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Monday, April 14, 2014
Roundball chatter

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

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

• The stream of players announcing their intention to enter the NBA draft continued. Joel Embiid of Kansas, Jarnell Stokes of Tennessee and Alex Kirk of New Mexico are among those who added their names to the list of players turning pro.

• Oregon got good news when Joseph Young opted to return for his senior season. Florida's Chris Walker also opted to return for another season.

• The coaching changes keep on coming, too. Appalachian State hired former Davidson assistant Jim Fox. Florida Atlantic hired former NBA coach Michael Curry. And Jim Molinari resigned from Western Illinois.

• You also hear news about players seeking transfers at this time of the year. Boston College lost forward Ryan Anderson. Maryland lost three players, as Shaquille Cleare, Nick Faust and Roddy Peters all decided to go elsewhere. Trevor Thompson, who left Virginia Tech, opted for Ohio State. Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware landed at Georgia State. Jon Horford decided to leave Michigan. TaShawn Thomas and Danuel House asked for their release from Houston.

• Congrats to Gary Williams and Nolan Richardson on making the 2014 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class. They joined a group that included former Georgetown star Alonzo Mourning and ex-Kansas State standout Mitch Richmond.

• Milwaukee, which made the most recent NCAA tournament, is ineligible for the 2015 postseason. Rob Jeter's team is banned due to a low APR in a ruling similar to the one which left Connecticut out of tournament consideration in 2013.

• Two former head coaches whom I believe deserve another shot on the sidelines are Ben Howland and Bobby Lutz. Howland led UCLA to three Final Fours. Lutz, who did a great job at Charlotte for many years, has been outstanding as an assistant at NC State under Mark Gottfried.

• Sorry to hear that former Indiana State coach Royce Waltman died. He also served as an assistant coach at Indiana under Bob Knight.