Sunday, April 15, 2007

College Basketball Confusion: A Weekend in Review

As we inch closer to the NBA Draft, fans are supposed to view issues through a clearer lens. If that's the case, then you can consider this weekend to be an anomaly of sorts.

On Friday, Georgetown juniors Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert declared for the NBA Draft; however, neither has yet to sign with an agent. Essentially, next season goes from being a potential season to compete for the national title to a rebuilding year with lower expectations. At this point, both players are considered to be lottery picks (1-14) in this year's draft, and if that holds true, it would be a shock to see either return for their senior season.

In a story published by the Indianapolis Star on Saturday, Greg Oden Sr. said that his son will enter the draft. He also said that Mike Conley Jr. would represent the odds-on 1st pick overall. On that same day, reports surfaced on ESPN television stating that Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook were also entering their names for the draft. On Saturday night, Mike Conley Sr. refuted the earlier statements and said that Greg Oden had yet to make a decision and that if decides to go to the pros, only then will he decide his representation. Since the elder Conley's statement, ESPNEWS has not reported (and re-reported with its nauseating yet informative 15-minute loops) anything about Conley Jr. and Cook; therefore, as of this moment, we must consider that the initial report was unsubstantiated.

In coaching news, Wichita State got themselves a dandy of a head coach in the form of former Winthrop head coach Gregg Marshall. He replaces Mark Turgeon, who left for Texas A&M earlier this week. As for Marshall, he tentatively agreed to a 7-year contract that will pay him approximately $750,000 per year, including performance incentives.

Winthrop moved quickly to fill its vacancy by tabbing assistant coach Randy Peele to be its head coach. Terms were undisclosed.

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