LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas star forward Thomas Robinson is declaring for the NBA draft and will forgo his senior season.
Robinson made the formal announcement Monday, with coach Bill Self by his side.
Robinson, the first unanimous first-team All-American since Blake Griffin, led the Jayhawks to the national championship game against Kentucky, where they lost 67-59. He averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season and led the nation with 27 double-doubles.
Baylor’s Perry Jones III headed to NBA
WACO, Texas — Baylor forward Perry Jones III is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.
Jones made the announcement Monday in a statement issued by the school. He had returned for his sophomore season after being projected as a top pick last year.
Instead of becoming Baylor’s first one-and-done player, Jones sat through a five-game suspension to start his sophomore season after the NCAA determined he accepted improper benefits before coming to Baylor.
The school’s first preseason Big 12 Player of the Year averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds as the Bears reached the regional finals in the NCAA tournament before losing to national champion Kentucky.
As a freshman, Jones averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.
Burke staying at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan star Trey Burke is staying with the Wolverines instead of entering the NBA draft.
Burke was weighing his options after a superb freshman season, but said Monday he will stick around. The 5-foot-11 point guard averaged a team-high 14.8 points per game and looked comfortable from the start against Big Ten competition.
“Over the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time thinking and praying about my future — not just about next year but many years down the road,” Burke said. “After gathering information, I am excited to be continuing my education at Michigan as we look to accomplish even more in our 2012-13 season.”
Burke took over at point guard after Darius Morris left early for the NBA following the 2010-11 campaign. Michigan tied for the Big Ten title last season, but the Wolverines have to replace senior starters Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, and sophomore Evan Smotrycz is transferring. Burke would have been difficult to replace.
“I have so much more to develop as both a student and athlete, and there is no better place to do that than here at Michigan,” Burke said.
Mississippi State guard Hood decides to transfer
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood has decided to transfer.
Hood was one of the Southeastern Conference’s best freshmen last season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 guard from Meridian, Miss., played in 32 games, starting 29.
Hood’s departure is the latest blow for MSU’s basketball program. Longtime Coach Rick Stansbury retired after 14 seasons in March and new coach Rick Ray now must replace the entire starting five from last season. Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie have also left in recent weeks to pursue professional careers.
Ray said he was “disappointed in Rodney’s decision” in a statement released by the university, but that the Hood family was “forthright and honest.” Hood said he wished the program “nothing but the best.”