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FGCU G Johnson to transfer to Miami

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Florida Gulf Coast graduate transfer Zach Johnson says he will play his final college season for the Miami Hurricanes, his hometown team.

Johnson announced his plans Thursday on Twitter. A 6-2 guard, he was a three-year starter at Florida Gulf Coast, averaging 16.1 points last season while shooting 47 percent and making 69 3-pointers. He was a teammate of Hurricanes forward Dewan Huell at Miami Norland High School.

The Hurricanes added two other transfers earlier this month: former Oklahoma guard Kameron McGusty, and former Wyoming guard Anthony Mack.


Kansas State G Patrick opts to transfer

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Kansas State guard Brian Patrick has announced his decision to transfer.

The sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, averaged 1.9 points while appearing in 49 games over two seasons with the Wildcats. His best game came against West Virginia late last season, when he scored 11 points.


Crean adds Joe Scott to Georgia staff

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Joe Scott has joined Georgia basketball coach Tom Crean's staff as an assistant.

The 52-year-old Scott spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Holy Cross following nine seasons as the head coach at Denver. He also was the head coach at Air Force and Princeton.


Seton Hall names Skinn assistant coach

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) Seton Hall has hired Tony Skinn as an assistant basketball coach.

Coach Kevin Willard announced the hiring Thursday. Skinn replaces Shaheen Holloway, who left to become the head coach at nearby St. Peter's University.


Vols AD Fulmer's new deal worth $900K

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

Now he has the contract to back it up.


NYU hires Nelson as head coach

NEW YORK (AP) Dagan Nelson has been hired as basketball coach at New York University, replacing the retiring Joe Nesci.

Nelson has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels, including a stint as an assistant with the Violets from 2000-02.


Ex-Louisville recruit Bowen to test NBA

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina forward and former Louisville recruit Brian Bowen is entering the NBA draft.

Bowen, who transferred to South Carolina after being suspended by Louisville amid a federal investigation into college basketball, won't hire an agent, according to Bowen's attorney, Jason Setchen, and a school spokeswoman.


Texas Tech G Smith goes pro after 1 year

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Zhaire Smith is turning pro after a standout freshman season at Texas Tech that included several highlight dunks and the Red Raiders going to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time.

Smith said in a Twitter post that he is signing with an agent. The 6-foot-5 Smith was no longer listed Wednesday on Texas Tech's roster.


Gabriel fifth from Kentucky off to draft

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel will enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, remaining eligible to return for his third season with the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore averaged nearly 10 points over the final eight games to rank sixth on the team at 6.8 points with 5.4 rebounds per contest. Gabriel said in a release Wednesday that after talking with John Calipari and other Kentucky coaches, "They believe it's in my best interest to see where I stand in the eyes of the NBA."


Tar Heels G Johnson has hip procedure

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says guard Cameron Johnson has had an arthroscopic procedure on his hip.

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Tuesday that Johnson had the procedure Monday in Minneapolis and is expected to make a full recovery for the upcoming season.

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