Duquesne men's basketball coach Jim Ferry denied multiple Internet reports Tuesday linking him to the vacant Hofstra University coaching job. The social media reports stated that he had talked to Hofstra officials at the Final Four.
"I haven't interviewed with anyone or even talked to anyone from Hofstra," Ferry said when asked about the reports. "I have no idea where this is coming from"
Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio said he spoke to Ferry about the subject and is certain the reports of him talking to Hofstra are not true.
Also, sophomore forward Kadeem Pantophlet likely will leave the team and join Duquesne's men's soccer team. Pantophlet, who is from Tiel, Netherlands, played soccer at a high level in his native country and has been working out with the Dukes soccer team this spring. Pantophlet appeared in 29 basketball games (22 starts) this past season and averaged 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 21 minutes per game.
Coach Rick Pitino went to New Orleans to watch the women's team play Connecticut in the NCAA championship -- but without his players. Under NCAA rules, neither the school nor Pitino could pay for the players to get to New Orleans to attend the game. The NCAA said it granted a waiver to Louisville early Tuesday that would have allowed the school to pay for the trip, but the school said it had already made plans to go home. In addition, the father of Russ Smith said the junior guard will leave school to enter the NBA draft. Russ Smith Sr. said the Cardinals' leading scorer "did it all" in his college career that culminated with Louisville's win Monday in the NCAA championship. Smith's father said his son will announce his decision in the next week.
Guard Ben McLemore announced he will enter the NBA draft after arguably the best freshman season in the school's proud basketball history. This 6-foot-6 star from St. Louis broke Danny Manning's freshman scoring record by averaging nearly 16 points, and helped Kansas win a share of its ninth Big 12 Conference title in a row.
Junior guard Victor Oladipo announced he will enter the NBA draft. This first-team All-American, who is on track to graduate in May, was the Hoosiers' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds per game.
Freshman guard Ricky Ledo is entering the NBA draft. Ledo, a Providence native and touted recruit who was ruled ineligible to play this season by the NCAA, never suited up for the Friars but did practice with the team.