– The big news of the day is that Baylor men’s and women’s basketball teams were found to have made several hundred impermissible texts and phone calls to recruits. This all took place on the same day that star forward Perry Jones III decided to enter the NBA draft. But Gary Parrish takes an astonishingly brilliant angle on the possible sanctions: If this is all they get busted for, they should be happy. Quincy Miller will make his NBA decision later today. Rush The Court ponders the age-old question: Do the ends justify the means?
– Members of Florida International’s basketball team walked out of their banquet last night in protest over the school’s firing of head coach Isaiah Thomas
– Eamonn Brennan provides your must-read of the day: A riveting list of all the “what-ifs” from the 2011-2012 season
– Jeff Eisenberg provides an interesting take on why Trent Johnson would want to leave LSU for TCU
– Ryan Fagan lists the top-ten first round upsets in tournament history. This past season’s tournament is most certainly represented
– Hey look, another person doesn’t think the new NBA draft deadline is helping the players. Is anybody at the NBA offices reading this?
– Michigan guard Trey Burke will return to Ann Arbor for his sophomore season, despite reports last week that he was expected to declare for the draft. With Burke running the point, and a talented recruiting class on the way in, the Wolverines will be one of the favorites to win the Big-Ten
– Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum, one of the darlings of the NCAA tournament, is staying in school for his senior year. Let him tell you why he decided to come back
– Central Michigan transfer Trey Zeigler will attend Pittsburgh, but it is still unclear if he will be able to play in 2012-2013 or if he will have to sit out a year
– Vanderbilt star guard John Jenkins will forgo his senior season in order to enter the NBA draft
– Kansas junior Thomas Robinson is officially declaring for the draft, and the issue of his real height should be the topic of many a pre-draft debate – Minnesota has granted Chip Armelin his release, meaning the sophomore guard is free to transfer. it also means that the Golden Gophers will have a scholarship available to use on Trevor Mbakwe, who has granted another year of eligibility
– Not all is lost in Arkansas. freshman guard B.J. Young has decided to return for his sophomore season in favor of entering the draft
– North Texas fresh Tony Mitchell, a likely first round draft pick, has decided to return to school for his sophomore year. Mitchell initially committed to Missouri in 2010 but did not qualify academically. With the dominant forward back, the Mean Green are being considered by some as a preseason top-25 team
– After becoming one of the first players to declare for the NBA draft early, South Florida’s Victor Rudd Jr. has made the smart decision and will return to school next year
– Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham will not return for his senior season in Corvalis, opting to head to the NBA instead
– Matt Fultz provides a nice little SEC recap on NBA draft decisions
– In case you missed it, College Basketball Talk unveiled their “Dunk of the Year” Awards yesterday. The Top-10 Dunks of the Year will be released later today
– You won’t find a more in-depth, detailed season-in-review post on Clemson’s 2011-2012 campaign as the one you will find at Shakin’ in the Southland. You just won’t
– In case you missed it, Georgia State is leaving the CAA and will become a member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-2014
– I don’t know if you’ve seen this yet, but if you haven’t make sure you have. It’s post-game locker room video following Kentucky’s national championship victory
– Speaking of Kentucky videos, the Wildcat’s bench mob, dubbed the W.B.A (or White Boy Academy) released a legit music video honoring BBN’s eighth National Championship
– Delaware women’s basketball phenom Elena Della Donne threw out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies home opener. If you watch until the 2:10 mark, you may notice The Philly Phanatic breaking the most sacred of all mascot rules: NO TALKING!
– Speaking of baseball, Kentucky’s Darius Miller is going to throw out the first pitch for a Lexington Legends Class-A game next week. We already know he can’t possibly do any worse than John Wall