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March 30, 2015 Updates

Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and sophomore guard Terry Rozier have each decided to leave school early and declare for the NBA draft, Cards coach Rick Pitino said Monday. "They're both leaving, yes, 100 percent," Pitino told reporters. "And it's the right thing to do for both of them. You all may have some doubts about Terry, but I don't." Louisville Courier-Journal

"Terry looks at home and sees his mom working two jobs, and she's going 16, 17 hours a day," Pitino said. "And he says, 'OK, maybe I wouldn't be drafted as high as I would be if I waited one more year, but I'd rather sacrifice that for my mom not having to work two jobs.'" Louisville Courier-Journal

March 29, 2015 Updates

Tom Ziller: Chris Mullin taking the St. John's coaching job would do nothing to dispel the rumors he wanted to coach the Kings next season pre-Karl. Rumor was Mullin wanted Malone out of the way but didn't want to coach starting in the middle of a season. Wanted camp and a new staff. Twitter @teamziller

St. John's has offered Chris Mullin the opportunity to be its next head basketball coach and he is expected to accept, multiple sources say. The two sides were hammering out final details on a contract Sunday that would make Mullin the successor to Steve Lavin, who was fired Friday after five years at the school. Barring a last-minute snag in the negotiations, the administration is hoping to have a press conference Tuesday or Wednesday. Mullin has spent the past few seasons as an adviser in the Sacramento Kings' front office and was also formerly the general manager of the Golden State Warriors. He has no head-coaching experience, but sources said that St. John's believes Mullin provides a blueprint similar to what Iowa State had when it hired Fred Hoiberg in 2010. CBSSports.com

March 28, 2015 Updates
March 27, 2015 Updates

University of Nevada-Las Vegas freshman guard Rashad Vaughn has plans to enter the 2015 NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A formal announcement is expected in the near future, sources said. The 6-foot-6 Vaughn has a chance to ascend into a first-round draft choice with a good pre-draft process, but most teams see him currently as a second-round pick. Yahoo! Sports

Former St. John’s and NBA legend Chris Mullin, Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley and Manhattan coach Steve Masiello are among the leading candidates to replace Steve Lavin, sources told SNY.tv. It could be an old-school vs. new-school thing where the old-school guys want Mullin, and the new-school guys prefer Hurley, or possibly Masiello. ZagsBlog.com

One source said Mullin would have an edge, but it remains unclear if he wants the job. “He’s the most famous person in the school history, he’s going to have a decided edge on whatever name comes up,” the source said. “Whether he takes it or not, I don’t know. At one point there was mutual interest but that guy’s got a pretty good damn life.” ZagsBlog.com

March 26, 2015 Updates

When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone. “It just continues my amazement of him,” said Karl, the Sacramento Kings coach who played for Smith from 1970 to 1973 and is sixth all-time in wins (1,139-767). “The combination of his humility, and just to do the right things and treat people the right way. He was a big meal guy. He liked sharing ideas over a good dinner at a good restaurant, and fortunately I was blessed to have many of those opportunities with him. I’m tearing up a little bit, to be honest with you. That’s Coach Smith right there.” For The Win

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