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NBA Draft aftermath


Each week I'll write about the game I love, basketball:

• You have to give Kansas a lot of credit for success in the NBA draft. This year, the Jayhawks saw two players taken (Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur) in the first round and three more in the second. Last year, Kansas had Julian Wright taken in round one. In 2005, Wayne Simien was picked and Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich were tabbed in 2003.

• All season I said the Pac-10 was the best conference in college basketball. Further proof came during the draft as five of the top 11 picks came from that conference.

• Congrats to Rick Barnes. For the first time in University of Texas history, the Lonhorns have had players picked in the first round three straight years. D.J. Augustin, Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge went in the first round in that span.

• Indiana athletic director Rick Greenspan has announced his resignation, effective later this year. He came to the school with a great reputation and he hired Kelvin Sampson as Indiana's head coach. Unfortunately the allegations against the school have affected Greenspan's career and he will be leaving.

• Great to see former Kentucky basketball player Sean Woods get an opportunity as a head coach. He was hired by Mississippi Valley State to replace James Green, who left to coach Jacksonville State. Woods gained experience as an assistant coach at TCU. It also gives the college basketball coaching fraternity another Rick Pitino disciple on the sidelines.

• Duquesne has been one of the good turnaround stories in college basketball in recent years. Coach Ron Everhart was rewarded for a job well done by receiving a three-year contract extension. Everhart will be coaching the Dukes through 2013-14.

• Nice to see University of Arkansas men's basketball coach John Pelphrey and his wife Tracy are launching a foundation to benefit children's charities with a special emphasis on neonatal care. The "Pel's Pals Foundation" was created as a memorial to honor their son, John Patrick, who passed away prematurely in 2003. As part of the launch, the foundation will play host to a celebrity roast, auction and golf tournament in Fayetteville, June 30-July 1. The featured auction item the opportunity to play a round of golf with Pelphrey and Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino at the upcoming LPGA Tournament pro-am at the Pinnacle Country Club.

• Wake Forest's Jamie Skeen was suspended for a fall semester for violating the school's academic policy. He has to take responsibility for his actions. It is a loss for coach Dino Gaudio since Skeen averaged almost six points per game last season.