NBA Draft Rumors for April 10, 2012

Kendall Marshall has taken care of the next step in preparation for the NBA Draft. After declaring his intentions March 29 to leave the University of North Carolina early, the Dumfries resident has now signed with an agent. On Monday, McLean-based Octagon added Marshall to their client list after he officially signed with the sports agency. Marshall and his family considered seven sports representatives before narrowing the list down to five. Marshall’s parents Dennis and Kim then met with each of the five agencies. Insidenova Network

Gery Woelfel: Badgers guard Jordan Taylor tells me he’ll definitely participate in this week’s Portsmouth Invite. TwitterConnecticut sophomore guard Jeremy Lamb has declared for the NBA draft. The 19-year-old from Norcross, Ga. led the Huskies in scoring last season at 17.7 points per game, and was a key part of the team that won the NCAA championship in 2011. Lamb said in a statement released Tuesday by UConn that it was a difficult decision to go professional but it is in the best interest of his family.

Duke junior forward Mason Plumlee is returning to school. The 6-foot-10 Plumlee averaged 11.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this past season and has been contemplating whether to leave Durham early or return for his senior campaign for the past couple weeks. NBA executives told that Plumlee is projected as a late first-round pick, but could have slipped into the second round.

Jeff Rabjohns: Sources tell Indiana’s Christian Watford will return to school for his senior year. #iubb Twitter

Contrary to what the official tournament website might indicate, Scoop Jardine will not play this weekend at the Portsmouth Invitational. Jardine, the former SU point guard, is in Syracuse working out in preparation for the upcoming NBA Draft. Jardine, who spent last summer as a member of USA Basketball’s World University Games team that toured China, said he has not had a significant time off from the everyday pounding and grinding of basketball since the Orange lost to Marquette in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

According to Andrew Nicholson’s Twitter account, he is joining Plumlee as new Priority Sports clients. Nicholson led the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring and put up 20 points in a valiant effort against Florida State University in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. His team came up just short of winning, but Nicholson made a name for himself and for the Bonnies. currently projects Nicholson as the last pick of the first round in the 2012 NBA Draft. Sports Agent Blog

There was more than a hint of drama as N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie stood silently in front of television cameras and reporters for nearly 30 seconds. The subject of NBA draft speculation wore a bemused smile as lights were clicked on and microphones were clipped to his gray Nike T-shirt. Of course that drama didn’t end once he started talking. At Monday night’s N.C. State basketball banquet, the sophomore forward said he was still gathering information and had not yet reached a decision on whether or not he would return next season. He said he planned on making a decision later this week. “I’m letting it go wherever it goes,” Leslie said. “I’m not stressing about it. Whatever I decide to do is going to be whatever I decide to do. I’m letting it play it out and just go from there.”

BJ Young gave teammates and coaches hints that he would return to Arkansas for his sophomore season. They weren’t sure, though. Not until the second-team and freshman All-Southeastern Conference guard made his decision to return to school official when he was recognized for his All-SEC honors at the men’s basketball banquet Monday night. “I just want to be first team next year,” Young said, prompting a loud cheer from the crowd of around 170 Arkansas fans in attendance in the Broyles Complex. “Hopefully make the tournament as a team. Oh, yeah. I’m coming back for another year, too.”

Victor Rudd Jr., who became the University of South Florida’s most compelling offensive force during its NCAA tournament run, will return to the Bulls next season after exploring his options for the NBA draft. Rudd, a 6-foot-8 swingman, averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds last season for the Bulls (22-14), who finished one victory away from the Sweet 16. Rudd will have two more seasons of eligibility. Tampa Tribune

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