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Michigan's Matthews into draft, no agent

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan standout Charles Matthews is taking a step toward playing professional basketball without giving up on the option of staying in school.

Matthews said Friday he is declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

Matthews can start working out for NBA teams on Tuesday in the hopes of being picked to participate in the draft combine next month in Chicago. He has until May 30 to stay in the draft or withdraw his name from consideration. The Chicago native would have two seasons of eligibility remaining if he returns to Michigan.


Kansas' Azubuike to test NBA, may return

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (you-DOE'-kuh az-uh-BOO'-kee) is declaring for the NBA draft but is not hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Jayhawks for his junior season.

The 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike missed most of his freshman season with a wrist injury, but was often dominant in helping the Jayhawks to the Final Four this past year. He averaged 13 points and seven rebounds while shooting 77 percent from the field, the second-best mark in NCAA history.


Syracuse's Battle to test draft status

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle will enter his name in the NBA draft, but he's not hiring an agent.

That's according to the school's official Twitter account.


Kentucky's Vanderbilt enters NBA draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt will enter the NBA draft but not hire an agent.

That leaves open the opportunity for Vanderbilt to return to school. He has an injury-shortened freshman season with the Wildcats "wasn't easy for me."


Alabama F Key says he'll transfer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama sophomore forward Braxton Key is leaving the team and plans to transfer.

Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said Friday Key has been granted his release. He says Key "certainly has a bright future, but he has to do what's best for him."


Auburn G Mitchell transferring to Baylor

WACO, Texas (AP) Point guard Davion Mitchell is transferring to Baylor after playing in all 34 games as a freshman at Auburn.

Baylor announced Friday that Mitchell has joined its 2018 signing class, and will join the team this summer. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2018-19 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.


FGCU G Johnson to transfer to Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Florida Gulf Coast graduate transfer Zach Johnson says he will play his final college season for the Miami Hurricanes, his hometown team.

Johnson announced his plans Thursday on Twitter. A 6-2 guard, he was a three-year starter at Florida Gulf Coast, averaging 16.1 points last season while shooting 47 percent and making 69 3-pointers. He was a teammate of Hurricanes forward Dewan Huell at Miami Norland High School.


Kansas State G Patrick opts to transfer

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State guard Brian Patrick has announced his decision to transfer.

The sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, averaged 1.9 points while appearing in 49 games over two seasons with the Wildcats. His best game came against West Virginia late last season, when he scored 11 points.


Crean adds Joe Scott to Georgia staff

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Joe Scott has joined Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean's staff as an assistant.

The 52-year-old Scott spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Holy Cross following nine seasons as the head coach at Denver. He also was the head coach at Air Force and Princeton.


Seton Hall names Skinn assistant coach

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) Seton Hall has hired Tony Skinn as an assistant basketball coach.

Coach Kevin Willard announced the hiring Thursday. Skinn replaces Shaheen Holloway, who left to become the head coach at nearby St. Peter's University.

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