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USC's Evan Mobley declares for NBA draft

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Evan Mobley is leaving Southern California after one season to enter the NBA draft.

The 7-footer revealed his long-expected decision in a unique way. He posted a 21-second NFT (nonfungible token) on Twitter on Friday that he autographed and is auctioning on a blockchain-based marketplace.

"I'm headed to the league," it said. "This has always been my dream and, through this NFT, I'm making my announcement that I'll officially be turning pro. This right here is the new "rookie card" - and it's 1-of-1."


Vols F Fulkerson returning for 6th year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Forward John Fulkerson announced Friday he is returning to Tennessee for his sixth season, using the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fulkerson informed Tennessee of his decision and shared it on social media with a video.


Alabama G Shackelford to test draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama's leading scorer guard Jaden Shackelford is testing the NBA draft waters.

Shackelford announced on social media Thursday night that he was entering the draft but wouldn't hire an agent, leaving the door open for a return to the university.


Marquette F John transferring to Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Forward Theo John says he's transferring from Marquette to Duke, yet another player to leave the Golden Eagles.

John said on Twitter on Friday that after conferring with his family he will spend his final year of eligibility with the Blue Devils.


Cornell's Boeheim to join dad at Syracus

Jimmy Boeheim is going home.

Poised to graduate from Cornell in May and with one year of college eligibility left, Jim Boeheim's oldest son announced Friday on social media that he's transferring to Syracuse. He will play as a graduate student for his father and alongside his younger brother Buddy after three seasons with the Big Red.


Moser names assistants to Oklahoma staff

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma men's basketball coach Porter Moser has hired K.T. Turner as associate head coach and Emanuel Dildy as an assistant coach.

They are among six members he has added to his coaching and support staffs. The school made the announcements in a news release on Friday.


NCAA hits USC with 2-year probation

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NCAA hit Southern California's men's basketball program with two years' probation on Thursday because a former assistant coach violated NCAA ethics rules when he accepted a bribe to steer players to a business management company.

The Division I Committee on Infractions announced the penalties, which include a $5,000 fine and a 1% loss of the private school's basketball budget. The probation, which does not include a postseason ban, runs until April 14, 2023.


Cincy hires UNC Greensboro coach Miller

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati has hired UNC Greensboro coach Wes Miller to replace the fired John Brannen.

Miller, regarded as one of the top young coaches in college basketball, won 185 games in 10 seasons at UNC Greensboro. Over the last five years, the Spartans have five-straight 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT appearances and two Southern Conference tournament championships.


Livers not returning to Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan senior Isaiah Livers is not returning for an extra year of eligibility.

A team spokesman confirmed Livers' decision Thursday. At this point, guard Eli Brooks is the only Michigan player who has decided to take advantage of the extra year that the NCAA is allowing because of the coronavirus pandemic - although the school said Jaaron Faulds is still considering whether he will do so.


LSU star Thomas into draft, hires agent

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU freshman Cameron Thomas, whose 23 points per game led the Tigers in scoring, announced Thursday that he is declaring for the NBA draft and intends to sign with an agent.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Chesapeake, Virginia, led all Division 1 freshmen in scoring last season while helping LSU advance to the finals of the SEC Tournament and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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