Arizona: Arizona Dismisses O’Neill From Coaching Staff

by - Published April 29, 2008 in Newswire



Arizona Dismisses O’Neill From Coaching Staff: Arizona reassigned interim coach Kevin O’Neill to an assistant athletic director position at least through June 30. The move is a possible precursor to O’Neill exiting the university after he led the Wildcats to a 19-15 record and 24th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance while coach Lute Olson dealt with personal issues. O’Neill joined Olson’s staff last spring and was named Olson’s successor, but the team has backtracked on that statement. O’Neill’s coaching style was different from Olson’s high-intensity style. [4/28/08]

Kansas: Chalmers Hopes Heroics Earn NBA Credit

by - Published April 28, 2008 in Newswire



Chalmers Hopes Heroics Earn NBA Credit: Kansas junior guard Mario Chalmers is entering the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, so the Jayhawks’ savior in the NCAA championship game can collect feedback and return to school if he doesn’t like his projected draft status. Chalmers averaged 12.8 points and 4.3 assists per game last season, but Chalmers needs to prove that he can play point guard in the NBA to improve his stock. The latest projections place Chalmers toward the end of the first round or beginning of the second round. Chalmers wants a first-round guarantee or he said he’ll return to school. [4/27/08]

Memphis: Anderson and Dozier Look for Feedback

by - Published April 28, 2008 in Newswire



Anderson and Dozier Look for Feedback: Memphis juniors Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier have declared for the NBA Draft but do not intend to hire an agent, meaning they can return to the Tigers for their senior seasons. Anderson, a guard, averaged 8.6 points per game last season, and Dozier averaged 9.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as one of the Tigers’ best post players. He is a solid defender and helped Memphis stymie UCLA’s offense in the Final Four. With a talented and deep draft, Anderson and Dozier are unlikely to be first-round picks this season, but they hope to get feedback from NBA scouts and executives so that they can improve their games next season. [4/27/08]

Texas: Longhorn Guards Leave for NBA Draft

by - Published April 28, 2008 in Newswire



Longhorn Guards Leave for NBA Draft: Texas guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams have entered the NBA Draft but haven’t hired agents, so they could return to Austin. Augustin averaged 19.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season, and Abrams added 16.5 points per game and led Texas with 118 three-pointers. The two guards would make Texas a national title contender next season if they return. Augustin will likely be the second-best point guard in the draft, behind Memphis’ Derrick Rose. [4/27/08]

Buffalo: Bulls’ Leading Scorer Suspended For Facebook Note

by - Published April 26, 2008 in Newswire



Bulls’ Leading Scorer Suspended For Facebook Note: Buffalo’s top scorer has been suspended indefinitely in an odd case that further demonstrates that one must be careful with what they put on a social network site. Last week, Robinson posted a message on Facebook that offered to pay someone to read a book and write a paper on questions that were assigned with the book. Another student found the ad and informed the school’s newspaper. A junior guard, Robinson averaged 13.4 points per game last season. [4/25/08]

St. Francis, Pa.: St. Francis Coach Resigns

by - Published April 24, 2008 in Newswire



St. Francis, Pa., Coach Resigns: Bobby Jones stepped down as head coach after nine seasons with St. Francis, Pa. Jones has an 85-167 record with the Red Flash. The team was moving backward, however, finishing 6-23, 8-21 and 4-24 in the last three seasons after going to the conference tournament for three straight seasons. Only the top eight regular-season teams earn a spot in the Northeast Conference tournament. [4/24/08]

Memphis: Tigers Lose Another Star

by - Published April 24, 2008 in Newswire



Tigers Lose Another Star: Memphis will lose another starter as All-American Chris Douglas-Roberts decided that he will join teammate Derrick Rose and enter his name into the NBA Draft. He helped lead the team to the NCAA Tournament championship game after averaging 18.1 points per game and was selected for the NCAA All-Tournament team. Douglas-Roberts led the team from behind the arc at 41.3 percent and was voted Conference USA Player of the Year. The Tigers will also lose senior center Joey Dorsey and senior reserve guard Andre Allen. Memphis will get get some help after landing prep star Tyreke Evans, who was the most valuable player of last month’s McDonald’s All-American game. [4/24/08]

Indiana: Crean Fills Coaching Vacancies

by - Published April 24, 2008 in Newswire



Crean Fills Coaching Vacancies: New Indiana coach Tom Crean hired Bennie Seltzer and Tim Buckley to fill two of his three open assistant coaching positions. Seltzer has spent the last two seasons at Marquette, and Buckley was Ball State’s head coach for six seasons before rejoining Crean last season. Ball State fired Buckley in March 2006 after leading the team to a 10-18 record, which was its worse season in two decades. [4/24/08]

Purdue: Boilermakers Get Some Assistance

by - Published April 24, 2008 in Newswire



Boilermakers Get Some Assistance: Coach Matt Painter hired Jack Owens to rejoin him on his coaching staff at Purdue. Painter hired Owens during his brief stint with Southern Illinois in 2003. Painter’s former assistant Cuonzo Martin resigned last month to be Missouri State’s head coach. [4/24/08]

Clemson: Clemson’s Leading Scorer Returns

by - Published April 24, 2008 in Newswire



Clemson’s Leading Scorer Returns: Clemson junior forward K.C. Rivers opted to forgo the NBA Draft and return for his senior season with the Tigers. Rivers helped lead Clemson to a 24-10 record and the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade. He averaged 14.7 points per game last season with the Tigers. [4/24/08]

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