Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Robert Vaden Transferring; Morris Almond Declaring

Robert Vaden Transferring to UAB

According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana sophomore forward Robert Vaden will follow former Hoosier coach Mike Davis to UAB and will play for the Blazers. Vaden said, “I came to IU to play for coach Davis and I want to continue my career where he is coaching. This wasn’t a real difficult decision.” This move has been expected ever since it was announced that Davis would be stepping down as the coach of Indiana. Teammate D.J. White has also been rumored as a potential transfer to follow Davis, but he has not yet made an announcement. Vaden averaged 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds last season.

Morris Almond to Enter the NBA Draft

According to Rice's official athletic website, riceowls.com, Rice junior forward Morris Almond has announced that he is going to enter the NBA Draft. However, he is just "testing the waters" by not signing an agent, leaving the option of returning to the Owls open. Almond said, "Having just completed my junior season, I feel the time is right for me to explore my options and take this next step towards my goal of playing in the NBA." Almond led Conference-USA in scoring last season with 21.9 points per game and also led the team in rebounding at 5.8 per game. He was named to the All-Conference USA first team.

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