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Pitino Has No Interest In The NBA

Even if Knick President Donnie Walsh comes calling, Rick Pitino said that he has no interest in returning to the NBA, writes Marc Berman of the New York Post.

"It's a young man's game," Pitino told The Post. "I'm 55 now. I take 15 hours now to prepare for one game. I don't know how I'd do that 90 times a year. I take my hat off to Pat Riley and Phil Jackson. I don't know how they do it."

Via New York Post

UCLA's Collison To Return For Senior Season

UCLA's Darren Collison announced Saturday that he will return for his senior season instead of joining teammates who have declared for the NBA draft, as reported by ESPN.com.

"I want to give myself the best possible chance to succeed at the next level," Collison was quoted as saying by the Los Angeles Times. "I have not made this decision impulsively. I have unfinished business at UCLA. I want to complete my education, and when I do enter the draft I don't want to be just another prospect."

Via espn.com

Calipari To Remain In Memphis Through 2012-13

John Calipari signed a contract extension to remain the coach at Memphis through the 2012-13 campaign Saturday, as reported by Yahoo.com.

The signing comes less than three weeks after the Tigers fell to Kansas in the title game.

The new contract has a total guaranteed package of $2.35M, which includes a $500,000 increase over Calipari?s 2007-08 salary. If Calipari remains at Memphis through the length of the contract, he will receive a donor-funded longevity bonus of $5M.

Via yahoo.com

Stanford To Hire Johnny Dawkins

Stanford is expected to hire Duke's Associate Coach Johnny Dawkins as its new head men's basketball coach, ESPN.com reported Saturday.

Dawkins has served on the staff of Mike Krzyzewski at Duke for the past eleven seasons.

Via espn.com

Despite Doubts, Caracter Staying In NBA Draft

Despite advice from Louisville Coach Rick Pitino that he needs more seasoning in the NCAA, for the moment, forward Derrick Caracter will be staying in the NBA draft, the Associated Press is reporting.

According to the report, Pitino hopes NBA scouts and general managers can succeed at getting through to Caracter that his game might not be NBA-ready.

"I think he's been looking in the mirror and conning himself for a long, long time," Pitino said. "Now he's got to go and find out what the real world is like."

Caracter has not hired an agent, giving him the right to withdraw his declaration and return to school, but Pitino is not expecting him back.

"That's not in the cards for him right now," Pitino said. "It's not in his best interest as well as our best interest. Our best interest and his best interest right now is to try to become a second-round draft pick. Too much has happened for him to turn around now."

Via Sports Illustrated

Smith Returning To Tennessee For Junior Season

Tennessee forward Tyler Smith has announced that he will be returning to school for his junior season rather making the jump to the NBA, the Associated Press is reporting.

"I have come to the conclusion that I want to be a Volunteer next year," he said Thursday, just seconds into a news conference on his future.

Via USA Today

Alabama State Player Dies After Pickup Basketball Game

Arizona State sophomore Deshean Porchea collapsed and died after playing in a pickup game on campus, the Associated Press is reporting.

School officials said there was nothing unusual about the 19 year old's behavior before passing out and never regaining consciousness.

"He was just a good all-around kid," said ASU Coach Lewis Jackson, who heard the news while on a recruiting trip in Florida. "He played with a contagious fire that carried over to his teammates. He was a good person. It is a great loss to our team and our university."

Via USA Today

UConn's Auriemma Calls Out Summitt, Vols For Ending Series

UConn women's Head Coach Geno Auriemma said Tuesday that the series against Tennessee was canceled because Lady Vols' Coach Pat Summitt accused the rival Huskies of cheating in recruiting, according to an Associated Press report.

Auriemma, speaking to reporters on campus, said Summitt "doesn't have the courage to say it publicly."

Via Associated Press

Mayo Almost Stayed At USC

O.J. Mayo said on Thursday that he was very tempted to stay at USC for his sophomore season.

"We got put out of the (NCAA) Tournament pretty early, and March Madness is an exciting time for our team and for our program," Mayo said at a Galen Center press conference. "We really felt like we could do well, so for us to get put out early, there's always the feeling that you maybe want to come back and try to go a little further."

Via Los Angeles Daily News

Rice To Stay At Boston College For Senior Season

Boston College point guard Tyrese Rice will return to school for his senior season.

?I?m coming back,? he said. ?I?ve never been a loser in my life, and I felt like it wouldn?t have been right for me to leave after a 14-17 season. We?ve got a lot more to prove.?

Via Boston Herald

Love And Westbrook Declare For Draft

"I'm in the right spot to take my game to the next level," said Kevin Love in a news conference.

Rush And Arthur Declare For Draft

Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur of Kansas have declared for the 2008 draft.

Evans Commits To Memphis

McDonalds' All-American MVP Tyreke Evans will replace Derrick Rose at the University of Memphis next season.

Evans To Announce College Decision Wednesday

Wednesday afternoon, Tyreke Evans will announce his decision on which school he will attend this fall.

Koufos Takes Look At Agents

While Ohio State freshman Kosta Koufos has not decided whether he is going to return to college or make the jump to the NBA, his mother Kathy Koufos has interviewed sports agents seeking to represent her son.

Calipari, Memphis Near Deal On Extension

It appears that the University of Memphis and John Calipari will continue their relationship into the foreseeable future.

K-State's Walker To Enter Draft

K-State redshirt freshman Bill Walker announced on Monday that he will enter the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent.

Beasley Says He's Going Pro

Michael Beasley announced in a press conference on Monday that he will enter the NBA draft.

Love: I Haven't Decided Yet

Kevin Love continues to delay his decision on whether or not he will enter the NBA draft.

U. Of San Francisco Hires Rex Walters As New Head Coach

USF is set to announce that Rex Walters will become the new head men's basketball coach at a new conference scheduled Monday afternoon.

Close To 100,000 Fans Celebrate With Jayhawks

Close to 100,000 fans turned out to help celebrate the NCAA championship, won in improbable fashion by Kansas over Memphis last week.

Ex-Duke Forward King Will Transfer To Villanova

Former McDonalds' All-American Taylor King has decided to transfer from Duke to Villanova.

Kentucky's Meeks Has Hernia Surgery

Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks had surgery to repair a sports hernia on Friday and is recovering.

Koufos Could Play Pro Ball In Greece Next Season?

Kosta Koufos could return to Ohio State, enter the NBA Draft, or turn pro and play in Greece.

Stanford Has No Idea Who They'll Target

While the Stanford athletic department was shocked when Trent Johnson bolted for LSU this week, it was something the coach was considering for quite some time.

Hansbrough Wins Wooden Award

North Carolina forward Tyler Hansborough won yet another major NCAA award on Friday when he won the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's top player, giving him essentially a sweep of the season's individual honors.

Florida F Mitchell Will Transfer From Gators

Florida forward Jonathan Mitchell will leave the school at the end of the semester to transfer.

Self Staying With KU

Coach Bill Self said Thursday he will remain at Kansas instead of going to his alma mater Oklahoma State.

LSU Introduces Trent Johnson As Their New Coach

LSU officially introduced Trent Johnson as its new men's basketball coach during a Thursday news conference.

Calipari Collects Naismith Coach Of The Year Award

Memphis Tigers' Coach John Calipari was named Naismith National Coach of the Year on Wednesday.
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