Monday, April 27, 2009

Full-Court Press, April 27

Sorry I haven't posted in about a week. I had the GRE (for graduate school) last week, so I didn't have much time to post links everyday, and then the beautiful weather here in the mid-Atlantic kept me outside all weekend with Faith. Anyway, there was a ton of NBA Draft and recruiting news in the past week, so here we go...

NBA Draft

- Davidson junior guard Stephen Curry made his decision on Thursday to enter his name into the NBA Draft. (

- North Carolina junior guards Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington have announced that they will both enter the NBA Draft after leading the Tar Heels to the national championship. (Raleigh News & Observer)

- Duke junior guard Gerald Henderson announced Saturday morning that he will enter his name into the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent. (Charlotte Observer)

- Maryland junior guard Greivis Vasquez entered his name into the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Terrapins. (Associated Press)

- BYU junior forward Jonathan Tavernari announced Wednesday that he will test the NBA Draft waters, but will not hire an agent. (Deseret News)

- As had been rumored for several weeks, Tennessee junior forward Tyler Smith entered his name into the NBA Draft without hiring an agent. (Knoxville News-Sentinel)

- Mississippi State junior center Jarvis Varnado announced in a release today that he will be entering the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

- According to his former AAU coach, Syracuse junior guard Eric Devendorf has signed with an agent, ending any possibility he will return to the Orange. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

- Iowa State junior forward Craig Brackins has announced that he is not going to enter his name into the NBA Draft, instead returning to the Cyclones for his senior campaign. (Go Cyclones)

- As anticipated, Michigan sophomore guard Manny Harris and junior forward DeShawn Sims will return to the Wolverines next season. (Detroit Free Press)

- Connecticut forward Ater Majok, who was ineligible this past season, will test the waters of the NBA Draft without hiring an agent. He expects to return to the Huskies. (Hartford Courant)


- Florida sophomore forward Alex Tyus, who previously announced that he would be leaving the Gators, might be reconsidering his original decision. (Gainesville Sun)

- Manhattan sophomore guard Chris Smith has announced that he will be transferring to Louisville. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

- Former Drake sophomore guard has decided to transfer to Dayton. (Dayton Daily News)

- Maryland sophomore Braxton Dupree will be leaving the Terrapins and transferring to a different school, the school announced Wednesday. (Baltimore Sun)


- In what could eventually be trendsetting decision, high school junior Jeremy Tyler announced that he will be skipping his final year of high school and playing professionally overseas in Europe. (New York Times)

- Top-five recruit Xavier Henry announced at a press conference Thursday morning that he will be signing with Kansas. His brother, C.J., will also be transferring to the Jayhawks. (Lawrence Journal-World)

- According to Dave Telep of, highly-touted high school senior might decommit from USC and head to Mississippi State. Sources say that Sidney was on the MSU campus this weekend. (

- Lance Stephenson, one of the top-rated uncommitted high school seniors, might be adding schools to his list, which has included Kansas, St. John's and Maryland. Arizona and Memphis could be two of those schools. (ZagsBlog, Memphis Commercial Appeal)

- Former Xavier signee Kevin Parrom, who was released following head coach Sean Miller's departure, is going to decide between Pittsburgh, Arizona, Virginia Tech, Providence and Rhode Island. (ZagsBlog)

- Former Memphis recruit Nolan Dennis has announced that he will sign with Baylor. (Waco Tribune Herald)

- Unsigned high school senior Glenn Bryant chose Arkansas over South Florida and UAB. (

- Georgetown added to its recruiting class when Jerrelle Benimon committed to the Hoyas. (Fauquier Times-Democrat)

- Junior college guard Rico Pickett, who formerly played for Alabama, has announced his commitment to Manhattan. He chose the Jaspers over Connecticut and Florida. (Florence Times Daily)

- Former Memphis commit Darnell Dodson has decided to follow John Calipari to Kentucky. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

- Unsigned high school senior Ferrakohn Hall announced on Friday that he will attend Seton Hall next season. He chose the Pirates over UAB and Baylor. (Newark Star-Ledger)

- Daniel Miller decommitted from Georgia and signed with in-state rival Georgia Tech a day later. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

- Cliff Dixon, Kevin Durant's half-brother and one of the best junior college players in the country, has committed to Western Kentucky. (

- Former Kentucky signee G.J. Vilarino has decided to attend Gonzaga next season. (Spokane Spokesman-Review)

- Unsigned high school senior Brandon Thompson announced his decision to play for Arizona State over Texas Tech and Georgetown. (Arizona Republic)

- One of the top players in the 2010 class, Terrence Ross, has committed to Maryland over UCLA, Oregon State and several Pac-10 schools. (Washington Post)

- Markus Kennedy, a highly-touted recruit in the 2010 class, will announce his decision between Villanova, West Virginia and Temple this week. (ZagsBlog)

- 2010 recruit Travis McKie, a top-100 player, committed to Wake Forest on Wednesday. He chose the Demon Deacons over Clemson, Virginia, Alabama and VCU. (

- 7-foot Australian center Jordan Vandenberg has announced that he will play for North Carolina State. (

- Unsigned 7-2 high school senior Youssoupha Mbao has signed with Marquette to play next season. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

- Unsigned high school senior Tylisman Armstrong has chosen Auburn over Penn State, VCU and a host of ACC and SEC schools. (

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