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Report: Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh considering declaring for the NBA draft

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NBA executives are salivating over the potential class in the upcoming draft. One of those prized prospects is Indiana freshman big man Noah Vonleh.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Indiana forward is leaning toward heading to the NBA rather than return for a sophomore season.

The 6-foot-10 Vonleh is projected as a lottery pick, currently slotted as the seventh overall pick by DraftExpress. His draft stock is built on his potential though he had a productive freshman campaign, being named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, averaging 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game this season.

One NBA general manager told Wojnarowski, “He’ll spend a lot of time in the D-League next year.”

Vonleh could always return to Indiana next season. Tom Crean will have several key returners such as Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson and Jeremy Hollowell back for the 2014-2015 season. He also brings in a trio of 3-point shooting commits.

Vonleh will have until April 27 to declare for the NBA draft.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.