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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

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

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

Chris Mack Decides To Stay At Xavier

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

Mack has led Xavier to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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.

Parker plans to meet Mike Krzyzewski to make his decision.

"It's a very tough decision especially potentially leaving behind my coach and the program that really helped me out this year, so I really have to keep them in consideration in this whole process," Parker said on Friday.

Parker does not view returning for his sophomore season at Duke as risky.

"I think there's no risk," Parker said. "I think the community at Duke has really done a good job of taking care of my safety and they make sure that everything is done by the playbook. My parents, they come from different backgrounds. They don't even value money. My situation isn't the best, but they're not complaining and I've been going on this long so why can't I wait another year? That's the mindset in my head that keeps me moving."

Via ESPN

Jarnell Stokes Declares For NBA Draft

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

Stokes was a first-team All-SEC selection as a junior this year. He owns or shares 10 Tennessee statistical records.

"I have made the decision to forgo my senior season and enter the NBA draft," Stokes said in a statement Friday. "I will always be a Vol for Life."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cal Pursuing Xavier's Chris Mack

Cal has strong interest in Xavier's Chris Mack to replace Mike Montgomery as head coach.

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

Montgomery has publicly pushed for assistant Travis DeCuire to get the job.

California was 21-14 this season and will lose seniors Justin Cobb and Richard Solomon.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Chris Walker To Return To Florida For Sophomore Season

Chris Walker announced on Wednesday that he will return to the University of Florida for his sophomore season.

Walker was a draft prospect for the upcoming NBA Draft.

A 6-foot-10 big man, Walker averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 18 games in his freshman season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

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.

Danny Manning Agrees To Become Head Coach At Wake Forest

Danny Manning attended high school in North Carolina.

Boston College Hires Jim Christian

Boston College has hired Jim Christian of Ohio University as head coach.

Jabari Brown Declares For NBA Draft

Jabari Brown was a First Team All-Southeastern Conference selection and 1,000-point scorer at Missouri.

Several NBA Scouts Claim Jabari Parker Will Stay At Duke

Jabari Parker has yet to make a decision about whether to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft or return to Duke for his sophomore season.

Steve Wojciechowski Hired By Marquette

Steve Wojciechowski has been on Mike Krzyzewski's coaching staff at Duke since 1999.

South Florida Hires Orlando Antigua Of Kentucky As Head Coach

Orlando Antigua has accepted the head coaching position at South Florida.

Jordan Clarkson Leaves Missouri For Draft

Jordan Clarkson is expected to be a late first round pick as a big, athletic guard capable of playing both shooting guard and point.

Mike Montgomery Leaning Toward Retirement

Mike Montgomery is believed to be leaning toward retiring.

Walter McCarthy Interested In Boston College Job

Walter McCarthy is considered an intriguing candidate due to the potential he has in recruiting in the Boston area.

Anthony Lee To Transfer To Ohio State

Anthony Lee averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for Temple last season.

Marquette Targets Cuonzo Martin, Ben Howland

Marquette is targeting Cuonzo Martin and Ben Howland as its top candidates to replace Buzz Williams.

Kevin Ware To Transfer From Louisville; Considering Auburn, Georgia State

Kevin Ware hopes to transfer somewhere close to his family and is considering Auburn and Georgia State.

Kyle Anderson To Leave UCLA For Draft

Kyle Anderson will leave UCLA to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Adelman May Step Down In Offseason, Wolves Could Pursue Hoiberg

Rick Adelman nearly walked away from coaching last offseason.

Zach LaVine To Declare For Draft

Zach LaVine's camp believes he should have been entrusted to handle the ball more with the second unit.

Mike D'Antoni Receives Inquiry From Marshall

Mike D'Antoni has two seasons remaining on his contract with the Lakers.

Mike Krzyzewski Plans On Remaining At Least Five More Seasons At Duke

Mike Krzyzewski is 67 and leads all Division I men's coaches with 983 wins.

Joel Embiid To Declare For NBA Draft

Joel Embiid has progressed in settling on agent representation, but no final decision has been made.
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