, Lew Evans and D'Andre Wright and guards Shaquille Harrison and Rashad Ray were sophomores who contributed.

      The Golden Hurricane is moving to the American Athletic Conference, which includes national champion Connecticut.

      Haith served a five-game suspension last season from the NCAA for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he coached at Miami.

      The suspension was tied to the 2 1/2-year investigation that largely involved the football team. It found that Haith and an assistant coach provided former booster Nevin Shapiro $10,000 after he threatened to expose previous improper contact with high school recruits and amateur coaches.

      Missouri players ran into trouble during Haith's brief tenure. The latest incident involved the arrest and removal of Louisville transfer Zach Price from the program after he allegedly assaulted former teammate Earnest Ross and his girlfriend.

  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    Duke's Hood declares for draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke sophomore shooting guard Rodney Hood declared for the NBA draft on Friday.

    • Hood, who played one season at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State, is a likely first-round draft pick and could even go in the lottery, several NBA executives told ESPN.

      The 6-foot-8 guard averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season.

      Hood made the SEC all-freshman team in 2011-12. He sat out the 2012-13 season after transferring to Duke.

      "Rodney had two terrific years here at Duke," coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He was an integral part of our team two years ago because he was such a great practice player, and this year he was one of the best players in the country. So consistent, and a great young man on and off the court. He will do really well in the NBA."

      News that Hood declared for the draft came one day after star small forward Jabari Parker made it official that he is entering the June 26 draft. Parker is highly-regarded as a top-three overall pick.

  • Friday, April 18, 2014
    NCAA could give transfers extra year of eligibility
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NCAA's Division I Leadership Council recommended that some athletes who transfer to other schools via hardships should be allowed an extra year of eligibility.

    • The council proposed that athletes forced to sit out a year after transferring should be given a sixth year of eligibility.

      "We hope this change will encourage student-athletes who must transfer based on hardships to focus on the circumstances prompting the transfer during their first year and adjust to their new school, while giving them a season back to complete their eligibility," said Amy Huchthausen, commissioner of the America East Conference and chair of the Leadership Council subcommittee that examined the transfer issue.

      Huchthausen said the recommendation would provide athletes with additional time to focus on academics and increase their chances of graduating. It is also intended to reduce concerns about abuse of the waiver process and inconsistencies in NCAA decisions.

      Athletes seeking transfers would still need to provide evidence of a hardship, including a serious family illness, to receive the extension.

      The Division I Board of Directors are scheduled to review the proposal when it meets April 24. If approved, the policy change would begin in the 2015-16 academic year.

      The council's recommendation does not include graduate students with remaining athletic eligibility.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    CBK roundup: Parker leaves Duke for NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke All-American Jabari Parker entered the 2014 NBA Draft, announcing his decision in a thoughtful self-authored piece published by Sports Illustrated.

    • Teammate Rodney Hood followed not far behind. According to reports on Thursday, Hood also opted to leave Duke to make himself available for the NBA Draft in June.

      Parker was the No. 2-ranked recruit out of Chicago and is projected as a top-three pick in the 2014 draft. Kansas freshmen Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins and Kentucky freshman Julius Randle are also considered locks to be drafted near the top.

      Yahoo! Sports reported Hood's intentions on Thursday afternoon. He averaged 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds and shot 40.8 percent from 3-point range this past season as a sophomore. Draft projections list Hood as a being selected somewhere in the 20s during the first round on June 27.

      ---Missouri coach Frank Haith is close to reaching an agreement to take the vacant job at Tulsa, multiple reports indicated Thursday.

      The Tulsa opening was created when Danny Manning left earlier this month after leading the Hurricane into the NCAA Tournament to become the coach at Wake Forest. CBSSports.com reported that Tulsa would pay up to $1 million per year to lure Haith away from Missouri.

      Haith came to Missouri from the University of Miami and led the Tigers to two NCAA Tournament berths in his three seasons at the school, compiling a 76-28 record. Missouri played in the NIT this past season.

      ---Standout guard Jordan Adams plans to remain at UCLA for his junior season, multiple reports indicated Thursday.

      The 6-foot-4 guard decided not to join former UCLA teammates Kyle Anderson and Zach Lavine in entering the NBA Draft, according to CBSSports.com and other news outlets.

      As a sophomore this past season, Jordan averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 rebounds per game.

      It also was reported Thursday that New Mexico State 7-5 center Sim Bhullar decided to declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Bhullar averaged 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game for the Aggies this season. The 360-pound behemoth was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

      ---Swingman James Young became the first of Kentucky's latest talented freshman class to officially declare his intentions to leave after one season for a shot at the NBA Draft.

      Young averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in his only season with the Wildcats, who reached the national championship game before losing to Connecticut earlier this month.

      Young was impressive as a shooter during the 2013-14 season, making 82 3-pointers and hitting 42.6 percent from behind the arc. CBSSports.com projects Young as high as No. 16 on its board for the June 26 draft.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Duke's Parker enters NBA draft; Hood to follow
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke All-American Jabari Parker entered the 2014 NBA Draft, announcing his decision in a thoughtful self-authored piece published by Sports Illustrated.

    • Teammate Rodney Hood followed not far behind. According to reports on Thursday, Hood also opted to leave Duke to make himself available for the NBA Draft in June.

      Parker said the tug of good friend and No. 1 overall recruit Jahlil Okafor joining him in Durham next season was legitimate, but Parker opted on Tuesday to thank coach Mike Krzyzewski for helping develop as a person and player in what will be his only season in college basketball.

      "Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions," Parker writes.

      "Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player? Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court? The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA."

      Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "Jabari could not have been better. He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be -- outstanding every day on the practice court and in the classroom and a very humble young man. He had a fantastic freshman year and is so deserving of the opportunity to play in the NBA and follow his dream."

      Parker was the No. 2-ranked recruit out of Chicago and is projected as a top-three pick in the 2014 draft. Kansas freshmen Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins and Kentucky freshman Julius Randle are also considered locks to be drafted near the top.

      "My father, Sonny, played in the NBA. I know firsthand that the career span of a pro basketball player is finite," Parker wrote. "The lucky ones play until their mid-30s. With that perspective, I shrink my professional career with each year that I remain in college. It's ironic, but true. I have lived with great expectations ever since I dunked for the first time at age 14. I take losing very personally because I don't like letting people down. Not fans. Not teammates. Especially not Coach K. That's another reason why this decision has been so tough. I wanted to go out on a winning note.

      "Growing up, I couldn't afford the newest gym shoes or the latest fashion fads. But I always had my milk crate nailed to a light post in the alley near my home in Chicago. That's where I fell in love with the game that has brought excitement and passion to my life. I am now ready to take the leap to the NBA. It's a dream come true."

      Yahoo! Sports reported Hood's intentions on Thursday afternoon. He averaged 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds and shot 40.8 percent from 3-point range this past season as a sophomore. Hood sat out the 2012-13 season after playing at Mississippi State as a freshman.

      Draft projections list Hood as a being selected somewhere in the 20s during the first round on June 27.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Kentucky's Young departs for NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Swingman James Young became the first of Kentucky's latest talented freshman class to officially declare his intentions to leave after one season for a shot at the NBA Draft.

    • Young averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in his only season with the Wildcats, who reached the national championship game before losing to Connecticut earlier this month.

      "My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure, but I feel that I'm ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said. "I've learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from coach (John Calipari) and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support."

      Young was impressive as a shooter during the 2013-14 season, making 82 3-pointers and hitting 42.6 percent from behind the arc. CBSSports.com projects Young as high as No. 16 on its board for the June 26 draft.

      "I'm excited for James and his family and the decision he's come to,” Calipari said. "From day one, the NBA people who came to our practices in the preseason raved about him. He's done everything we've asked of him all season, investing himself in his brothers for the betterment of the team, and I think we all saw the end result in the tournament and Final Four."

      Kentucky teammate Willie Cauley-Stein said earlier in the week that he would return for his junior season. Freshman twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress have yet to reveal their intentions for next year.

      The deadline for undergraduate college players to declare for the NBA Draft is April 27.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014
    Report: G Adams to stay at UCLA
    By The Sports Xchange

    Standout guard Jordan Adams plans to remain at UCLA for his junior season, multiple reports indicated Thursday.

    • The 6-foot-4 guard decided not to join former UCLA teammates Kyle Anderson and Zach Lavine in entering the NBA Draft, according to CBSSports.com and other news outlets.

      As a sophomore this past season, Jordan averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 rebounds per game.

      Adams will be one of the top returnees next season for the Bruins, who welcome a strong recruiting class and are expected to compete for the Pac-12 title in coach Steve Alford's second season.

      Adams was one of most talented underclassmen left to announce their intentions for next season. Among those yet to say whether they will leave for the NBA are Kentucky's Andrew and Aaron Harrison and Michigan's Mitch McGary.

      It also was reported Thursday that New Mexico State 7-5 center Sim Bhullar decided to declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft.

      Bhullar averaged 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game for the Aggies this season. The 360-pound behemoth was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Tennessee's Martin accepts Cal job
    By The Sports Xchange

    Fresh off leading Tennessee to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16, coach Cuonzo Martin bolted Knoxville for Berkeley.

    • Martin was hired as California's head basketball coach on Tuesday. He takes over for Bay Area basketball legend Mike Montgomery, who recently retired as Cal's coach after previous stints with Stanford and the Golden State Warriors.

      "For me, as a coach, your style is your style," Martin said in a Berkeley press conference. "I don't mind following guys. I like learning from guys."

      Martin received a five-year contract, according to Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour, though the financial details weren't revealed.

      Back in Knoxville, Martin's exit was unexpected, as he recently said he would remain with the Volunteers.

      Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said of Martin's move, "It was a surprise to us all."

      Martin just finished his third season at Tennessee, and the Vols finished 24-13.

      Martin was previously considered a candidate at Marquette, then publicly stated that he planned to stay at Tennessee, but that changed when California offered him the job.

      Montgomery announced his retirement at Cal on April 1. Montgomery, 67, posted a 130-73 record at Cal, taking the Bears to the NCAA Tournament in four of his six seasons, though they failed to reach the tournament this season. The Bears finished 21-14, including 10-8 in the Pac-12. They won two games in the NIT before losing to SMU.

      Tennessee announced earlier this month that it was working on adjusting the contract of Martin.

      "Tennessee is where I want to be," Martin said at the time. "That has never changed."

      Martin has a 63-41 record, including two NIT berths and the 2014 NCAA Tournament appearance. The Vols lost to Michigan 73-71 in a regional semifinal.

      Martin's contract with Tennessee ran through the 2015-16 season and paid him $1.35 million per year, which ranked among the bottom half of coaches in the Southeastern Conference.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    CBK roundup: Cal hires Martin away from Tennessee
    By The Sports Xchange

    Cuonzo Martin left Tennessee on Tuesday to take the head coaching job at California.

    • Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart confirmed the news in a press conference, saying "It was a surprise to us all." Cal athletics director Sandy Barbour also confirmed Martin's hiring.

      Martin just finished his third season at Tennessee. He led the Volunteers to 24 wins and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Martin was previously considered a candidate at Marquette, then publicly stated that he planned to stay at Tennessee, but that changed when California offered him the job.

      Mike Montgomery announced his retirement at Cal on April 1. Montgomery, 67, posted a 130-73 record at Cal, taking the Bears to the NCAA Tournament in four of his six seasons, though they failed to reach the tournament this season. The Bears finished 21-14, including 10-8 in the Pac-12. They won two games in the NIT before losing to SMU.

      ---Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday, the school confirmed.

      The 6-foot-9 Gordon, just 18, averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game last season and is considered a high lottery pick. He was named All-Pac-12 first team.

      Johnson, an All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year, led the Wildcats in scoring at 16.3 points per game last season and is expected to be taken in the second round of the June 26 draft.

      Freshman forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 7-foot sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley also considered a jump but announced that they will return to Arizona next season.

      ---Michigan coach John Beilein announced Tuesday that sophomores Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas will forgo their final two years of eligibility and declare for entry into the 2014 NBA Draft.

      Robinson, a forward, and Stauskas, a guard, helped Michigan go 59-17 overall and 27-9 in Big Ten play during the past two seasons. The 59 total wins is the best total for any two-year period in the history of the school.

      Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds this season. Stauskas averaged 17.5 points and 3.3 assists this season.

      ---Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker was expected to meet with coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday and announce the next day whether or not he will forgo his final three seasons of eligibility to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

      Parker is the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Chicago native averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds while leading the Blue Devils to a 26-9 record, an appearance in the ACC title game and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

      Parker is considered a consensus top-three selection should he choose to enter the draft.

      ---A day after Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris declared his intentions to enter the NBA draft, the school announced that forward Branden Dawson will remain with the Spartans for his senior season.

      Dawson averaged a career-best 11.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game this past season and helped Michigan State reach the East Regional final in the NCAA Tournament. In wins over Harvard and Virginia, Dawson scored 26 and 24 points, respectively. The Spartans were ousted in the regional final by Connecticut.

      The 6-foot-6 Dawson missed nine games with a broken hand but bounced back from knee surgery at the end of his freshman year that hampered him during his sophomore season.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    F Dawson stays at Michigan State
    By The Sports Xchange

    A day after Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris declared his intentions to enter the NBA draft, the school announced that forward Branden Dawson will remain with the Spartans for his senior season.

    • Dawson averaged a career-best 11.2 points per game this past season and helped Michigan State reach the East Regional final in the NCAA Tournament. In wins over Harvard and Virginia, Dawson scored 26 and 24 points, respectively. The Spartans were ousted in the regional final by Connecticut.

      The 6-foot-6 Dawson bounced back from knee surgery at the end of his freshman year that hampered him during his sophomore season.

      Dawson will be one of the top returnees next season for Michigan State, which loses senior forward Adreian Payne and senior guard Keith Appling in addition to Harris. All three were starters and major contributors the past two seasons.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Arizona's Gordon, Johnson enter draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday, the school confirmed.

    • The 6-foot-9 Gordon, just 18, averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game last season and is considered a high lottery pick. He was named All-Pac-12 first team.

      Johnson, an All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year, led the Wildcats in scoring at 16.3 points per game last season and is expected to be taken in the second round of the June 26 draft.

      "He's made a meteoric improvement across the board in his time at Arizona, and that stems from his unbelievable attitude," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "Nick, his family and our staff came together and we think it’s appropriate that he moves on to the next level.

      "When you're a first-team All-American, it speaks volumes to your talent. He leaves Arizona with my complete support and I have no doubt that he's going to be successful at the next level."

      Freshman forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 7-foot sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley also considered a jump but announced that they will return to Arizona next season.

      Arizona, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, went 33-5 and reached the regional finals.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Michigan's Robinson III, Stauskas declare for draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan coach John Beilein announced Tuesday that sophomores Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas will forgo their final two years of eligibility and declare for early entry into the 2014 NBA Draft.

    • "In a very short period of time, these two young men have had a very positive impact on the Michigan basketball program," Beilein said. "From day one, Glenn and Nik have had the right attitude and work ethic that has helped us enjoy so much of our recent success.

      "They both understand that they will need to continue to work even harder in the years to come to accomplish their goals in the NBA. We will continue to do whatever we can to assist and guide them as they take this next step in their basketball careers. We are excited for Glenn and Nik as they pursue this next stage of their life and begin their professional careers."

      Robinson, a forward, and Stauskas, a guard, helped Michigan go 59-17 overall and 27-9 in Big Ten play over the past two seasons. The 59 total wins is the best total for any two-year period in the history of the school.

      They were instrumental in Michigan's return to the Final Four in 2013, when the Wolverines advanced to the national title game before losing to Louisville. This past season, the duo helped Michigan win its first outright Big Ten regular-season title in 28 years, earn its first No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and advance to the title game for the first time since 1998 as well as a second straight trip to the NCAA's Elite Eight.

      Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds this season.

      "I have thought a lot about the next step in my career over this past year," Robinson said. "After talking with my mom, my dad, my grandma, Coach Beilein and the coaching staff, I feel the time is right for me to begin my professional career and declare for the NBA Draft. I am confident I have the work ethic, the talent and maturity to pursue this path successfully."

      Stauskas averaged 17.5 points and 3.3 assists this season.

      "For as long as I can remember I have had a goal of playing in the NBA, whether it was on my backyard court or winning the Big Ten title at Crisler Center," Stauskas said. "Following some heartfelt discussions with my family, Coach Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff, I am ready to pursue my goals and begin my NBA career."

      The 2014 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, at the Barclays Center in New York.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    Duke's Parker to make draft decision Wednesday
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker is expected to meet with coach Mike Krzyzewski Tuesday and announce the next day whether or not he will forgo his final three seasons of eligibility to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

    • Parker is the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Chicago native averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds while leading the Blue Devils to a 26-9 record, an appearance in the ACC title game and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

      Parker is considered a consensus top-three selection should he choose to enter the draft.

      The All-American was in Oklahoma City on Monday with his parents to accept the Wayman Tisdale Award as college basketball's top freshman.

      According to The Associated Press, Parker said he will look for the place "where he can grow the most."

      "I don't know where that is right now," Parker said. "I'll talk to coach about it and lay out my options, but I'm just really glad I get the best of both worlds."

      The deadline for underclassmen to announce their intentions is April 27. This year's draft is set for June 26 in New York.

      Parker said in the interview last week that he does not see staying in college for another season as a gamble.

      "I think there's no risk," Parker said. "I think the community at Duke has really done a good job of taking care of my safety and they make sure that everything is done by the playbook.

      "My parents, they come from different backgrounds. They don't even value money. My situation isn't the best, but they're not complaining and I've been going on this long, so why can't I wait another year? That's the mindset in my head that keeps me moving."

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    Michigan State's Harris declares for draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris will forego his final two seasons of college eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, the school announced Monday.

    • A 2014 First-Team All-Big Ten honoree, Harris averaged 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a sophomore. He earned USBWA and NABC All-District accolades and earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team and the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team. He was one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award after ranking sixth in the Big Ten in scoring and fifth in steals overall (1.8 spg).

      Voted the MSU Team MVP by both the media and his teammates, Harris was also a member of the All-Big Ten Defensive Team.

      "The last two years have been the best of my life, but it's time to follow my dream and declare for the NBA Draft," Harris said in a statement. "My two seasons at Michigan State have been an amazing experience. I have a lifetime of memories, including some incredible games in some incredible places, NCAA Tournaments, and cutting down the nets after a Big Ten tournament championship. But most important are the friendships I've developed with my teammates.

      "This was not an easy decision. Just like last season, I had to make a tough decision. There hasn't been a single day where I regretted my decision to return for my sophomore season. It was the right decision for me and I'm better prepared for a successful NBA career because of it."

      Over the course of his two seasons, Harris appeared in 69 games, starting 67, and averaged 14.9 points per contest. He totaled 1,025 career points, becoming the 45th player in MSU history with 1,000 career points and just the third Spartan to do it in just two seasons, joining Mike Robinson (1,202 points through two seasons) and Earvin "Magic" Johnson (1,059 points).

      Harris is the fifth Spartan to declare for the draft early under coach Tom Izzo, joining Shannon Brown (2006, junior.), Zach Randolph (2001, freshman), Jason Richardson (2001, sophomore) and Marcus Taylor (2002, sophomore).

      "No one has worked harder over the last two years to prepare for this moment than Gary Harris," Izzo said in a statement. "He's done everything asked of him and more on the court, in the classroom and in the community."