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Cuonzo Martin left Tennessee on Tuesday to take the head coaching job at California.

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart confirmed the news in a press conference, saying "It was a surprise to us all." Cal athletics director Sandy Barbour also confirmed Martin's hiring.

Martin just finished his third season at Tennessee. He led the Volunteers to 24 wins and a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Martin was previously considered a candidate at Marquette, then publicly stated that he planned to stay at Tennessee, but that changed when California offered him the job.

Mike Montgomery announced his retirement at Cal on April 1. Montgomery, 67, posted a 130-73 record at Cal, taking the Bears to the NCAA Tournament in four of his six seasons, though they failed to reach the tournament this season. The Bears finished 21-14, including 10-8 in the Pac-12. They won two games in the NIT before losing to SMU.

---Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday, the school confirmed.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon, just 18, averaged 12.4 points and eight rebounds in 31.2 minutes per game last season and is considered a high lottery pick. He was named All-Pac-12 first team.

Johnson, an All-American and the Pac-12 Player of the Year, led the Wildcats in scoring at 16.3 points per game last season and is expected to be taken in the second round of the June 26 draft.

Freshman forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 7-foot sophomore center Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley also considered a jump but announced that they will return to Arizona next season.

---Michigan coach John Beilein announced Tuesday that sophomores Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas will forgo their final two years of eligibility and declare for entry into the 2014 NBA Draft.

Robinson, a forward, and Stauskas, a guard, helped Michigan go 59-17 overall and 27-9 in Big Ten play during the past two seasons. The 59 total wins is the best total for any two-year period in the history of the school.

Robinson averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds this season. Stauskas averaged 17.5 points and 3.3 assists this season.

---Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker was expected to meet with coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday and announce the next day whether or not he will forgo his final three seasons of eligibility to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Parker is the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Chicago native averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds while leading the Blue Devils to a 26-9 record, an appearance in the ACC title game and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Parker is considered a consensus top-three selection should he choose to enter the draft.

---A day after Michigan State sophomore guard Gary Harris declared his intentions to enter the NBA draft, the school announced that forward Branden Dawson will remain with the Spartans for his senior season.

Dawson averaged a career-best 11.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game this past season and helped Michigan State reach the East Regional final in the NCAA Tournament. In wins over Harvard and Virginia, Dawson scored 26 and 24 points, respectively. The Spartans were ousted in the regional final by Connecticut.

The 6-foot-6 Dawson missed nine games with a broken hand but bounced back from knee surgery at the end of his freshman year that hampered him during his sophomore season.
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