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Branden Dawson Returns To Michigan State For Senior Season

Branden Dawson announced on Tuesday that he has decided to remain at Michigan State University for his senior season.

Dawson averaged 11.2 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds for the Spartans in 2013-14. He missed 10 games due to injury, including nine straight with a broken hand from Jan. 25 to Feb. 23.

"I was always pretty sure that I wanted to return for my senior season, but Coach Izzo said he would do what he does for all his players and gather some information," Dawson said in a statement. "As he started making calls, my mom came up and we met with Coach. The three of us decided that as far as my basketball career, both present and future, and the chance to finish my degree, including possibly needing to take just one class during my final semester, that my initial decision was the correct one. I'm vowing to improve my consistency and am looking forward to a great final season."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Isaiah Austin Declares For 2014 NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, leaving Baylor after his sophomore season.

Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

Austin is currently projected as the 38th overall pick by DraftExpress.

Via Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Glenn Robinson III Declares For NBA Draft

Glenn Robinson III officially declared for the NBA Draft in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds as a sophomore and is projected as a fringe first-round draft pick.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cal Hires Cuonzo Martin

California has hired Cuonzo Martin to replace Mike Montgomery as head coach.

Martin has spent the past three seasons at Tennessee.

Martin was previously head coach at Missouri State.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Willie Cauley-Stein Staying At Kentucky For Junior Season

Willie Cauley-Stein will return to Kentucky for his junior season despite being a projected first round pick if he had declared.

Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.

Cauley-Stein was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Gary Harris Leaves Michigan State For NBA

Gary Harris will leave Michigan State for the NBA after his sophomore season.

Harris averaged 16.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting to go with 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Harris is one of the top shooting guards in the draft.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Montrezl Harrell Returns To Louisville For Junior Season

Montrezl Harrell has announced that he will return to Louisville for his junior season.

Harrell averaged 14.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for the Cardinals.

Harrell was projected to be a first round pick.

Gordon, Nick Johnson Likely To Declare; Hollis-Jefferson, Zeus Leaning Toward Staying

Aaron Gordon will leave Arizona for the 2014 NBA Draft and sources say Nick Johnson is likely to declare as well.

Gordon is considered a lock to become a lottery pick.

In addition, freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and sophomore 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski have been contemplating whether to return to school. However, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that both players are leaning toward returning to Tucson.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Trevor Thompson Transfers From Virginia Tech To Ohio State

Trevor Thompson will transfer from Virginia Tech to Ohio State.

Thompson was also pursued by Indiana, Purdue and Butler.

"I love the academics, the fans, my new teammates and the coaching staff," Thompson said. "It was the perfect fit."

Thompson averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. Thompson will sit out next season, but he could request a waiver from the NCAA due to his father's medical condition.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Ewing Wore T-Shirt Under Uniform Because Of Arena Temperatures

When Patrick Ewing was at Georgetown, he made wearing a t-shirt under his game uniform popular.

“I wasn’t the originator, I was just the one who made it popular,” Ewing said with a smile. “There’s a lot of people who have done it before me but the difference is in my era, that’s when TV really got big. We were always on TV. The reason why I wore it was we started playing in these big arenas and it was always cold, especially when you have the ice down [for hockey games]. I was always complaining I was cold. I started wearing one and it became a fashion statement.”

Ewing asked the NBA to allow him to wear a t-shirt under his uniform with the New York Knicks, but the request was denied.

Chris Paul and Brandan Wright are among NBA players that now wear undergarments under their jerseys.

“The funny thing is when I got to the league they told me I couldn’t do it and now they let everybody do it,” Ewing said. “It’s crazy and times have changed. And the women [T-shirt] jerseys that guys wear now, it’s changed.”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

USA's 2014 Nike Hoop Summit Measurements

Myles Turner has grown a full inch since October.

Eric Moreland To Leave Oregon State For NBA Draft

Eric Moreland averaged 8.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game last season.

Kevin Ware Transfers To Georgia State

Georgia State relied heavily on transfers to reach its 25-9 record this season.

Chris Mack Decides To Stay At Xavier

Chris Mack will remain at Xavier after having discussions about the head coaching vacancy at Cal.

Jabari Parker Expects Draft Decision After Meeting Coach K

Jabari Parker said he expects to make a decision by next Tuesday or Wednesday on whether he will enter the June NBA Draft.

Alex Kirk Leaves New Mexico For NBA Draft

Alex Kirk, a seven-foot redshirt junior, averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 32.0 minutes per game this season.

Jarnell Stokes Declares For NBA Draft

Jarnell Stokes will forego his senior season at Tennessee and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Cal Pursuing Xavier's Chris Mack

Chris Mack had led Xavier to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012 since replacing Sean Miller in 2009.

Nik Stauskas Leaves Michigan For NBA Draft

Nik Stauskas had a breakout season as a sophomore, averaging 17.5 points while shooting 44 percent from 3-point range.

Report: Julius Randle To Enter NBA Draft

Julius Randle is a virtual lock to be a top-10 selection and could go in the top-5.

Chris Walker To Return To Florida For Sophomore Season

Chris Walker was a draft prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft.

Joel Embiid Declares For NBA Draft

Joel Embiid is widely expected to be a top-3 pick if his back tests out as healthy.

UMass' Derrick Gordon Comes Out As Gay

Derrick Gordon is a starter who averaged 9.4 points and 3.5 rebounds a game this season.

D'Antoni Felt Sympathy For Calipari Dealing With Lakers' Rumors

Mike D'Antoni felt sympathy for John Calipari after rumors surfaced that he would replace him as head coach of the Lakers.

GMs Bullish On Kevin Ollie As NBA Head Coach

One NBA executive said that whichever teams pursue Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent will want to hire Kevin Ollie.

UConn Beats Kentucky 60-54 To Win 2014 National Championship

Shabazz Napier had 22 points, 6 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the game and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Lakers Deny Rex Chapman's John Calipari Report

John Calipari has been linked to the Lakers by former Kentucky star Rex Chapman.

Napier: We Sometimes Don't Have Money For Food

Shabazz Napier expressed concerns about universities profiting off jersey sales.

Marcus Smart Declares For NBA Draft

Marcus Smart decided to return for his sophomore season and averaged 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season for Oklahoma State.

UConn Could Become 2nd Team To Win Title Without McDonald's All-American

Shabazz Napier is a First Team All-American but wasn't a five-star recruit.
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