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Kentucky's Ashton Hagans takes an uncontested shot during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. Tennessee won 81-73. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans will enter NBA draft

Apr. 5, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans will enter the NBA draft and forego his final two seasons of eligibility. He said Sunday the “time is now” to pursue his dream of playing professionally. The 6-foot-3 Hagans was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the...

FILE - In this March 28, 1992, file photo, Duke's Christian Laettner takes the winning shot in overtime over Kentucky's Deron Feldhaus for a 104-103 victory in the East Regional final NCAA college basketball game in Philadelphia. A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Duke vs Kentucky game on March 28, 1992, was voted No. 2. (AP Photo/Charles Arbogast, File)

AP Was There: Laettner's shot stuns Kentucky in OT, 104-103

Apr. 4, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They are being republished because the sport has been shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Duke-Kentucky game on March 28, 1992, was voted No. 2 and the...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

In this Jan. 10, 2020, photo provided by the University of Florida Athletic Association, University of Florida team manager Chris Sutherland is shown warming up before a game between Florida team managers and Missouri team managers, the night before an NCAA college basketball game between Florida and Missouri, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. Sutherland waited nearly five years to finally play college basketball. He worked his way onto Florida’s bench in January after serving as an arena worker, a practice player for the women’s team and a team manager for the men’s program. Gaining NCAA eligibility was a daunting task that required him to repay a $5,000 scholarship and remove his name and likeness off a website he created last year to sell streetwear he designed. (Alex de la Osa/UAA Communications via AP)

Hoops dream: Florida walk-on relishes moment years in making

Apr. 2, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Sutherland was sitting near the end of Florida’s bench, sandwiched between teammates, when he heard the chants. They were faint at first, growing louder and clearer by the second. “We want Chris! We want Chris!” Sutherland had waited years for this...

Missouri's Pinson, Smith and Tilmon declare for NBA draft

Mar. 31, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri sophomore Xavier Pinson and juniors Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon announced Tuesday that they would enter the NBA draft, though none of them intends to hire an agent and all could return to school next season. Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin said in a statement that he...

Mississippi State's Reggie Perry pulls down a rebound during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Kentucky won 80-72. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry enters NBA draft

Mar. 30, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry has entered the NBA draft. Perry announced his decision Sunday on social media and was congratulated by the school in a tweet. He said “we are navigating charted waters” with coronavirus in the tweet but added “this too...

Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee declares for NBA draft

Mar. 27, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee has declared for the NBA draft. School officials announced Lee’s decision Friday, pointing out the 6-foot-2 junior hasn’t hired an agent and still has the option to return to school. Lee can return to school for his final season of...

Kentucky's Johnny Juzang (10) takes an uncontested shot during an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Kentucky guard Johnny Juzang will enter NCAA transfer portal

Mar. 27, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky reserve guard Johnny Juzang will enter the NCAA transfer portal after one season with the Wildcats. The 6-foot-6 freshman from Los Angeles can transfer to another school without restrictions per NCAA rules. Juzang played well down the stretch for No. 8 Kentucky (25-6),...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, Arkansas guard Mason Jones celebrates after hitting a 3-point shot during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Auburn in Fayetteville, Ark. Jones was selected to the Associated Press All-SEC first team announced Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Jones also tied for AP SEC Player of the Year. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)

Arkansas guard Mason Jones declares for NBA draft

Mar. 27, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas guard Mason Jones has declared for the NBA draft. Jones made the announcement on social media Friday, and the University of Arkansas confirmed the decision with a congratulatory statement. Jones, a 6-foot-5 junior, was The Associated Press' co-SEC Player of the Year. He...

Georgia forward Rayshaun Hammonds (20) celebrates after a score against Mississippi in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Georgia won 81-63. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Georgia's Hammonds entering NBA draft, protects eligibility

Mar. 27, 2020 1:26 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds says he is entering the NBA draft while protecting his college eligibility. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Hammonds averaged 12.9 points while leading the Bulldogs with 7.4 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in scoring, behind freshman Anthony...