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• The early entry deadline came and went on Sunday, but it took until late Monday for word to trickle out of two more late NBA draft declarations. Mississippi State guard Dee Bost told the Clarion Ledger on Monday that he and teammate Ravern Johnson have declared for the draft but will not hire agents, giving them the opportunity to return to school. However, Renardo Sidney, the touted freshman who was suspended all of last season, will be back in Starkville next year.

• The success of transfers Derrick Jasper, Tre'Von Willis and Chace Stanback convinced ex-UCLA forward Mike Moser that UNLV was the ideal destination for him to jumpstart his career. "There's a lot of guys similar to me who made the same choice to go to UNLV, and are going to end up being very successful," Moser said. "Those guys are doing really well, they had a great year last year. That stood out to me."

• Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi walked through the North Carolina campus and downtown Chapel Hill on Sunday afternoon clad in a J.J. Redick Magic jersey. It was a bold move that generated plenty of derision, but I'd be far more impressed if he did it in the bar district in College Park on a Friday or Saturday night.

• Chicago-area high school and AAU coaches initially weren't thrilled that DePaul hired a coach with no ties to the city, so naturally they also weren't pleased with his choice of assistants. "My relationship right now is not going to be good with them," said Robert Smith, who has coached Simeon to three state championships in the last five years. "That could change in a month or two months, but right now it is not good.

• Highly recruited center J'mison Morgan was a major bust at UCLA, but the sophomore transfer will have a fresh start at Baylor. "It was a learning experience at UCLA," Morgan said. "I think Baylor will be a better fit for me defensively. We used a get out and pressure kind of defense at UCLA, while Baylor uses a 2-3 zone. I'm going to use the redshirt year to keep trying to take my physical conditioning to another level."

• Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn offers his list of 'Ten teams waiting on stars' NBA Draft decisions headlined by Gordon Hayward and Butler. His hunches regarding what choices these prospects will make jive with mine, though for the sake of college basketball, I really hope Hayward stuns everyone and returns for his junior year.

• It seemed as though every potential NBA prospect besides Kyle Singler turned pro this month, but Ballin' is a Habit reminds us there were actually a quite a few who came back to school. Among the guys who might have cracked the first round but returned: UConn's Kemba Walker, Georgia's Trey Thompkins, Florida State's Chris Singleton and Gonzaga's Elias Harris.

• In hopes of jumpstarting recruiting in Southern California, UCLA coach Ben Howland hired former San Francisco coach Phil Mathews as an assistant. Mathews has previously coached at the high school, junior college and Division I level throughout the state. "I'm a SoCal kid, born and raised, grew up in SoCal," Mathews said. "To get the opportunity to come back and coach at a place like UCLA was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

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