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Breakfast Buffet: Will Eliot Williams turning pro help Memphis?

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Pull up a chair and sit down at the breakfast buffet, an assortment of all the freshest newsworthy college hoops stories on the net. To make a submission, contact me via email or Twitter.

• Could Memphis be better off because star guard Eliot Williams is turning pro? In the long term, yes, the Commercial Appeal's Dan Wolken argues. Nothing is more important than being able to tell a recruit that you developed an NBA player, and Memphis' Josh Pastner will be able to tell recruits he's had more first rounders in one season than Bruce Pearl in his whole coaching career.

• If Tennessee's Emmanuel Negedu is going to make a comeback, it apparently won't be with the Vols. Team doctors would not give medical clearance to the sophomore to play again as a result of the sudden cardiac arrest he suffered on Sept. 28, 2009 when his heart stopped following a light workout.

• On the eve of what promises to be a critical spring signing period for his program, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar landed a commitment from an elite junior college center with three years left of eligibility remaining. College of Southern Idaho's Aziz N'Diaye chose Washington over Oklahoma because he felt more comfortable there and he believed the Huskies are in far better position to win right away.

• Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports writes about John Wall joining LeBron James' marketing firm, but by far the most interesting details to college basketball fans will be the details on the relationship between Kentucky, World Wide Wes and LeBron. It shows that aligning oneself with the appropriate high school prospects can pay huge dividend down the road.

The stalemate between Rutgers and embattled coach Fred Hill continued Tuesday, though it still remains a certainty that Hill has coached his last game for the Scarlet Knights. Hill continues to oversee weight lifting and other day-to-day duties in the program even as he and his lawyers attempt to negotiate a fair settlement.

• If you're sick of hearing about top underclassmen leaving college for the NBA, here are two guys who revealed Monday that they will, gasp, return to school. Tennessee's Scotty Hopson believed that he could improve his draft stock by returning for his junior year, while Michigan State's Kalin Lucas will return for his senior season because his torn Achilles tendon prevented him from working out for NBA teams.

• Jahmar Young had better hope that he impresses NBA scouts during the next two months because returning to New Mexico State is no longer an option. Aggies coach Marvin Menzies announced that the star guard will not return for his senior season as a result of an arrest on charges of battery on a peace officer.

• The Mountain West and Missouri Valley conference released the matchups for their head-to-head challenge next season, but curiously Northern Iowa is paired against TCU rather than a marquee opponent. A spokesman for the Mountain West said that was because three of the conference's four NCAA tournament teams from last year all must play on the road this year, as must the Panthers.

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