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Naadir Tharpe To Transfer From Kansas

Naadir Tharpe is expected to transfer from Kansas.

Tharpe averaged 8.5 points and five assists as a junior as the Jayhawks' starting point guard.

Kansas will likely go into next season with sophomores Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp battling for the starting spot.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Calipari 'Wouldn't, Couldn't Leave This Group' Of Kentucky Players

John Calipari has been linked to the head coaching job of the Los Angeles Lakers following the departure of Mike D'Antoni.

Calipari has another stacked incoming freshman class, as well as several key returners.

"Before it starts, I'm totally committed to helping this group of young men reach their dreams," said Calipari. I wouldn't & couldn't leave this group!"

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lakers To Reach Out To Kevin Ollie, John Calipari

The Los Angeles Lakers hope to "make a splash" with their eventual head coaching choice.

The Lakers intend to reach out to Kevin Ollie and John Calipari to at least gauge their interest in the position.

Mike D'Antoni stepped down as Lakers' coach on Wednesday.

The Lakers could leave the position open in the short-term in case a potential free agent would consider signing with the franchise if the coach of his choosing is hired.

Sources say Kobe Bryant has not made any coaching suggestions at this point, but they will eventually consult with him.

Via Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Myles Turner Commits To Texas

Myles Turner has committed to Texas.

Turner is a top-five prospect in the 2014 incoming class and also considered Kansas.

Rick Barnes' assistant coach Chris Ogden led the recruitment process for Texas to land Turner.

Via RealGM Staff Report

NBA Announces List Of 75 Early Entry Candidates For Draft

The NBA has announced 75 early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft, including 45 players from colleges and 30 International players.


Jordan Adams, UCLA 
William Alston, CC of Baltimore County Dundalk 
Mychal Ammons, South Alabama 
Kyle Anderson, UCLA 
Isaiah Austin, Baylor 
Chane Behanan, Louisville 
Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State 
Khem Birch, UNLV 
Jabari Brown, Missouri 
Jahii Carson, Arizona State 
Semaj Christon, Xavier 
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri 
DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut 
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado 
Joel Embiid, Kansas 
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse 
Aaron Gordon, Arizona 
Jerami Grant, Syracuse, 
P.J. Hairston, North Carolina/Texas (D-League) 
Gary Harris, Michigan State 
Rodney Hood, Duke 
Nick Johnson, Arizona 
Alex Kirk, New Mexico 
Zach LaVine, UCLA 
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina 
K.J. McDaniels, Clemson 
Mitch McGary, Michigan 
Eric Moreland, Oregon State 
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU 
Jabari Parker, Duke 
Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette 
Julius Randle, Kentucky 
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan 
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State 
Antonio Rucker, Clinton JC (SC) 
Jakarr Sampson, St. John's, 
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 
Roscoe Smith, UNLV 
Nik Stauskas, Michigan 
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee 
Noah Vonleh, Indiana 
T.J. Warren, North Carolina State 
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas 
James Young, Kentucky 
Ta'Quan Zimmermann, Thompson Rivers (Canada)

The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2014 NBA Draft:


Eleftherios Bochoridis, Aris (Greece) / Greece 
Matias Bortolin, Regatas Corrientes (Argentina) / Argentina 
Nedim Buza, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)/ Bosnia & Herzegovina 
Bruno Caboclo, Pinheiros (Brazil) / Brazil 
Berkay Candan, TED Kolejliler (Turkey) / Turkey 
Clint Capela, Chalon (France) / Switzerland 
Joonas Cavén, Joventut (Spain) / Finland 
Nemanja Dangubic, Mega Vizura (Serbia) / Serbia 
Moussa Diagne, Fuenlabrada (Spain) / Senegal 
Tomas Dimša, Zalgiris (Lithuania) / Lithuania 
Marcus Eriksson, Manresa (Spain) / Sweden 
Danté Exum, Australia, 
Ilja Gromovs, Ventspils (Latvia) / Latvia 
Damien Inglis, Roanne (France) / France 
Nikola Jokic, Mega Vizura (Serbia) / Serbia 
Michalis Kamperidis Filathlitikos (Greece) / Greece 
Artem Klimenko, Avtodor (Russia) / Russia 
Rasmus Larsen, Manresa (Spain) / Denmark 
Lucas Mariano, Vivo Franca (Brazil) / Brazil 
Vasilije Micic, Mega Vizura (Serbia) / Serbia 
Jusuf Nurkic, Cedevita (Croatia) / Bosnia & Herzegovina 
Mateusz Ponitka, Oostende (Belgium) / Poland 
Kristaps Porzingis, Cajasol (Spain) / Latvia 
Marko Ramljak, Zadar (Croatia) / Croatia 
Dario Šarić, Cibona (Croatia) / Croatia 
Ojars Silins, Reggio Emilia (Italy) / Latvia 
Alejandro Suarez, Joventut (Spain) / Spain 
Devon Van Oostrum Vitoria (Spain)/ Holland 
Guillem Vives, Joventut (Spain) / Spain 
Adin Vrabac, Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) / Bosnia & Herzegovina

Via RealGM Staff Report

Tom Izzo To Return To Michigan State Next Season Despite Reported NBA Interest

Tom izzo said he will return to coach Michigan State despite reportedly being a candidate for the coach openings of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons.

"First of all, I'm going to be at Michigan State,'' Izzo said Wednesday. "I still listen to things every day in our town about Nick Saban saying I'm not going to be the Alabama coach [when Saban was coach of the Miami Dolphins].

"Nobody knows where any of us are going to be. You have to look at your track record and, over all these years, is this what he's done?"

The Spartans lost in the Elite Eight last season to Connecticut.

"If somebody made me an offer to be the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers that was so good that it would impress everybody, does that mean I would never say never?" Izzo said. "I'm not doing that anymore. I've seen too many people get stung that way.

"Put it this way: I've got a big-time recruit coming in an hour and if I was leaving I wouldn't be recruiting.''

Via Andy Katz/ESPN

Chane Behanan Declares For NBA Draft

Chane Behanan has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft to forgo his senior season.

Behanan signed with Colorado State in January and has been taking online courses following his December dismissal from Louisville for violating team rules.

Behanan wouldn't have become eligible to play for the Rams until late December, was given an arrest citation by Louisville police on April 2 for possession of marijuana and has a court date set for Tuesday.

Via Matt L. Stephens/The Coloradoan

Jordan Adams Changes Mind, Leaves UCLA For NBA Draft

Jordan Adams has changed his mind to leave UCLA for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Adams averaged 17.4 points per game last season.

Adams had initially decided to remain at UCLA for his junior season.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Ryan Boatright Returns To UConn For Senior Season

Ryan Boatright will return to the University of Connecticut for his senior season.

Boatright averaged 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junior last season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

DeAndre Daniels Leaves UConn For NBA Draft

DeAndre Daniels will enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Daniels averaged 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior at UConn.

Daniels was a Final Four All-Tournament Team selection in the Huskies' title run.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Harrisons Decide To Remain At Kentucky For Sophomore Season

Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have decided not to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Mitch McGary Declares For NBA Draft After Testing Positive For Marijuana

Mitch McGary played in only eight games in 13-14 before a back injury ended his season.

Khem Birch Declares For NBA Draft

Khem Birch was a McDonald's All-American in 2011.

Spencer Dinwiddie Declares For NBA Draft

Spencer Dinwiddie averaged 13 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals during his college career.

Dan D'Antoni Hired As Head Coach Of Marshall

Dan D'Antoni graduated from Marshall in 1970.

Exec: Karl Towns' Shooting Ability Will Make Him A Major Asset

Karl Towns Jr. had several good performances in the high school All-Star game circuit, showing his potential as a jump shooting big.

Scout: Jahlil Okafor Could Have Issues Not Being Explosive Around Basket

Jahlil Okafor is one of the most polished post players to come out of high school in many years.

Dakari Johnson Stays At Kentucky, Won't Declare For NBA Draft

Dakari Johnson averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.1 minutes per game as a freshman out of Montverde Academy.

Jerian Grant To Return To Notre Dame

Jerian Grant averaged 19 points in 12 games last season before withdrawing from school for an "academic matter" in late-December.

D'Antoni Rules Out Head Coaching Vacancy At Marshall

The Lakers are waiting to make a final decision on whether to keep Mike D'Antoni for the 14-15 season, the final season of his contract.

Alex Poythress To Stay At Kentucky For Junior Season

Alex Poythress 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes as a sophomore.

Isaiah Austin Leaves Baylor For NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin is a 7-foot center currently projected to go early in the second round by Draft Express.

Julius Randle Officially Declares For NBA Draft

As a freshman, Julius Randle averaged 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 40 games.

K.J. McDaniels To Declare For NBA Draft

K.J. McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.7 blocks in 33.7 minutes per game last season.

Elfrid Payton Leaves Louisiana-Lafayette For NBA Draft

Elfrid Payton is leaving Louisiana-Lafayette for the 2014 NBA Draft after his junior season.

Harrisons Waiting For Feedback From NBA Before Making Decision

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are continuing to weigh their options about returning to Kentucky for their sophomore season or leaving for the NBA.

Tennessee Focuses Coaching Search On Michael White

Tennessee is focusing its coaching search on Michael White of Louisiana Tech.

Savon Goodman Transfers To Arizona State

Savon Goodman averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game as a freshman at UNLV in 12-13.

Marcus Lee Returns To Kentucky For Sophomore Season

Marcus Lee was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team in his freshman season.

James Young Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

James Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Wildcats.
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