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Toppin, Azubuike among Wooden finalists

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Udoka Azubuike of Kansas, Luka Garza of Iowa, Markus Howard of Marquette, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Obi Toppin of Dayton are the five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation's top college basketball player.

The 44th annual award will be presented on April 7 during ESPN's “SportsCenter” broadcast at 5 p.m. EDT.

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the 10-member Wooden All American team on Wednesday. In addition to the five finalists, the other members are: Devon Dotson of Kansas, Malachi Flynn of San Diego State, Filip Petrusev of Gonzaga, Payton Pritchard of Oregon and Cassius Winston of Michigan State.


Washington freshman Stewart going to NBA

SEATTLE (AP) Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart declared for the NBA draft Wednesday after becoming a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season for the Huskies.

Stewart was expected to leave Washington after one season even before he set foot on campus. He arrived to huge expectations that he would further Washington’s resurgence under coach Mike Hopkins but the team underachieved and suffered numerous painful close losses.


Arizona State's White declares for draft

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State junior big man Romello White is joining teammate Remy Martin in declaring for the NBA draft.

White announced his decision on Wednesday, two days after Martin declared for the draft.


Former BC F Hamilton commits to Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Forward Jairus Hamilton has committed to Maryland after playing basketball for two years for Boston College.

The 6-foot-8 Hamilton played in 24 games with the Eagles last season, including 20 starts. He averaged 9.5 points and tallied a career-high 23 on Jan. 25 in a victory over Virginia Tech.


Study: Racial graduation-rate gap grows

A diversity report for graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year, while male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall.

The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida released two annual studies this week examining graduation rates for men’s and women’s teams invited to the NCAA Tournament. With the tournament canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, the studies used final bracket projections from ESPN as a substitute.


Arizona freshman Nnaji headed to NBA

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Zeke Nnaji has declared for the NBA draft after one productive season at Arizona.

"After much prayer and deliberation with my family, I have decided to make myself available for the 2020 NBA draft," Nnaji tweeted Tuesday.


Mizzou's Pinson, Smith, Tilmon to go pro

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 supports their decision to receive information from the NBA's advisory committee. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is June 3.


Air Force brings back Scott as coach

The Air Force Falcons are bringing back Joe Scott for a second stint as their basketball coach.

Scott was in charge of the Falcons for four seasons and led them into the 2004 NCAA Tournament before his departure. He went on to become the head coach at Princeton and Denver. He's been an assistant coach at Georgia for the past two seasons.


KSU names ex-player Southwell assistant

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State brought back former player Shane Southwell as an assistant basketball coach Tuesday, rounding out Bruce Weber's staff after Brad Korn left to become the head coach at Southeast Missouri.

Southwell was a standout for the Wildcats from 2010-14, helping them to a school-record 27 wins as a junior. He returned as a graduate assistant coach from 2017-19 before spending last season as an assistant at Robert Morris, where he helped the Colonials to a 20-win season and earn the Northeast Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


Report: Spartan player accused of rape

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by a Michigan State basketball player is asking the Michigan attorney general's office to investigate, according to a published report.

ESPN, citing a police report and emails obtained through a public records request, reported that Michigan State University police told prosecutors they had probable cause that sophomore guard Brock Washington raped the woman on Jan. 19 while she was too intoxicated to consent. Police referred the case to county prosecutors, who declined to file charges this month.

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