American Athletic Conference WiretapMarch 2012 American Athletic Conference Wiretap

BeeJay Anya Trims List To Sixteen

Mar 30, 2012 10:11 AM

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.

Washington Post

Tags: Syracuse Orange, Pittsburgh Panthers, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, West Virginia Mountaineers, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Memphis Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Kansas Jayhawks, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, Arizona Wildcats, Indiana Hoosiers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Seton Hall Pirates, DePaul Blue Demons, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, American Athletic Conference, Big Ten Conference, Pacific-12 Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Oriakhi May Not Be Eligible To Transfer To SEC Program

Mar 30, 2012 10:05 AM

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.

Sporting News

Tags: Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut Huskies, Kentucky Wildcats, Missouri Tigers, Florida Gators, American Athletic Conference, Southeastern Conference, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

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

Mar 28, 2012 10:27 AM

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.

Hearst Communications

Tags: Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut Huskies, North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, Missouri Tigers, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NCAA Transfer, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Jeremy Lamb Expected To Declare For Draft

Mar 28, 2012 10:24 AM

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.

ESPN.com

Tags: Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut Huskies, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Hollis Thompson Enters Name Into Draft, Plans To Hire Agent

Mar 28, 2012 12:32 AM

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.

Washington Post

Tags: Hollis Thompson, Georgetown Hoyas, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Dion Waiters Leaving Syracuse For NBA

Mar 26, 2012 10:10 PM

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.

Post-Standard

Tags: Dion Waiters, Syracuse Orange, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Source: Dion Waiters To Enter Draft

Mar 25, 2012 12:59 PM

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.

ZagsBlog.com

Tags: Dion Waiters, Syracuse Orange, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Troy Williams Narrows List To Three

Mar 22, 2012 10:29 AM

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.

Louisville Courier Journal

Tags: North Carolina Tar Heels, Georgetown Hoyas, Kentucky Wildcats, Atlantic Coast Conference, American Athletic Conference, Southeastern Conference, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting

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Alex Oriakhi To Transfer From UConn

Mar 22, 2012 10:27 AM

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.

Hearst Connecticut Media Group

Tags: Alex Oriakhi, Connecticut Huskies, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NCAA Transfer

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Maalik Wayns To Hire Agent, Forfeit Remaining Year Of Eligibility

Mar 22, 2012 10:25 AM

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.

Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Maalik Wayns, Villanova Wildcats, American Athletic Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Cincinnati Signs JC Transfer Titus Rubles
The Bearcats have one more scholarship available for next season.

Cincinnati.com

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

ESPN.com

Noel Likes Comparison To Bill Russell
Nerlens Noel is being hailed as the best shot blocker of his generation.

USABasketball.com

Victor Rudd Declares For Draft, Will Not Hire Agent
South Florida forward Victor Rudd will test the draft waters.

CBSSports.com

Moe Harkless To Enter Name In Draft
Moe Harkless was long rumored to be planning on leaving for the NBA.

Associated Press

Nerlens Noel Trims List To Kentucky, Syracuse, Georgetown
Nerlens Noel is ranked as the top prospect in the class of 2012.

Scout.com (via Sporting News)

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

ZagsBlog.com

Dion Waiters Draws Comparison To Dwyane Wade, James Harden
Dion Waiters’ scoring ability and all-around court-savvy have drawn high praise from NBA talent evaluators.

SI.com

JaKarr Sampson Re-Commits To St. John’s
JaKarr Sampson, a top-50 prospect in the class of 2011, was ruled ineligible last fall.

ZagsBlog.com

Maalik Wayns To Enter NBA Draft
Maalik Wayns will test the draft waters.

Philadelphia Daily News

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.

New York Times

Syracuse Defensive Efficiency Drops 10 Points Without Fab Melo
Fab Melo accounted for 37.6 percent of Syracuse's total blocked shots this season.

ESPN Stats & Information

Felix Balamou Commits To St. John's
Felix Balamou is St. John’s first commitment for the class of 2012.

ESPNNewYork.com

Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Michigan State Earn No. 1 Seeds
Kentucky is the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

Associated Press

Harkless Remains Undecided On Draft
Despite reports, Moe Harkless has not decided whether to enter this year’s draft.

CBSSports.com

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.

RealGM Staff Report

NCAA Attendance Drops For Fourth Consecutive Year
Regular season attendance is down in six of the biggest-name conferences.

USA TODAY

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.

ZagsBlog.com

Maurice Harkless Undecided On Draft
Maurice Harkless is weighing whether to enter the NBA draft after his freshman season at St. John’s.

ZagsBlog.com

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.

New York Post