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March 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Report: Jared Cunningham to test NBA draft

Before we get to the happenings in New York, the biggest news in the Pac-12 came out out Corvallis, Ore. where Oregon State junior guard Jared Cunningham will reportedly test the NBA draft waters.
Andy Katz from ESPN was the first to report the news.
Cunningham reportedly will not hire an agent and will seek to gain information from the NBA on his potential draft status.
Due to the NCAA’s rule changes that go into effect this year college players can no longer work out for teams and retain their college eligibility. They’re allowed to receive information from a review committee comprised of NBA front-office personnel.
Katz reports Cunningham intends to bypass the NCAA’s April 10 deadline and make an announcement before the NBA’s April 29 deadline, which would mean the end of his career at OSU.
He finished second in the Pac-12 with a 17.8 scoring average this season.
Last week, Cunningham told the Register-Guard: “I haven’t made a decision at all yet. I’m just trying to finish school, finish this year out, and see where basketball is going to take me. If I’m going to be here next year, that’s going to be great. If I leave, that will be great, too.”
Excluding Cunningham, here’s a look at top underclassmen who have declared for the draft.
There wasn’t much news at the NIT press conference today.
Minnesota coach Tubby Smith told reporters he’s unsure if senior center Ralph Sampson III (right knee sprain) will play Tuesday against Washington.
“He still doesn’t have the explosiveness off that knee,” Smith said. “I want to make sure he is ready for all of the postseason tournaments he needs to play in for NBA scouts to get a look at him. For his future, it’s more important for him to be ready for the next level than our next game.”
Golden Gophers freshman forward Oto Osenieks (concussion) and has not been cleared to play.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies are relatively healthy. Junior center Aziz N’Diaye (wrist) and sophomore guard C.J. Wilcox (hip) are steal dealing with nagging injuries, but they’re expected to be available for Tuesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal at Madison Square Garden.
The Huskies arrived to New York late Saturday night. They practiced Sunday morning and spent the day getting acclimated. Darnell Gant, Abdul Gaddy, Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten Jr. appeared at Monday’s noon press conference at the Marriott Marquis and afterward the Huskies held practice at Baruch College in Manhattan.
The NIT teams will attend a banquet tonight at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.
— Romar called Smith a mentor and Smith said he’s been a great admirer of Romar over the years.
— Smith said Washington is a complete team and likened the Huskies to Ohio State because of their ability to score in a variety of ways.
— Smith said part of the reason for Minnesota’s recent success is the leadership of sophomore point guard Austin Hollins, junior forward Rodney Williams’ scoring and an improved defensive effort.
— Smith expects to receive a contract extension once the season ends.
— Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins noted there’s only 12 teams (four in the NCAA, four in the NIT, two in the CBI and two in the CIT) still playing out of 345. “That says a lot that you’re still playing at this time.”
— Stanford freshman guard Chasson Randle said the Cardinal had a preseason goal of winning a championship. “We can still fulfill our goal. We set out to win the Pac-12, but we can still finish the year with a title. That’s really important.”

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