Tuesday, April 10, 2007

April 10th News and Notes

According to the Dallas Morning News and other media outlets, Texas freshman forward Kevin Durant has announced that he is going to enter the NBA Draft. "I enjoyed my year here at Texas," Durant said. "I will always be a Longhorn and never forget what the people at Texas have done for me." Durant is a consensus top-two pick, with him and Ohio State freshman center Greg Oden head-and-shoulders above the rest in every mock draft. He was the first freshman to win all six of the major national player of the year awards, including the Naismith and Wooden awards. He averaged 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. ESPN.com’s Henry Abbott says that Durant will sign with agent Aaron Goodwin, who formerly represented Lebron James and currently reps Dwight Howard.

According to the Boston Globe, Harvard has offered their vacant head coaching position to former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker. Amaker is expected to accept the job. The official appointment could come as early as Wednesday. Amaker went 109-83 in his six seasons at Michigan, winning the NIT title in 2004 but never reaching the NCAA Tournament. Prior to that, he was a head coach at Seton Hall for four seasons and an assistant coach at Duke for nine years. Amaker will replace Frank Sullivan, who was fired this year after 16 seasons as the head coach of the Crimson.

According to the Associated Press, California junior center DeVon Hardin has announced that he will enter the NBA Draft. However, he is not going to hire an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Bears. “I am looking to get an evaluation of my game and find out where I am physically,” Hardin said. “The only way to get better is to compete against the best. I want to see where I stand, and my decision will depend on how I do against those guys.” Coach Ben Braun echoed those statements, saying “DeVon is using this opportunity just as the rule intended.” Hardin played in only 11 games this past season due to a stress facture in his left foot, and was averaging 10.7 points and 8.4 rebounds before the injury.

According to the Associated Press, St. Bonaventure has found a replacement for the fired Anthony Solomon. The Bonnies have hired Robert Morris head coach Mark Schmidt to fill the job. Athletic director Steve Watson said, “He is a proven successful head coach who impressed us with his attitude, desire and passion.” Schmidt went 82-90 in his six years at Robert Morris, and previously worked as an assistant at Xavier, Penn State, and Loyola (Md.). St. Bonaventure initially offered the job to Albany head coach Will Brown, who turned it down last month. The Bonnies went 8-19 last season—the team’s best record in Solomon’s four years in the program.

According to
DraftExpress.com, Delaware State junior forward Roy Bright will enter the NBA Draft. However, he will not sign with an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Hornets. He said that he is hoping for “the opportunity to compete at the Orland pre-draft camp.” The former Cincinnati transfer averaged 15.5 points and 4.9 rebounds last season.

Everyone’s favorite Bracketologist, ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi, wasted no time in looking at the 2007-2008 season. He has released his
Projected Field of 65 for next March’s NCAA Tournament. Some interesting seeding choices: Georgia Tech and North Carolina State as #2 seeds; Louisville as a #1 over UCLA; Illinois as a #5; and the exclusion of Kansas State.

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