1. The NBA early-entry withdrawal list came out Tuesday and there was one college player on the list: Florida Atlantic’s Raymond Taylor. This is not a Dee Bost case, when the former Mississippi State guard didn’t know the rules -- that he couldn’t return to school once he declared for the draft (he ultimately won an appeal but had to sit out games). FAU assistant coach Mike Jarvis II said Taylor was well aware of the rules and plans on playing in Europe. The 5-6 junior guard averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 assists last season. His numbers dwindled each of the past two seasons from a freshman-high 14.2 points and 5.9 assists a game.
2. The conference or the level of Division I doesn’t matter for a coach or a program when a player transfers in June. The timing causes a major headache. Vermont coach John Becker said he was going to have a potential America East championship team. He still might. But he lost his top scorer, freshman guard Four McGlynn last week when he told him he was transferring to Towson to be closer to his York, Pa., home. Becker said McGlynn needed to spend time with his family. But here is a new twist. No one is pushing for McGlynn to play immediately. Towson coach Pat Skerry said he believes that McGlynn should spend time with his family instead of pushing through a waiver to play immediately. Becker is now down to nine players and he won’t be replacing McGlynn’s ability to score on short notice.
3. The deal between Louisville and Florida International has a clause in the contract that most nonconference series should include more often. Games are scheduled between coaches, and, at times when there is a coaching change, a coach wants out of the series for a variety of reasons. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday that the three-year contract (two straight home games and then a third game at FIU, beginning with next December’s game at the KFC Yum! Center) has a clause that stipulates both Rick and Richard Pitino have to be the head coaches for the series to continue each of the three seasons. If that type of clause were put into deals then that could alleviate some haggling to get out of a game when there is a coaching change.