Thursday, April 9, 2009

News and Notes Recap

From now until the NBA Draft, we will begin posting a daily "News and Notes" section. It will include rumors about early-entries and coaching changes, as well as transfer and personnel decisions. Furthermore, early top-25 rankings and analysis from media outlets aroundthe country will also be linked to. To catch everyone up until now, though, I've compiled all the important news from the past three weeks or so.

Coaching Changes

VCU's Anthony Grant to Alabama
Xavier's Sean Miller to Arizona
Nevada's Mark Fox to Georgia
Memphis's John Calipari to Kentucky
Assistant Coach Josh Pastner Moves up at Memphis
Washington State's Tony Bennett to Virginia
Florida assistant Shaka Smart to VCU
Portland State's Ken Bone to Washington State
Arizona's Russ Pennell to D-II Grand Canyon University
Villanova assistant Pat Chambers to Boston University

NBA Draft

Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
James Johnson, Wake Forest
B.J. Mullens, Ohio State
DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh
James Harden, Arizona State
Daniel Hackett, USC
DeMar DeRozan, USC
Jordan Hill, Arizona
Chase Budinger, Arizona
Gerald Henderson, Duke (according to
Brandon Costner, North Carolina State
DaJuan Summers, Georgetown
Earl Clark, Louisville
Tyreke Evans, Memphis (according to and; Memphis assistant denies reports)

Testing Waters
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU
Shawn Taggart, Memphis
Taj Gibson, USC
Nic Wise, Arizona
Paul Harris, Syracuse (will likely hire an agent, according to
Eric Devendorf, Syracuse (will likely hire an agent, according to
Craig Brackins, Iowa State (according to
Jeff Teague, Wake Forest
Nick Calathes, Florida
Dwayne Collins, Miami (Fl.)
Devan Downey, South Carolina
Roderick Flemings, Hawaii
Mac Koshwal, DePaul
Jrue Holiday, UCLA
Jonathan Tavernari, BYU
Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Jodie Meeks, Kentucky
Tyler Smith, Tennessee
Jonny Flynn, Syracuse

Likely Returning
Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest
Cole Aldrich, Kansas
Sherron Collins, Kansas
Willie Warren, Oklahoma
Kyle Singler, Duke
Patrick Christopher, California (Told's Andy Katz today that he was going to return)
Devin Ebanks, West Virginia
Isaiah Thomas, Washington
Evan Turner, Ohio State
Manny Harris, Michigan
DeShawn Sims, Michigan
Ed Davis, North Carolina
Damion James, Texas
Dexter Pittman, Texas
Dar Tucker, DePaul
Trevor Booker, Clemson
Sylven Landesberg, Virginia
Samardo Samuels, Louisville
William Buford, Ohio State
Dwight Lewis, USC
Solomon Alabi, Florida State
James Anderson, Oklahoma State
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue

Up in the Air
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
Jerome Jordan, Tulsa
Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut
Ty Lawson, North Carolina
Stephen Curry, Davidson
Wayne Ellington, North Carolina
Austin Daye, Gonzaga
Greg Monroe, Georgetown
Patty Mills, Saint Mary's
Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
Quincy Pondexter, Washington
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga
Stanley Robinson, Connecticut
Chris Wright, Dayton
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt
Michael Washington, Arkansas
Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech
Derrick Brown, Xavier
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State


DeMarcus Cousins to Kentucky
Xavier Henry Released from Memphis, headed to Kansas or Kentucky
Lance Stephenson and John Wall Still Waiting to Choose
Daniel Orton Asks for Release from Kentucky; Father Says he is Staying at UK
Memphis' Nolan Dennis Asks for Release from Memphis
Jordan's Son Commits to UCF
Lamont Jones De-commits from Virginia Tech


Seth Curry Leaves Liberty for Duke
Nebraska Loses Cookie Miller and Alonzo Edwards
TyShawn Edmondson Transfers from St. John's
Quintrell Thomas and Tyrone Appleton Leave Kansas
Jio Fontan Seeking Release from Fordham; Mike Moore, Trey Blue Also Transferring from Rams
Chris Smith Leaving Manhattan
James Rahon Leaving Santa Clara

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