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Calathes Declares For Draft

Florida G Nick Calathes could end his college career without playing a single game in the NCAA Tournament. Calathes announced Monday that he will enter the NBA draft. But he will not hire an agent, which would allow him to return to Florida if he's unhappy with his draft stock. The 6-foot-6 sophomore led the Gators in scoring this season, averaging 17.2 points. He also averaged 5.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists, and was the only player in the nation to average at least 15 points, five rebounds and six assists. Calathes' passing ability might be his best asset. Other parts of his game, though, might not fare as well in the NBA. His lack of athleticism and his jumper - he shoots 3-pointers and jump shots with his feet on the ground - could hinder his draft status.
Florida coach Billy Donovan, who met with Calathes on Sunday night, hasn't said whether he thought his star player was ready for the next level. In other draft news, Georgetown junior F DaJuan Summers is skipping his senior year and making himself eligible for the draft. Georgetown coach John Thompson III said Summers is "in the process of choosing an agent." Summers averaged 13.6 points and 4.1 rebounds this season for the Hoyas. Kentucky Can Talk To Calipari The University of Memphis gave Kentucky permission Monday to speak to John Calipari about the Wildcats' head coaching position, then made a final push to try to keep the coach. Some of Memphis' key boosters met with Calipari on Monday. But one booster expects Calipari to go to Kentucky, though the person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing negotiations, acknowledged the coach was torn between the two great opportunities. The Wildcats had a short meeting at their practice gym Monday afternoon. Asked afterward if they had a new coach, senior Jared Carter said, "I think so." Asked if it was Calipari, Carter shrugged his shoulders and said, "I don't know." Calipari met with Memphis players Monday morning. "He told us he's going to keep us posted," Memphis freshman F Wesley Witherspoon told WHBQ-TV in Memphis. Kentucky fired Billy Gillispie on Friday after two frustrating seasons. Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy would not confirm or deny an ESPN report that Wildcats officials had already met with Calipari and were prepared to offer him the job. Citing unidentified sources, ESPN.com reported the offer was believed to be for eight years and around $35 million. AP ALL-AMERICANS: Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin is a unanimous selection for The Associated Press' All-America team, and North Carolina senior Tyler Hansbrough is on the first team for a second consecutive year. Rounding out the first team are Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair, Arizona State's James Harden and Davidson's Stephen Curry. VIRGINIA HIRES COACH: The Cavaliers hired Washington State coach Tony Bennett as their head coach. Bennett replaces Dave Leitao, who resigned after four seasons. The Associated Press
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