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April 10, 2015 Updates

On Jan. 12, 2010, the 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti just 16 miles away from the capital of Port-au-Prince. Labissiere was inside his home with his mother and brother while his father was outside as the earthquake began. The force was so strong that the home collapsed on everyone but the father. Nearly three hours passed before Skal Labissiere's father was able to dig him out of rubble. He said his whole family survived and is now doing well. "It was a strange and weird day," Labissiere said. "I can talk about it, but only the people that were there would really understand what it was like. I just remember being in my house with my mom and my brother and my dad was outside. I had just got home from practice and I was in the kitchen washing my hands before I got something to eat. When I was washing my hands, the house started to shake. Yahoo! Sports

April 9, 2015 Updates

“What a great decision!” said Krzyzewski. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Jahlil and he has earned it. Obviously, he has done an incredible job here at Duke and he will always be a part of our Duke basketball family. We could not be happier for he and his family.” Duke University Blue Devils Official Athletics Site

“As early as I can remember, I've fantasized and dreamed of the day that I could play professional basketball,” said Okafor. “ I recall at the age of six, promising my mom and dad that when I made it to the NBA I would buy them both different colored trucks. They would laugh with me in support and encouraged me to dream big and work hard. With that being said and now at the age of 19, my dream is still alive! My freshman year has been an amazing experience to say the least. It exceeded my expectations! I love Cameron and Duke University! I can't thank my coaches, teammates and family enough for making this year so special and helping me grow on and off the court. With Coach K's and my family's blessing I will be fulfilling my life-long dream and proudly entering my name into the NBA draft.” Duke University Blue Devils Official Athletics Site

Maryland junior Jake Layman is returning to school, Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon announced Thursday. The 6-foot-8 forward, who averaged 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds this past season, was contemplating declaring for the NBA draft. Multiple NBA executives told ESPN that Layman was projected to go somewhere in the 25 to 45 range. ESPN.com

Chad Ford: NBA teams are telling Cal that Johnson is likely a second rounder. But Calipari has sounded pessimistic that Dakari will stay at UK. Twitter @chadfordinsider

In the wake of the title, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones have decisions to make on their futures. Okafor is a projected top-2 pick in June’s NBA Draft and when the topic comes up, yes, Brand is a bit of a homer there, too. “He’s definitely gonna be one of those top three picks for sure,” Brand told SNY.tv Wednesday evening after his Atlanta Hawks defeated the Nets, 114-111 at Barclays Center. “I follow it, I watch the other guys and I don’t want to go full nepotism, but I would take him No. 1.” ZagsBlog.com

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