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Roundball Chatter for April 8

• Congrats to newest class of the College Basketball Hall of Fame. It includes former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino, ex-Purdue coach and current St. John's assistant Gene Keady, former Maryland Terp and U.S. congressman Tom McMillen, George Ravling of USC and Nike, Bob Hopkins of Grambling, George Killian of FIBA and the 1963 team from Loyola University of Chicago, which broke through racial boundaries and eventually defeated Cincinnati in the national championship game. The class will be inducted during a ceremony November 23 in Kansas City.

• Give Wichita State a lot of credit for a great season. The Shockers won 30 games and had Louisville on the ropes before losing. Gregg Marshall deserves a salute for a job well done, even in defeat.

• I understand why Jim Boeheim would be upset with the question of whether or not he was coming back next season. It is all about age, and just because an individual is getting older doesn't mean he cannot get the job done. I feel that way when people ask me about retirement. I am 73 going on 12, baby!

• Andy Enfield was the hot name during the NCAA tournament after Florida Gulf Coast made the Sweet 16. He reaped the benefits by getting hired at USC. I will watch those USC-UCLA games closely.

• I love the passion and emotion of the recent hires in the Big Ten. Richard Pitino will do a good job at Minnesota. I love Northwestern's move to bring in Chris Collins. Each young guy has great energy and enthusiasm.

• New Mexico made a good decision, going with associate head coach Craig Neal as Steve Alford's replacement. The decision continues continuity within the program, which makes sense. The Lobos have a lot of returning talent from a team which won the Mountain West.

• More players opted for the NBA draft. Among those going to the pros are C.J. Leslie of NC State, Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State, Archie Goodwin of Kentucky and Steven Adams of Pittsburgh. Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein were smart to return to school.

• Rodney Purvis of NC State has decided to leave the Wolfpack after one season. Purvis will be going to Connecticut. Ryan Harrow of Kentucky opted to move closer to home to be near his ailing mother, moving to Georgia State.