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LSU hires Texas A&M's Woodward as new AD

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU has formalized an agreement to bring in Scott Woodward as the university's next athletic director.

Woodward, whose hiring was announced Thursday morning, has been Texas A&M's athletic director since 2016 and held the same post at Washington for eight years before that.

The Baton Rouge native and 1985 LSU graduate takes over at his alma mater on the heels of the university's announcement a day earlier that 11th-year athletic director Joe Alleva would be stepping down and be reassigned to another job within the institution as special assistant to the university president.

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Gonzaga F Clarke to enter NBA draft

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke, who led the nation in blocked shots this season, plans to skip his senior year and enter the NBA draft.

Under new NCAA rules, the junior can sign with an agent and still return to school if he chooses. Clarke has until May 29 to make a final decision.

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Diakite 4th Virginia player to declare

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Virginia forward Mamadi Diakite says he is forgoing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NBA draft.

Diakite made the announcement Wednesday on his Instagram page. He's the fourth member of the national champions to make the move, joining De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy.

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S. Carolina freshman Lawson enters draft

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina guard A.J. Lawson is declaring for the NBA draft. He is not signing with an agent and leaving open the option to return to school.

Lawson, who made the all-Southeastern Conference freshman team this season, announced his intentions Wednesday. He has until May 29 to withdraw from the draft and return to South Carolina.

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G Edwards heads Georgia's class

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Highly recruited 6-foot-4 guard Anthony "Ant Man" Edwards has signed with Georgia, giving the Bulldogs a headliner of its top recruiting class in at least 25 years.

Edwards, from Atlanta's Holy Spirit Prep School, was a McDonald's All-American rated as one of the nation's top prospects. He is rated as the nation's No. 2 prospect by 247sports after averaging 29 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the 2018-19 season.

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Michigan State signs star G Watts

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State has signed 6-foot-3 guard Mark "Rocket" Watts.

The school announced Wednesday it received a letter of intent from Watts, who attends SPIRE Academy in Ohio and is from Detroit. He joins 6-foot-8 forward Malik Hall in Tom Izzo's recruiting class.

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Minnesota signs 6-10 C Freeman

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota has signed 6-foot-10 center Sam Freeman to a national letter of intent, giving the Gophers two incoming freshmen next season.

Freeman averaged 13.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this season for Northwest High School in Dallas. He'll join 6-foot-5 guard Tre' Williams in Minnesota's 2019 recruiting class.

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Miami lands highly recruited G Beverly

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Highly recruited 6-foot-4 guard Harlond Beverly has signed with the Miami Hurricanes.

A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Beverly joined Montverde (Florida) Academy for his senior season and led the team to a 22-3 record and the semifinals of the high school nationals.

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Former La. Tech F Duruji to Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Former Louisiana Tech forward Anthony Duruji has officially transferred to Florida the same day coach Mike White added two more recruits to his best signing class.

Duruji filed necessary paperwork Wednesday and is expected to enroll at Florida this summer. The 6-foot-7 sophomore will have to sit out the 2019-20 season under NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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Kentucky G Herro to remain in NBA draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky guard Tyler Herro says he plans to remain in the NBA draft after initially leaving open the possibility of returning to school.

The 6-foot-5 freshman announced his decision in a news release Tuesday. Last week, he said he would enter the draft and hire an NCAA-certified agent but didn't commit to leaving Kentucky. Now he says he's "ready to jump into that next stage."

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