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Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:03 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 9:12 pm
 

GMU's Larranaga still undecided about Miami

Jim Larranaga remains undecided about whether to remain at George Mason or accept an offer to be Miami's next coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday. According to the source, there are no plans for Larranaga to inform his players of an imminent move to Miami despite a report out of New York suggesting otherwise that's headlined "George Mason coach leaving for Miami."

CBSSports.com first reported Thursday that Larranaga and Miami were in advanced discussions. In response to the report, George Mason officials acknowledged they had granted Miami permission to speak with Larranaga -- a 61-year-old New York native who has coached the Patriots the past 14 seasons. The highlight of his tenure is an improbable trip to the 2006 Final Four. He's also won four CAA regular-season titles.

Miami is searching for a replacement for Frank Haith.

Haith left earlier this month to replace Mike Anderson at Missouri.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 21, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Report: UT's Thompson in NBA Draft

Texas freshman Tristan Thompson will not return for his sophomore season because he's entering the NBA Draft, the Austin American Statesman newspaper reported Thursday.

Thompson averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Longhorns last season.

The 6-foot-8 forward told reporters he would return to school after UT's final game, but he has since changed his mind. Most mock drafts have him  projected to be picked in the first round. The Longhorns now turn their attention to waiting to see whether Jordan Hamilton will follow Thompson's lead or instead return to Austin for his junior season.

The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft is Sunday.
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Sources: Miami in discussions with Larranaga

George Mason's Jim Larranaga has had serious discussions with Miami officials about the ACC school's coaching vacancy, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday. Whether Larranaga is leveraging for a better deal from George Mason or on the verge of actually moving to Miami is unclear, both sources said. But the talks are advanced and ongoing, and the 61-year-old New York native has developed into Miami's top target.

Miami is searching for a replacement for Frank Haith.

Haith left earlier this month to replace Mike Anderson at Missouri.

Larranaga has spent 14 seasons at George Mason.

He famously led the Colonial school to the 2006 Final Four.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Source: Vandy trio passing on NBA Draft

Vanderbilt standouts John Jenkins, Jeff Taylor and Festus Ezeli have decided not to enter the NBA Draft, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. That means all three will return to college and cement the Commodores in the top five of the CBSSports.com preseason Top 25 (and one).

An official announcement is expected soon.

Jenkins (19.5 points per game), Taylor (13.7) and Ezeli (13.0) were Vandy's top three scorers last season. Their return should allow the Commodores to compete with Kentucky in the SEC East, and it gives the Nashville-based school a realistic shot at the Final Four considering every relevant player is rejoining the roster. Vanderbilt won 23 games last season and finished one game behind UK in the SEC East.
Posted on: April 19, 2011 9:56 am
 

UNC, UK, then what?

Only Terrence Jones and/or Brandon Knight returning to Kentucky will keep North Carolina from being No. 1 in the preseason polls, and even then it'll be debatable. For now, though, I'm operating under the assumption that both will enter and remain in the NBA Draft, which would make my preseason top five look like this:
  1. North Carolina
  2. Kentucky
  3. Syracuse
  4. Ohio State
  5. Vanderbilt
The one thing that could change this -- besides me simply changing my mind -- would be Vandy's Jeff Taylor, John Jenkins or Fest Ezeli turning pro, but there's no indication any of that will happen. Regardless, most preseason rankings will have the same two teams at the top. After that is where the debate will begin.
Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:21 am
 

Barnes returning to UNC

Harrison Barnes announced on Monday that he will return to North Carolina for his sophomore season.

"Opportunities, both beneficial and life changing, can seem to make the next phase of my journey an easy decision, but I am a student-athlete at the University of North Carolina," Barnes said. "I'm here to experience college life, grow as a person, receive a quality education, and be part of the greatest basketball family in college sports. ... I look forward to meeting the challenging journey in the NBA, but [right now] I'm focused on being a student-athlete, and my decision is to continue this part of my journey at the University of North Carolina."

Barnes would've been considered for the No. 1 overall pick had he entered the 2011 NBA Draft, but his decision isn't shocking considering he's always seemed different and more well-rounded than most other top-tier prospects. The 6-foot-8 wing averaged 15.7 points last season while leading the Tar Heels to an ACC regular-season title and the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. His return means North Carolina will be the consensus preseason No. 1 team.

"I'm very proud of my son and his decision," Barnes' mother, Shirley Barnes, told CBSSports.com on Monday morning. "Next season should be exciting."
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:11 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Report: Selby will not return to KU

Josh Selby's mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, told TheShiver.com on Thursday that her son will not return to Kansas. Presumably, that means Selby will enter the NBA Draft, but it's unclear from the report whether transferring out of the program to another school, perhaps a junior college, is also an option.

TheShiver.com is a website dedicated to covering Kansas athletics.

Selby was a consensus top-five national recruit and projected lottery pick coming out of high school but struggled in his freshman year. The 6-foot-2 combo guard averaged only 7.9 points per game after serving a nine-game NCAA-suspension for accepting improper benefits. Bill Self played Selby an average of just 11.7 minutes per game in the final nine games of the season.

Selby is now considered a borderline first-round pick.

The NBA Draft is June 26.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Arizona's Williams entering draft with agent

Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams will forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft with an agent, the school announced Wednesday.

"I have enjoyed my two years at Arizona both on and off the court," Williams said. "I want to thank my teammates, who are like brothers to me, my coaches and all Wildcat Fans for making my experience an unforgettable one."

Williams averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while leading Arizona to the Elite Eight.

The 6-foot-8 forward could be the No. 1 pick.
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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