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Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant will not follow his brother to the NBA draft and intends to return to South Bend. The 6-foot-4 Grant averaged 19 points in 12 games last season before withdrawing from school for an "academic matter" in late-December. "Jerian is not in the NBA draft," Irish coach Mike Brey told ESPN.com. "He's returning to Notre Dame in June for summer school and we look forward to having him next season." Grant's brother, Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant, declared for the draft earlier in the month. Grant's father is former NBA big man Harvey Grant. ESPN.com

Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan has hired an agent and will declare this week for the NBA Draft, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. “Yeah, sometime this week,” the source said. “He signed, he’s got an agent already.” ZagsBlog.com

The 6-foot-6 Behanan was dismissed from Louisville in December for a violation of team rules. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds last season with the Cardinals. He had been a huge part of Louisville’s NCAA championship run in 2012-13, averaging 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the national semifinals and final. After spending some time with John Lucas at his facility in Houston for a reported drug issue, Behanan transferred to Colorado State. Now it looks like he will never suit up there. ZagsBlog.com

Sophomore forward Alex Poythresswill return to the Kentucky men's basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday. "Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump," Poythress said. "By coming back, I'll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level." University of Kentucky Official Athletic Site

Persuading any of those college basketball heavyweights to leave the comfort and security of their respective programs is regarded as a major challenge, to say the least, but NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com this week that the Wolves would indeed prefer to fill their opening with a top name from the college game if Saunders is staying put. ESPN.com

Sources also said that the Wolves are already highly pessimistic about their ability to lure Hoiberg -- who played for Saunders in Minnesota and later worked for the Wolves as an executive -- away from Iowa State after he recently received a contract extension. "That's not happening," Saunders told local reporters Monday when referring to the Wolves' ability to land Hoiberg. ESPN.com

April 22, 2014 Updates

Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels plans to announce this week that he is entering the 2014 NBA draft, a source told Yahoo Sports. McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.2 assists last season. The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year was the only player in NCAA Division I to lead his team in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and 3-pointers. The athletic 6-foot-6, 198-pound small forward had a difficult time deciding whether to enter the draft, but sources say family reasons were a strong factor in his decision to leave Clemson. Yahoo! Sports

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