Late on Saturday night, Detroit announced that star point guard Ray McCallum would be forgoing his final year of eligibility and entering his name into the NBA Draft.
“I want to thank the University of Detroit Mercy, my coaching staff and my teammates. I’ve enjoyed my three years with them,” McCallum said in a statement released by the school. “It has been very special playing for my father and helping to build the basketball program to a championship level.”
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“It has been an outstanding experience coaching Ray. I am proud to see his growth over the last three years,” Detroit head coach Ray McCallum, father of the younger McCallum, said. “As his coach and father I am supporting him in his pursuit to becoming a professional basketball player.”
McCallum, the 2013 Horizon League Player of the Year, averaged 18.9 points, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals as a junior. He’s ranked as the 57th best draft prospect according to Draft Express.
There are three players left to make a decision: Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, Colorado’s Andre Roberson and Baylor’s Isaiah Austin. The deadline to declare for the draft is midnight on Sunday.
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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.