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Florida State G Rathan-Mayes returning

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State has announced that Xavier Rathan-Mayes will return to the court for his junior season. The 6-foot-4 guard declared for the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent.

Rathan-Mayes averaged 11.8 points and 4.4 assists last season. He has started 62 of his 65 games at Florida State and has four games where he has scored 30 points or more. Rathan-Mayes needs 135 points to become the 45th player in school history to reach 1,000.

Rathan-Mayes joins Dwayne Bacon in deciding to return to school after assessing their draft chances. Florida State, which is projected by many to have one of the top recruiting classes, was 20-14 last season and advanced to the second round of the NIT.


SMU signs Australia F Froling to LOI

DALLAS (AP) SMU has signed a second player from Australia to a national letter of intent for the upcoming men's basketball season.

Coach Larry Brown announced Monday the signing of 6-foot-11 forward Harry Froling from Townsnville, Australia.


Tide sign ex-Morehead State G Collins

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama has signed graduate transfer Corban Collins from Morehead State.

Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said Monday that Collins "is a terrific young man, a good teammate and fills a need for us in terms of someone who can really score the basketball."


Irish F Beachem withdraws from draft

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Forward V.J. Beachem has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Notre Dame for his senior season.

Beachem made the announcement Sunday night on Twitter, writing that he was thankful for the opportunity to experience the NBA draft process and invitations to work out for teams, "but now I'm ready to lead (at)ndmbb (hash)IMBACK."


N. Colorado hires Boise St. asst. Linder

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) Jeff Linder is the new basketball coach at Northern Colorado. He spent the last six seasons at Boise State, where he was associate head coach for the Broncos since 2013-14.

Linder replaces B.J. Hill, who was fired last month amid an NCAA investigation into allegations of violations in the program.


Ex-Kentucky G Davender dies at 49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.

The school announced Saturday that Davender died Thursday night after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week.


Cyclones G Mitrou-Long granted waiver

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big 12, making him eligible to play as expected in 2016-17.

Mitrou-Long played eight games as a senior last year before lingering pain from offseason hip surgeries became too much to overcome. Mitrou-Long, who averaged 12 points a game in 2015-16, ended his season at the eight-game point so he'd be eligible for the hardship waiver.


Hofstra extends Mihalich through 2020-21

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) Joe Mihalich has signed a contract extension with Hofstra through the 2020-21 season.

The Pride won 24 games last season and were the regular-season champions of the Colonial Athletic Association. They lost in the first round of the NIT to eventual champion George Washington.


CIAA won't move from NC despite LGBT law

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state's controversial new LGBT law.

The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.


Mocs extend McCall 2 years to 2021-22

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) Chattanooga men's basketball coach Matt McCall has received a two-year contract extension after leading the Mocs to an NCAA Tournament appearance in his debut season.

The school announced the extension Thursday. McCall's contract now runs through the 2021-22 season.

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