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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

Troy Williams Narrows List To Kentucky, North Carolina

Troy Williams, a top-20 recruit, has cut his list of possible college destinations to Kentucky and North Carolina.

“They’re both good schools,” Williams said. “They’re like the top two programs out there right now, so it’s going to be a hard decision. But it will come down to which coach I like the best.”

Williams is the nephew of amateur-circuit basketball legend Boo Williams, who has ties to both finalists.

“Kentucky plays a fast pace and coach (Calipari) is a good friend of my uncle’s,” Williams said.

Williams said he gets along with North Carolina coach Roy Williams “and some of the players came from my uncle’s team. They get up and down, too, and have a lot of dunks.”

Via Louisville Courier Journal

Tyus Jones Plans To Visit Baylor

Tyus Jones, rated the nation’s top point guard in the class of 2014, is planning to visit Baylor in a couple of weeks.

Jones is also believed to be considering Michigan State, Duke and Minnesota.

Via Jeff Borzello/CBSSports.com (via Twitter)

Michael Gbinije Commits To Syracuse

Michael Gbinije has committed to transfer to Syracuse.

Gbinije played one season at Duke while receiving limited playing time.

Gbinije played with Syracuse freshmen Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams in the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic. He also knew Trevor Cooney from the 2010 Nike Global Challenge.

Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski have known each other for years, with the former assisting the latter on the Olympic teams.

“They talked to each other about me,’’ Gbinije said. “Coach K’s a really good person. He gave a good word for me.’’

Via Mike Waters/The Post-Standard

Michael Gbinije Drawing Interest From Six Schools

Michael Gbinije has received interest from VCU, Marquette, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Villanova and Rutgers.

Gbinije opted to transfer after averaging 1.7 points and 0.8 rebounds during his freshman season at Duke.

The 6-foot-6 swinman was a top-30 prospect in the class of 2011.

Via ZagsBlog.com

Larry Brown Cuts Starting Point Guard Jeremiah Samarrippas

Larry Brown trimmed his roster on Friday, cutting starting point guard Jeremiah Samarrippas and centers Ricmonds Vilde and Eric Norman.

Samarrippas averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 assists in 32 minutes per game last season.

Vilde started five games, while Norman played sparingly.

Via New York Daily News

Derrick Coleman In Talks To Become Assistant At SMU

Derrick Coleman has discussed joining Larry Brown’s coaching staff at Southern Methodist University.

“I’ve talked to him,’’ Coleman said. “I’m honored. It’s something I will entertain.’’

Coleman played three seasons under Brown as a member of the Sixers.

“Me and coach Brown have been friends since I played in Philadelphia,’’ Coleman said. “I have the utmost respect for him. It’s not just the game of basketball with coach Brown. It’s the game of life. Of all the coaches in my 16 years in the NBA, coach Brown and Chuck Daly were the best. It wasn’t about basketball. It was about you as a person and your family.’’

Via Syracuse Post Standard

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)

Jabari Parker Takes Attention In Stride

Jabari Parker, the nation's top high school basketball player, has offers from college basketball power programs such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina.

Parker isn’t shying away from all of the attention, but he’s determined to focus on one game at a time.

“I glance at the coaches a little bit and notice they’re there, but once it’s time to play I focus on me and my teammates and trying to get the win,” Parker said.

Parker has grown accustomed to the media focus after each game.

“I don’t mind the attention. I can’t mind it because right now I have it easy,” Parker said. “Once I start getting a lot of attention at the next level that is when it starts to get harder. Right now I don’t really complain and I take these interviews and attention as a positive.”

Parker talked about his ideal college destination.

“I’m looking for a program that fits me and I have to get along with the coach,” Parker said. “I want a place that’s going to build my character and I want to mature and be exposed to the things that are coming my way in the future.”

Via Chicago Sun-Times

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.

Amile Jefferson Hopes To Choose School Next Week

Amile Jefferson is one of the top unsigned seniors in the country.

Randolph Childress Joins Wake Forest As Director Of Player Development

Randolph Childress retired from professional basketball in 2011.

Kyle Anderson MRI Indicates Torn Thumb Ligaments

Kyle Anderson recently committed to play for UCLA.

Team USA Won't Expand Roster Candidates

USA Basketball will not add any players to their preliminary squad.

Maccabi Haifa To Hire Bernie Fine As Consultant

Bernie Fine will consult from the United States.

Larry Brown Believes NBA Experience Will Give Him 'Instant Credibility' With Recruits

Larry Brown plans to make inroads with in-state recruits as SMU’s new coach.

Harrison Twins Set To Visit Villanova

Andrew and Aaron Harrison are top players in the class of 2013.

Moe Harkless Training At IMG Academy In Preparation Of Draft

Moe Harkless is projected as a mid first round pick.

Mark Lyons Will Visit Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky

Mark Lyons is set to visit Kansas, Arizona, and Kentucky after being released from Xavier.

Mislav Brzoja To Visit Kentucky

Mislav Brzoja started for Croatia's U19 national team last summer.

Kansas Extends Offer To Chris McCullough

Chris McCullough hopes to choose a school this summer.

Thomas Robinson Signs With Agent Tony Dutt

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

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.

Duke Offers Scholarship To Austin Nichols

Austin Nichols is a top-50 prospect in the class of 2013.

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.

Isaiah Whitehead Puts Syracuse At Top Of List

Isaiah Whitehead indicated that Syracuse is currently at the top of his list of schools.

Duke Extends Offers To Allerik Freeman

Allerik Freeman is a top-30 recruit in the class of 2013.

James Young Holding Out Hope For Kentucky

James Young, a top-10 prospect in the class of 2013, hopes to be recruited by Kentucky.
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