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Tony Mitchell Returning To North Texas

Tony Mitchell will return to North Texas, ending speculation that he might enter the draft in response to the departure of former coach Johnny Jones.

Jones, who coached North Texas for the past 11 seasons, recently agreed to take over the top job at LSU.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward, has decided to return with the goal of working on his perimeter skills.

Via Jeff Goodman/CBSSports.com

Terrell Stoglin Declares For Draft

Terrell Stoglin has declared for the NBA draft, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Stoglin led the ACC in scoring this past season, averaging 21.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting for the Terps.

Via Baltimore Sun

Stern Favors Two-And-Done Draft Rule

David Stern would prefer that players be at least two years removed from high school before they can declare for the NBA draft.

“I think it would be a great idea to change it to two-and-done," Stern said. "Everyone I hear from -- NBA players, actually; college coaches; NBA teams -- everyone says it's a pretty good idea, except the [NBPA], whose consent is necessary to change it. So, what I tell people to do is, 'Don't call me, call their union.'"

Stern is opposed to reverting back to the old rule, which allowed players to enter the draft directly out of high school.

"We have the current rule, which is one year form high school ... because it's good for our business," Stern said. "We didn't do it to help or hurt the colleges. Any college could decide not to take a player who was likely to leave after a year, but indeed it would probably cost the college president his job."

Via CBSSports.com

Warriors, Cavs, Kings, Knicks, Mavericks Clippers, Lakers Win Tiebreakers

Seven ties among teams that finished the 2011-12 NBA regular season with identical records were broken through random drawings to help determine the order of selection for the 2012 NBA Draft, which will be held on Thursday, June 28, at The Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. 

The drawings were conducted earlier today in New York City by Carol Sawdye, NBA Chief Financial Officer, and Dan Rube, NBA Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.  The tiebreak process was overseen by Martin Shannon, a partner in the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. 

The results of the drawings: 

·       Cleveland (21-45) won a tiebreaker with New Orleans.
·       Sacramento (22-44) won a tiebreaker with New Jersey.
·       Golden State (23-43) won a tiebreaker with Toronto.
·       New  York  (36-30)  won  a  tiebreaker  with  Dallas;  and Dallas won a tiebreaker with Utah.
·       L.A. Clippers (40-26) won a tiebreaker with Atlanta.
·       L.A. Lakers (41-25) won a tiebreaker with Memphis.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Warriors Win Coin Flip Against Raptors

The Warriors won their tie-break coin flip against the Raptors and will be slotted seventh in the 2012 Lottery, according to a source.

Golden State's first round pick would go to the Jazz if it falls outside the top-seven.

The Warriors went 3-17 over their final 20 games of the season.

Via Marcus Thompson/Mercury News (via Twitter)

Trey Burke Will Likely Turn Pro If Michigan Has Great Season

Trey Burke will likely declare for the draft if Michigan advances far into the 2013 NCAA tournament.

"If I have a great season, and we go far, I probably will lean towards coming out," Burke said. "I can’t really speak on that right now, it’s too early.

"But I definitely will look into it and my coaches will help me look into it because they understand the type of situation I’m in."

Burke declined to comment on the results of the NBA's undergraduate advisory board's report.

"I just felt like it was the right decision for me to make," Burke said. "After talking it over with my family, the coaching staff, we kind of pretty much just broke down the pros and cons of leaving and staying, and I felt like the right decision was to stay.

"With the recruits we have coming in, with the players that we have coming back, we have a great chance of being a Final Four, if not a National Championship team."

Via DimeMag.com (via AnnArbor.com)

Cody Zeller Wants To Mature Before Declaring For Draft

Cody Zeller put a hold on his NBA career mostly because he thought he wasn't quite mature enough for the pros.

“It’s a tough process. I mean, it’s a lot of money,” said Zeller of his decision to return for his sophomore year at Indiana. “I’m just not ready to grow up yet. Paying rent, getting a house, becoming an adult — I’m not ready for all that. I’m enjoying my college career, on and off the court. I’m definitely happy to be here.”

Zeller was projected as a lottery pick in the June draft.

Via InsideTheHall.com

Moe Harkless Training At IMG Academy In Preparation Of Draft

Moe Harkless is training at IMG Academy in preparation for a professional career.

"This is a really important time in my life," said Harkless, who declared for the NBA draft after being named Big East Rookie of the Year. "I know why I'm down here in Florida and that's to work on my game and get better.

"I've been really focusing on my jump shot and my ball handling. I've also been working on strength and conditioning and just cleaning up the little things leading up to draft day."

Harkless credits the St. John’s coaching staff for his rapid development as a freshman.

"Coach Lavin and the entire coaching staff have been really supportive and they've helped me out a lot," said Harkless. "Coach Mike Dunlap and coach Rico Hines are two coaches who have NBA experience and they worked really hard to help me get better. Everyone was a huge help."

Via RedStormSports.com

Sertac Sanli Declares For Draft

Sertac Sanli, a 7-foot, 250-pound center out of Turkey, entered his name into the NBA draft.

Sanli averaged 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in four games in the Turkish League.

Via Eurobasket.com

Furkan Aldemir Will Enter Draft

Furkan Aldemir will enter his name into the 2012 draft.

A native of Turkey, the 6-foot-9 Aldemir is projected as a second round pick after posting 13.9 points and 11.4 rebounds per 36 minutes with Galatasaray this season.

Via Sportando.net

Thomas Robinson Signs With Agent Tony Dutt

Thomas Robinson has signed a player-agent deal with Tony Dutt and Rivals Sports Group.

Wizards Clinch Second-Best Odds In Lottery

The Wizards have clinched the second-worst record in the NBA for the second time in four seasons.

Dominique Ferguson Declares For Draft After Being Denied Release

Florida International forward Dominique Ferguson sought to transfer in response to the firing of Isiah Thomas.

Quincy Miller Opts To Enter Draft

Quincy Miller was a co-Big 12 freshman of the year and averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds a game.

Nemanja Nedovic Declares For Draft

Nemanja Nedovic is projected as a fringe second round pick.

Evan Fournier Declares For Draft, Targets First Round Selection

Evan Fournier will make himself eligible for the NBA draft.

Jae Crowder Aims To Lose Weight, Switch Positions At Pro Level

Jae Crowder plans to shed 20 pounds from his current 245-pound, 6-foot-6 frame.

Nerlens Noel Aiming For POY Award, UK Record For Most Blocked Shots

Nerlens Noel has set some lofty goals for the 2012-13 season.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Likely Would Have Declared Early If Given Opportunity

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won three straight titles at UCLA.

Dion Waiters Signs With Rob Pelinka For Representation

Dion Waiters has signed with prominent NBA player agent Rob Pelinka.

C.J. Leslie Returning To N.C. State For Junior Season

C.J. Leslie led the Wolfpack with 14.7 points per game as a sophomore, garnering second-team All-ACC honors.

Kentucky Starting Five Headed To NBA

John Calipari will have to replace his team’s starting five next season.

Krzyzewski Wants College Basketball To Build Relationship With NBA

Mike Krzyzewski shared his thoughts on the state of college basketball.

John Henson Signs With DC Area Agent

John Henson is projected as a first round pick.

Moe Harkless Will Sign With Agent Happy Walters

Moe Harkless was the Big East freshman of the year.

Alabama's Tony Mitchell To Declare For Draft

Tony Mitchell is turning pro after three years at Alabama.

Five Kentucky Players Expected To Announce Tuesday

Five Kentucky players will announce Tuesday their intentions regarding the NBA draft.

Fab Melo Training At IMG Academy In Preparation Of Draft

Fab Melo is training at the IMG facility in Bradenton, Fla.

Lamb Gets Labeled As 'Soft' By NBA Talent Evaluators

Jeremy Lamb has struggled with a tendency to disappear against tough competition.

Scouts Question Rivers' Size, Maturity

Scouts question Austin Rivers’ size and whether he’s mature enough to acclimate himself to life in the NBA.
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