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Michigan State's Marvin Clark Jr., left, drives against Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Jaquan Lynch during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in East Lansing, Mich.  (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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Marvin Clark and Javon Bess plan to leave Michigan State


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Marvin Clark Jr. and Javon Bess say they plan to transfer from Michigan State.

The sophomores announced their decisions through the school Monday night.

Clark averaged 3.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and nearly 10 minutes a game last season for the Spartans. The 6-foot-6 forward says he had some “great meetings,” with coach Tom Izzo after the season and believes he should look for a bigger role at another school.

Bess scored 2.9 points and grabbed 2.3 rebounds in 11 minutes per game last season. The 6-5 forward says it is in his best interest to play for another college.

The Spartans have signed four players and may add Josh Jackson, one of the top recruits in the country. The 6-foot-7 Detroit native attends Prolific Prep Academy in California.

Ex-NBA coach Dunleavy Sr. takes first college job at Tulane

FILE - In this March 30, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. shouts instructions to players lined up for a free throw during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. The former long-time NBA coach is taking his first college coaching job at Tulane, announced Monday, March 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Former long-time NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. is taking his first college coaching job at Tulane, joining a program that has languished at or below .500 for most of the past two decades since last appearing in the NCAA tournament in 1995.

The 62-year-old Dunleavy, whose hiring was announced Monday, is a Brooklyn, New York, native who played for South Carolina before a lengthy career as an NBA player and coach. He’s been the head coach of four NBA teams, most recently the Los Angeles Clippers from 2003 to 2010. He previously coached the Los Angeles Lakers (1990-92), Milwaukee Bucks (1992-96) and Portland Trail Blazers (1997-2001).

His six-year hiatus from coaching ends as he replaces Ed Conroy, who was fired after six seasons. Tulane finished this season 12-22.

Dunleavey’s “reputation as a great evaluator of talent, master of strategy and teacher of the game define him today as one of the top basketball minds in the country at any level,” Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen said. “His commitment to Tulane athletics is a game-changer for our program.”

This marks the second major hire at Tulane for Dannen, who took over as Green Wave athletic director in December. He has also hired new football coach Willie Fritz.

Tulane has scheduled Dunleavy’s formal introduction for Tuesday at the Green Wave’s on-campus basketball arena, Devlin Fieldhouse.

Dunleavy played in all or part or 11 seasons in the NBA between 1976 and 1990 for Philadelphia, Houston, San Antonio and Milwaukee, briefly coming out of a three-year retirement from 1989 to 1990.

As a 17-year NBA coach, Dunleavy won 613 regular season games, which ranks 24th all-time. He has also won 38 playoff games as a coach. He was named the 1999 NBA Coach of the Year with Portland.

A number of his former assistants have gone on to become head coaches in the NBA and in college, including current Nevada head coach Eric Musselman.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to coach the Green Wave and excited to help develop the students-athletes at Tulane into champions,” Dunleavy said in a statement released by Tulane.

Arizona’s Justin Simon transferring after one season

Arizona guard Justin Simon shoots next to Washington forward Noah Dickerson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona defeated Washington 99-67. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona freshman guard Justin Simon is transferring after playing sparingly his lone season in the desert.

An athletic 6-foot-5 guard, Simon played in 24 games for the Wildcats, averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.

He was part of a heralded recruiting class by coach Sean Miller, but only Allonzo Trier saw significant minutes among the freshmen.

Freshman forward Ray Smith did not play last season after tearing his right ACL.

LSU coach: Guard Tim Quarterman leaving for NBA draft

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Johnny Jones says junior guard Tim Quarterman is leaving the Tigers with one season of eligibility remaining to enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-6 Quarterman started 27 games this season, averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He ranks 11th in career assists at LSU with 302 after three seasons. Quarterman also had 103 career steals.

His assists per game this season dropped from his average of 4.0 the previous season, largely because freshman forward Ben Simmons routinely handled the ball and initiated the offense.

Quarterman’s final season at LSU ended in disappointment with the Tigers going 19-14 and missing the NCAA Tournament.

Jones says he’s thankful to have coached Quarterman and hopes to see him realize his dreams of playing in the NBA.

Western Kentucky hires Rick Stansbury as men’s hoop coach

Rick Stansbury, left, speaks at a news conference where he was announced as the new men's NCAA college basketball coach at Western Kentucky on Monday, March 28, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Rick Stansbury wants to take Western Kentucky basketball to the next level.

The Hilltoppers Monday afternoon put their men’s basketball program in the hands of the veteran college coach, who has spent the last couple of seasons as an assistant at Texas A&M after more than two decades at Mississippi State.

I’m not here to rebuild or change the culture,” Stansbury said during a news conference. “We have a winning culture here.”

Stansbury, 56, had spent the past two seasons as associate head coach to Billy Kennedy with the Aggies, who shared the Southeastern Conference regular season championship with Kentucky. Before that Stansbury spent 22 years at Mississippi State, including his final 14 as head coach, when he went 293-166.

Under Stansbury, the Bulldogs won one SEC regular season title, two tournament titles and made six NCAA Tournament appearances before he retired in March 2012.

The Battletown, Kentucky, native replaces Ray Harper, who resigned on March 17 after going 89-64 with two automatic NCAA Tournament appearances in four-plus seasons with the Hilltoppers.

Stansbury has roots in the Bluegrass State along with ties to WKU.

His great uncle, Edgar B. Stansbury, is in the school’s Hall of Fame after playing three sports there and serving as assistant football coach and AD.

The younger Stansbury graduated from Meade County High School and Campbellsville University, where he was a student assistant in 1981-82. He was also a graduate assistant at Cumberland in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and an assistant coach at Austin Peay in Tennessee.

WKU President Gary Ransdell cited Stansbury’s appreciation of the program’s tradition and added that he “has lived it and is returning to his home state with a strong resolve to resume our rightful place at the top of the NCAA in men’s basketball.”

Stansbury spent eight years under Richard Williams at MSU before taking over in 1999 and becoming the program’s winningest coach. During his long stay in Starkville he guided the Bulldogs to 11 postseason appearances and was The Associated Press’ SEC Coach of the Year in 2004.

Stansbury takes over a Hilltoppers program that won two Sun Belt Conference titles and made two NCAA Tournament appearances under Harper before joining Conference USA last year. But WKU has also drawn attention after the March 17 suspensions of WKU guards Frederick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal and the coach’s subsequent resignation hours later.

Edmond, Hunter and McNeal were suspended after a disciplinary hearing for an undisclosed violation. The school has cited federal privacy law in not releasing any information or commenting on the discipline. However, all three remain enrolled at WKU.

Edmond, a junior, was WKU’s third-leading scorer last season, averaging 12.2 points in 33 games with 27 starts. Freshman McNeil averaged 5.6 points and nearly four rebounds per contest, while Hunter scored 4.3 per outing in his first season.

The Hilltoppers have Tennessee transfers Willie Carmichael and Jabari McGhee available next season.

Stansbury plans to tout the school’s tradition and attract in-state players to the program.

“There’s no reason why players in this state have to go anywhere else to get a good education and compete for championships,” Stansbury said. “This will be the best place and the right place for that kid. … He doesn’t have to go across these borders to do that anymore.”

Chris Beard named next UNLV head coach

Arkansas-Little Rock coach Chris Beard acknowledges the crowd after cutting down the last of the net following an NCAA college basketball game against Texas State on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Little Rock, Ark. Little Rock won 73-68 to clinch the Sun Belt Conference title. (Stephen B. Thornton/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)
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Chris Beard has been named the new head coach at UNLV, the school announced on Monday.

Beard led Arkansas-Little Rock to a 30-5 season in 2015-16, coaching the Trojans to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Beard was a long time assistant coach for Bobby Knight at Texas Tech. He also worked up Pat Knight with the Red Raiders. Five years ago, after Knight was fired, he accepted a job coaching in the ABA, and also worked a season in Division III and two years in Division II before getting to the tournament in his first season at UALR.

Beard will replace Dave Rice, who was fired by UNLV three games into conference play. Todd Simon was UNLV’s interim head coach for the last two months, but he recently accepted a position as the head coach at Southern Utah.

The move came days after UNLV very publicly tried to woo Mick Cronin to vome to Vegas from Cincinnati. The Rebels also pursued New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies.