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Iowa star Garza enters draft, may return

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa All-America center Luka Garza announced he'll enter the NBA draft process without an agent so he can maintain his college eligibility.

"This year was one I could never have imagined," Garza said Friday. "None of the awards or accolades could have happened without the University of Iowa, my coaches, and my teammates. Choosing Coach (Fran) McCaffery and Iowa was the best decision I have ever made.

"The NBA has been my dream since I started playing basketball as a kid and I'm going to do everything I can to pursue that. If it ends up not being the right time to make the move to the NBA, I'm excited about the potential of what my senior season as a Hawkeye could have in store."

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NCAA: Ga. Tech eligible for 2021 tourney

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury says the school met the requirements of its men's basketball postseason ban as part of punishments from the NCAA even though most of the postseason was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to fans Thursday made available to the public, Stansbury said he was recently informed Georgia Tech completed its mandated ban by removing itself from the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on March 2. Georgia Tech made that decision when it withdrew its appeal of the NCAA postseason ban.

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UNC reserve Huffman plans to transfer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says reserve big man Brandon Huffman plans to transfer.

The 6-foot-10, 255-pound junior released a statement in a social-media post Thursday, saying he was "looking for an opportunity to expand as a player" but called it a "rough decision to make" after three years at UNC.

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Gamecocks G Bolden becomes grad transfer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina guard Jair Bolden is leaving the men's basketball program and will play his final season elsewhere.

The school confirmed Bolden's departure. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound point guard from Brooklyn, New York will join his third school as a graduate transfer and be eligible to play immediately.

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Tennessee State hires Allen as new AD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee State has a new athletic direcrtor - Mikki Allen, Tennessee’s assistant athletic director.

Allen starts May 1 at the Ohio Valley Conference school and succeeds Teresa Phillips, who is retiring after 16 years at Tennessee State.

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NC St. accepts independent probe process

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has accepted a recommendation for its NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. to go through the new independent investigation process for complex cases.

In a statement Wednesday, Chancellor Randy Woodson questioned whether the school "can receive an objective or fair hearing" in a typical infractions-committee route. Woodson said the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) is "the only remaining option."

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DePaul G Coleman-Lands granted 6th year

CHICAGO (AP) DePaul guard Jalen Coleman-Lands was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Wednesday.

Coleman-Lands played in all 32 games this past season and led the Blue Demons with 63 3-pointers while averaging 11.1 points. He was limited to nine games the previous season because of a broken left hand in his first year competing at DePaul.

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Dayton's Toppin wins Wooden Award

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player.

Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also won positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Arizona freshman Mannion leaving for NBA

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona point guard Nico Mannion has joined fellow freshman teammate Zeke Nnaji in declaring for the NBA draft.

"I have decided to declare for the 2020 NBA draft," Mannion posted Tuesday 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."

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Maryland's Jalen Smith to enter draft

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland forward Jalen Smith intends to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining two years of eligibility.

Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Terrapins to a 24-7 finish and a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. He ranked first in the conference and third nationally with 21 double-doubles.

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