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Duke sophomore Rodney Hood entering NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)
Duke sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. Hood said in a statement Friday that playing for the Blue Devils and Mike Krzyzewski ''helped me grow and develop as a player and a person'' to prepare him for the NBA. ''Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player,'' Hood said. The 6-foot-8 Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State.
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)
Kentucky forward Julius Randle took a lot of time and talked to a lot of people before deciding to leave after one season for the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections. With five days left before the deadline for underclassmen to declare, the 6-foot-9 Dallas native announced the decision many expected even before he arrived as part of Kentucky's best recruiting class ever. Projected as a lottery pick from the outset, Randle solidified his draft stock by leading Kentucky (29-11) to the NCAA final behind a string of double-doubles despite being double- and triple-teamed. ''Kentucky will always have a special place in my heart, but growing up as a kid, there's always been my dream to play in the NBA, and there's no better opportunity for me to achieve that goal than now,'' Randle said at a news conference attended by his mother, Carolyn Kyles, and teammates Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, who rode in on a scooter.
Texas Tech F Jordan Tolbert transferring to SMU (Yahoo Sports)
Forward Jordan Tolbert is transferring from Texas Tech to SMU, with the Mustangs hoping he will be eligible to play next season. Tolbert averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in three seasons as a starter. He led Texas Tech at 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith released Tolbert from his scholarship, and SMU is seeking a waiver that would make him eligible next season.
Tarkanian released from Las Vegas hospital (Yahoo Sports)
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is back home after spending 10 days in a Las Vegas hospital following a heart attack.
Clemson's McDaniels leaving for NBA (Yahoo Sports)
Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels is leaving school for the NBA draft. McDaniels, who led the team in points, rebounds, blocks and steals, announced his departure on Tuesday. ''I'm thankful for the opportunity these past three seasons to grow as a player and person at Clemson,'' McDaniels said in a statement by the school. ''None of this would've been possible without the guidance and support of my coaches, teammates and family.'' In several NBA mock drafts, the 6-foot-6 forward is projected as a middle-to-late selection in the first round.