NBA Draft Rumors for April 9, 2012

Jim Calhoun could make an announcement on his future, and the indecisive duo of Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb will likely make their respective decisions, as well. Everyone expects Lamb to go pro, but sources indicate Drummond is on-the-fence. Connecticut News

Calhoun said he, Jeremy Lamb, and Lamb’s father, Rolando, spoke on Friday about Lamb’s decision regarding the NBA draft. “They’re about ready to make a decision,” Calhoun said. Insiders believe it’s only a matter of time before Lamb declares he is leaving. Calhoun has also spoken often with center Andre Drummond, also a potential NBA lottery pick, and envisions a decision sometime next week. Drummond, who just finished his freshman season, has said he is “weighing out his options.” Players must declare by Tuesday if they are staying in school, but can opt to enter the draft as late as April 29. Hartford CourantPerry Jones III has decided that he will forgo his final year of college and declare for the 2012 NBA draft. In his junior year, he averaged 13.5 points per game and 7.6 rebounds while leading the Baylor Bears to their second Elite Eight appearance in his career. “I want to thank Baylor Nation for an unbelievable two years,” Jones III said in a press release. “Baylor will always be a second home to me and I look forward to spending a lot of time in Waco and working towards finishing my degree.” Dallas Morning News

Former Station Camp High School and current Vanderbilt University standout basketball player John Jenkins announced Monday he will forego his senior season with the Commodores and enter June’s National Basketball Association draft. “This was a very difficult decision for my family and I to make, but I am ready to dedicate myself fully to achieving my dream of playing in the NBA,” said Jenkins, in a statement released on Vanderbilt University’s official web site. “The last three years have been the time of my life, and I will always cherish my time at Vanderbilt and the relationships I have made along the way.” The Tennessean

Texas A&M junior Khris Middleton has declared for the NBA draft. Middleton missed 12 games last season with a knee injury. He averaged 13.2 points and five rebounds in a disappointing 14-18 season for the Aggies which broke a streak of six straight NCAA tournament appearances. The Aggies were preseason favorites to contend with Kansas for the Big 12 title, but a number of injuries, including the one to Middleton contributed to a 4-14 Big 12 record. The Score

Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham announced Monday that he has declared for the 2012 NBA draft. A 6-foot-4, 194-pound junior from Oakland, Calif., Cunningham averaged 17.9 points 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals last season for the Beavers, who finished 21-15. He was named first-team all-Pac-12 and was on the conference’s all-defensive team. Salem Statesman Journal

Forward Tony Mitchell, a first-team All-Sun Belt selection, will be returning for his sophomore season at North Texas. Mitchell, who had been projected as a fringe first-round NBA draft pick by’s Chad Ford, averaged 14.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a freshman with the Mean Green.

Baylor sophomore Perry Jones III will head to the NBA. Bears coach Scott Drew told that the talented 6-foot-10 Texas native has decided to leave school. Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but NBA executives question his toughness and intensity. However, it’s unlikely that Jones isn’t taken in the NBA lottery.

Tomorrow’s NCAA-mandated date to decide whether or not to enter the NBA early will be just another Tuesday for Duke’s Mason Plumlee. The junior center, who has been told he projects as a mid-to-late first-round draft pick, could take up until April 29, the NBA’s deadline for players to enter the draft. Perky Plumlee, Mason’s father, said Monday morning that his son is “agonizing” over whether or not to leave Duke with one season of eligibility remaining. “Maybe for some kids it’s so clear cut it’s easy,” Perky Plumlee said. “But it’s not an easy decision for Mason. For some kids who don’t want to go to school or don’t do well in school or don’t like school, they would think about it for about two seconds. He’s getting favorable input. He’s well regarded by NBA scouts. He actually is at a point where he would have a bright future either direction.” The Herald Sun

Trey Burke has decided to return to Michigan for his sophomore season, the school announced Monday. “Over the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time thinking and praying about my future — not just about next year but many years down the road,” said Burke. “After gathering information, I am excited to be continuing my education at Michigan as we look to accomplish even more in our 2012-13 season. RealGM

Lehigh junior guard C.J. McCollum is returning for his senior season. The Canton, Ohio native released a statement Monday regarding his decision after declaring himself for the NBA Draft late last month. Morning Call

Jordan Taylor will play in the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational that begins Wednesday. The invitational, in its 60th year, features 64 of the nation’s top seniors competing in a four-day, 12-game tournament. NBA scouts attend the invitational and assess the talent. Taylor helped lead the Badgers to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance this season.

Kansas University junior basketball forward Thomas Robinson will announce his intentions to enter the NBA Draft at an 11:30 a.m. news conference today in Allen Fieldhouse. KU coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday that Robinson would be turning pro. Self indicated he would say no more until the news conference. The news of the 6-foot-10 Robinson’s leaving, of course, comes as no shock. It has long been believed Robinson would be entering his name in the 2012 NBA Draft following this, his junior season. Lawrence Journal-World

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson will announce at a news conference Monday that he will enter the NBA draft, Jayhawks coach Bill Self told’s Andy Katz.

NBPA Certified Agent Johnny Foster has signed Darryl “Truck” Bryant of West Virginia and Julian Mavunga of Miami Ohio. Bryant, a senior guard, averaged 16.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 37.3 minutes played per game this season with the Mountaineers. However, while Bryant put up a good amount of points per game, one concern will be that he shot below 40% from the floor and 31% from the three-point line. Sports Agent Blog

Jordan Theodore, who has been invited to and will play in the annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, has recently selected his agent. Going forward, he will be represented by Jeffrey Dobin and Ryan Scarpa of Athlete Advocates. Athletes Advocates does not currently represent any NBA players and is hoping that Theodore will be the company’s first. Sports Agent Blog

The decision was probably for the best: Given his National Team selection, and now his historic performance in Portland, those expectations are only going to increase. Though he’s practically a no-shot to make the final 12-man roster for this summer’s London Olympics, his inclusion in the Senior National Team setup indicates that the CBA feels he’ll be a big part of China’s basketball future. And in the days after Portland, he may be a big part of China’s future in the NBA. Arguably more than any other prospect, he helped his NBA Draft stock the most. Even before the game, he was turning heads during practices due to his good frame and nice touch around the rim.

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