Roundball chatter

Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• Big news out of Kentucky as Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and DeAndre Liggins have declared for the NBA draft. They could still return to Lexington, though, as they have not signed with an agent. Coach John Calipari has the top recruiting class in the country coming in, so he was prepared if several guys said farewell. We will have to see if those guys will stay in the draft. The deadline is May 8.

• Legendary North Carolina broadcaster Woody Durham recently announced his retirement. My friends, he will be missed calling Tar Heel games. He ws a joy and a treasure, and it will be strange not to see him in the press room or on the sidelines down in Chapel Hill.

• I have a message for all of those critics who say Kemba Walker can not star in the NBA. Come on now, put him on the floor with a 24-second clock, and he can go up and down the floor. That is where he excels. Walker is fantastic in transition, and while some will bring up his size, he will be able to score. Who will defend him in a one-on-one situation? He can take it off the bounce and show explosiveness, but he still needs to work on his jump shot.

• Some feel that Shelvin Mack will be a second round pick in the NBA draft. If that is the case, he should go back to Butler and work on getting his stock up to become a first-rounder. He should want the guaranteed dollars, and I know Brad Stevens would welcome him back.

• Michigan State coach Tom Izzo made a solid decision by adding former IPFW coach Dane Fife to his staff. Fife has solid connections and will be a good addition.

• There was some chaos at BYU when Jimmer Fredette was sent home to take his classes; apparently his popularity was too much for the fans in Provo. Come on, give me a break. Let him enjoy his moment in the sun and be a student. He only has a few days left.

• Missouri's Frank Haith made good moves adding Tim Fuller and veteran bench coach Ernie Nestor to his staff. Fuller should help in recruiting while Nestor has great experience on the sidelines.