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Varnado Declares For Draft

Mississippi State All-SEC forward Jarvis Varnado has declared himself eligible for the 2009 NBA draft, but will leave the door open to return for his senior year by not hiring an agent.

This past season as a junior, the 6-foot-9, 210-pound Brownsville, Tenn., native started a school-record 36 games and averaged a team-high 12.9 points and 8.8 boards in leading the Bulldogs to a 23-13 ledger and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

?I just want to test the water to see where I stand,? said Varnado, who led the nation with 170 blocks, an SEC single-season record, and has 394 for his career. ?I?m not going to hire an agent so I can have an opportunity to return.?

Via Missisippi State Press Release

Stephen Curry To Give NBA Decision Thursday

Phenom scorer Stephen Curry from Davidson will announce his decision as to whether he's entering the NBA draft or staying in school on Thursday, the Associated Press is reporting.

The school has called a late-morning news conference at its athletic complex. Curry and his father, former NBA player Dell Curry, will attend along with Davidson coach Bob McKillop.

Not even Dell knows what Stephen is going to do, telling ESPN.com's Andy Katz Wednesday night that his son would tell him Thursday morning before the news conference whether he would declare for the NBA draft.

Via ESPN

Tyler Smith Declares For NBA Draft, But Won't Hire Agent

Tennessee forward Tyler Smith has entered his name into the NBA Draft, but by not hiring an agent he has left the door open for a return to school, the Associated Press is reporting.

"Playing in the NBA has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to come to Tennessee and grow as a basketball player and as a man," Smith said in a statement Wednesday. "Two seasons with coach [Bruce] Pearl and his staff have helped me move closer to my goal of playing professional basketball at the highest level."

During the 2008-09 season, Smith led the team with an average 17.4 points and 3.4 assists per game. He also grabbed an average 5.8 rebounds per game and led the team with 76 percent free-throw shooting.

"Tyler has earned this opportunity to test the waters," Pearl said. "This is absolutely the right thing to do. Tyler did not choose to work out last season because you can only take advantage of this opportunity one time. He did not feel he was close enough to being a first-rounder a year ago.

Via ESPN

NBA Draft Entrants To Get Shorter Decision Time

From next season early entrants to the NBA draft will get more than a month less time to decide whether to remain in the draft or return to school, Steve Wieberg from USA Today is reporting.

An NCAA panel voted Monday to compress the time frame, giving non-seniors who enter the draft until May 8 to decide whether to keep their names in the pool or resume their college careers.

No longer will draft entrants who go unpicked have the option of returning to the college game. The NCAA had given them until 30 days after the draft ? until late July ? to declare their intent to return to school.

The NCAA's new deadline is designed, in part, to settle team rosters and give coaches time to replace departed players before the spring signing period expires. Prospects can sign letters of intent this year until May 20.

Via USA Today

Tyreke Evans Of Memphis Decides To Enter NBA Draft

Freshman Tyreke Evans will enter his name in the NBA draft, but he will not hire an agent and has not closed the door on a return to Memphis, the Associated Press is reporting.

"I am pursuing what has been a dream of mine for a long time, and that is to play someday in the NBA," Evans said in a school-issued news release. "I am thankful to Coach [Josh] Pastner and my family and friends for their support.

"I am putting my name in the draft and see what happens. I will attend some workouts and see what feedback I receive. Once I have all the information available to me, I will sit down with my family and talk about what's the next step to take -- either to remain in the NBA draft or return for another season of college basketball here at Memphis."

Via ESPN

FBI Investigating Extortion Attempt Against Louisville's Pitino

The FBI is investigating an alledged extortion attempt against Louisville coach Rick Pitino, according to a report by USA Today.

The allegations became public late Saturday when Pitino and the university issued a statement that did not give details. Pitino said he reported the matter to the FBI last month.

The Associated Press reported Sunday that Karen Sypher, estranged wife of Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher, is the one being investigated.

Pitino said in a statement Saturday night that he had planned to keep the matter private but was forced into action when the individual ? whom he did not name at the time ? decided to go to the media. The statement did not detail the nature of the threats.

"I recently learned that the individual behind this extortion attempt has already gone to the media with false, defamatory and outrageous allegations in an attempt to pressure me to cave in to this scheme," Pitino said.

Via USA Today

St. Mary's, Australian Star Mills To Test NBA Draft

Australian point guard Patrick Mills will test the NBA waters, but will not sign an agent to keep his options open, the Associated Press is reporting.

Mills, who plays for St. Marys in California, was the only collegiate player who play in the Olympics in 2008, impressing many in the United States camp with his speed and ability to get to the basket.

"It's a win-win situation for me," Mills said. "If I don't get all the feedback that I want or need, I come back for my third year."

Via Sports Illustrated

Isiah Admits To Sleeping Pill Incident In Interview

New Florida International coach Isiah Thomas has admitted during an interview with the Associated Press that he was the person found unconscious by rescue workers after taking sleeping pills.

"Yeah, that had to be me," Thomas said. "I was asleep."

Officers who responded last Oct. 23 to Thomas' home after a 911 call reporting an overdose on sleeping pills found a man passed out on the floor and gave him oxygen until an ambulance arrived.

"On that day, my daughter and I were both in the hospital," Thomas said. "She went early in the afternoon, OK? I went later in the evening. When I woke up, there's a reporter on the other end and he said, 'Are you OK?' And I think I said, 'My daughter's in the hospital and no, we are not OK,' or something to that effect."

Thomas did not say what prompted his daughter to go to the hospital, but confirmed he was the person rescuers found that night.

Via ESPN

Notre Dame's Harangody Declares For NBA Draft

Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody has declared for the NBA draft, ending the speculation about the talented big mans plans, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

He will not hire an agent, giving him the option of returning to school if his position is not where he'd like.

"I sat down with coach and we discussed factors that went into it and both thought and agreed this would be a good chance for me, with keeping my eligibility, to see where I stand," Harangody said. "Right now, as me and coach said, don?t think we're going into this thing 50 percent. We're going in full speed. We're not going into see if I need to improve on anything. We're going to go in to try and get this thing done."

Via Chicago Tribune

Warren Will Not Declare

Willie Warren confirmed that he will not declare for the NBA draft and will return to Oklahoma for his sophomore year.

"That's my decision," Warren said. "I'm staying."

The 6'4" Warren was one of the most talented freshman in the NCAA, putting up 14.6 points and 3.1 assists per game.

Via Fox Sports

Wall Says He Won't Declare For 2009 NBA Draft

John Wall reportedly will spend at least one year playing college basketball before going pro.

Greg Monroe Plans To Return To Georgetown

Greg Monroe announced on Wednesday that he will not be entering the NBA draft, and will return to school next season.

Isiah Will Donate Salary To FIU Athletic Department

At his introductory news conference at FIU on Wednesday, Isiah Thomas said his salary from his first season at the school will be donated back to the school's athletic department.

Boeheim: Flynn Might Stay At Syracuse

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is holding out hope that Big East Tournament MVP Jonny Flynn will return to school next fall.

Dar Tucker Enters Draft, Will Hire Agent

Dar Tucker of DePaul will enter the 2009 NBA Draft and hire an agent, ending his college career.

Report: Isiah Accepts FIU Job

Isiah Thomas has accepted the head coaching job at Florida International, according to ESPN's Andy Katz.

Source: FIU Close To Naming Isiah Coach

Florida International is close to naming Isiah Thomas their newest coach, according to an Associated Press source.

Florida International Wants Isiah Thomas

Florida International wants Isiah Thomas to be their next head coach.

UNC's Davis To Return For 2009-2010 Season

North Carolina freshman forward Ed Davis said on Sunday that he plans to return to school for the 2009-2010 season.

North Carolina Trying To Get In On John Wall?

The University of North Carolina is showing increased interest in John Wall, one of the top high school seniors.

Sooners' Blake Griffin Wins Wooden Award

Blake Griffin has won the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's top player.

Hurricanes' Collins Enters NBA Draft

Dwayne Collins of the Miami Hurricanes has declared for the NBA draft but could return to the school next season because he has not hired an agent.

Trojans' Derozan, Gibson And Hackett Declare For Draft

USC's DeMar Derozan, Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett have decided to enter their names into the NBA draft, sources said.

NCAA Title Game Ratings Drop 7 Percent

The overall ratings for this year's NCAA Tournament were up, but the ratings for Monday night's title game were down.

Siena's McCaffery Gets Eight-Year Deal

Siena has signed coach Fran McCaffery to a new eight-year contract on the heels of back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships.

Top H.S. Senior Cousins Following Calipari To Kentucky

DeMarcus Cousins, one of the top high school seniors in the country will follow John Calipari to Kentucky, his high school coach told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

UConn Women Cap Perfect 39-0 Season

Junior C Tina Charles scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead UConn to a easy 76-54 win over Louisville on Tuesday night to claim their sixth national championship.

Oklahoma AD: We Don't Want Courtney's Money

Courtney Paris promised to pay Oklahoma back her four-year scholarship if she didn't deliver a championship this season.

Marcus Jordan Chooses Central Florida

Marcus Jordan, the son of Michael Jordan, has chosen to play for Central Florida next season.

Tar Heels Win National Championship

North Carolina defeated Michigan State 89-72 on Monday night to win their fifth National Championship.
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