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USC's Boatwright withdraws from draft

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Bennie Boatwright has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Southern California for his junior year.

He averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Trojans last season despite missing 17 games because of injuries.

Boatwright said Thursday he's decided to return to school "to further my education and work on developing my basketball skills."

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Final Four MOP Berry returning to UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina point guard and Final Four most outstanding player Joel Berry II is withdrawing from the NBA draft to return for his senior season.

The school announced Monday that Berry would join teammates Tony Bradley and Theo Pinson in declaring for the draft but wouldn't hire an agent to maintain his college eligibility. But in a statement Tuesday, Berry said he had reversed course after conferring with his family and said he can prepare for the NBA by playing "against the best college competition in the country."

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Kentucky's Adebayo will stay in draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo will hire an agent and stay in the NBA draft. He is the fifth Wildcat to leave school for the June draft.

The 6-foot-10 forward had left open the possibility of returning for his sophomore season. He had announced on April 5 he would not hire an agent, but on Tuesday said in a statement it's in his "best interest to remain in the draft."

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Underwood gets Illinois Mr. Basketball

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) It didn't take long for Brad Underwood to set the foundation at Illinois.

Thirty-nine days to be exact.

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NC State's Kapita testing NBA waters

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State freshman Ted Kapita has made himself eligible for the NBA draft but isn't hiring an agent.

The NBA released its official list of early draft entrants on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 Kapita appeared on the list, though school athletic spokesman Fred Demarest said Kapita hasn't hired an agent.

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UNLV signs strong recruiting class

Marvin Menzies' UNLV rebuilding project has its foundation.

A year after scrambling to pull together his first recruiting class, Menzies put together a strong one for his second season in the desert with a six-player class that includes heralded big man Brandon McCoy and the nation's top-rated junior college player.

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Syracuse signs Canadian F Brissett

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse has signed Canadian high school star forward Oshae Brissett to a national letter of intent to play for the Orange next season.

The 6-foot-8, 195-pound Brissett, of Mississauga, Ontario, played for Athlete Institute Prep this past winter. Brissett, who verbally committed to Syracuse in November, is rated as a three-star recruit in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.

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