- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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Each week, I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• The list of players entering the NBA draft continues to grow. The top player to throw his name into the ring was Jabari Parker of Duke. Also entering the draft are Parker's teammate, Rodney Hood, Gary Harris of Michigan State, Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson of Arizona, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III of Michigan, Jerami Grant of Syracuse, James Young of Kentucky, UCLA's Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine, and Arizona State's Jahii Carson.
• John Calipari got good news when Willie Cauley-Stein opted to return for another season. Jordan Adams decided to return to UCLA. A.J. Hammons opted to come back to Purdue. And Montrezl Harrell will remain at Louisville.
• It has been a busy time at UCLA, with Anderson and LaVine gone and Adams returning. Coach Steve Alford also added 6-foot-9 guard/forward Jonah Bolden of Australia. Bolden, from Sydney, led Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) to the national prep championship this season.
• Boston College got some positive news when Olivier Hanlan dispelled rumors about transferring. He will be back in Chestnut Hill. St. John's center Chris Obekpa also did an about-face; after previously announcing plans to transfer, he opted to return to the Red Storm.
• The coaching changes kept on coming, too. Cuonzo Martin surprised many by leaving Tennessee and taking over at California for recently retired Golden Bears coach Mike Montgomery. Tulsa hired Frank Haith of Missouri as Danny Manning's replacement in a surprising move. Maine parted with coach Ted Woodward.
• Green Bay gave coach Brian Wardle a five-year extension. Kansas State gave coach Bruce Weber a one-year extension, while Northern Illinois extended Mark Montgomery's contract by two years.
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