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Samir Sehic will leave the Tulane basketball program with one season of college eligibility remaining, he said in a Twitter message posted Wednesday (March 20). The decision came after the school fired former coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. after three seasons. The 6-foot-9 forward from Cypress, Texas, ranked second on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game and first in rebounds with 7.7 per game. “After discussing my options with my family and the recent change that has happened with our program, I have decided to test the waters and enter my name in the draft to pursue a professional career here or abroad,” he wrote. “I am excited for the journey and process ahead. Thank you!”

All along the expectation was this would be Shamorie Ponds’ final season in Queens, and with his junior year nearing its conclusion, it doesn’t appear like anything has changed. In a phone interview Monday, his father, Shawn, told The Post the family will make a decision when the season is over, but they do not plan to have him test the NBA draft waters as he did last year. Ponds will either sign with an agent and go pro or return to St. John’s for his senior season.

Division II Shaw University junior Amir Hinton will declare for the 2019 NBA draft, according to ESPN. Hinton will forgo his last season of collegiate eligibility and hire an agent. He is aiming to become the first Division II player selected at the NBA draft since 2005, when Robert Whaley was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 51st pick out of Walsh University.

Forty-three international players who had declared as early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm® have withdrawn their names from consideration. Three collegiate players who previously had declared as early entry candidates have also withdrawn. There are 79 collegiate and 12 international prospects that remain early entry candidates. The NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

LSU freshman guard Tremont Waters will test the NBA waters, as his name appeared on the NBA’s early entrant list released Tuesday. Waters, a Freshman All-SEC performer who led LSU in scoring and assists with 15.9 points and 6.0 assists per game, has not hired an agent. He can retain his eligibility and return to LSU if he withdraws by May 30.

After two seasons and 47 games as a Kansas Jayhawk, sophomore center Udoka Azubuike is at least curious to hear what NBA evaluators have to say about his game. Azubuike, who started 34 of KU’s 39 games this season and improved his numbers across the board from his 11-game injury-shortened freshman season, has decided to test the NBA waters by entering the draft process. Azubuike will not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility that he could still return to Kansas for his junior season the way Svi Mykhailiuk did one year ago.

Villanova redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo (Wilmington, Del.) will enter his name into the 2018 National Basketball Association Draft process but won’t hire an agent, it was announced today. In his second full season as a Wildcats guard, DiVincenzo enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 campaign, earning BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year and NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds over the course of the campaign and moved into the starting lineup for eight games during Phil Booth’s absence in January and February (broken bone in left hand).
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March 25, 2019 | 8:26 pm EDT Update
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