What's buzzing in college and NBA circles

Updated: June 22, 2009, 5:18 PM ET
By Andy Katz

Quick hitters as we close in on Thursday's NBA draft:

• At least one source close to Florida International said the Panthers aren't pursuing uncommitted prep player Lance Stephenson. FIU and head coach Isiah Thomas would seem to be a natural fit because Stephenson would give the fledgling program a name to go along with its high-profile coach. But Thomas doesn't want to take on baggage from day one, and every coach that has been sniffing around the Stephenson camp contends ...

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