Duke guard Austin Rivers to enter NBA Draft

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Austin Rivers is leaving Duke after one season for the NBA Draft.

The freshman guard announced his decision and plans to hire an agent on Monday.

“Duke has prepared me for the challenges that are ahead both on and off the court,” Rivers said in a statement issued by the school. “I have learned so much from the coaching staff and my teammates that will help me succeed at the next level.”

The son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers averaged a team-high 15.5 points and was a unanimous selection as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Rookie of the Year.

ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM: Hired North Carolina assistant Jerod Haase as head coach.

He will replace Mike Davis, who was fired after making the NCAA Tournament once in six seasons. Haase will be introduced today.

Haase, who turns 38 on April 1, worked under Roy Williams for 13 seasons at North Carolina and Kansas.

MISSISSIPPI STATE: Forward Renardo Sidney has signed with an agent and will declare for the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-10 junior averaged 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game over two seasons with the Bulldogs.

MURRAY STATE: Coach Steve Prohm agreed to a one-year contract extension and a pay raise on Monday after the Racers completed the most successful season in their school’s history.

The Racers finished 31-2 and beat Colorado State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

DREXEL: Coach Bruiser Flint, who led the Dragons to a school-record 29 wins this season, agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

The terms were not disclosed.


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