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  • College basketball notebook: Seton Hall lands Harvard's Aiken
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 10, 2020

    Bryce Aiken, who spent four years at Harvard, is heading to Seton Hall as a graduate transfer, he announced Thursday. The 6-foot guard also considered Michigan, Iowa State and Maryland.

    • Aiken averaged a team-high 16.7 points plus 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in the just-concluded season. He was limited to seven games due to a foot injury but scored at least 30 points in two contests.

      Aiken will help fill the void left by the exit of Pirates senior guard Myles Powell, one of Aiken's friends since both were New Jersey high school stars.

      "Going into this decision, it was just where my heart (was)," Aiken told the New York Post of his transfer. "From the first conversation I had with coach (Kevin) Willard, I knew where I belonged."

      --Mississippi State sophomore Robert Woodard II will enter the 2020 NBA Draft, ESPN reported.

      A four-star recruit in the Class of 2018, Woodard averaged 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Bulldogs during the 2019-20 season.

      The 6-foot-7 forward is the No. 24 prospect in the ESPN Top 100. He was one of just three Power 5 conference players last season to average more than 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per game, joining Colorado's Tyler Bey and Michigan's Jon Teske.

      --Jay Scrubb, a junior college star who had committed to play for Louisville, changed his mind and will enter the NBA draft.

      Scrubb's father, Jason Scrubb, told of his son's plan on Thursday. The younger Scrubb will sign with agent Corey Marcum of EZ Sports Group, giving up his college eligibility, Jason Scrubb said.

      Jay Scrubb, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, averaged 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a sophomore this season for John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. On Wednesday, he was honored as the NJCAA National Player of the Year.

      --Johnny Juzang, a 6-foot-6 guard who just completed his freshman season at Kentucky, announced that he is transferring to UCLA.

      A product of Harvard-Westlake High in Los Angeles, Juzang heads home after averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12.3 minutes over 28 games for the Wildcats. He scored in double figures twice, putting up 13 points at Tennessee on Feb. 8, then 10 in Kentucky's regular-season finale at Florida on March 7.

      "It was definitely kind of like a dream of mine to play for UCLA," he told the Los Angeles Times.

      --Field Level Media

  • Mississippi State F Woodard to enter draft
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Mississippi State sophomore Robert Woodard II will enter the 2020 NBA Draft, ESPN reported Thursday.

    • A four-star recruit in the Class of 2018, Woodard averaged 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Bulldogs during the 2019-20 season.

      "I am going in to the draft with the intention of not going back to school," Woodard told ESPN. "I am maintaining my eligibility because of the uncertainty about the dates and what workouts will look like, but I don't look it at is as testing the waters. I am all in with this thing."

      The 6-foot-7 forward is the No. 24 prospect in the ESPN Top 100. He was just one of three Power 5 conference players last season to average more than 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per game, joining Colorado's Tyler Bey and Michigan's Jon Teske.

      He hit 42.9 percent of his shots (30 of 70) from 3-point territory (30-of-70).

      The NBA draft is scheduled for June 25.

      --Field Level Media

  • Creighton lands Duke transfer O'Connell
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Creighton landed Duke transfer Alex O'Connell, who spent his first three seasons as a reserve for the Blue Devils.

    • O'Connell has a chance to graduate ahead of schedule and be eligible next season, when the Bluejays return five starters.

      "First off, I'd like to thank each and every school that reached out to me and expressed interest during the recruitment process. It's been an incredible experience," O'Connell wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "With that being said, I've decided to end my recruitment and officially commit to Creighton University. Thanks to Coach (Greg) McDermott and his entire staff for believing in me and giving me this incredible opportunity."

      O'Connell averaged a career-high 5.2 points and shot 27.3 percent from 3-point range in the 2019-20 season. The 6-foot-6 guard from Georgia went to Durham with a reputation as a sharpshooter from the outside.

      Creighton runs a perimeter-focused offense thriving on 3-point accuracy.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke G Stanley declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, April 8, 2020

    Cassius Stanley is a one-and-done at Duke, as the 6-foot-6 freshman guard announced Tuesday that he is entering the 2020 NBA Draft.

    • Expressing disappointment that his time in Durham, N.C., ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic that wiped out the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and the NCAA Tournament, Stanley tweeted, in part, "As much as I feel a burning desire to make another run at the Final Four, I feel compelled to make the best decision for my professional success, and therefore, I have decided to enter the 2020 NBA Draft."

      He added, "I want to thank Coach K, the entire Duke coaching staff and my teammates for all their support. I also want to thank our trainers, strength coaches, managers, administrative staff, and academic support staff. Last but not least, thanks to the Crazies and Duke fans all over the world for helping to make this past year the most fun I've ever had playing the sport we all love."

      Stanley averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and one assist in 29 games, all starts, as a Blue Devil. lists Stanley as the 45th pick in its latest mock draft, while ESPN has him rated 50th.

      Duke previously had sophomore point guard Tre Jones declare for the NBA draft, and the Durham Herald-Sun reported that freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. is expected to turn pro, too. That would leave coach Mike Krzyzewski without his top three scorers from the just-concluded season.

      Krzyzewski said in a statement regarding Stanley's departure, "It was an absolute joy to coach Cassius this season. I want to congratulate him and his great family on this decision.

      "I've seen Cassius grow both as a player and person here at Duke, and I can't wait to see how his career develops at the next level. Any NBA team will be very fortunate to get such a mature young man who is not only an incredibly-gifted athlete, but a leader that wants nothing but the best for himself and his teammates."

      Duke finished 25-6 this season and tied for second in the ACC with a 15-5 record. The Blue Devils were the fourth seed in the conference tournament that was abandoned before the quarterfinals.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pritchard, Powell, Bey, Garza, Toppin collect Naismith position awards
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Oregon senior Payton Pritchard was selected the winner of the Bob Cousy Award on Tuesday as the nation's top point guard.

    • The honor was one of the "Starting Five" awards announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

      Seton Hall senior Myles Powell won the Jerry West Award (top shooting guard), Villanova sophomore Saddiq Bey received the Julius Erving Award (top small forward) and Iowa junior Luka Garza won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (top center).

      Dayton sophomore Obi Toppin won the Karl Malone Award (top power forward) and collected a greater honor later Tuesday when he won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's most outstanding player. Toppin had captured the overall Naismith player of the year award on Friday.

      Pritchard earned Pac-12 Player of the Honors and led the conference in both scoring (20.5 points per game) and assists (5.6 per game).

      "It means a lot to win this award, to see all the hard work and hours spent in the gym pay off," Pritchard said of winning the honor. "You don't get awards like these without winning, and that takes a team effort. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for believing in me to lead our team and my parents who sacrificed so much in their lives for me to have moments like these."

      The other candidates for the Cousy Award were Devon Dotson (Kansas), Malachi Flynn (San Diego State), Markus Howard (Marquette) and Tre Jones (Duke).

      West Award winner Powell averaged 21 points this season and finished his Seton Hall career as the program's third-leading scorer (2,252 points). He also set a school record with 348 career 3-pointers.

      "Myles Powell was arguably the best scorer in college hoops this year," West said in a press release. "He didn't shy away from the big moments, always willing to put up the critical shots and bringing an unparalleled level of energy to his team every game. Myles and his Seton Hall teammates were a pleasure to watch this season."

      The other West finalists were Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton), Kamar Baldwin (Butler), Anthony Edwards (Georgia) and Mason Jones (Arkansas).

      Erving winner Bey led Villanova in scoring (16.1 points) and 3-point baskets (79) while putting together a strong season.

      "This is an honor," Bey said of the award. "To see the past players who have won this award and to know that it's named after one of the all-time greats, Julius Erving, is humbling. It's a blessing, to be sure. Without my teammates and coaches, something like this would not have been possible. This is for my team and I'm just happy to be a part of the brotherhood we share."

      The other Erving finalists were Precious Achiuwa (Memphis), Corey Kispert (Gonzaga), Naji Marshall (Xavier) and Jordan Nwora (Louisville).

      Abdul-Jabbar winner Garza was the runner-up behind Toppin for the Wooden Award. He averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds and recorded 15 double-doubles.

      "I have looked up to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar my entire life," Garza said. "To win an award in his name is a tremendous honor and one that I share with my family. I am incredibly grateful to have the coaching staff, group of teammates, and my family, which put me in position to win this award."

      The other Abdul-Jabbar finalists were Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Vernon Carey Jr. (Duke), Nathan Knight (William & Mary) and Filip Petrusev (Gonzaga).

      Malone winner Toppin averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds while leading Dayton to a school-best 29-2 record and a final No. 3 ranking. The other finalists were Yoeli Childs (BYU), Reggie Perry (Mississippi State), Jalen Smith (Maryland) and Killian Tillie (Gonzaga).

      --Field Level Media

  • Dayton's Toppin tops awards with Wooden honor
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Dayton star forward Obi Toppin received the topper for his collection of postseason awards when he was named the winner of the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's most outstanding player on Tuesday.

    • Toppin previously won the Naismith and Associated Press player of the year awards in addition to becoming Dayton's fist consensus All-American.

      Toppin, a sophomore, won the Wooden Award over Iowa junior center Luka Garza. The other finalists were Kansas senior center Udoka Azubuike, Marquette senior guard Markus Howard, and Seton Hall senior guard Myles Powell.

      The 6-foot-9 Toppin went from a high school senior waiting for his first Division I scholarship offer to being the best player in the nation. He delivered 107 dunks this season.

      "I never changed what I did," Toppin said Tuesday on ESPN while reflecting on his journey. "I always got in the gym and worked on my craft and got shots up."

      He averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds while leading Dayton to a school-best 29-2 record and a final No. 3 ranking. The Flyers were projected to receive a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before the event was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

      "I definitely feel like our team could have made it to the national championship game just because of what we are able to do this season and the amount of skills we had on the team," Toppin said on ESPN. "Everybody was bought in to what the coaches were asking and we were dominating every single game. We would have definitely been in the NCAA championship game."

      Prior to learning he was the Wooden winner, Toppin was named winner of the Karl Malone Award (best power forward) earlier Tuesday.

      "I genuinely respect Obi Toppin and the work he has put in to achieve the results we all saw this season," Malone said in a press release. "I enjoy watching college basketball because the athletes give their all and take no possessions off -- Obi is a perfect example of that. With his work ethic and athleticism, I'm excited to see him continue to further his game."

      Toppin is projected to be the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, according to the latest mock draft by

      Garza, the Wooden runner-up, averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds. Howard led the nation with a 27.8 scoring average, Powell averaged 21 points, and Azubuike averaged 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maryland's Smith declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Maryland standout big man Jalen Smith announced Tuesday that he is entering the NBA draft.

    • Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in 31 games in the recently concluded season, his sophomore year. The 6-foot-10 Baltimore native also blocked 73 shots and connected on 53.8 percent of his field-goal attempts.

      "After consultation with my family and coaches, I am thankful and grateful to announce that the time is right for me to move forward to the next phase in my basketball career and declare for the 2020 NBA Draft," Smith said in the announcement on the school's website. "I am thankful to the coaches and staff at the University of Maryland who afforded me the opportunity to stay home to receive an education and play basketball at the college of my dreams."

      Smith made strides as a 3-pointer shooter as a sophomore, making 36.8 percent (32 of 87) after connecting on just 26.8 percent (19 of 71) as a freshman.

      He is currently projected as a second-round selection (40th overall) in the latest mock draft by

      Coach Mark Turgeon supports Smith's decision to place his name in the draft that is currently scheduled for June 25, pending developments due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      "I am thrilled for Jalen and his family for making such an important and exciting decision," Turgeon said in the news release. "From the minute we started recruiting Jalen, we knew the kind of quality player and person we would be getting and he lived up to it in every way. As incredible of a player Jalen is on the court, he is that and more as an individual off the court. We will miss him in College Park.

      "I cannot wait to watch Jalen at the next level and I wish him and his family nothing but the best on their journey."

      --Field Level Media

  • Transfer G Gomez chooses San Diego State
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Diminutive sharpshooter Terrell Gomez announced Tuesday that he is transferring to San Diego State.

    • The 5-foot-8 Gomez made a school-record 293 3-point baskets in three seasons at Cal State Northridge before entering the transfer portal and seeking to play for a more prestigious school. His 1,637 career points are fourth most in Northridge history.

      Gomez, who averaged 19.8 points last season, chose the Aztecs over Iowa State, Arkansas and Washington State.

      "Winning is important to me, because if I didn't care about winning, I would have just stayed at Northridge and become the all-time leading scorer," Gomez told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I really want to just win at this point. That's why I try to stay efficient, because I want people to know that I'm not just out there playing the wrong way. I'm going to play the right way, and I can do it while winning."

      According to the Union-Tribune, Gomez is expected to be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer, provided he completes two summer-school classes.

      Gomez earned first-team All-Big West honors in each of the past two seasons. He set a school record with 117 3-pointers during the 2018-19 season and followed up with 111 (fifth nationally) this past season. He shot 44 percent from behind the arc in 2019-20, which tied for eighth nationally.

      The addition of Gomez could give San Diego State a star backcourt for next season.

      The school is bracing for an announcement from All-America guard Malachi Flynn on whether he will return for his senior season or head to the NBA. Flynn is currently projected as a second-round draft pick.

      "If he does come back, we'll be the best backcourt in the country," Gomez told the Union-Tribune. "I feel that we both can complement each other because we both can pass, dribble and shoot. I know he's very unselfish and I'm very unselfish, although we do score a lot of points. If he comes back, I think we can be a top-5 team all year, but I'm going to let him make his own decision."

      San Diego State went 30-2 and finished with a No. 6 ranking in the season that was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: F Brooks returning to Kentucky
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Keion Brooks will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season this fall, his father told 247Sports.

    • The 6-foot-7 forward submitted the draft paperwork so that he can go through the process and learn the areas where he needs to improve, Keion Brooks Sr. said.

      "We're still in the process of getting feedback but we know what we're going to do as far as coming back," the elder Brooks said. "That's more for how to get better and improve on what they're looking for as far as the next level."

      His return is good news for Kentucky, which is losing freshman guards Tyrese Maxey and Ashton Hagans to the draft.

      Brooks was a five-star recruit in the Class of 2019 and ranked as the nation's 24th-best player by the 247Sports composite. In his first season in Lexington, he played in 31 games (six starts) and averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game.

      --Field Level Media

  • UCLA F Smith declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    UCLA forward Chris Smith is declaring for the NBA draft, the junior told ESPN on Tuesday.

    • "I'm 100 percent committed to the process and am excited to see what the future holds," Smith told ESPN.

      Smith averaged a team-best 13.1 points while being named the Pacific-12's Most Improved Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season. He also averaged 5.4 rebounds and had 31 steals while earning first-team all-conference honors.

      The 6-foot-9 Smith was the lone UCLA player to post a double-digit scoring average. He shot 45.8 percent from the field, including 34.1 percent from 3-point range.

      Smith is projected as a second-round draft pick (39th overall) in the latest mock draft by

      "We support Chris in exploring his options," UCLA coach Mick Cronin told BruinReportOnline. "We had a great talk and he's a wonderful person. We will see how the process plays out for him and support accordingly."

      The draft is scheduled for June 25. No announcement has been made as to whether the coronavirus pandemic will force it to be rescheduled.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indiana lands Top 100 recruit Duncomb
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Logan Duncomb, a 6-foot-9 center in the Class of 2021, committed to Indiana on Tuesday.

    • Duncomb, who plays at Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati, is ranked No. 80 nationally in the 2021 class and the No. 14 center prospect by 247Sports. He made the announcement on Twitter.

      He chose Archie Miller's program over offers from schools that included Wisconsin, Ohio State, Iowa, Cincinnati, Stanford and Xavier.

      "I just felt at home at Indiana," Duncomb told The indianapolis Star on Tuesday. "I like the system they have in place. It's really similar to what Moeller's doing right now. ... I just liked their campus. I liked their coaching staff and the players they've got coming in this year and the year ahead of me."

      Indiana will lose center Joey Brunk after the 2020-21 season.

      "Just be able to play inside, do what I've been doing in high school, but also being able to spread the floor and shoot 3(-pointers)," Duncomb said about his expected role with the Hoosiers. "Right now in high school, my system, my high school doesn't really need me to shoot 3s. The majority of the time I'm in the post, but I have the ability to step out."

      --Field Level Media

  • Arizona PG Mannion declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    Arizona freshman point guard Nico Mannion announced Tuesday that he is declaring for the NBA draft.

    • The 6-foot-3 Mannion was a second-team All-Pacific-12 selection in his lone college season.

      "I have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft," Mannion began in his announcement posted on Twitter. "I want to thank everyone who has truly helped me throughout my journey, you know who you are, including Coach (Sean) Miller for giving me the opportunity to play in front of the best fans in the country."

      Mannion averaged 14.0 points, 5.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 32 games for the Wildcats. He shot 39.2 percent from the field, including 32.7 from 3-point range.

      Mannion is projected as the 10th overall selection in the latest mock draft by

      The 19-year-old Mannion was a McDonald's All-American in his final season of high school and also has played for Italy's national team. He has dual citizenship due to being born in Siena. His father, Pace Mannion, played professional basketball in Italy.

      Pace Mannion was a second-round pick (43rd overall) by the Golden State Warriors in the 1983 NBA Draft and played parts of six NBA seasons.

      --Field Level Media

  • Michigan G DeJulius enters transfer portal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 6, 2020

    Michigan sophomore David DeJulius, a key backup at point guard and shooting guard this season, is entering the NCAA transfer portal, coach Juwan Howard announced Monday.

    • DeJulius finished his Wolverines stint on a high note, scoring a career-best 20 points in the regular-season finale as 25th-ranked Michigan lost at No. 9 Maryland. The Big Ten tournament and subsequently the NCAA Tournament were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic before Michigan played any postseason games.

      DeJulius, from Detroit's East English Village High School, averaged seven points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 31 games this season. He made one start, on Jan. 28 at Nebraska.

      DeJulius scored in double figures in 11 games in 2019-20 and had season highs of seven assists and eight rebounds.

      He played sparingly as a freshman under then-coach John Beilein, averaging less than one point, one rebound and one assist in 25 games.

      The Michigan backcourt already had a hole to fill with second-team All-Big Ten guard Zavier Simpson having exhausted his eligibility.

      --Field Level Media

  • Samford hires high school coach McMillan
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 6, 2020

    Samford took a nontraditional approach in its coaching search and dipped into the high school ranks to announce Bucky McMillan as its new coach on Monday.

    • McMillan's teams at Mountain Brook High won three straight state titles (2017-19) and five in his 12-season tenure. He compiled a 333-74 record during his time at the Birmingham-area school.

      "I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity," McMillan said in a news release. "I want to especially give thanks to the leadership at Samford for their confidence in me to lead this program. When I came to Mountain Brook I had never been a high school head coach and the administration there took a chance on me, and this is a similar situation."

      McMillan's ties to the area -- Samford is located in Birmingham -- was another factor in his selection. Athletic director Martin Newton said McMillan met all the criteria.

      "We wanted someone with head coaching experience and a proven track record of winning championships, someone who could excite and engage the Birmingham and Samford communities and someone who understands and embraces the mission of our great university," Newton said in a statement. "Bucky McMillan quickly became the obvious choice."

      McMillan replaces Scott Padgett, who went 84-115 in six seasons at the school. The Bulldogs were 10-23 last season and 4-14 in Southern Conference play.

      In fact, Samford has hit double digits in defeats in 11 of its 12 seasons in the Southern Conference. A 9-9 mark in 2012-13 is its lone non-losing record in league play since joining the conference in 2008-09.

      --Field Level Media

  • Louisville F Nwora declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 6, 2020

    Louisville forward Jordan Nwora announced Monday that he will bypass his senior season and enter the NBA draft.

    • Nwora averaged 18 points and 7.7 rebounds and earned first-team All-ACC honors in the recently concluded season.

      Nwora said he was thankful for his three seasons with the program during his announcement posted on Twitter.

      "My teammates and coaches, I wouldn't want to go to war with anyone else," Nwora wrote. "You are my family -- forever.

      "With that in mind, I will be entering the NBA Draft. I will proudly represent Louisville wherever I go."

      Nwora is projected to be the No. 22 overall selection in the latest mock draft by

      The Buffalo, N.Y., native had career averages of 13.9 points and 6.0 rebounds in 93 appearances (59 starts) over his three seasons with the Cardinals.

      --Field Level Media

  • Florida G Lewis returning for sophomore season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 6, 2020

    Florida guard Scottie Lewis announced Monday that he will return for his sophomore season.

    • Lewis averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 30 games (22 starts) as a freshman. He excelled on the defensive end with 36 blocked shots and 36 steals.

      "My dream of playing in the NBA is still a top priority, but my heart is in Gainesville!" Lewis said in his announcement posted on Twitter. "... I am excited for the journey that lies ahead. My story hasn't even started, and trust me THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"

      Lewis was a McDonald's All-American in high school and considered a one-and-done college player. But he recorded just 10 double-digit scoring efforts -- including three of the last four games -- without once reaching 20 points.

      The 6-foot-5 Lewis shot 44.1 percent from the field, including 36.1 percent from 3-point range.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stanford freshman Terry enters NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 6, 2020

    Stanford freshman guard Tyrell Terry plans to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

    • "With all things considered, I have decided to chase a childhood dream and declare for the 202 NBA draft," Terry said in a Twitter post Monday. "I am confident in my abilities to play at the highest level and look forward to giving it 100 percent each step of throughout this process. I appreciate all the support."

      Terry was the top offensive threat for the Cardinal and is projected as a first-round pick after shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range and averaging 14.6 points per game in 31 games in 2019-2020.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky G Maxey enters NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 6, 2020

    Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on Monday, following backcourt mate Ashton Hagans to the pros.

    • "It's time for my next challenge though. My dream has always been to play in the NBA and I know I'm prepared for this because I'm Wildcat made," Maxey said in a statement released by Kentucky.

      Maxey is widely considered a lottery pick and is the No. 8-ranked player on's NBA draft rankings.

      Hagans, the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year last year as a freshman, declared for the draft on Sunday. The sophomore said in his formal announcement that he was ready to be tested at the NBA level.

      Maxey averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31 games in 2019-2020 for the Wildcats. A five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American, Maxey joins a line of blue-chip guards produced by the Wildcats including Devin Booker, De'Aaron Fox, John Wall and Rajon Rondo.

      --Field Level Media

  • Louisville brings in top grad transfer Jones
    By Field Level Media / Monday, April 6, 2020

    Guard Carlik Jones, one of the top grad transfers in the country, announced Sunday that he is leaving Radford after three seasons and committing to Louisville.

    • Jones made the announcement via Instagram as he picked the Cardinals over a final list that included Maryland and Michigan State.

      The 6-foot-1 Jones averaged 20 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists last season and was named the Big South Player of the Year. He was a first-team All-Big South selection in 2018-19 after putting up 15.7 points and 5.8 assists. He helped lead Radford to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and back-to-back Big South regular-season championships in 2019 and '20.

      --Field Level Media

  • Transfer Vaughn chooses Ole Miss
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 5, 2020

    Highly regarded graduate transfer Dimencio Vaughn announced Sunday that he has chosen to play his senior season at Ole Miss.

    • The 6-foot-5 guard, who departed Rider, chose the Rebels over Connecticut and Georgia.

      "After much thought and consideration, I've decided to continue my basketball career at Ole Miss," Vaughn said in his announcement on Twitter. "Thank you to everyone who has helped me through this process. Excited to be a Rebel."

      Vaughn averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds in 30 games (29 starts) in the recently concluded campaign to earn first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors for the second time in his career. He also recorded 54 steals and shot 48.4 percent from the field, including 39.3 from 3-point range.

      Vaughn also was a first-team all-conference choice in 2017-18 when he averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 rebounds.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky G Hagans declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 5, 2020

    Kentucky sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans announced Sunday that he is declaring for the NBA draft.

    • Hagans averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists and 1.9 steals in 30 games (29 starts) this past season. He shot 40.4 percent from the field, including just 25.8 percent from 3-point range.

      "It's time for me to live out my life-long dream and declare for the NBA Draft," Hagans wrote in his announcement on Twitter. "It's been my No. 1 goal since I first picked up a ball to take this step and I know my time is now. It's so hard for me to say goodbye to the best fans in the world, because these last two years have been some of the best of my life."

      Hagans is currently projected as a second-round pick (44th overall) in the latest 2020 mock draft on

      "Ashton is ready for this," Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a news release. "From where he was when he got here two seasons ago to where he is now isn't even close. He's a completely different player and he's built his skills and his confidence to take that next step.

      "We know what Ashton can do to change the game defensively and how much better he got offensively, but what's going to separate him is his competitiveness. That kid is a winner. His competitive spirit drives him and is why I love him. If I'm going to battle, I'm taking Ashton."

      --Field Level Media

  • Illinois G Griffin to transfer to Syracuse
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, April 5, 2020

    Illinois sophomore guard Alan Griffin has committed to transfer to Syracuse.

    • The 6-foot-5 native of Ossining, N.Y., will have two years of eligibility with the Orange.

      "The main reason was that their plan matched mine," Griffin wrote in the text message to "They were straight-forward (with) what needed to be done."

      Griffin averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 28 games (one start) with the Illini in 2019-20. He also served a two-game suspension for stepping on the chest of Purdue guard Sasha Stefanovic.

      Griffin wrote on Instagram on March 24 that he would enter the transfer portal.

      "I also want to thank the university, my teammates, the coaching staff, and all of the staff," Griffin wrote. "After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal. I wish all of the upcoming and current players and coaching staff best of luck next season!"

      He is the son of former NBA player and current Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pitt G McGowens transferring to Nebraska
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 4, 2020

    Guard Trey McGowens is transferring to Nebraska from Pittsburgh, he announced on Twitter on Saturday.

    • He has two years of eligibility remaining and must sit out a season, unless the NCAA grants a request for an eligibility waiver. He becomes the fifth player to transfer to coach Fred Hoiberg's program this offseason, joining Kobe King (Wisconsin), Kobe Webster (Western Illinois) and junior college wings Teddy Allen and Lat Mayen.

      The 6-foot-4 McGowens played 66 games (64 starts) for the Panthers over two seasons, averaging 11.6 points per game with 2.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

      A South Carolina native, he chose the Cornhuskers over Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Ole Miss.

      Nebraska finished the 2019-20 season at 7-25 and was last in the Big Ten with a 2-18 record.

      --Field Level Media

  • VCU F Santos-Silva declares for NBA draft
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, April 4, 2020

    VCU forward Marcus Santos-Silva declared for the 2020 NBA Draft.

    • "I feel like it's a perfect time for me to put my name in so I can get the feedback that I need to make a final decision," the 6-foot-7 junior wrote Friday on Instagram. "I am excited to take the next step in my career."

      Santos-Silva averaged 12.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots and led the Rams with 10 double-doubles in 31 games in 2019-20.

      After coming off the bench as a 2017-18 freshman, Santos-Silva started all 64 of VCU's games the past two seasons. Shooting 57.3 percent from the field, he averaged 8.5 points and 6.4 rebounds in 97 career games.

      Santos-Silva, who made the 2019 Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team, plans to retain his eligibility and leave open the possibility of returning to the Rams for his 2020-21 senior season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Toppin, Ionescu win Naismith awards
    By Field Level Media / Friday, April 3, 2020

    Dayton's Obi Toppin and Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu won the 2019-20 Naismith Trophy awards on Friday, continuing their run on postseason prizes.

    • Toppin, a 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore, led the Flyers -- who finished No. 3 in the final AP Top 25 poll -- with 20.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Toppin was a unanimous pick for the All-America team and was the Associated Press national player of the year.

      He shot 69.8 percent from 2-point range, but also was a deep threat, making 32 of his 82 attempts (39 percent) from long range.

      Toppin has declared to enter the NBA draft and is a projected lottery pick.

      A senior guard, Ionescu on Thursday won the Wade Trophy, given by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to its player of the year. She also was the espnW and AP national player of the year.

      Ionescu became the first player in women's or men's basketball to hit the 2,000-point/1,000-rebound/1,000-assist marks in college career totals.

      "Couldn't have been able to do this without my coaches and teammates. This one's definitely special," she told CBS Sports on Friday after the award was announced.

      Toppin and Ionescu are finalists for the Wooden Award, which is scheduled to be announced April 10.

      --Field Level Media