Roundup: Kyle Anderson off to the NBA
It had been expected and now it’s official: UCLA’s Kyle Anderson has declared for the 2014 NBA draft. It’s only April, but Draft Express has Anderson going 17th overall and NBAdraft.net has Anderson going 10th.
Although Arizona lost Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson, Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are all returning to Arizona. In the wake of Tuesday's press conference, Bruce Pascoe writes that it’s a “Happy Day” for Hollis-Jefferson and the Arizona Wildcats since Rondae is staying and Arizona will be LOADED next year.
The news of the day Tuesday was that Cal was able to lure Cuonzo Martin away from Tennessee. Our Roxy Bernstein caught up with Martin, and Cal AD Sandy Barbour explained why Martin was the right fit. High APR numbers at Tennessee and mucho wins equals a qualified candidate.
In some even more big hoops news, Washington State’s Royce Woolridge is transferring. He intends to graduate this spring so he can play immediately somewhere else in November (he hopes it’s in Arizona so he can be closer to his grandmother). James Hunter is transferring as well.
Sark has given us a decision in Troy, and Cody Kessler will remain USC’s starting quarterback, as expected.
Chantel Jennings of ESPN pens a piece on Chris Petersen being in the process of starting over at Washington. Nice feature here on Petersen and his playing and coaching background (mostly his coaching background).
Why did Luke Del Rio transfer to Oregon State? He “saw the writing on the wall” at Alabama, that’s why. Didn’t look like Nick Saban was going to give the Crimson Tide walk-on a scholly.
Andrew Greif details Oregon football’s offseason work of getting stronger by eating more. The Ducks hope this weight gain will be enough to bully Stanford out of the Pac-12 throne.
Quirky little story in Tempe: Tight end Grant Martinez is in a numbers battle for his preferred jersey number of 88, but he’s donning 86 because TEs coach Chip Long doesn’t want to jinx it after Martinez had a great scrimmage wearing No. 86.
It has been close to a month since a disappointing defeat in their opening game at the NCAA tourney, and the Buffs are using the loss to Pitt for motivation. The Panthers blew out Colorado 77-48, and Tad Boyle has the box score posted everywhere.
In mid-week baseball action, Danny Diekroeger hit a walk-off single to lead Stanford past Saint Mary’s 7-6 Tuesday evening at Sunken Diamond.
Rush the Court gives us the Pac-12 post-mortem on Utah, as the college hoops site discusses the 2013-14 Ute hoops season.