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April 16, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Morning links: Lots of comings and goings in Pac-12

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks (left), Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and Vice Chancellor John Wilton welcome Cuonzo Martin (second from right). Photo credit: Carlos Avila Gonzalez - San Francisco Chronicle

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks (left), Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and Vice Chancellor John Wilton welcome Cuonzo Martin (second from right). Photo credit: Carlos Avila Gonzalez – San Francisco Chronicle

On the day the Pac-12 said hello to new California coach Cuonzo Martin, the conference also said goodbye to Arizona stars Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson who are leaving for the NBA.

Washington State also lost two players and an incoming freshman.

And on top of that, Wednesday marks the start of the three-week spring signing period.

WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:

Quevyn Winters is anxious to sign with Washington and help the Huskies improve on last season’s 17-15 record.

Martin had an immediate impact after leaving Tennessee and taking the Cal job. He convinced 7-1 center Kingsley Okoroh, who had committed to the Vols, to flip and follow him to the Bay Area and play for the Golden Bears. Martin also convinced several Cal players including Jabari Bird to stay with the team.

— Arizona lost Gordon and Johnson, but the Wildcats are still the class of the Pac-12 because they retained freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski and sophomore forward Brandon Ashley.

— Here’s a look at the early-entry NBA draft list that includes five Pac-12 players.

— Washington State junior guard Royce Woolridge, a two-year starter, will not return for his senior year. James Hunter, a junior forward who received little playing time, is also leaving while signee Jermaine Morgan has been released from his National Letter of Intent and will not enroll at WSU. The departures obviously creates spots on the roster for new coach Ernie Kent to bring in players that fit his style.

— Utah is expected to bring in a touted 2014 recruiting class ranked fifth in the Pac-12.

Oregon State is expected to sign Cameron Oliver, a three-star forward from Sacramento.

— Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier called out the NCAA when he said there were times he went to bed hungry. Well the NCAA passed a rule that will allow college athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks. It’s a step in the right direction to improving the NCAA’s broken system.

— No link but according to Matt Prehm at 247 Sports: Oregon assistant of basketball operations Kenya Crandall will be follow Brian Fish to Montana State as an assistant coach.

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