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KU's Mason named unanimous All-American

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Frank Mason III was a last-minute recruit for Kansas. He turned into the Jayhawks' latest All-American.

The senior guard was the only unanimous selection to the 2016-17 AP All-America team Tuesday, receiving all first-team votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.

"I love the kid and I think he knows how I feel about him, but I've never been more proud - not that he's won a postseason award - but he's done everything that he's supposed to do," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "He's been a great teammate, he's been tough as nails, he's worked his butt off, he's loved by everyone in the academic departments, graduated, and to see him reap these benefits after putting in so much time is an unbelievable honor."

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NC State G Smith declares for NBA draft

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State freshman Dennis Smith Jr. is heading to the NBA.

The point guard declared for the draft during a Tuesday morning announcement on ESPN. The move was no surprise since Smith was considered a likely one-and-done prospect this year and is projected to be a potential top-five pick.

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Ball, Hart, Mason among Wooden finalists

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lonzo Ball of UCLA, Josh Hart of Villanova, Frank Mason III of Kansas, Purdue's Caleb Swanigan and Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss are the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's player of the year.

The five have been invited to Los Angeles for the trophy presentation at the College Basketball Awards on April 7.

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Hoosiers' Miller: Good 'D,' top recruits

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Archie Miller is getting back to basics at Indiana.

He wants the Hoosiers to be aggressive on offense, nasty on defense and, of course, win the in-state recruiting battles. He's all for playing Kentucky and maybe Arizona, too.

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Duquesne hires ex-Akron coach Dambrot

PITTSBURGH (AP) Longtime Akron coach Keith Dambrot is heading to Duquesne.

Dambrot replaces Jim Ferry, who was fired this month after going 60-97 with the Dukes, including 10-22 this season.

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Duke backup F Obi plans to transfer

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Duke says backup forward Sean Obi is transferring after the semester ends.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the move Tuesday, calling it "an anticipated decision."

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Interim tag gone, GW gives Joseph 5 yrs.

WASHINGTON (AP) Maurice Joseph is sticking around as George Washington's basketball coach, signing a five-year contract on Monday after one season with an interim title in place of the fired Mike Lonergan.

The Colonials went 20-15 this season under Joseph, losing in the quarterfinals of the lower-tier College Basketball Invitational.

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Coaches: UNC's advantage fades after tip

Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week.

They also don't think it will matter once the games begin.

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Kentucky likely to lose freshmen stars

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Already prepared to lose seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder to graduation, Kentucky awaits its annual NBA draft decisions by talented underclassmen in its latest spring roster cleaning.

The Wildcats' current group of highly regarded freshmen came within seconds of reaching the Final Four, but they will take some time before announcing future plans.

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Xavier returns core from surprise run

CINCINNATI (AP) Xavier coach Chris Mack spent a few extra seconds congratulating Mark Few after his Gonzaga team had reached the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Gonzaga's 83-59 win in the Elite Eight on Saturday marked yet another near miss for the Musketeers. They've reached the Elite Eight three times and lost all three times.

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