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  • 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."

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    CBK roundup: Louisville's Harrell returning to school
    By The Sports Xchange

    Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell is returning to the school for his junior year.

    • Harrell, who is 6-foot-8, averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season.

      Coach Rick Pitino said Monday he was "very excited to say the least" about Harrell's decision to return, according to ESPN.com.

      "He and Wayne (Blackshear) will be co-captains next season," Pitino said. "I think he wants to come back and be a top-eight (draft) pick."

      ---Michigan guard Glenn Robinson III is expected to announce this week he will forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft, the Boston Globe reported.

      Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds this season for the Wolverines, who reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

      ---Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant is expected to announce that he will declare for the NBA draft, SI.com reported.

      Several mock drafts project Grant as a first-round pick. He averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season.

      ---University of Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon will announce this week he is entering the NBA draft, Yahoo Sports reported.

      Gordon, who is 6-foot-9, averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds in 31.2 minutes this past season. He is projected by some draft sites as a top-10 pick.

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    Report: Syracuse F Grant to enter draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant is expected to announce that he will declare for the NBA draft, SI.com reported Monday.

    • Several mock drafts project Grant as a first-round pick. He averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season.

      The Orange, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, fell early to No. 11 Dayton and finished 28-6 for the season.

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    Reports: Michigan's Robinson to enter draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Michigan guard Glenn Robinson III is expected to announce this week he will forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft, the Boston Globe reported Monday.

    • CBSSports.com reported that, as of Monday afternoon, Robinson has not informed the school of his plans and he is not scheduled to meet with his coaches until at least Tuesday.

      Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds this season for the Wolverines, who reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    Louisville F Harrell returning to school
    By The Sports Xchange

    Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell is returning to the school for his junior year.

    • Harrell, who is 6-foot-8, averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season.

      "Been on my mind heavy but I love the feeling of being a Louisville cardinal an I will be wearing this for the next yr," he wrote on Twitter Monday.

      Coach Rick Pitino said he was "very excited to say the least" about Harrell's decision to return, according to ESPN.com.

      "He and Wayne (Blackshear) will be co-captains next season," Pitino said. "I think he wants to come back and be a top-eight (draft) pick."

      Multiple NBA executives told ESPN that Harrell would have likely been taken between 15th and 25th in this year's draft if he decided to leave school.

  • Monday, April 14, 2014
    Report: Arizona's Gordon to enter draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    University of Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon will announce this week he is entering the NBA draft, Yahoo Sports reported Monday.

    • Gordon, who is 6-foot-9, averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds in 31.2 minutes this past season. He is projected by some draft sites as a top-10 pick.

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

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014
    Cyclones add UNLV's leading scorer, JUCO standout
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Iowa State Cyclones added some needed help in the backcourt Sunday when former UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones announced he would transfer to Ames.

    • The 6-foot-5 guard led the Rebels in scoring last season (13.6 PPG) while also averaging 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He will be eligible immediately since he's already graduated.

      "(Head coach Fred Hoiberg) does a good job with guys who transfer," Dejean-Jones told the Des Moines Register. "I've seen Iowa State play. There's good chemistry with everyone."

      Dejean-Jones will be expected to fill the loss of senior Cyclones guard DeAndre Kane, who helped lead the Cyclones to the Sweet 16 this past season.

      The Cyclones also received a commitment from junior college standout Darien Williams, who averaged more than 16 points and nearly seven rebounds a game for Iowa Western Community College this past season.

      "I am versatile and I can put the ball on the floor and I can shoot it. I grew up playing inside so I block shots at times, so I just bring a lot of versatility, which is obviously what Iowa State is about," Williams told the Ames Tribune.

      The 6-foot-8 Williams will have surgery on both shoulders and will redshirt this upcoming season.

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014
    West Virginia gets JUCO guard Phillip
    By The Sports Xchange

    Independence (Kan.) Community College point guard Tarik Phillip committed to West Virginia.

    • Phillip averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game last season and was MVP of the Jayhawk Conference.

      Phillip told the Charleston Gazette on Sunday that he also considered Memphis, Kansas, LSU and a few mid-major schools before choosing West Virginia. Kansas reportedly visited Phillip just before his trip to Morgantown this weekend.

      "I like the town and they put a big push on to get me," he said. "Also, it's a great group of guys."

      Phillip said he has three years of eligibility. He committed to South Carolina in 2012 but did not qualify academically. He is a Brooklyn, N.Y., native.

      "West Virginia is closer to home than the other schools," Phillip said. "It feels like the right fit."

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014
    USF's Heath heading to Georgia Tech
    By The Sports Xchange

    Freshman point guard Josh Heath is leaving the University of South Florida and transferring to Georgia Tech.

    • USF fired Heath's father, Stan, a little more than two weeks ago. The younger Heath might be eligible to play immediately based on previous waivers that have been approved by the NCAA for players whose fathers lost their coaching jobs.

      The 6-foot-2 Heath played in 17 games for the Bulls and averaged 20 minutes, 2.6 points and 3.6 assists per game.

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014
    Top JUCO prospect commits to Pearl, Auburn
    By The Sports Xchange

    Auburn and its new head coach, Bruce Pearl, made some loud noise on Sunday when the Tigers received a commitment from Cinmeon Bowers, who many recruiting services rate as the No. 1 junior college prospect.

    • Bowers, who at one point was a Florida State signee, tweeted on Sunday that he would play for Pearl and the Tigers. He is a 6-foot-7, 261 pound power forward who averaged 12.4 points and 8.9 rebounds a game for Chipola (Fla.) College last year.

      Bowers signed with the Seminoles during the early signing period but was released from his letter of intent after being arrested for eating marijuana in order to conceal it from police. Charges eventually were dropped.

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014
    Ohio State lands transfers Thompson, Lee
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Virginia Tech forward Trevor Thompson transferred to Ohio State, ESPN.com reported Sunday.

    • The Buckeyes also added former Temple forward Anthony Lee, who will be eligible next season. He averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season for the Owls.

      Thompson averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game his freshman season, but had 15 points and six rebounds at Duke in February.

      The 7-footer also received interest from Indiana, Purdue and Butler, but decided on Ohio State.

      "I love the academics, the fans, my new teammates and the coaching staff," Thompson said. "It was the perfect fit."

      Thompson, an Indianapolis native, will likely sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, but could request a waiver because of his father's medical condition. Ryan Thompson is a former Major League Baseball player.

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014
    ISU F Nader suspended indefinitely
    By The Sports Xchange

    Iowa State forward Abdel Nader was suspended from the team indefinitely after being cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated Saturday night, the Des Moines Register reported.

    • Nader sat out the season after transferring from Northern Illinois. He averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game his sophomore season at Northern Illinois.

      "Coach (Fred) Hoiberg is aware of the situation," the school's athletic department wrote in an e-mail to the Register on Sunday morning. "Per our student-athlete conduct policy he is suspended indefinitely."

      The Cyclones went 28-8 in 2013-14 and reached the NCAA Tournament's regional semifinals before falling to eventual champion Connecticut.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
    CBK roundup: Cal candidate Mack will stay at Xavier
    By The Sports Xchange

    Xavier coach Chris Mack is staying put after meeting with Cal about its job opening, according to ESPN.

    • Mack, 44, has guided the Musketeers to the NCAA Tournament in four of his five seasons as coach. He has taken Xavier to the regional semifinals twice (2010 and 2012). The Musketeers went 21-13 and lost in the opening round of the tournament last season.

      Mike Montgomery retired earlier this month after six seasons as Cal's coach. The 67-year-old previously coached Montana, Stanford and the Golden State Warriors. He has campaigned for assistant coach Travis DeCuire to replace him.

      The Bears went 21-14 last season and will lose guard Justin Cobbs and forward Richard Solomon to graduation.

      ---Arizona State assistant coach Eric Musselman recently interviewed for the vacant Cal coaching job, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

      Musselman, who has coached in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, met with athletic director Sandy Barbour.

      Mike Montgomery retired earlier this month after six seasons as Cal's coach.

      Musselman, 49, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Arizona State. He coached the Warriors from 2002 to 2004. He then spent two seasons as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies before coaching the Kings in the 2006-07 season.

      Before coaching in the NBA, Musselman went 270-122 during seven years coaching the Continental Basketball Association's Florida Beach Dogs.

      Since 2010, Musselman has coached the Reno Big Horns and Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, and the Dominican Republic and Venezuelan national teams.

      Cal, which went 21-14 this season, is also considering UC Irvine coach Russell Turner and Cal assistant Travis DeCuire.

      ---Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware announced via Twitter on Friday night that he is transferring to Georgia State.

      It was reported in late March that Ware was going to transfer to another school.

      Ware, a junior, got national attention during last year's NCAA Tournament regional finals against Duke when he severely broke his right leg. He wanted to transfer to a school closer to his family in Atlanta.

      Ware returned from the injury Nov. 6 during an exhibition game against Pikeville College. He made his first shot, a 3-pointer. He then scored five points in 13 minutes against Cornell on Nov. 15 in his first regular-season game.

      Ware averaged just 1.7 points in nine games before he injured the same leg against Missouri State on Dec. 17 and missed the rest of the season.

      Ware also reportedly considered Auburn. He once committed to new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl when he coached Tennessee.

      Georgia State relied heavily on transfers this season in going 25-9. Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow, former Virginia Tech forward Manny Atkins and USC transfer Curtis Washington were key contributors for the Panthers.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
    Report: Musselman interviews for Cal job
    By The Sports Xchange

    Arizona State assistant coach Eric Musselman recently interviewed for the vacant Cal coaching job, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

    • Musselman, who has coached in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, met with athletic director Sandy Barbour.

      Mike Montgomery retired earlier this month after six seasons as Cal's coach.

      Musselman, 49, spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Arizona State. He coached the Warriors from 2002-04. He then spent two seasons as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies before coaching the Kings in the 2006-07 season.

      Before coaching in the NBA, Musselman went 270-122 during seven years coaching the Continental Basketball Association's Florida Beach Dogs.

      Since 2010, Musselman has coached the Reno Big Horns and Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, and the Dominican Republic and Venezuelan national teams.

      Cal, which went 21-14 this season, is also considering UC Irvine coach Russell Turner and Cal assistant Travis DeCuire.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
    Mack staying at Xavier
    By The Sports Xchange

    Xavier coach Chris Mack is staying put after meeting with Cal about its job opening, according to ESPN.

    • Mack, 44, has guided the Musketeers to the NCAA Tournament in four of his five seasons as coach. He took Xavier to the regional semifinals twice (2010 and 2012). The Musketeers went 21-13 and lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this season.

      Mike Montgomery retired earlier this month after six seasons as Cal's coach. The 67-year-old previously coached Montana, Stanford and the Golden State Warriors. He has campaigned for assistant coach Travis DeCuire to replace him.

      The Bears went 21-14 this season and will lose guard Justin Cobbs and forward Richard Solomon to graduation.

  • Saturday, April 12, 2014
    Ware transfers to Georgia State
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware announced via Twitter on Friday night that he is transferring to Georgia State.

    • It was reported in late March that Ware was leaving Louisville to transfer to another school.

      Ware, a junior, got national attention during last year's NCAA Tournament regional finals against Duke when he severely broke his right leg. He wanted to transfer to a school closer to his family in Atlanta.

      Ware returned from the injury Nov. 6 during an exhibition game against Pikeville College. He made his first shot, a 3-pointer. He then scored five points in 13 minutes against Cornell on Nov. 15 in his first regular-season game.

      Ware averaged just 1.7 points in nine games before he injured the same leg against Missouri State on Dec. 17 and missed the rest of the season.

      Ware also reportedly considered Auburn. He once committed to new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl when he coached Tennessee.

      Georgia State relied heavily on transfers this season in going 25-9. Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow, former Virginia Tech forward Manny Atkins and USC transfer Curtis Washington were key contributors for the Panthers.

  • Friday, April 11, 2014
    7-footer Kirk of New Mexico declares for NBA Draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    Center Alex Kirk of New Mexico will pass up his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, according to several media reports.

    • The 7-foot Kirk averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds last season for the Lobos (27-7), and had 32 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in an 81-65 loss to Massachusetts in the Charleston Classic championship game in November.

      "We are fully supportive of Alex and his decision, and will do everything we can to help him," coach Craig Neal said. "I recruited Alex since he was a sophomore in high school, and I have been able to work with him and watch his development. I think it says a lot about our program and how we develop players that we can have guys declare and be draft-ready as juniors, like Tony Snell and Darington Hobson. Alex has done a great job academically having completed his degree and he is moving on to the next phase in his career."

      Kirk, who struggled late in the season and scored in single figures in each of his last three games, is not included in many mock drafts, but is a legitimate 7-footer who can move outside and hit from the perimeter.

  • Friday, April 11, 2014
    CBK roundup: F Stokes leaves Tennessee for NBA draft
    By The Sports Xchange

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Forward Jarnell Stokes announced at a news conference on Friday that he will bypass his senior season at Tennessee to enter the NBA draft.

    • Stokes, 6 feet 8 and 260 pounds, averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds a game as a junior in helping the Volunteers (24-13) reach the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals before losing to Michigan 73-71.

      Stokes, who averaged 18 points and 12.8 rebounds in four NCAA tournament games, informed Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin of his decision on Tuesday. He said he was encouraged to enter the draft former Tennessee star Tobias Harris, who plays for the Orlando Magic. In a mock draft at draftexpress.com, Stokes is projected to be selected in the second round.

      ---New Mexico center Alex Kirk will pass up his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, according to several media reports.

      The 7-foot Kirk averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds last season for the Lobos (27-7), and had 32 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in an 81-65 loss to Massachusetts in the Charleston Classic championship game in November.

      Kirk, who struggled late in the season and scored in single figures in each of his last three games, is not included in many mock drafts.

      ---Duke freshman sensation Jabari Parker is still trying to decide whether to stay in college or declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft this year.

      The 6-foot-8 Parker, projected as a top-three pick if he decides to come out, said Friday that he will consult with Duke coach Mike Kryzyzewski next week to discuss his options. The deadline for underclassmen to announce their intentions is April 27. The draft is June 26 in New York.

      Parker finished an All-American season averaging 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He was named the country's top freshman and finished second to Creighton senior Doug McDermott for the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy as the nation's outstanding player.

  • Friday, April 11, 2014
    Duke's Parker undecided on next season
    By The Sports Xchange

    Duke freshman sensation Jabari Parker is still trying to decide whether to stay in college or declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft this year.

    • The 6-foot-8 Parker, projected as a top-three pick if he decides to come out, said Friday that he will consult with Duke coach Mike Kryzyzewski next week to discuss his options. He has determined that he will not go on a Mormon mission.

      "It's a very tough decision, especially potentially leaving behind my coach and the program that really helped me out this year, so I really have to keep them in consideration in this whole process," Parker said Friday on ESPNLA 710.

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

      Parker said in the interview 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."

      Parker finished an All-American season averaging 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He was named the country's top freshman and finished second to Creighton senior Doug McDermott for the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy as the nation's outstanding player.