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Arizona freshman Nnaji headed to NBA

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Zeke Nnaji has declared for the NBA draft after one productive season at Arizona.

"After much prayer and deliberation with my family, I have decided to make myself available for the 2020 NBA draft," Nnaji tweeted Tuesday.

Nnaji didn't arrive in Tucson with the same hype as fellow freshmen Nico Mannion and Josh Green, but he was arguably the best player of the three during the 2019-20 season.


Mizzou's Pinson, Smith, Tilmon to go pro

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri sophomore Xavier Pinson and juniors Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon announced Tuesday that they would enter the NBA draft, though none of them intends to hire an agent and all could return to school next season.

Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement that he supports their decision to receive information from the NBA's advisory committee. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is June 3.


Air Force brings back Scott as coach

The Air Force Falcons are bringing back Joe Scott for a second stint as their basketball coach.

Scott was in charge of the Falcons for four seasons and led them into the 2004 NCAA Tournament before his departure. He went on to become the head coach at Princeton and Denver. He's been an assistant coach at Georgia for the past two seasons.


KSU names ex-player Southwell assistant

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State brought back former player Shane Southwell as an assistant basketball coach Tuesday, rounding out Bruce Weber's staff after Brad Korn left to become the head coach at Southeast Missouri.

Southwell was a standout for the Wildcats from 2010-14, helping them to a school-record 27 wins as a junior. He returned as a graduate assistant coach from 2017-19 before spending last season as an assistant at Robert Morris, where he helped the Colonials to a 20-win season and earn the Northeast Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


Report: Spartan player accused of rape

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a Michigan State basketball player is asking the Michigan attorney general's office to investigate, according to a published report.

ESPN, citing a police report and emails obtained through a public records request, reported that Michigan State University police told prosecutors they had probable cause that sophomore guard Brock Washington raped the woman on Jan. 19 while she was too intoxicated to consent. Police referred the case to county prosecutors, who declined to file charges this month.


Mississippi State F Perry to enter draft

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry has entered the NBA draft.

Perry announced his decision Sunday on social media and was congratulated by the school in a tweet. He said “we are navigating charted waters” with coronavirus in the tweet but added “this too shall pass.” Perry also said after talking with family and MSU coach Ben Howland that it was time to continue on the next level of basketball as a professional.


ASU PG Martin declares for draft

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State junior point guard Remy Martin has declared for the NBA draft.

“Starting from a young age, I have worked towards the opportunity to play in the NBA and I have now decided to take another step into making my dream a reality,” Martin said in a statement Monday. “I will forever cherish the time I have spent at ASU.”


Michigan F Livers applies for NBA draft

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan forward Isaiah Livers is applying for early entry into the NBA draft.

The school said Livers is not hiring an agent and would work with the Michigan coaching staff during the evaluation and pre-draft processes. Even if a player does use an agent during the evaluation process, he can return to school without losing eligibility if he ends the relationship with the agent.


Gophers' Carr enters draft without agent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota's Marcus Carr will declare his early entry for the NBA draft, the sophomore point guard said on Monday night in a



Tarleton St. hires ex-UK coach Gillispie

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Billy Gillispie said he had other opportunities to get back in NCAA Division I basketball during a successful stint as a Texas junior college coach. The West Texas native accepted one close to home, far from the overbearing pressure of trying to reach the Final Four or win a national championship.

Gillispie was introduced Tuesday as the new coach at Tarleton State, a program preparing for the transition from Division II and five years from even being eligible for the NCAA Tournament.

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