Wednesday, April 4, 2007

April 4th News and Notes, Part Two

- According to the Seattle Times, Washington freshman center Spencer Hawes will announce his NBA Draft intentions sometime this week. Coach Lorenzo Romar said, “By the end of the week, he should be ready to talk about what his plans are.” Most people think that Hawes will declare for the Draft, but won’t hire an agent. In most draft projections, Hawes is considered a lottery pick. Hawes averaged 14.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game this past year.

- According to the
Tucson Citizen, Arizona sophomore forward Marcus Williams will announce his NBA Draft intentions at a press conference on Thursday. The All-Pac-10 performer is widely regarded as a first-round pick, but is also considered as a player that could use another year in college. Williams averaged 16.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

- CBS Sportsline’s Greg Parrish gives his
Preseason Top 25 (and one) for the 2007-2008 season. He has UCLA #1 and the two-time national champs at #26.

- According to Andy Katz of, Bowling Green has hired former Seton Hall coach Louis Orr to fill their head coaching vacancy. Orr was 80-69 in five seasons with Seton Hall. He replaces Dan Dakich, who went 13-18 this past season.

- ESPN’s Andy Katz gives his Pre-Preseason Top 25 for the 2007-2008 season. He has Kansas at the top spot, and does not include Florida in the Top 25 or the next 20 that he lists.

- According to the
Journal and Courier, Purdue’s Chris Lutz and Jonathan Uchendu will transfer after the school year because they are both homesick. Lutz was the leading three-point shooter in the Big Ten this past season, hitting 47.2 percent of his long-range shots. He averaged 6.1 points per game. Lutz said, “This is something I've been thinking about for a long time . . . I realized that being away from my parents -- my dad would come to my practices and mom and dad attended all my games -- is something I really miss.” Uchendu, who averaged 1.8 points per game, echoed Lutz’s statements: “It comes down to the fact I want to be closer to my home and family.”

- Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News gives his “Ridiculously Early Top 25 For Next Season”. He has Kansas #1 and neither Florida or Ohio State in the Top 25.

- According to the
Associated Press, Indiana freshman Xavier Keeling is leaving the team and fellow frosh, guard Joey Shaw, is also considering transferring to another school. Coach Kelvin Sampson said, “[Keeling] just told me he wanted to play a little closer to home.” Keeling averaged 1.8 points per game, and Shaw scored 4.5 a contest.

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