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Indiana PG Ferrell to return to school

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana point guard Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell will return to school for his senior season.

He made the announcement Sunday in a news release distributed by the athletic department.

The decision means Indiana's top eight scorers all will be back next season to go along with top recruit Thomas Bryant. Ferrell averaged a team-high 16.3 points and finished fourth in the Big Ten with 4.9 assists last season. He is No. 22 on the school's career scoring list with 1,379 points, sixth in assists with 438 and fourth in 3-pointers made with 193.


New D-I chief prioritizes transfer rules

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kevin Lennon is putting transfer rule changes near the top of his priority list.

The NCAA's new vice president for Division I governance told The Associated Press there are growing concerns among the division's 345 members over the surging number of students switching schools - and that the debate could come to a close sometime in the next year.


Sooners' Hield returning for senior year

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield, the Big 12 player of the year, has chosen to return for his senior season.

Hield made the announcement Friday with his coach, Lon Kruger, next to him.


Florida F-C Walker declares for draft

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida forward/center Chris Walker has declared for the NBA draft, becoming the second player to leave coach Billy Donovan's program in the last month.

Walker joins shooting guard Michael Frazier II in leaving school early for the draft.


Calipari believed Kentucky wouldn't lose

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) At times last season John Calipari allowed himself to flirt with the thought of a perfect season. At other times, he had real doubts.

By the time Kentucky reached the Final Four without a loss, Calipari's players had turned their coach into a true blue believer.


Pitt lures AD Barnes away from Utah St.

PITTSBURGH (AP) Scott Barnes spent a quarter century hopscotching across the western half of the United States from one college sports administration job to the next, building a reputation as a talented fundraiser who could generate off-field excitement and on-field results in places that didn't necessarily have a long track record of either.

Given a chance to come east to a school looking to find its place in the ever-changing landscape, Barnes didn't hesitate. The way Barnes figures it, Pittsburgh already has the tools necessary to succeed. His job will be to make sure those tools get to the right people.


Iowa St. gets $125K for Sioux Falls game

AMES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa State men's basketball team will be paid $125,000 to open next season against Colorado in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Sanford Frontiers, the corporation that runs the Pentagon events center, will pay the Cyclones that amount according to a contract released by the school to The Associated Press on Friday.


Big Sky to play tournament in Reno

RENO, Nev. (AP) The Big Sky Conference and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority have reached a three-year deal to play the men's and women's basketball tournaments at Reno Events Center.

The agreement was announced Friday. The deal will start next season.


Arizona freshman Johnson heading to NBA

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona forward Stanley Johnson is leaving Arizona after one season to declare for the NBA draft.

The athletic 6-foot-7 Johnson was one of the nation's top incoming freshmen and lived up to the billing, leading the Wildcats with 13.8 points per game and averaging 6.5 rebounds. He was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year and helped lead Arizona to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.


Emmert: Freshmen eligibility has issues

NEW YORK (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert is glad the Big Ten has sparked a discussion about freshman ineligibility, even though it is an idea fraught with potential pitfalls.

Emmert spoke at a meeting of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday. He said the NCAA helped Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany with the conference's recent white paper on a so-called year of readiness for freshman football and men's basketball players.

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