Monday, April 26, 2010

Full-Court Press, April 26

There is plenty of news from the past couple of days to catch up on, so let’s get started.

Pullen returns to Kansas State

Kansas State junior guard Jacob Pullen has decided to return to the Wildcats for his senior season, according to a release from the school.

Pullen averaged 19.3 points last season, garnering first team All-Big 12 honors and All-American consideration by multiple outlets.

With Pullen’s return, Kansas State could enter the season ranked in the top 10.

Temple’s Allen will test waters

Temple junior forward Lavoy Allen announced on Friday that he would be entering the NBA Draft. However, Allen will not hire an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Owls for his senior campaign.

“Lavoy informed me of his intentions to declare for this year’s NBA draft, and we will support him as we gather additional information through evaluations,” Temple head coach Fran Dunphy said in a release.

Allen averaged 11.5 points and 10.7 rebounds last season, picking up first team All-Atlantic 10 honors.

Northern Arizona’s Jones enters draft

Northern Arizona junior guard Cameron Jones has entered his name into the NBA Draft pool, he announced in a release on Friday.

“My goal is to get my name out and see if any teams are interested,” Jones said. “It is mostly setting me up for life after my senior year of college basketball. Putting my name in will get my name out there and the scouts will be looking for me next year. I want to help my opportunity after college and my senior season.”

Jones averaged 19.3 points and 4.6 rebounds last season, gaining a spot on the All-Big Sky first team.

Nicholls State’s Bole tests waters

As first reported by DraftExpress via Twitter, Nicholls State junior swingman Anatoly Bose will enter the NBA Draft.

In an email to DraftExpress, Bose said he will “test the NBA draft waters and will not hire an agent.” The 6-6 Bose can return to the Colonels for his senior campaign if he maintains his amateur status.

Bose averaged 21.1 points and 6.0 rebounds last season.

Paul George signs with agent

Fresno State forward Paul George has officially ended his college career, as the 6-8 sophomore has hired an agent.

"He's a projected first round pick," Cleveland said, according to the Fresno Bee. "Based upon his family and Paul's projections I'm not surprised at all. There seems to be a lot of talk about [an NBA] lockout next year. I'm not saying that had an impact, but there's a lot of guys going out right now ... Paul and his family would not make this decision unless they were confident."

George, who averaged 16.8 point and 7.2 rebounds last season, signed with Aaron Mintz of Priority Sports and Entertainment.

Warren, Sidney return to school

As first reported by Jeff Goodman of via Twitter, Mississippi guard Chris Warren and Mississippi State forward Renardo Sidney will forgo the NBA Draft and return to school next season.

Warren, a 5-10 junior, averaged 17.2 points and 3.6 assists last season, while the 6-10 Sidney sat out the entire season because of an NCAA investigation.

McDermott to Creighton

Creighton wasted no time in replacing Dana Altman.

According to multiple reports, the BlueJays have offered the head coaching job to Iowa State’s Greg McDermott, and he is expected to accept the position Monday afternoon.

Altman left for the head job at Oregon, while McDermott has spent four years at Iowa State after coaching at Northern Iowa.

Howard hires DePaul assistant

DePaul hired assistant coach Kevin Nickelberry last week – and he is already moving on.

Nickelberry, the former head coach at Hampton, accepted an offer to become the head coach at Howard, according to Jeff Goodman of

Nickelberry was the head coach of the Libya National Team for the past season, but had been an assistant at Clemson and Charlotte and the associate head coach at Holy Cross before taking over at Hampton in 2006.

Ross to Washington

Terrence Ross, one of the top unsigned players left in the country, is set to commit to Washington during his official visit today.

“I am going to Washington because of the great relationship I have with the team and coaches,” Ross told Alex Kline of “I thought it would be the best choice for me and I would fit in with the team.”

Ross, a 6-5 scoring guard, chose the Huskies over Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon and Oklahoma. He had previously committed to Maryland before opening up his recruitment.

2011 stud commits to Duke

Duke has not rested since winning the national championship, as the Blue Devils secured a commitment from Tyler Adams, one of the best big men in the class of 2011, on Sunday.

"The reason I went with Duke is I feel like it's the best fit for me," Adams told Evan Daniels of "The last couple of months they've been recruiting me pretty hard. A program like this, not many people get a chance to go there. So I wanted to go ahead and go with Coach K."

Adams, a 6-8 center, chose Duke over Mississippi State, Alabama, Memphis and Clemson.

The Citadel finds a coach

According to Jeff Goodman of via Twitter, Maryland assistant coach Chuck Driesell is likely headed to The Citadel.

Driesell is the son of legendary Terrapins coach Lefty Driesell, and has been an assistant with the Terps for four seasons. He was also an assistant coach at Georgetown and an associate head coach at James Madison.


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