Thursday, April 16, 2009

News and Notes, April 16

A lot of news happening across the college basketball landscape over the last day or so. Here's a quick rundown:

- Chad Ford of wrote yesterday that uncommitted high school senior John Wall was pondering entering the NBA Draft. He is a fifth-year high school senior, meaning he is old enough to enter the Draft. However, Wall told USA Today that he has no plans of entering the draft. Gary Parrish of doesn't completely believe Wall just yet.

- New Florida International head coach Isiah Thomas announced that he will donate his entire first year's salary back to the university. (

- Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey expects junior forward Luke Harangody to enter his name into the NBA Draft. (South Bend Tribune)

- Georgetown freshman center Greg Monroe will return to the Hoyas for his sophomore season. (The Hoya)

- Texas junior forward Damion James announced that he will test the NBA Draft waters. (Austin American-Statesman)

- Kentucky sophomore forward Patrick Patterson will follow teammate Jodie Meeks and enter his name into the NBA Draft without hiring an agent. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

- Syracuse sophomore point guard Jonny Flynn has officially hired an agent, ending any chance he had of returning to the Orange. (Syracuse Post-Standard)

- Gonzaga sophomore forward Austin Daye announced he will test the NBA Draft waters without hiring an agent (Seattle Times)

- Oklahoma freshman guard Willie Warren will make his decision regarding the NBA this weekend. (Tulsa World)

- Wake Forest freshman forward Al-Farouq Aminu boosted Wake Forest's hopes next season, announcing he will return for his sophomore season. (Winston-Salem Journal)

- Southern Mississippi junior guard Jeremy Wise will enter his name into the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent in order to keep the option open of returning to the Golden Eagles. (Hattiesburg American)

- In a somewhat surprising move, South Carolina junior forward Dominique Archie announced that he will be testing the NBA Draft waters. (The State)

- According to, Connecticut junior forward Stanley Robinson will return to the Huskies for his final year of eligibility.

- Former Connecticut recruit Nate Miles, who was behind all the off-court problems for the Huskies this past month, will enter his name into the NBA Draft. (

- Unsigned high school senior Solomon Hill, who had committed to USC, will sign with Arizona on Friday. (Arizona Daily Star)

- Uncommitted high school point guard Lamont Jones, who decommitted from Virginia Tech last week, is set to announce his decision on Friday. USC is the leader for his services. (Los Angeles Times)

- In another bit of Georgetown news, sophomore forward Omar Wattad will be leaving the Hoyas and transferring. (Washington Post)

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