Thursday, April 19, 2007

April 19th News and Notes

According to FOX Sports, UCLA sophomore guard Darren Collison has decided to bypass the NBA Draft and return to school for his junior year. Collison had been rumored to be considering testing the waters, but after meeting with coach Ben Howland and discussing the possibility with his family, he made the decision to stay. Collison averaged 12.7 points, 5.7 assists, and shot 45% from behind the arc this past season. Most experts have UCLA as a preseason top-five team for next year.

According to
FOX Sports, Arizona freshman forward Chase Budinger is not likely to enter the NBA Draft. Wildcats coach Lute Olson said that Budinger has “no interest in it.” "He's never indicated an interest in it," Olson said. "Chase's goal is to be the best college basketball player in the country and that's what he's set his sights on.” He also mentioned how Budinger has been worked hard so far in the offseason to become a better player next year. Budinger averaged 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds this past season, and was a projected first-round and possible lottery pick in most mock drafts.

According to the
Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois junior center Shaun Pruitt has decided to enter the NBA Draft. However, he is not planning on signing with an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Fighting Illini. Pruitt averaged 11.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this past season. An official announcement is expected to come Thursday.

According to the
Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis sophomore guard Chris Douglas-Roberts has announced that he will bypass the NBA Draft and return to the Tigers for his junior season. "I'm not even going to test it," Douglas-Roberts said. There was speculation recently that Douglas-Roberts might go to the NBA, but he said he never seriously considered leaving. Most experts have the Tigers as a preseason top-three team for next season, but Douglas-Roberts is not getting ahead of himself. "It's great, but we've still got to prove ourselves," Douglas-Roberts said. "We're going into the year like we've still got that chip.” He averaged 15.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game this past season, helping lead Memphis to their second straight Elite Eight appearance.

According to, Memphis junior center Joey Dorsey has decided to bypass the NBA Draft and return to school for his senior season. Dorsey, who is 23, was rumored to be considering the possibility of entering the Draft because of his age, but he ultimately decided to stay. Most experts have Memphis in the top five for 2006-2007.

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