RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The first NBA deadline college coaches had circled on their calendars was Sunday -- the last date players could declare for the draft. The next date they have circled is May 24. That's when players who have entered the draft but not hired an agent have can withdraw and return to school if they aren't comfortable with the feedback they're getting from NBA teams.
NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Celtics thump Bulls to get back in series. UNDATED (AP) -- Homecourt advantage has meant absolutely nothing to the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The top-seeded Celtics have bounced back from consecutive home losses to whip the Bulls, 104-87 and get within two games to one in the series.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ike Anigbogu has hired an agent, ensuring the freshman won't return to UCLA's basketball team. The 6-foot-10 forward-center has posted a photo of himself with new agent Jason Glushon on Twitter. Anigbogu had declared for the NBA draft two weeks ago, but didn't immediately sign with an agent, which would have allowed him to return to Westwood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- UCLA starting center Thomas Welsh and top reserve Aaron Holiday have entered their names in the NBA draft, putting the Bruins' lineup for next season in major flux. A team spokesman said Monday that neither will hire an agent, which would allow them to retain their right to return to school next season. They have until May 24 to withdraw from the draft, which is June 22. Welsh averaged 10.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Frank Mason III of Kansas and Kelsey Plum of Washington won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year Friday night. They received their trophies during the third annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The Novo in downtown Los Angeles. Mason also claimed the Bob Cousey point guard of the year award.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball says the Bruins lost in the NCAA Tournament because "three white guys" couldn't pick up the slack after his son injured his hamstring. LaVar Ball tells Southern California News Group (http://bit.ly/2nLy5DG ) that "realistically you can't win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow." The comment appears to be a reference to UCLA starters T.J.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ike Anigbogu (EE-kay ah-nee-BOH-goo) is leaving UCLA for the NBA draft, joining fellow freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf in departing after one season. Anigbogu announced Wednesday on his social media accounts that he is declaring for the draft but won't hire an agent. The 6-foot-10 forward-center from Corona, California, averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds. He averaged 13 minutes while playing in 29 games without starting.
MASTERS-WEATHER No. 1 Dustin Johnson injures back in fall as Masters officials deal with bad weather AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) -- Wednesday is supposed to be the final practice round at the Masters, but the biggest news coming out of Augusta had to do with the world's No. 1 golfer. Dustin Johnson was trying to stay immobile Wednesday after taking a serious fall down a staircase at the home he is renting during the Masters.
The college basketball season came to a close Monday night with North Carolina's grinding victory over Gonzaga in the desert. Now it's time to start looking ahead to the next season and to do that, we're going to -- you guessed it -- take an early look at what the preseason AP Top 25 might look like.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- There's Jordan Bell blocking a young Michael Jordan. Now the Oregon big man is swatting the orca from Free Willy and E.T. flying on his bike. Next up is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un eating a cookie and the comet that killed the dinosaurs.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- No piece of hardware could take Frank Mason III's mind off what could have been. The senior point guard from Kansas received the AP Player of the Year trophy Thursday at the Final Four. He was there without his teammates since the Jayhawks were eliminated in the regional final by Oregon. I've still been thinking about it.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Frank Mason III, who led Kansas to its 13th consecutive Big 12 title, is The Associated Press' Player of the Year. The senior point guard averaged 20.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from 3-point range. He received 37 votes Thursday from the same 65-member media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.