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April 1, 2015 Updates

Arizona sophomore Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plans to enter the NBA Draft, multiple sources told Scout Wednesday afternoon. Jefferson averaged 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds a game during his sophomore season. During his freshman season he averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. In high school, Jefferson was a standout at Chester (Pa.) High and was regarded as Scout’s No. 10 prospect in the 2013 class. Scout.com

Guard Melo Trimble will return to the University of Maryland for his sophomore campaign, head basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Wednesday. A native of Upper Marlboro, Md., Trimble led the Terps in scoring, averaging 16.2 points per game and ranking in the top five in the conference. His 207 made free throws rank third all-time in single-season Terrapin annals. Trimble was a first team All-Big Ten selection and a USBWA Freshman All-American. “We did our due diligence and also had a number of great discussions with Melo and his mom regarding what would be best for his future,” Turgeon said. “He is excited about playing with a great team and is looking forward to his sophomore year at Maryland.” UMTerps.com

University of Houston guard Jherrod Stiggers will forego his final year of eligibility and turn pro. Stiggers, who led the Cougars in scoring in 2014 averaging 14.2 points, has already signed with an agent. At UH Stiggers scored 1, 077 points, 38th-best in school history. He became the 45th player at the University of Houston to score more than 1,000 points. Stiggers also ranks third in UH history with 243 made three-point shots. FOX 26 Sports

LSU sophomore Jordan Mickey announced Tuesday that he is entering the 2015 NBA Draft. The 6-8 forward was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection this season. He averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds for the 22-11 Tigers. He will finish his college career with 219 blocked shots, second in school history behind Shaquille O'Neal's 412. He led the nation with 3.64 blocks per game in 2014-15. Sporting News

Jeff Goodman: Eastern Washington's Tyler Harvey is set to declare for the NBA Draft, source told ESPN. Will not yet sign with agent. Twitter @GoodmanESPN

They’re the writers and broadcasters who cover Kentucky basketball, and they will face a unique void come springtime. The 7-foot human Willie Cauley-Stein will make off for the NBA after three seasons at Kentucky, and no longer may they stand at his locker and listen to him routinely. They tend to sigh about that. “I’ll miss covering him tremendously, and this is the rare instance when I think I can speak for everybody on the beat,” said Brett Dawson of rivals.com. “I’ve never covered anyone quite like him anywhere, and I doubt anyone’s ever covered anyone like him at Kentucky,” after which Dawson referred to Cauley-Stein as “a true individual,” “genuinely funny,” “thoughtful” with “no place” for cliches, a player who “rarely, if ever, fails to consider a question carefully before he answers it.” Washington Post

On other occasions, he said it would thrill him if his team ever got a mention from anchorman Tom Tucker on “Family Guy;” spoke of Kentucky as “not the villains” and said the black hat he once wore was only “my John Wayne;” professed to prefer Batman over other superheroes because he accomplishes his feats without superpowers. He once drew laughs by saying he could tweet about “hot dogs” and get deluged with responses about how he wasn’t working on his game. Speaking of a Cincinnati player over whom Cauley-Stein dunked ferociously in the round of 32, he said, “I was already on the way down dunking it and the dude slid over . . . I mean, I just remember seeing his head, like that [underneath], ‘What is this guy doing?’ It was more confusing. Normally I know what I’m doing. I didn’t really know what he was doing for real. I’m looking down at his hair, like, ‘Dude, you really jumped on this.’ ” Washington Post

“‘What? How is that a question, just because I’m interested in other things?’ You got to be interested in other things. If you focus on one thing, you’re going to eventually like – you’re going to get bored with it or you’re going to get burned out on it. My grandparents have taught me that since I was younger, just to be involved in a whole bunch of different things so you don’t get burnt out and you know what you like to do and what you don’t like to do. I couldn’t imagine not playing this game.” Washington Post

March 31, 2015 Updates

University of Houston guard Jherrod Stiggers will forgo his final year of eligibility and turn pro. Stiggers, who led the Cougars in scoring in 2014 averaging 14.2 points, has already signed with an agent. At UH Stiggers scored 1, 077 points, 38th-best in school history. He became the 45th player at the University of Houston to score more than 1,000 points. Stiggers also ranks third in UH history with 243 made three-point shots. FOX 26 Sports

Murray State sophomore guard Cameron Payne is leaning toward entering the 2015 NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Eastern Washington star Tyler Harvey is expected to decide this week whether to stay in school or leave a year early for the NBA draft. “We are gathering information as we speak,” Eagles coach Jim Hayford said Monday. Spokesman-Review

March 30, 2015 Updates

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