Here’s a quick recap of all the major NBA decisions from the past week. The NCAA’s deadline for early entrants to remain eligible required players to decide by May 8 if they wanted to remain in the NBA Draft or return to school.
Remaining in the draft:
* Butler’s Shelvin Mack
Speaking of Izzo, the Spartans’ coach might be getting some much-needed backcourt help in Valparaiso transfer Brandon Wood, according to the Associated Press.. The Horizon League’s No. 3 scorer is transferring to Michigan State after completing his undergraduate degree. Because of NCAA rules for graduate transfers, Wood might be eligible to play immediately for a team losing Kalin Lucas to graduation.
Early Entry Winners & Losers--Rush The Court
Butler. The transition for Brad Stevens was already going to be tough with the losses of national runner-up starters Matt Howard and Shawn Vanzant, but the early entry departure of star Shelvin Mack ensures that Butler will necessarily drop back a couple of steps. Nothing would surprise us with the ability of Brad Stevens to get the most from his talent, but Mack’s decision means the most successful group in Bulldog history has now moved on. Next generation stars such as Andrew Smith, Khyle Marshall and Roosevelt Jones have some gargantuan shoes to fill in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Maryland Coaching Search: Brad Stevens Surprises No One, Turns Down Maryland; Brey Next Up?--Testudo Times
Mack’s going pro, so where does that leave Butler--Beyond The Arc
Deadline Decisions: Who were the losers?--Ballin' is a Habit
Butler: Its tough to say anything negative about Butler in this situation. Shelvin Mack was instrumental in getting the Bulldogs into back to back national title games. Keeping him around for three seasons is a win in this day and age. That said, losing him for next season will hurt. Matt Howard, Shawn Vanzant, and Zack Hahn are also gone, which means that the Bulldogs will be left with a lot of young players. It will be interesting to see how guys like Chase Stigall and Chrishawn Hopkins develop in the back court. If Khyle Marshall lives up to his potential next season, Butler should once again compete for the Horizon league title.
Source: Butler's Shelvin Mack Staying in Draft--Yard Barker
Mid-Major Morning Mashups: NBA Draft Early Entry Deadline Edition--Mid-Major Madness
Hinkle Fieldhouse Court To Feature Corporate Logos--Mid-Major Madness
Days of NBA Lives: Wherein Gordon Hayward can’t afford movers--Ball Don't Lie
Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors named to second-team All-Rookie squad--Deseret News
The league's coaches honored forward Derrick Favors with a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie second team. And while he didn't make either the first or second squad, Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward received the 14th-most votes among first-year players.
The 21-year-old Hayward played particularly well late in the season. The 6-8 guard was especially impressive in a 22-point outing in a road win against the Los Angeles Lakers and a year-ending 34-point explosion in a victory over Denver.
Hayward, the No. 9 pick from Butler, averaged 5.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also shot a team-best 47.3 percent (35-74) from 3-point territory.
Utah Jazz’s Derrick Favors earns NBA All-Rookie honors--Salt Lake Tribune
Jazz forward Derrick Favors was named Wednesday to the 2010-11 NBA All-Rookie second team, receiving 18 points and one first-team recommendation. Utah forward Gordon Hayward received seven points but was not selected to either team. Voting was conducted by all 30 league coaches.
Hayward was the No. 9 pick in the 2010 draft. The 21-year-old from Butler averaged 5.4 points, 2 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 48.5 percent from the floor and 47.3 percent behind the 3-point line during 72 games (17 starts).
While the Jazz fell apart during the final three months of the season, the rookie’s confidence soared and his overall game significantly improved. Hayward averaged 17.8 points, 3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in his last five contests, shooting 62.7 percent from the field and 56.3 percent beyond the arc. He scored a season-high 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting and knocked down five of six 3s on April 13 during a home win against Denver that marked Utah’s season finale.
Jazz: In face of uncertain future, Kirilenko at peace--Salt Lake Tribune
Utah center Mehmet Okur has returned to Turkey and continues to make progress during his rehabilitation. Meanwhile, the Jazz’s Paul Millsap, Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors have started offseason workouts.
Butler's Shelvin Mack heads off to the pros--The Indy Star
Butler confirms hiring ex-IU guard as assistant coach--The Indy Star
Mack leaves Butler with no regrets--The Indy Star
Dawgs’ extreme makeover--Indy Star Butler Insider
Of Mack, Lewis, Hinkle and recruiting--Indy Star Butler Insider
Howard as NBA prospect--Indy Star Butler Insider
NBA future: Mack declares for draft--Victory Firelight
Mack to stay in NBA draft--Butler Collegian
PHOTO GALLERY | Shelvin Mack announces he will stay in NBA Draft--Butler Collegian
Shelvin Mack To Remain In NBA Draft--ButlerSports.com
Michael Lewis Joins Butler Basketball Staff--ButlerSports.com
Mulroy Promoted To Full Time Assistant Coach--detroittitans.com
Hayden Humes transferring to UIC from Toledo; Will sit out season--ChicagoNow.com
Howard Moore moving and shaking at UIC--Daily Herald
Hayden Humes Transfers to UIC From Toledo--uicflames.com
Fordham set to christen Loyola's Norville Center--ChicagoNow.com
Loyola’s Alumni Gym was site of world records, hoop dreams--The Chicago Sun-Times
UWGB men's basketball: Schott's legacy started at Green Bay West--Green Bay Press Gazette
Basketball: UWGB Hall of Famer Schott dies--Green Bay Press Gazette
Alumni Update: Boyer Named Girls' Basketball Coach at Notre Dame Academy--uwgbathletics.com
Flying with the Phoenix: Brown Adding to His Game--uwgbathletics.com
Tetschlag to Speak at Commencement Ceremony--uwgbathletics.com
Men’s basketball recruit--UWM Post
Basketball Overseas Updates--Panther Blog Zone
2010-11 Season In Review: Panthers Hit Top Of Horizon--uwmpanthers.com
Edwards Named All-League Second Team in Switzerland--Panther Blog Zone
Mississippi transfer Bogan joins Crusaders--The Post-Tribune
Butler's Mack leaves early; who's the Horizon Preseason Player of the Year?--Off The Mark
Ole Miss guard transfers to Valparaiso--The NWI Times
Humes to transfer to UIC--Region Sports Extra
Valpo Recruiting News — When a story breaks, and when it doesn’t--Region Sports Extra
My new favorite Dino--Section EE
Should Valpo fans be upset with Brandon Wood?--Section EE
WSU gets in early recruiting standout Indiana freshman--Dayton Daily News
Early NBA entrants could learn from Butler coach--Dayton Daily News
WSU women’s basketball has lofty goals for recruits--Dayton Daily News
WSU women’s basketball adds three newcomers to increase total to 10--Wright State University Sports
Women's Basketball Adds Three to Roster--wsuraiders.com
Men's Basketball Coaches to Hold Four Summer Camps--ysusports.com
Women’s Basketball Program to Hold Annual Golf Outing on Aug. 27--ysusports.com
Shelvin Mack to Remain in NBA Draft--Horizon League Network