NCAA WiretapMarch 2009 NCAA Wiretap

Tyreke Evans Will Enter NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2009 9:57 PM

Tyreke Evans, star freshman for the Memphis Tigers, has decided to enter the NBA in wake of the news that John Calipari will leave the school for Kentucky.

"Coach leaving did it for me," Evans said.  "I'm shocked he left, especially with the class he had coming in.  I know it was tough for him, but it was his dream job.  You can't get mad at him for that."

Evans averaged 17.1 points per game in his first year and is projected to be a mid first-round selection in the 2009 NBA draft.

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Calipari Accepts Kentucky Job

Mar 31, 2009 7:05 PM

John Calipari has accepted Kentucky's offer to become their next head coach, according to Sports Illustrated.

Calipari replaces former head coach Billy Gillespie, who lasted just two seasons in Lexington.

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Calipari Inches Closer To Deal With Kentucky

Mar 31, 2009 10:06 AM

John Calipari reportedly opted to sleep on Kentucky's offer to become their next coach on Monday night.

Calipari and the Wildcats were getting close to a deal on Monday that could make him the highest-paid coach in the country.

He met with officials and players at Memphis on Monday to discuss his interest in the Kentucky job, and a number of players came away with the belief that he would take the job.

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Bennett Leaves WSU For Virginia

Mar 30, 2009 8:12 PM

Washington State coach Tony Bennett has been hired as Virginia's men's basketball coach. Washington State athletic director Jim Sterk announced the move Monday evening. He said Virginia asked for permission to speak with Bennett on Friday.

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Griffin, Hansbrough, Blair, Curry And Harden Named To All-America Team

Mar 30, 2009 1:48 PM

Blake Griffin was the only unanimous selection for the AP All-America team.  

He was joined by senior Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, sophomores DeJuan Blair of Pittsburgh, James Harden of Arizona State and junior Stephen Curry of Davidson.

Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet led the second team with 238 points and was joined by three other juniors, Ty Lawson of North Carolina, Luke Harangody of Notre Dame and Jodie Meeks of Kentucky, along with senior Jerel McNeal of Marquette.

The third team had seniors Terrence Williams of Louisville, Toney Douglas of Florida State and Sam Young of Pittsburgh, along with juniors Sherron Collins of Kansas and Gerald Henderson of Duke.

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Seth Curry Decides To Transfer To Duke Blue Devils

Mar 30, 2009 6:44 AM

Seth Curry, brother of Davidson sharp shooter Stephen and son of former Charlotte Hornet Dell, has decided to transfer from Liberty to Duke, the Associated Press is reporting.

Curry was the nation's top scoring freshman, averaging 20.2 points a game.  He will have to sit out next season before starting his scholarship with the Blue Devils.

"Coach K kept telling him the timing couldn't be better," Dell Curry told The Associated Press. "There'll be plenty of opportunities to contribute."

Seth Curry said the opportunity to continue his career at Duke, and get a Duke education were other major factors in the decision. Dell Curry said the family was wowed by the new Duke practice facility, which Dell said is on par with NBA facilities.

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Sources: Calipari Is Interested In Kentucky

Mar 30, 2009 12:44 AM

Memphis coach John Calipari has taken a place on Kentucky's radar in its search to replace Billy Gillispie as head coach, multiple sources told ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil and Pat Forde.

On Friday, a source told O'Neil that Calipari 'likely would not be interested' in the job but on Sunday, multiple sources said Calipari is indeed interested.

According to Memphis sports information director Lamar Chance, Kentucky officials have not contacted Memphis for permission to speak to Calipari.

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UNC Joins UConn, Nova And Mich. St. In Final Four

Mar 29, 2009 7:11 PM

The NCAA Tournament started with 64 teams, but only Connecticut, Villanova, Michigan State and North Carolina are still standing.

Michigan State will battle Connecticut in one semifinal, while Villanova will face North Carolina in the other.

The games will be held on Saturday, April 4th in Detroit.

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Billy Donovan Is 'Committed' To Florida

Mar 28, 2009 4:27 PM

Florida coach Billy Donovan said on Friday that he's committed to the university and isn't going anywhere.

"In response to the rumors circulating about my interest in other jobs, I wanted to address this as quickly as possible," Donovan said in a statement. "I am committed to the University of Florida and look forward to continuing to build our program here."

Kentucky fired Billy Gillispie on Friday, which started rumors that Donovan might have interest in the vacancy.

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Gillispie: No Hard Feelings Towards Kentucky

Mar 28, 2009 4:25 PM

Billy Gillispie, who was fired by Kentucky after two disappointing seasons, doesn't have any hard feelings towards the university.

"I wish we would have won more," Gillispie said Saturday.

Gillispie met with reporters for about 30 minutes, and didn't appear like a man who recently lost his job.

"I'm not a woe-is-me kind of person," Gillispie said. "I've always said this, show up every day, try to work hard, try to do your best with the right attitude and everything works out right. I've had a great time here at Kentucky."

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Gillispie Out As Coach Of Kentucky
Kentucky has decided to part ways with coach Billy Gillispie after just two seasons with the university.

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Gillispie Out As Kentucky's Coach
The U. of Kentucky said on Friday it will announce a change in the coaching position, ending Billy Gillispie's two years as head coach of college basketball's all-time winningest program.

AP

Calathes Undecided On NBA
Florida's Nick Calathes hasn't made a decision about whether or not he is ready to declare for the NBA Draft.

Gainsville Sun

Izzo Doesn't Rule Out NBA Gig
Tom Izzo has been a candidate for an NBA head coaching gig for several seasons now and those rumblings have been louder in recent days.

MLive

Mullens Declares For Draft
Ohio State's B.J. Mullens announced Thursday he would declare himself available for the NBA draft.

AP

Curry On The Fence About Going Pro
The decision whether to enter the NBA draft or to return to Davidson for his senior year remains a tossup for Stephen Curry.

Winston-Salem Journal

UNC's Lawson Plans To Face Gonzaga
North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson says that he plans to play against Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

ESPN

Report: UConn May Have Violated NCAA Rules
Connecticut potentially committed NCAA rules violations in its recruitment of former guard Nate Miles, according to Yahoo! Sports.

ESPN

Scout: Griffin Is 'So Much Better Than Everyone Else'
A scout believes that Oklahoma's Blake Griffin will be the first overall pick in June's NBA Draft no matter how he performs throughout the NCAA Tournament.

New York Daily News

Marquette's James Cleared To Play
Marquette senior guard Dominic James has been cleared to play in the team's second-round game against Missouri on Sunday.

ESPN

Calhoun Will Coach UConn In Second Round
Jim Calhoun has been given a clean bill of health and will coach Connecticut on Saturday in their second round matchup against Texas A&M.

ESPN

Coach K: Obama Should Focus On Economy, Not Brackets
Mike Krzyzewski wasn't happy with the way President Barack Obama snubbed the Duke Blue Devils in his tournament bracket.

CNN.com

Calhoun Won't Coach UConn In First Round
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun will not be on the sideline for the Huskies' first-round game NCAA tournament against UT-Chattanooga on Thursday because of an illness.

ESPN

UNC's Lawson Could Miss Tourney Opener
North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson could miss the team's tournament opener because of a troublesome toe.

ESPN

Morehead St. Beats Alabama St. In Play-In Game
Morehead State's Kenneth Faried tied the record for the second-most rebounds in an NCAA tournament game on Tuesday night in the team's win over Alabama State.

ESPN

NIT Top Seeds: San Diego State, Auburn, Creighton, Florida
San Diego State, Auburn, Creighton, and Florida were selected on Sunday as the top seeds in the 32-team NIT tournament.

ESPN

NCAA Top Seeds Go To Louisville, Pitt, No. Carolina, UConn
Louisville is the top overall seed in the upcoming NCAA men's basketball tournament, as announced on Sunday.

AP

Syracuse Upsets UConn In Six Overtimes
Jonny Flynn had 34 points and 11 assists for the Orange while playing 67 of the 70 minutes in the 2nd longest Division I game ever.

ESPN

Four H.S. To NBA Stars Find Their College In adidas Campaign
In a new campaign by adidas, four NBA stars who skipped college for the pros finally find their schools to represent.

SportingNews

Patterson Staying At Kentucky For Junior Season
Patrick Patterson, sophomore forward for the University of Kentucky, told a Lexington TV station that he will be staying in college for his junior season.

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