1. Villanova put out a news release that junior guard Maalik Wayns will enter his name into the 2012 NBA draft. The Wildcats said he won't hire an agent and that Wayns will keep open the option for returning for his senior season. But a new NCAA rule, originally proposed by the ACC, eliminates the testing process. All underclassmen have to make up their minds by April 10. Do you really think there will be any workouts or real "testing of the draft process" in the next three weeks? No. Players like Wayns can seek out advice and figure their draft status without having to go through the charade of declaring. Either you're in the draft or you're not this year. There is no middle ground anymore.
2. I saw St. Bonaventure at BWI Wednesday. I was heading to Albuquerque, the Bonnies were connecting to Nashville. St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt said the cost of the NCAA charter was going to be $50,000 for the teams' traveling party so they declined. Meanwhile, Schmidt couldn't be more pleased with the remarkable run to the A-10 tournament title game. He should be. It was quite a feat. He also is hoping that the A-10 grabs Butler as fast as possible. The Bonnies' administration wants, and the A-10 needs, to replace Temple with a high-level team. Butler would be the obvious choice.
3. The Rhode Island coach search will come down to an eclectic mix if it chooses between Danny Hurley (Wagner), Jim Christian (TCU), Tim Cluess (Iona), Jim Ferry (LIU Brooklyn), Al Skinner (former BC coach) and possibly Orlando Antigua (Kentucky assistant). The interesting nugget on this job is what happens with assistant Preston Murphy. He could be the key to keeping important recruits.