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Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said Wednesday that he will follow teammate Trey Burke and enter the NBA Draft in June.

Hardaway, a junior on the Wolverines' national runner-up team, averaged 14.2 points and shot 37.4 percent on 3-pointers this season. With Hardaway and Burke, Michigan had what many experts considered the best backcourt in the country.

Hardaway, an All-Big Ten pick this past season, is projected as a possible second-round pick by analysts in the NBA Draft in June. He has developed his ballhanding and defensive skills in his time at Michigan while continuing to improve his shooting, but there are still some questions about whether he will be drafted at all.

Michigan coach John Beilein also is awaiting word on whether freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III will return next season.

Burke, a sophomore who won national player of the year honors, announced last week that he was forgoing his final two seasons with the Wolverines to enter the NBA Draft.

---Although projected as an NBA lottery pick, Oklahoma State freshman point guard Marcus Smart will return to school for his sophomore season instead of entering the NBA draft this year.

Smart confirmed that he's staying with the Cowboys during a news conference, joined by teammates Markel Brown and LeBryan Nash.

Both NBADraft.net and DraftExpress.com projected Smart to be the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft if he would have come out. Chad Ford of ESPN.com projected Smart to be the No. 2 overall selection.

"I think I made the right decision," Smart said. "I am aware of how much money I am giving up."

The 6-foot-4 Smart was named the Big 12 player of the year as a freshman, when he averaged 15.4 points and 4.2 assists per game on a team that finished with a 24-9 record and reached the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma State will return its top seven scorers next season.

---Florida Gulf Coast hired Kansas assistant Joe Dooley to replace Andy Enfield as its head coach after the team's successful run in the NCAA Tournament this year.

Dooley, 47, has served on Kansas coach Bill Self's staff for the past 10 years. He also was the head coach at East Carolina from 1995 to 1999, posting a 57-52 overall record, and was an assistant at South Carolina, East Carolina, Wyoming and New Mexico.

Enfield left the take the Southern California job after leading Florida Gulf Coast, in its sixth year as a Division I program, on an improbable run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

---TCU plans to upgrade its basketball facility with a $45 million renovation project approved by the school's board of trustees.

The 53-year-old Daniel-Meyer Coliseum will be modernized with wider concourses, more bathrooms, improved concession areas, enhanced seating, a courtside club for season ticket-holders and a facade similar to nearby Amon G. Carter Stadium, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Construction is expected to begin after the 2013-14 season or when fundraising is completed. The project already has a $10 million commitment from donors Ed and Rae Schollmaier.

Athletic director Chris Del Conte hopes to have at least $45 million raised by November.

New locker rooms, an athletics hall of fame and new coaches offices for various sports are also part of the arena plan.

Construction would force the Horned Frogs to play in another arena during the 2014-15 season.

TCU's football stadium underwent a $164 million renovation project that was completed before the 2012 season.

---Point guard Kevin Olekaibe is transferring from Fresno State to play his final season of college basketball elsewhere.

The junior averaged 8.3 points per game this past season after suffering an offseason arm injury. As a sophomore, he scored 17.8 points per game.

---Forward Jon Ekey is leaving Illinois State and transferring to nearby Illinois for his final season.

The 6-foot-7 Ekey averaged 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds last season for the Redbirds. As a fifth-year transfer, he will become eligible immediately at Illinois, which suffered heavy graduation losses that include Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey.

Ekey will join transfer guard Rayvonte Rice from Drake and former Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby at Illinois.
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