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April 7, 2015 Updates
April 6, 2015 Updates

There's little doubt where Plumlee's loyalties lie. He's one of three brothers to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, and brother Marshall is part of the current Duke team. Mason Plumlee, now playing for the Brooklyn Nets, also was a key performer for the Blue Devils. Miles said he never dreamed all three brothers would play for Duke. It happened in part because Duke heavily recruited Mason, and Miles changed his mind after initially committing to Stanford. "I didn't really commit (to Duke) until after my senior year," Miles said. "I didn't really think somewhere like Duke was in the picture for me. But I came on late. There's no way we could have known that Marshall would come, too. It's pretty unbelievable." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

There was a running “discussion” over the past few months about whether or not this year’s stacked Kentucky team could beat an NBA team. It was a silly discussion, because every NBA team would destroy this team, but whatever. It was silly and most fans of college and pro hoops knew it was silly. Pistons guard Brandon Jennings was not pleased, however, and he didn’t care if it was silly. For The Win

Seton Hall will add another one of its well-known names to the school's Athletics Hall of Fame this year: Former center Samuel Dalembert. The former Knicks and Sixers player who is currently an NBA free agent after he was waived by New York played two seasons for the Pirates (1999-01) and averaged 7.1 points per game, 5.8 rebounds and, most importantly, 2.8 blocks. He was a part of the storied team in 1999-00 that won two NCAA Tournament games as the No. 10 seed (including an upset of second-seeded Temple) before losing 68-66 to Oklahoma State in the regional semifinal. Newark Star-Ledger

April 5, 2015 Updates

Jeff Goodman: Avery Johnson has made a verbal agreement to coach at Alabama, sources told ESPN. Contract details being finalized. Twitter @GoodmanESPN

Jeff Goodman: John Calipari will be elected into the Hall of Fame, sources told ESPN. Bo Ryan did not receive enough votes this year. Need 18/24 votes. Twitter @GoodmanESPN

April 3, 2015 Updates

Would Kentucky beat an average Euroleague club? Keith Langford: "Sure, they could. I say that for a couple reasons. One being that the average Euroleague teams oftentimes will lose a good number of games in their own domestic leagues where the competition isn't as good as the Euroleague. UK is as good or better than a good amount of those mid-level teams. Secondly, from a size standpoint they match up well with average Euroleague clubs. The only thing they would have trouble with is the experience factor. You saw how they struggled against Notre Dame's juniors/seniors. Grown men playing for five-plus years could be difficult. But they can definitely win a game and compete." HoopsHype

Matt Walsh: "No question they have rare, extraordinary talent, but no chance they would beat a Euroleague team. Euroleague teams are made up of grown men. I don't think the average fan realizes the difference between pros and collegiate players. Kentucky is physically dominant against other college players, but they wouldn't be able to physically overmatch the highest level European pros. At the end of the day, they are still 18, 19, 20 year old kids who would be playing against pros with years of experience." HoopsHype

April 2, 2015 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Donovan is poised to draw interest from multiple NBA teams this offseason and is increasingly prepared to listen to those pitches after the Gators endured a 16-17 season in which they failed to qualify for postseason play for just the second time in Donovan's nearly two decades in Gainesville. ESPN.com

The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic are the only NBA teams currently employing an interim coach, but sources say both of those clubs plan to have Donovan on their list of targets once they began more expansive coaching searches after completing their respective regular-season schedules in April. Donovan is also likely to be pursued by teams that make changes after the regular season or playoffs. ESPN.com

Donovan recently agreed to a one-year contract extension to stay with the Gators through the 2020 season, according to multiple media reports, but the contract contains a buyout for a mere $500,000 if an NBA opportunity arises. The extension is not regarded as an impediment to Donovan's pursuing NBA jobs if he wishes. ESPN.com

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