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Roundball chatter

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

• The flood of players announcing their intention to enter the NBA draft has started. T.J. Warren of NC State, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Jakarr Sampson of St. John's, LaQuinton Ross of Ohio State, Semaj Christon of Xavier and Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine of UCLA all stated that they are going pro. On the flip side, several players announced plans to stay in school, including North Carolina's Marcus Paige and Wayne Selden Jr. of Kansas.

• The coaching changes keep on coming, too. James Dickey announced his resignation at Houston. Wichita State associate head coach Chris Jans accepted the coaching job at Bowling Green. Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts was named coach at UNC-Wilmington.

• Dayton made a wise move by giving coach Archie Miller an extension. Miller's new deal goes through the 2018-19 season. He is a rising star in the coaching profession! He wasn't the only Atlantic 10 coach to be rewarded, as George Washington's Mike Lonergan got an extension through 2021.

• There's also news about players seeking transfers after the season. West Virginia guard Eron Harris and Indiana forwards Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell are looking for new schools. Harris, who averaged over 17 PPG last season, wants to move closer to his home in Indianapolis. Sean Obi, who averaged just under a double-double at Rice as a freshman, also has opted to transfer. Anthony Lee is going from Temple to Ohio State. Kevin Ware decided to leave Louisville. Tyler Lewis is going elsewhere, leaving NC State.

• Congratulations to the 2014 College Basketball Hall of Fame class. I was thrilled that Howard Garfinkel, the guru from the Five-Star camps, made the group. He has meant so much to players and coaches everywhere. This talented group of inductees includes Shaquille O'Neal, Grant Hill, Darrell Griffith and coaches Gary Williams and Dale Brown.

• The Elite Eight and Sweet 16 produced more farewells for players finishing their collegiate career. Guys such as Russ Smith of Louisville, Joe Harris of Virginia, Cory Jefferson of Baylor, Josh Huestis of Stanford, Melvin Ejim of Iowa State and Adreian Payne of Michigan State will be missed.