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BeeJay Anya Trims List To Sixteen

BeeJay Anya is considering 16 schools, including Final Four members Ohio State, Kansas, Louisville.

“I’m just trying to take it one step at a time right now,” Anya said.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Anya is also looking at Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Rutgers, Memphis, UCLA, Arizona, Indiana, Notre Dame, Seton Hall and DePaul.

He is considered a top-20 prospect in the class of 2013.

Via Washington Post

Oriakhi May Not Be Eligible To Transfer To SEC Program

Alex Oriakhi’s transfer options may be limited by the bylaws of various conferences throughout the country, such as the Southeastern Conference.

Oriakhi completed three years of eligibility at UConn. The SEC requires prospective transfers to have more than one year of eligibility remaining.

SEC schools Florida, Kentucky and Missouri had been mentioned as possible destinations.

Via Sporting News

Oriakhi Granted Official Release From UConn; UNC, Missouri, Duke Show Interest

Alex Oriakhi received his official release from UConn, which means he can begin talking to prospective schools.

North Carolina, Missouri and Duke are among the teams that have reached out to Oriakhi, who averaged a career-low 21.5 minutes and 4.8 rebounds per game as a junior.

He will not consider Duke, according to a source.

Via Hearst Communications

Jeremy Lamb Expected To Declare For Draft

Jeremy Lamb is expected to enter the June 28 draft.

Lamb, a 6-foot-5, 180 pound shooting guard, is billed as a possible lottery pick.

He averaged 17.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting this past season.

Via ESPN.com

Hollis Thompson Enters Name Into Draft, Plans To Hire Agent

Hollis Thompson declared for the NBA draft Tuesday.

Thompson intends to hire an agent, according to Georgetown coach John Thompson III.

“Hollis returned for his junior year after submitting his name for the 2011 NBA draft,” Thompson said in a statement. “We fully anticipated he would enter the 2012 draft after this season. He is an extremely hard worker and we wish him the best as he takes his next step.”

Thompson, a 6-foot-8, 212-pound swingman, led the Big East in three-point shooting percentage, connecting on 43 percent of his attempts.

Via Washington Post

Dion Waiters Leaving Syracuse For NBA

Dion Waiters will leave Syracuse, hire an agent and declare for the draft.

"I've decided to pursue my dream of becoming a professional basketball player by entering my name in the NBA Draft this spring,’’ Waiters said in a statement released by Syracuse University’s athletic communications department. “I plan on signing with an agent.’’

Waiters, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, averaged 12.7 points per game on 47.6 percent shooting this past season.

Via Post-Standard

Source: Dion Waiters To Enter Draft

Syracuse sophomore guard Dion Waiters will enter the 2012 draft, according to a source.

“He is definitely not coming back,” the source said.

The 6-foot-4, 215 pound guard averaged 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.1 minutes per game.

He is projected as a mid-to-late first round pick.

Via ZagsBlog.com

Troy Williams Narrows List To Three

Troy Williams has cut his list of possible college destinations to North Carolina, Georgetown, and Kentucky.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is considered one of the top-10 prospects in the class of 2013.

He attends Hampton, Va., Phoebus High School.

Via Louisville Courier Journal

Alex Oriakhi To Transfer From UConn

Alex Oriakhi will seek a transfer from UConn.

"Alex will transfer because of the NCAA tournament next year," Alex Oriakhi Sr. said.

Uconn faces a 2013 ban on playing in the NCAA tournament because of its sub-par academic progress rating.

Oriakhi, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound junior, averaged a career-low 21.5 minutes per game this past season.

Via Hearst Connecticut Media Group

Maalik Wayns To Hire Agent, Forfeit Remaining Year Of Eligibility

Maalik Wayns will soon sign with NBA agent, forfeiting his final season of college eligibility.

Wayns, a second-team all-Big East selection and Villanova’s top scorer, is expected to sign with North Jersey based agent Andy Miller.

Via Philadelphia Daily News

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Cincinnati Signs JC Transfer Titus Rubles

The Bearcats have one more scholarship available for next season.

Marquette Lands Duane Wilson Jr.

Marquette has signed Duane Wilson Jr. to a letter of intent.

Noel Likes Comparison To Bill Russell

Nerlens Noel is being hailed as the best shot blocker of his generation.

Victor Rudd Declares For Draft, Will Not Hire Agent

South Florida forward Victor Rudd will test the draft waters.

Moe Harkless To Enter Name In Draft

Moe Harkless was long rumored to be planning on leaving for the NBA.

Nerlens Noel Trims List To Kentucky, Syracuse, Georgetown

Nerlens Noel is ranked as the top prospect in the class of 2012.

Alex Oriakhi Considering Transfer From UConn

Alex Oriakhi said that he is considering transferring after three seasons at UConn.

Dion Waiters Draws Comparison To Dwyane Wade, James Harden

Dion Waitersí scoring ability and all-around court-savvy have drawn high praise from NBA talent evaluators.

JaKarr Sampson Re-Commits To St. Johnís

JaKarr Sampson, a top-50 prospect in the class of 2011, was ruled ineligible last fall.

Maalik Wayns To Enter NBA Draft

Maalik Wayns will test the draft waters.

Source: Fab Melo Plans To Enter NBA Draft

Fab Melo averaged 25.4 minutes, 7.8 points, and 5.8 rebounds with Syracuse this season.

Syracuse Defensive Efficiency Drops 10 Points Without Fab Melo

Fab Melo accounted for 37.6 percent of Syracuse's total blocked shots this season.

Felix Balamou Commits To St. John's

Felix Balamou is St. Johnís first commitment for the class of 2012.

Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan State Earn No. 1 Seeds

Kentucky is the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

Harkless Remains Undecided On Draft

Despite reports, Moe Harkless has not decided whether to enter this yearís draft.

Louisville Beats Cincinnati To Win 2012 Big East Tournament

Louisville defeated Cincinnati by a final score of 50-44 to win the 2012 Big East Tournament.

NCAA Attendance Drops For Fourth Consecutive Year

Regular season attendance is down in six of the biggest-name conferences.

Nerlens Noel Set To Visit Georgetown, North Carolina

Nerlens Noel will visit Georgetown next week and is planning to travel to North Carolina sometime later this month.

Maurice Harkless Undecided On Draft

Maurice Harkless is weighing whether to enter the NBA draft after his freshman season at St. Johnís.

St. John's Turns To Yoga To Avoid Injury

Steve Lavin brought in a yoga instructor in an effort to help St. John's players avoid injury.
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