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K-State's Brown withdraws from NBA draft

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State guard Barry Brown Jr. withdrew from the NBA draft on Friday, deciding instead to return to the Wildcats for his senior season.

The 6-foot-3 Brown has started 83 of 105 games during his career, and already ranks third on the school's career list with 189 steals. He averaged 15.9 points last season. With 1,283 points, Brown is just outside the top 10 on Kansas State's career scoring list.

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber says Brown made the right decision by exploring his dream of playing in the NBA, and he "now realizes where he needs to improve in the next year to reach that goal."

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Smith hires son as asst. at High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) New High Point coach Tubby Smith has hired his son G.G. as his associate head coach.

Smith announced the hiring Friday. The younger Smith spent the past 11 seasons at Loyola of Maryland, assisting Jimmy Patsos for six years before succeeding him and going 56-98 with five straight losing seasons. He resigned in March.

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UNC's Maye returning for senior season

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's Luke Maye is withdrawing from the NBA draft to return for his senior season.

The 6-foot-8 forward announced Thursday morning on Instagram that he would return to school after "a great experience learning from the NBA process and growing as a basketball player." He didn't hire an agent to maintain his eligibility.

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Tar Heels great Ford has cancer surgery

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says former point guard Phil Ford has had surgery for prostate cancer.

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Wednesday that Ford underwent the procedure Tuesday after he was diagnosed during his annual physical. Dr. Eric Wallen, the UNC physician who is treating Ford, says the cancer was caught early because Ford "has been proactive regarding his health."

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Kansas fires AD with progress 'elusive'

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Sheahon Zenger brought an impeccable reputation to Kansas, where he was tasked with solidifying an athletic department in turmoil, resurrecting the football program and keeping basketball at the forefront.

He failed in everything but keeping hoops on top. So it came as little surprise Monday when Chancellor Douglas Girod, despite having given Zenger a vote of confidence just last fall, announced that he had been fired after seven years in charge.

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F Silva returning to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's leading scorer and rebounder Chris Silva is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to the Gamecocks for his senior year.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Gabon, South Carolina, was named to the all-Southeastern Conference first team after averaging 14.3 points and eight rebounds last season. He declared for the draft last month and met with several NBA teams. Silva was not part of the league's draft combine last week.

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Georgia Tech G Okogie stays in draft

ATLANTA (AP) Josh Okogie has decided to remain in the NBA draft, ending his career at Georgia Tech after two seasons.

The 6-foot-4 guard announced his decision Monday. The draft will be held June 21.

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Gophers get Milwaukee transfer Stull

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has picked up another scholarship player for the upcoming season, getting shooting guard Brock Stull, a graduate transfer from Milwaukee.

Gophers coach Richard Pitino on Sunday announced the addition of Stull, who was the second-leading scorer for the Panthers last season, averaging 13.4 points per game. Stull has earned his degree from Milwaukee and will have one year of eligibility remaining for Minnesota. As a sophomore, Stull was picked as the MVP of the Panthers with a team-high 13.5 points per game.

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Louisville, ex-AD Jurich settle at $4.5M

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville reached a $4.5 million settlement with former athletic director Tom Jurich, who was fired in the wake of a national federal corruption investigation of college basketball.

Jurich disputed his firing on Oct. 18 for cause after nearly 20 years as AD and had considered suing the school. The University of Louisville Athletic Association and Board of Trustees on Friday approved the settlement. Jurich's employment ended "without cause" as a result of his resignation, also described in the settlement as "retirement."

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Georgia hires Abdur-Rahim as assistant

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia coach Tom Crean has completed his staff, hiring Amir Abdur-Rahim as his third assistant.

Abdur-Rahim spent the last four seasons at Texas A&M and has worked at the College of Charleston, Georgia Tech and Murray State.

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