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  • Report: UConn investigation alleges Ollie violated NCAA rules
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    An investigation by the University of Connecticut into former basketball coach Kevin Ollie alleges several NCAA rule violations, justifying the team's decision to fire Ollie with "just cause" and terminate the remaining money on his deal, according to a report from the Hartford Courant.

    • Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Courant obtained documents on the alleged NCAA violations, which include Ollie setting up a call between a recruit and former UConn player Ray Allen, shooting baskets with a recruit during an official visit and being aware that several of his players were working with an outside trainer, a personal friend of Ollie's, on campus.

      By firing Ollie with "just cause" in March, UConn eliminated a buyout of almost $10 million per his contract, which was extended to run through 2021.

      Ollie, with the assistance of his union, contested the decision and is currently in arbitration with the school after president Susan Herbst upheld the "just cause" firing on Tuesday, according to the Courant.

      Obtained by the Courant is a letter to Ollie from Huskies athletic director David Benedict days before an administrative hearing. It reads, "At the time of your hire, the importance of absolute compliance in running our men's basketball program was stressed to you by President Herbst and then-athletic director Warde Manuel. That makes the violations I ... describe all the more troubling."

      Ollie replaced Jim Calhoun in 2012 and led the Huskies to the 2014 national championship, but the Huskies completed last season below .500 for the second consecutive year. The last time they had losing marks more than one year in a row was from 1982-83 to 1986-87.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Stanford star Travis transferring to Kentucky
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Kentucky basketball picked up yet another piece on Wednesday as Stanford's Reid Travis announced he would be joining the Wildcats as a graduate transfer.

    • Travis announced his intentions in a video tweet.

      "I'm looking forward to a fresh start and continuing to pursue my dreams. Looking for a school, the biggest thing that I wanted was to align both my academic and my athletic interests," he said.

      "After getting to know the staff and the players on my visit, it became very clear to me that there was no better place to continue this next step in the journey. I'm excited to work hard every day and give everything of myself to this program so that we can compete for a national championship. Big Blue Nation? Are we ready?"

      Travis, who graduated on Sunday, spent Monday and Tuesday visiting with the Kentucky program before making his decision.

      A 6-foot-8 forward, Travis started all 35 games for the Cardinal as a redshirt junior last season and averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, both tops on the team.

      He'll likely form a frontcourt duo with the returning P.J. Washington, who tested the NBA draft, and join the latest incoming recruiting class of potential one-and-done stars.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan's Beilein back for more banners, success
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    John Beilein interviewed with the Detroit Pistons but decided his heart was at the University of Michigan.

    • In a podcast session with NCAA.com's Andy Katz, Beilein said, "The best thing for me right now is to stay put, and just continue to grow the Michigan program so that we can have more success in the future."

      Before the Pistons hired Dwane Casey on Monday, Beilein was considered the top candidate for the opening created when Stan Van Gundy was fired as coach and vice president of basketball operations.

      Beilein said in announcing he was staying at Michigan, "Let's go hang some more banners."

      But Beilein pulled back after what he described as five days of drama that followed the initial ESPN's report from Adrian Wojnarowski that there was mutual interest.

      "I didn't want this be one of these things: 'Hey, the NBA called me.' I didn't want it to be that way," Beilein told The Athletic. "I wanted it to be, 'Hey, let's talk, let's listen. If it's a good match, great. If it's not, it's not.' But then I hated the drama. I hated the attention on myself."

      This spring, Beilein guided Michigan to the national championship game, where his club lost 79-62 to Villanova.

      Beilein is under contract with Michigan through the 2020-21 season at $3.37 million annually. He also said recently that he and the university were working on a contract extension.

      The Wolverines set a school record for victories while going 33-8 last season. Beilein is 248-143 in 11 seasons at Michigan, twice losing in the title game.

      The 248 victories are a school record.

      --Field Level Media

  • UMBC coach Odom nearly doubles salary with new deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 9, 2018

    One historic victory during March Madness has allowed UMBC coach Ryan Odom to nearly double his base salary.

    • UMBC -- which stands for University of Maryland-Baltimore County -- recently announced a deal through the 2022-23 season for Odom, and he will make $425,000 annually in base salary, according to a public-records request made by the Baltimore Sun.

      Odom was making $225,000 prior to the Retrievers becoming the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament with the stunning 74-54 rout of Virginia.

      The victory made UMBC a national sensation and also represented a school-record 25th win.

      Odom, 43, had five seasons remaining on a seven-year contract and the university reworked it to keep him aboard. He reportedly discussed a job opening with Middle Tennessee in the aftermath before reconfirming his commitment to UMBC.

      According to the Baltimore Sun, Odom will also make additional income such as $75,000 annually for school alumni, fundraising and media appearances. He will receive $25,000 for an NCAA Tournament appearance, $22,000 for an NIT appearance and $20,500 for participation in a lower-tier postseason tournament.

      Odom's buyout also increased from $168,750 to $225,000.

      Odom, the son of former Wake Forest coach Dave Odom, has a 46-24 record in two seasons at UMBC.

      The Retreivers' magical season ended with a second-round loss to Kansas State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Volunteers land F Burns
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    The Tennessee men's basketball team, coming off a successful season, added a late addition to its recruiting class Wednesday.

    • D.J. Burns, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward who recently graduated from high school a year early, signed with the Volunteers, the school announced. He will be eligible to play this fall.

      "We targeted D.J. three years ago because he fits our culture on and off the court," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said in a statement. "His mom and dad have prepared him well, and we believe he's got a really bright future. ...

      "D.J. allows us to play through the high or low post. He's a good passer, he can make perimeter shots and he's got excellent footwork. With his attitude and approach, he'll grow quickly and tremendously within our player development program.

      "We're excited about D.J. He's a great addition for us."

      Last season at York Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill, S.C., Burns averaged 14.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

      According to 247sports.com, Burns' other offers included Virginia, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

      The Volunteers finished 26-9 last season, including 13-5 in the Southeastern Conference, good for a share of the league's regular-season championship. They lost to Kentucky in the SEC tournament final, and they were upset by Loyola-Chicago in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

      --Field Level Media

  • Beilein announces he'll coach Michigan next season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    The field for the Detroit Pistons coaching search got smaller on Wednesday as leading candidate John Beilein announced he was committed to coaching the Michigan Wolverines during the upcoming season.

    • "I love the University of Michigan and I am excited about coaching our Men's Basketball Team next season and in the years to come ! Let's go hang some more banners at "THE GREATEST UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD," Beilein tweeted just after noon on Wednesday.

      Beilein, along with former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, was thought to be a finalist for the Pistons job, which came open when the team fired Stan Van Gundy.

      This spring, Beilein guided Michigan to the national championship game, where his club lost 79-62 to Villanova.

      Beilein is under contract with Michigan through the 2020-21 season at $3.37 million annually. He also said recently that he and the university were working on a contract extension.

      The Wolverines set a school record for victories while going 33-8 last season. Beilein is 248-143 in 11 seasons at Michigan, twice losing in the title game.

      The 248 victories are a school record.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Davis leaving Texas Southern for Detroit Mercy
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Former Indiana coach Mike Davis is about to become the new coach at Detroit Mercy, according to multiple reports.

    • Davis has informed his current bosses at Texas Southern that he is departing. Vice president of intercollegiate athletics Dr. Charles McClelland told Fox 26 in Houston that Davis told him he was going to accept the Detroit Mercy job.

      "We owe him a great debt of gratitude for all that he's done," McClelland told the TV station. "I know he's going to do well there. It's going to be a huge loss for Texas Southern.

      "From our perspective, it's a sad day but also a happy day for Coach Davis and his family."

      Detroit Mercy hasn't formally announced the hiring of Davis, who has a 352-241 record in 18 seasons as a college head coach.

      Davis, 57, is best known for being the coach hired after Indiana fired legendary but volatile Bobby Knight in 2000.

      He went 115-79 in six seasons with the Hoosiers and made the NCAA Tournament on four occasions. His 2001-02 team reached the national championship game before losing to Maryland.

      His next gig was at Alabama-Birmingham (122-73 and one NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons). His last six seasons have been spent at Texas Southern and he was 115-89 with four NCAA Tournament appearances with the Tigers.

      Detroit Mercy went 8-24 last season under Bacari Alexander, who was dismissed after going 16-47 in two campaigns at the school.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hall of Fame coach, administrator Newton dies at 88
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 5, 2018

    C.M. Newton, a Basketball Hall of Famer who spent time as a player, head coach, athletic director and executive, died Monday at age 88.

    • Newton's passing was announced by officials at both Kentucky and Alabama, universities where Newton made his biggest impact in the sport.

      A member of the 1951 NCAA championship team at Kentucky as a basketball player -- and a baseball player who appeared briefly in the New York Yankees' farm system -- Newton had a post-playing career that lasted half a century, including 20 total seasons as a head coach at Alabama and Vanderbilt.

      His biggest imprint off the court was at Kentucky, where in 1989 upon being hired as athletic director, Newton took charge of a once-proud Wildcats basketball program reeling from NCAA violations and probation under Eddie Sutton. Newton's first hire was Rick Pitino, who four seasons later led Kentucky to the Final Four and won a national title in 1996. His second men's hoops coaching hire, Tubby Smith, led the Wildcats to an NCAA championship in his first season in 1998.

      While at Kentucky, Newton also hired the university's first women's assistant coach for a Division I men's team, Bernadette Mattox, who later became the first African-American coach of the Wildcats' women's program.

      "We lost a wonderful person today in C.M. Newton," Smith said in a statement. "I want to first send out our dearest condolences to his wife, Nancy, his three children and all of their relatives. Coach Newton has been a mentor for me for a number of years and has guided my career from the first time I met him. He has always encouraged me and other coaches to be involved with the National Association of Basketball Coaches and help influence the game of basketball. He was a pioneer in a lot of areas, including having the courage to hire an African-American as coach at Kentucky and to recruit African-American players at Alabama. He was a man that didn't see color and was a genuine, caring man that we'll miss dearly and that we loved dearly."

      Current Kentucky men's coach John Calipari expressed condolences Monday night.

      "An hour or so ago, C.M. Newton passed away," Calipari tweeted. "Please keep him and his family in your prayers. During one of the most trying times of our athletic department, he came to the rescue and put us on the path we are (on) today. May you rest in peace, my friend."

      Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart in a statement, "C.M. Newton is a giant in the history of the University of Kentucky, the Southeastern Conference and in the sport of basketball. As a student-athlete, he was a national champion basketball player and star baseball pitcher. He returned to his alma mater when he was needed most and provided stability, leadership and growth for UK Athletics for more than a decade. His coaching accomplishments and honors at Transylvania, Alabama and Vanderbilt speak for themselves."

      Aside from his success as a Division I head coach, where he was a six-time SEC Coach of the Year with seven 20-win seasons, and his experience leading Kentucky basketball back to prominence, Newton was also the president of USA Basketball from 1992-96. During his tenure, his decision to allow professional basketball players to represent the United States in the Olympics set the stage for the iconic "Dream Team" in 1992.

      In addition to being elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2000, he was named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 for his legacy not only in coaching and administration, but also for his influential role on several committees that led to major rule changes such as the addition of the shot clock and 3-point arc in college basketball. He later was chairman of the NIT selection committee.

      Newton's first head coaching job was in 1956 with NAIA school Transylvania University, then known as Transylvania College, in Lexington, Ky. Both there and at his first Division I position at Alabama in 1968, Newton recruited the schools' first-ever black players.

      "C.M. was present at my first press conference when I arrived at Alabama back in April of 2015 and was always very supportive," Alabama coach Avery Johnson said in a statement Monday. "He welcomed me with open arms and was so instrumental in my transition to The University of Alabama. C.M. impacted so many people in the world of basketball on the collegiate and professional levels and with USA basketball. His spirit will continue to live on, and we will strive to make him proud of us each and every day."

      Newton's son, Martin, is currently the athletic director at Samford. Newton's first wife, Evelyn, died in 2000. He is survived by three children, along with his second wife, Nancy, whom he married in 2002.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Investigation calls sexual assault claims against Pastner 'concocted'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 4, 2018

    An independent investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner found the claims to be "concocted" as part of an extortion scheme, USA Today's A.J. Perez reported Monday.

    • According to the 29-page report by law firm Fisher & Phillips, which was obtained by USA Today, former Pastner friend Ronald Bell attempted to blackmail the coach numerous times, including making a false allegation that Pastner sexually assaulted Bell's girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley.

      "Bell turned his access in Josh Pastner's world into a potential money-making opportunity," Scott Schneider, a partner at Fisher & Phillips, wrote in the report, according to Perez. "Unfortunately for Bell, all of his requests to 'settle this amicably' were rebuffed which, in turn, only led him to escalate his allegations. Bell and Pendley's allegations that Pastner sexually assaulted Pendley are baseless."

      Pastner sued Bell and Pendley in an Arizona court in January, claiming defamation of character and extortion, as well as numerous other claims. Pendley and Bell filed a countersuit against Pastner the following month, alleging misconduct by Pastner toward Pendley numerous times in 2016, including sexual assault.

      "In sum, Pendley's claims are facially implausible, contradicted by verifiable facts, and undermined by a string of contemporaneous communications with the Pastners which belie any claim that Pastner mistreated Pendley in any way," Schneider wrote in the report, per Perez.

      Bell originally claimed in November he provided benefits to two Georgia Tech players in an effort to prevent them from transferring. Those benefits were a violation of NCAA rules, but Pastner claims he had no knowledge of them at the time.

      Pastner has claimed that Bell repeatedly demanded money from Pastner and his wife in exchange for not going public with the disclosure of the NCAA violations.

      --Field Level Media

  • Auburn signs Pearl to contract extension through 2023
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 4, 2018

    Auburn coach Bruce Pearl signed a contract extension through the 2022-23 season, a reward for guiding the Tigers to just the third Southeastern Conference basketball title in school history.

    • "It was a historic season for Auburn basketball and one that was matched by excellence in the classroom as well," Auburn athletic director Allen Greene said in a statement Monday.

      Auburn finished last season 26-8 and earned a No. 4 seed in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament. All without standout center Austin Wiley, who sat out last season during the NCAA investigation into his eligibility. Wiley was cleared and after testing the NBA draft, announced last week he plans to play at Auburn in 2018-19.

      "Our coaches and student-athletes believe in Auburn and we love it," Pearl said, while thanking the Auburn administration for his new deal. "We came here to work hard, make a positive difference on the campus and in the community and bring credibility and championships back to Auburn basketball."

      Off-the-court issues threatened the Tigers at the start of the season, when assistant coach Chuck Person, on Pearl's coaching staff since 2014, was named in a federal corruption investigation with charges including bribery conspiracy, solicitation of bribes and gratuities, conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and travel act conspiracy. On at least one occasion, Person allegedly accepted an envelope with $15,000 in cash bribes.

      But Pearl was able to distance himself from any legal wrongdoing. Greene touted success off the court as another reason to retain Pearl.

      Auburn produced the highest NCAA academic progress rate (APR) in program history while leading the SEC with 18 graduates and three seasons of perfect APR scores.

      "We take great pride in providing our student-athletes with an abundance of resources to help with their overall development," Greene said. "Coach Pearl shares my commitment to ensuring the holistic development of our student-athletes and adhering to the mission of Auburn University as an institution of higher learning."

      --Field Level Media

  • Louisville adds grad transfer Fore from Richmond
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 2, 2018

    Guard Khwan Fore will transfer from Richmond to Louisville and be eligible to play immediately, according to a report from ESPN on Saturday.

    • Fore, a graduate transfer, averaged 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season for Richmond. He shot 48 percent from the field and 27.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

      The Huntsville, Ala., native initially announced that he would transfer to Tennessee. However, he reopened his recruitment last week.

      Fore provides additional scoring and depth for new Louisville coach Chris Mack, who signed a seven-year deal with the school in late March after holding the same role at Xavier. Mack's deal reportedly is worth about $4 million per year.

      Louisville is looking for stability after several years of upheaval, which led to the dismissal of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino. Interim coach David Padgett guided the team to a 22-14 record and an NIT appearance before he parted ways with the school at the end of the year.

      --Field Level Media

  • George Washington G Bolden transfer to South Carolina
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 2, 2018

    George Washington guard Jair Bolden has decided to transfer to South Carolina, multiple outlets reported Saturday.

    • The 6-foot-4 Bolden will have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

      Bolden's decision to join the Gamecocks comes just days after highly regarded Brian Bowen remained in the NBA draft when he learned he would have to sit out all of the next season. The situation stems from Bowen's recruitment by Louisville, which took place before he transferred to South Carolina.

      Bolden averaged 11.2 points, 3.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds last season for the Colonials. He shot just 36.8 percent from the field and made 55 3-point baskets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke-Indiana headlines 2018 ACC-Big Ten Challenge
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 1, 2018

    Duke will host Indiana in the headline matchup of the 2018 ACC-Big Ten Challenge in November.

    • This year marks the 20th annual clash between basketball power conferences.

      The Blue Devils restocked after prized freshmen Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter entered the NBA draft along with senior guard Grayson Allen, and Indiana is expected to be one of the favorites in the Big Ten.

      The Blue Devils have the No. 1-rated incoming recruiting class, according to ESPN.

      Michigan State, a perennial frontrunner in the Big Ten, visits Louisville on the same night -- Tuesday, Nov. 27 -- when Illinois travels to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, another likely Top 25 team, is at Penn State.

      North Carolina plays at Michigan on Nov. 28 while Purdue goes to Florida State, Virginia is at Maryland and Syracuse visits Ohio State.

      --Field Level Media

  • Draft-decision notebook: Ineligible Bowen heads to NBA
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    South Carolina's Brian Bowen will remain in the NBA draft after being deemed ineligible to play next season at a minimum by the NCAA on Wednesday.

    • Bowen's punishment stems from FBI allegations that his father took money from Adidas while Bowen was at Louisville. He transferred to South Carolina prior to the start of the second semester of his first year and hoped to gain eligibility for next season.

      "I am completely devastated by the NCAA's ruling," Bowen said in a South Carolina press release.

      Bowen, a former top recruit, is projected to be drafted late in the second round, if at all.

      --Kevin Huerter is staying in the draft, a tough loss for the Maryland Terrapins.

      Huerter did not retain an agent but decided against returning for his junior season. He reportedly is viewed as a potential late first-round pick.

      Huerter was second on the squad in scoring (14.8) and assists (3.4) last season for a team that finished 19-13. He made a team-leading 73 3-pointers and his 138 career 3s ranks 12th in school history.

      --Wisconsin big man Ethan Happ announced he withdrew from the draft and is back for his senior campaign.

      Happ averaged 17.9 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Badgers last season. He also blocked 35 shots.

      Happ ranks ninth in school history with 1,541 career points. He also ranks second in rebounding (875), third in steals (179) and sixth in blocked shots (110).

      --Kansas center Udoka Azubuike withdrew from the NBA draft and is returning for his junior season, the school announced.

      The 7-footer averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds last season.

      --The Martin twins, Caleb and Cody, are each returning to Nevada next season, the school announced.

      Caleb Martin was named the Mountain West's player and newcomer of the year after averaging 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in his first season with the Wolf Pack. He transferred from North Carolina State following the 2015-16 campaign.

      Cody Martin was selected as Mountain West defensive player of the year after averaging 1.5 blocks and 1.7 steals per game.

      --Villanova forward Omari Spellman elected to remain in the draft after helping the Wildcats win the 2018 national title, the school announced.

      Spellman averaged 10.9 points and 8.0 rebounds in his lone college campaign.

      --Syracuse guard Tyus Battle announced he will withdraw from the draft and return for his junior season.

      Battle led the Orange with an average of 19.2 points per game last season, though he was projected to be a second-round pick if he were to stay in the draft.

      Battle was among a handful of prospects to work out for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

      --Missouri forward Jontay Porter announced that he withdrew from the draft and will return for his sophomore season.

      Porter averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds and recorded a team-best 55 blocked shots. He is the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., who entered and remained in the draft after an injury-plagued freshman campaign.

      --Kentucky forward PJ Washington announced he pulled out of the draft and is returning for his sophomore campaign. Meanwhile, Wildcats forwards Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt announced they will remain in the draft.

      Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman. Gabriel averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds as a sophomore. Vanderbilt, also a freshman last season, averaged 5.9 points and 7.9 rebounds.

      --Stanford forward Reid Travis announced he has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play his final season elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

      Travis informed Cardinal coach Jerod Haase of his plans on Tuesday night, ESPN reported. He averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season.

      Kentucky and Villanova are rumored as possible transfer destinations.

      --Boston College guard Ky Bowman pulled out of the NBA draft and is returning for his junior season, the school announced.

      Bowman averaged 17.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists last season, when he ranked fifth in the ACC in scoring. Bowman also made 80 3-pointers and accumulated 51 steals as a sophomore.

      --Michigan guard Charles Matthews will return for his redshirt junior season, the school announced.

      Matthews was second on the Wolverines in points (13.0) and rebounds (5.5) per game last season, behind only Moritz Wagner, who declared for the draft with the intention to hire an agent and won't return for his senior season.

      --DePaul guard Max Strus pulled his name from the draft and will return for his senior campaign.

      Strus averaged 16.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Blue Demons last season. He made 81 3-point baskets, second most in school history.

      --Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton announced on his Twitter account that he has withdrawn from the NBA draft and is returning for his sophomore season.

      Wigginton averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists during a strong freshman campaign. His scoring average was the best in school history for a freshman.

      --Clemson guards Marcquise Reed and Shelton Mitchell both withdrew their names from the NBA draft and are returning for their senior campaigns, the school announced.

      Reed averaged a team-best 15.8 points and career-high 4.7 rebounds last season. Mitchell established career bests of 12.2 points and 3.6 assists and also averaged 3.9 rebounds for a team that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

      --Purdue standout Carsen Edwards and teammate Nojel Eastern have pulled out of the NBA draft, the school announced.

      Edwards was Purdue's team MVP and leading scorer (18.5 average) as a sophomore. The 6-foot-1 guard has 1,046 career points to become just the seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 in his first two seasons.

      Eastern was a long shot to impress an NBA team after averaging 2.9 points in a reserve role as a freshman.

      --Florida guard Jalen Hudson will return for his senior season with the Gators after flirting with leaving for the NBA draft, coach Mike White confirmed.

      Hudson was the Gators' leading scorer last season at 15.5 points per game. He didn't receive an invite to the NBA Combine and was reportedly told he would not be drafted.

      --Washington State forward Robert Franks announced he will return for his senior season.

      Franks led the Cougars in scoring at 17.4 points per game last season. He added 6.6 rebounds per contest.

      --Washington forward Noah Dickerson has withdrawn from the draft and is returning for his senior season.

      Dickerson averaged 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds during a strong junior campaign. He ranks 29th in school history with 1,165 career points.

      --UCLA guard Jaylen Hands and forward Cody Riley will return after pulling out of the NBA draft, the school confirmed.

      Hands averaged 9.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season. Riley sat out the year serving his season-long suspension for his part in the shoplifting scandal in China. Their respective decisions came one day after fellow freshman Kris Wilkes pulled his name from the draft.

      --Iowa forward Tyler Cook announced he will return for his junior season.

      Cook averaged team highs of 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game for the Hawkeyes last season.

      --San Diego State forward Jalen McDaniels announced he will return for his sophomore season.

      McDaniels averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Aztecs last season.

      --Montana State guard Tyler Hall withdrew from the draft and will return for his senior season, the school confirmed.

      Hall averaged 17.5 points last season and ranks third in school history with 1,861 points. He made 99 3-pointers last season.

      --Western Kentucky guard Lamonte Bearden announced on his Twitter feed that he has pulled his name from the draft and is returning for his senior season.

      Bearden averaged 11.8 points and 3.4 assists for a team that reached the NIT semifinals.

      --Wyoming guard Justin James pulled out of the NBA draft and is returning for his senior season, the school announced.

      James averaged 18.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season. He ranks 19th in school history with 1,355 career points.

      --Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman announced on his Twitter account that he has decided to return for his senior season after withdrawing from the NBA draft.

      Wright-Foreman averaged 24.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season. He ranks 13th in school history with 1,379 career points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Purdue standout Edwards pulls out of NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Purdue standout Carsen Edwards and teammate Nojel Eastern have pulled out of the NBA draft, the school announced.

    • Edwards was Purdue's team MVP and leading scorer (18.5 ppg) as a sophomore. The 6-foot-1 guard has 1,046 career points to become just the seventh player in school history to reach 1,000 in his first two seasons.

      "Obviously, we are excited that Carsen will come back to Purdue after going through the draft process," Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said in a statement. "He went through several workouts and participated in the NBA Combine and received numerous evaluations of his game. This process will only help him as he continues to grow as a player and as a leader."

      Eastern was a long shot to impress an NBA team after averaging 2.9 points in a reserve role as a freshman.

      "I want to thank the teams that gave me the opportunity to work out for them," Eastern said in a statement. "I learned so much and took away a lot of knowledge that can help me reach this level. The feedback I received from the evaluations can help to take the next step to become a better player."

      Meanwhile, the NBA announced Wednesday that 40 players are expected to attend the NBA Global Camp 2018, a predraft showcase from June 2-5 in Treviso, Italy.

      The camp is for top draft-eligible players from countries outside the U.S. and will be similar to the NBA Combine recently held in Chicago.

      Dusan Ristic, a 7-foot Serbian who played college basketball at Arizona, is one of the 40 invitees.

      --Field Level Media

  • Gators leading scorer Hudson returning for senior season
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

    Guard Jalen Hudson will finish his college career with the Florida Gators after flirting with leaving for the 2018 NBA Draft.

    • Gators coach Mike White confirmed Hudson will return for his senior season, having told the school of his intentions on Tuesday.

      Hudson, the Gators' leading scorer last season at 15.5 points per game, had declared for the draft but did not hire an agent, allowing him the option of changing his mind. Hudson didn't receive an invite to the NBA Combine and was reportedly told he would not be drafted.

      Hudson, a 6-foot-6 guard, began his career at Virginia Tech, but transferred to Florida after two seasons.

      "There's nothing wrong with not being a guaranteed first-round pick right now," White said at the SEC Meetings in Destin, Fla. on Tuesday, per the Orlando Sentinel. "That wasn't expected a year ago. But he made a lot of headway. He built his brand. He helped the Gators have a good year. There should be a lot of positivity that he's feeling right now.

      "He's got a lot of feedback from the NBA knowing what he's got to prove upon to potentially put him in a better spot next year."

      With Hudson leading the way, the Gators made it to the NCAA Tournament as a six seed but were eliminated in the second round by third-seeded Texas Tech. Hudson led the Gators with 23 points in the loss.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ward will return to Michigan State for junior season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Forward Nick Ward announced on Tuesday that he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to Michigan State for his junior year.

    • "It was a great opportunity for me to go through the process and I'm grateful for the feedback I received from NBA teams," Ward said in a news release. "It is every player's dream to play in the NBA and I've learned a lot through my workouts and interviews that will help me when I am ready to make that next step."

      Ward, who declared for the draft in April, was not invited to the NBA combine but worked out for several teams.

      Ward was an All-Big Ten third-team selection after averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds a game last season.

      "I'm glad that Nick had the opportunity to go through the process and was able to receive feedback from NBA teams," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said in the release. "It was a great opportunity for him to explore his draft stock and to see what he needs to work on in order to play at the highest level."

      --Field Level Media

  • College hoops notebook: DiVincenzo remains in NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Villanova Final Four hero Donte DiVincenzo announced Tuesday on his Instagram account that he will remain in the NBA draft and hire an agent prior to the upcoming festivities.

    • DiVincenzo was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four as Villanova won the national title this year. The 6-foot-5 guard scored 31 points in the victory over Michigan in the national championship contest, raising his draft stock in the process.

      "After gathering all of the information possible, my decision is to keep my name in the NBA draft and plan to hire an agent. I thank everyone who has helped me reach this decision because it was not easy," DiVincenzo wrote.

      DiVincenzo, a third-year sophomore, averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 40 games last season. After going through the draft process and shining at the combine in Chicago, he now rates as a probable late first-round draft choice.

      --Auburn sophomore guard Mustapha Heron will pull his name out of the NBA draft and transfer to a school closer to his Connecticut home, his father told ZagsBlog.

      Per the report, Heron intends to apply for a hardship waiver to be immediately eligible for the 2018-19 season, citing the health of his ailing mother, who has required extensive medical care in recovery from a serious concussion. The 6-foot-5 Heron hopes to be close enough to his mother, who lives in West Haven, Conn., for her to see him play.

      The news came hours after sophomore center Austin Wiley withdrew from the NBA draft to return to the Tigers for the 2018-19 season. Wiley was ineligible and did not play last season as a result of violations related to his recruitment. The NCAA informed Auburn that Wiley would be reinstated for the start of the 2018-19 season.

      --Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield announced on Twitter that he has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season.

      "I am very grateful for my recent opportunities to compete and display my talents in front of NBA personnel," Schofield said. "I have learned so much through this NBA Draft evaluation process and am looking forward to improving the areas of my game that need it while also improving as a man."

      Schofield averaged 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds last season.

      --UCLA guard Kris Wilkes pulled out of the NBA draft and is returning to college for his sophomore campaign.

      Wilkes averaged 13.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first college season.

      "Kris was a huge part of our team last season, and he knows that he'll have an even bigger role for us during his sophomore year," Bruins coach Steve Alford said in a statement. "With Kris, you're talking about a young man with limitless potential. We are really excited to have him back for at least one more season. He certainly has a bright future in this game, and there's no question that, down the road, he will be a first-round draft pick."

      --Field Level Media

  • Tennessee's Schofield withdraws from NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield announced Tuesday that he has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season.

    • Schofield made the announcement on his Twitter account.

      "I am very grateful for my recent opportunities to compete and display my talents in front of NBA personnel," Schofield said. "I have learned so much through this NBA Draft evaluation process and am looking forward to improving the areas of my game that need it while also improving as a man.

      "With that said, I'm happy to announce that I'll be returning to Tennessee for my senior season, and I am focused and hungry to once again chase championship with my teammates!"

      Schofield averaged 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • UCLA G Wilkes withdraws from NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    UCLA guard Kris Wilkes pulled out of the NBA draft on Tuesday and is returning to college for his sophomore campaign.

    • Wilkes averaged 13.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first college season.

      "Kris was a huge part of our team last season, and he knows that he'll have an even bigger role for us during his sophomore year," Bruins coach Steve Alford said in a statement. "With Kris, you're talking about a young man with limitless potential. We are really excited to have him back for at least one more season. He certainly has a bright future in this game, and there's no question that, down the road, he will be a first-round draft pick."

      Wilkes agrees with Alford's assessment and figures to leave after his sophomore season.

      "I'm grateful to everybody at UCLA who has been supporting me and helping me through the pre-draft process," Wilkes said. "It was certainly an eye-opening experience, one that I know is going to help me get better. I'm excited for the summer and for our season ahead, and I'm ready to get to work. Go Bruins!"

      UCLA is still awaiting a decision from guard Jaylen Hands, who averaged 9.9 points as a freshman.

      Earlier, leading scorer Aaron Holiday (20.3) retained an agent to end his college career after his junior season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Villanova hero DiVincenzo remains in NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Villanova Final Four hero Donte DiVincenzo announced Tuesday that he will remain in the NBA draft and hire an agent prior to the upcoming festivities.

    • DiVincenzo was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four as Villanova won the national title this past season. The 6-foot-5 guard scored 31 points in the victory over Michigan in the national championship contest.

      DiVincenzo announced his decision on his Instagram account.

      "I want to thank my teammates and coaches for helping me get to this point," he wrote, in part. "My teammates are my brothers and will share a bond forever. I thank Coach (Jay) Wright for challenging me day in and day out all while loving me like a son. I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for him and the Villanova Basketball program.

      "After gathering all of the information possible, my decision is to keep my name in the NBA draft and plan to hire an agent. I thank everyone who has helped me reach this decision because it was not easy."

      DiVincenzo wasn't looking like a possible NBA selection late in the season when he failed to score in double digits seven times in a 10-game stretch.

      But he broke out with five 3-pointers while scoring 18 points against Alabama in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and later had 15 points and eight rebounds versus Kansas in the Final Four.

      Two nights later, he had his epic scoring explosion in the 79-62 win over Michigan by connecting 10 of 15 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

      DiVincenzo, a third-year sophomore, averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 40 games last season. After going through the draft process and shining at the combine in Chicago, he now rates as a probable late first-round draft choice.

      "Donte has handled this process intelligently and received very positive feedback from the NBA teams about his prospects in this year's draft," Wright in a statement. "We fully support this decision and are excited about what the future holds for him at the next level. Donte is an outstanding young man and the Nova Nation will always take pride in his accomplishments."

      DiVincenzo is the third player off Villanova's championship team to formally leave for the draft. Guard Jalen Brunson and wing Mikal Bridges earlier signed with agents to conclude their respective college careers.

      The Wildcats are waiting on a decision from forward Omari Spellman, who entered the draft but didn't retain an agent.

      --Field Level Media

  • Auburn's Heron, Wiley out of NBA draft; Heron to transfer
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Auburn sophomore guard Mustapha Heron will to pull his name out of the 2018 NBA Draft and transfer to a school closer to his Connecticut home, his father told Zags Blog on Tuesday.

    • Per the report, Heron intends to apply for a hardship waiver to be immediately eligible for the 2018-19 season, citing the health of his ailing mother, who has required extensive medical care in recovery from a serious concussion. The 6-foot-5 Heron hopes to be close enough to his mother, who lives in West Haven, Conn., for her to see him play.

      Heron announced in early April that he would declare for the NBA draft and sign with an agent, which would have ended his NCAA eligibility and prevented him from returning to school. Players who have not signed with agents had until June 10 to pull their names from the June 21 draft.

      Heron was the first five-start signee in Tigers history, joining the team in 2016 and leading Auburn in points as a freshman (15.2 per game) and sophomore (16.4). He chipped in 6.1 rebounds per game last season while leading the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 15 years.

      The news came hours after sophomore center Austin Wiley withdrew from the NBA draft to return to the Tigers for the 2018-19 season.

      Wiley entered the draft without hiring an agent in order to retain his eligibility to return to school. Wiley was ineligible and did not play last season as a result of violations related to his recruitment.

      The NCAA informed Auburn, which was ranked in the Top 25 much of last season, that Wiley would be reinstated for the start of the 2018-19 season.

      Wiley, listed at 6-feet-11, averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 23 games (22 starts) as a freshman.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Maryland basketball player Tucker dies in accident
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    Former Maryland basketball player Cliff Tucker, 29, died Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Texas.

    • Tucker was driving back to his hometown of El Paso from San Antonio.

      Tucker played basketball for coach Gary Williams at Maryland for four years. He played in 131 career games from 2007-2011. Tucker helped lead the Terps to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and 2010.

      The Texas Department of Public Safety released a statement on Monday that said Tucker was one of three fatalities in the accident. Four others were injured.

      The one-vehicle accident took place on Interstate 10 when the vehicle lost control and rolled because the tread on the right rear tire split.

      --Field Level Media

  • Charlotte G White withdraws from NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 28, 2018

    Charlotte shooting guard Andrien White announced Monday that he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning for his senior season.

    • White didn't hire an agent as he tested the NBA waters so he was able to pull out of the draft.

      "Very thankful for the NBA process and feedback I received over the past few months," White tweeted. "Thank you for everyone's support and well wishes. I have decided to withdraw my name from the 2018 NBA draft."

      The 6-foot-3 White averaged 15.0 points and 4.8 rebounds as a junior.

      Leading scorer Jon Davis (17.6) has yet to announce a decision but is also expected to pull out of the draft and return for his senior season with the 49ers.

      --Field Level Media

  • NC State's Dorn withdraws from NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 27, 2018

    North Carolina State forward Torin Dorn announced Sunday that he is withdrawing from the 2018 NBA Draft and returning for his senior season.

    • Dorn did not retain an agent so he had the option to return. He announced his decision on his Twitter feed.

      "I'm thankful I had the opportunity to go through the draft process, but at this time I have decided to WITHDRAWAL MY NAME FROM THE NBA DRAFT and return to NC State," Dorn wrote. "I want to thank the NBA teams, personnel and Coach (Kevin) Keatts for the feedback and support during the process.

      "While going through the experience, I didn't miss any workouts at NC State and I'M EXCITED TO GET BACK WITH ME TEAMMATES as we look to build upon last year's trip to the NCAA Tournament."

      Dorn averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game last season.

      --Field Level Media