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FILE - In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner, left, watches from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tulane in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament in Orlando, Fla. Memphis is sticking with coach Pastner even though the school missed the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season, the school announced Friday, March 18, 2016.. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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Josh Pastner will be the next head coach at Georgia Tech


Memphis head coach Josh Pastner will be leaving the Tigers for same position at Georgia Tech.

The news broke late on Thursday night that Pastner was being targeted by the Yellow Jackets, and as of Friday morning, was reporting that he had agreed to a deal. The Commercial Appeal in Memphis is reporting that a press conference will be held this afternoon to announce his departure.

Pastner has spent the past seven seasons at Memphis. He reached four NCAA tournaments in his first five seasons, but over the course of the last two years, the Tigers won just 37 total games as the attendance at FedEx Forum as dipped considerably.

Tech fired Brian Gregory last month. They’ve targeted a number of coaches over the course of the last two weeks before settling on Pastner. The sticking point here was Pastner’s contract with Memphis. He was scheduled to make more than $10 million over the next four years.

Memphis will be a highly-sought after job, one that would make a couple coaches that have already accepted a job regret jumping so early in the carousel. They have a recruiting base, it’s the best job in the AAC and they have the backing of FedEx. The names that you’ll hear mentioned for the opening: Bruce Pearl, Cuonzo Martin, Penny Hardaway and Gregg Marshall.

The most important NBA Draft decisions left to be made

Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr. (10) reacts after scoring during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Creighton won 70-56. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

News has leaked that both Grayson Allen and Thomas Bryant will be retuning to play their junior and sophomore seasons, respectively, without so much as going through the NBA’s draft process.

No combine. No NBA Draft workouts. Nothing.

They’re back, meaning that Duke will be the preseason No. 1 team in the country and that Indiana may crack the preseason top 15 for the second straight season. But for a number of other teams, who are still waiting for kids to declare for the draft — or, given the new rules that have been implemented, announce whether or not they’re signing with an agent — their prospects for next season remain somewhat in limbo.

Here are the 12 most important NBA Draft decisions that are left to be made:

O.G. Anunoby and Troy Williams, Indiana: We found out on Thursday that Thomas Bryant will be returning to the Hoosiers. It’s thought that Anunoby will be joining him back in Bloomington next season, while Williams’ future is still up in the air. The Hoosiers are going to have a lot of work to do to replace Yogi Ferrell, but it’s worth noting that they really took off last season when Tom Crean started using Williams and Anunoby together. They give him versatility and athleticism.

Trevon Blueitt, Xavier: Blueitt has declared for the draft but has not yet signed with an agent. He’s a versatile forward that was Xavier’s leading scorer last season. With James Farr leaving and Jalen Reynolds also putting his name in the draft, the Musketeers will be replacing quite a bit of their front line if they lose Blueitt as well.

Dillon Brooks, Oregon: With Brooks, a 6-foot-6 wing forward that played the role of small-ball four for the Ducks, Oregon looks like they’ll be a top five team in the country next season. They’ll still be good without him, but his presence makes them so much more versatile and dangerous offensively.

Deyonta Davis, Michigan State: Davis is in a similar position to where Jakob Poeltl was last season. He can leave now and get drafted somewhere from the late-lottery to the late-first round based almost solely on his potential, or he can come back for a year and work hard enough that he becomes more of a player than a prospect. Poeltl has an outside shot of going top five this season. If the Spartans get Davis back, they’ll be in the conversation with Kentucky and Kansas (plus Josh Jackson) for the No. 2 spot in our preseason top 25.

Josh Hart, Villanova: Assuming Kris Jenkins makes the decision to return to school, Hart is the name that is really in question for the reigning national champs. He’s the piece that makes everything else fit together with his ability to rebound the ball and defend bigger players at the small forward spot. With Hart and Jenkins back, we have the Wildcats as the No. 3 team in our preseason top 25. Without them, I’m not sure they would be top 20.

Przemek Karnowski, Gonzaga: The Zags should be good whether or not Karnowski opts to try and take advantage of his chance to get a fifth season with a medical hardship waiver, but getting back their best low-post scorer and rim protector would be key.

Tyler Lydon and Malachi Richardson, Syracuse: Lydon and Richardson became one of the most promising, and dangerous, freshmen combos in the country by the end of the season, with both playing major roles in leading Syracuse to the Final Four. There is some question over just how good the Orange will be next season, but there’s no arguing that losing their best perimeter scorer and their best front court shooter would be a massive blow. With both of them returning, we had Syracuse as a top 20 team in our preseason top 25.

Monte’ Morris, Iowa State: It goes without saying that Morris will be the best player on the Cyclones should he return next season. Without him, ISU will be in full blown rebuilding mode. With him, they’ll have a shot to be pretty good. Remember, when Steve Prohm had his best teams at Murray State, they were built around superstar guards. (UPDATE: Morris is returning to school.)

Chinanu Onuaku, Louisville: The Cardinals should be really good next season even if Onuaku stays in the draft, like many expect him to. But if he does return, we’re looking at a Louisville team that could crack the preseason top 10, as Onuaku was their best, and most physical, front court player last season.

Isaiah Taylor, Texas: Taylor is the perfect point guard for Shaka Smart’s ‘Havoc’ system, and with another influx of talented wings coming into the program, we should be seeing more ‘Havoc’ out of the Longhorns next season. Taylor has declared for the draft, but he has not signed with an agent. His return is the difference between the Longhorns being a real Big 12 contender and being a borderline top 25 team.

Melo Trimble, Maryland: We know how good Melo can be when he’s playing well. He was the biggest reason that Maryland was a top 20 team when he was a freshman. We also know what it means for Maryland when Melo is mortal, which is the biggest reason Maryland was only top 20 this past season. If he returns, the Terps will be relevant in the Big Ten next season. If he doesn’t, they’ll be a borderline top 25 team at best.

Mo Watson, Creighton: If you’ve never seen Creighton play, you may not know about good Watson is. He and Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster will be one of, if not the best back court in college basketball next season … if Watson returns.

Iowa puts walk-on Nicholas Baer on scholarship

Iowa's Nicholas Baer (51) reacts in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois at the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Indianapolis. Illinois won 68-66. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa walk-on Nicholas Baer has been awarded a scholarship by coach Fran McCaffery.

Baer, who redshirted in 2014-15, was the most surprising player on Iowa’s roster. He broke through a deep class of fellow freshmen, all of whom were on scholarship, and averaged nearly five points a game. Baer scored 15 points in the Hawkeyes’ last game, an 87-68 NCAA Tournament loss to eventual national champion Villanova.

Baer will take up one of the scholarships freed up when Andrew Fleming and Brandon Hutton decided to leave the program after the season.

Baer’s role should be expanded next season, as Iowa loses four seniors starters.

Reports: Lavall Jordan to take over at Milwaukee

Michigan coach John Beilein watches the action during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 75-52. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
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For the first time in six years, a member of John Beilein’s coaching staff will be departing as Lavall Jordan is expected to be named the next head coach at Milwaukee.

Jordan will be replacing Rob Jeter, who spent 11 seasons with the Panthers.

Milwaukee was 20-13 last season.

Jordan has spent six seasons with Beilein at Michigan, tasked with recruiting and working with the guards. Jordan may not be the last assistant to leave Michigan this offseason, as Bacari Alexander is considered one of the front runners to take over at Detroit. and were the first to report the news.

Thomas Bryant to return to Indiana for sophomore season

Indiana center Thomas Bryant (31) shoots over Minnesota center Bakary Konate (21) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Indiana won 74-68. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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Thomas Bryant will be returning to Indiana for his sophomore season.

Bryant averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 boards for the Hoosiers as a freshman, making some promising improvements by the end of the year. But based on where he started, with a complete inability to defend ball-screens, the fact that he improved doesn’t yet mean that he’s in a position where he can be effective at the NBA level.

If Bryant were to leave this season, he’d probably end up getting picked in the late first round or early second round, but he is projected as a top ten pick in the 2017 draft.

Bryant, if he declared, would be the second-youngest American in this year’s draft class behind only Brandon Ingram. He’s younger than both Bam Adebayo and Josh Jackson, freshmen that will be enrolling in college next season as members of the Class of 2017.

Bryant’s decision, along with that of Duke guard Grayson Allen, were two of the biggest question marks as we look forward to 2016-17. Bryant will once again provide the Hoosiers with an anchor in the paint, teaming with the likes of O.G. Anunody, Collin Hartman, De’Ron Davis and Juwan Morgan to give Indiana some quality depth up front. Troy Williams’ return would only bolster their depth and versatility up front. was the first to report the news of Bryant’s decision.

Virginia Tech grants sophomore guard Jalen Hudson release

Virginia Tech players Jalen Hudson (23) and Justin Bibbs (10) celebrate after winning the Virginia Tech - Princeton NIT opening round NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg Va. Wednesday March 16 2016. Virginia Tech won the game 86-81. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL STATIONS OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LOCAL PRINT OUT (SALEM TIMES REGISTER; FINCASTLE HERALD; CHRISTIANSBURG NEWS MESSENGER; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL; MANDATORY CREDIT
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech says sophomore shooting guard Jalen Hudson has asked for, and been granted, his release from the program.

Coach Buzz Williams made the announcement Wednesday night.

Hudson appeared in 67 games in two seasons, including 27 starts. He averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds this season, and at times showed potent scoring ability. He scored 23 points in a victory against N.C. State, 27 points in a loss to Louisville and 28 in the Hokies’ NIT victory against Princeton.