Men's Basketball

Syracuse's Johnson going to NBA

Syracuse's Wes Johnson, the Big East player of the year, will enter the NBA Draft this spring.

The 6-foot-7 junior forward made the announcement on campus Monday and said he plans to hire an agent. Johnson averaged a team-leading 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while starting all 35 games this season.

Other players declaring for the draft on Monday:

■ West Virginia forward Devin Ebanks. The 6-foot-9 sophomore made the announcement Monday, after speaking to his mother and the Mountaineers' coaching staff. West Virginia basketball spokesman Bryan Messerly said Ebanks has not hired an agent but plans to do so soon.

■ North Carolina forward Ed Davis. The 6-10 forward was the team's second-leading scorer and leading rebounder and shot blocker before missing the last 13 games with a broken left wrist. Davis averaged 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds this year for the Tar Heels, who went 20-17.

Providence players charged

■ Providence College freshmen Johnnie Lacy and James Still have been charged with assault after what police and school officials say was an unprovoked attack on a fellow student. Lacy and Still were arraigned Monday and released on $1,000 bail after the alleged attack earlier in the morning. Both have been suspended from school.

Kennedy gets extension

The contract of Mississippi head basketball coach Andy Kennedy has been extended by two years.

Athletics Director Pete Boone said on Monday Kennedy's contract will now run through April 2014.

In four seasons, Kennedy has a record of 85-50 (24-11 in 2009-10) with two SEC West titles and a pair of NIT Final Four appearances. Kennedy came to Ole Miss from Cincinnati.

■ Alan Major was introduced Monday as the head coach at Charlotte, replacing Bobby Lutz, who was fired after 12 seasons and a five-year NCAA Tournament drought.

Major, 41, spent the past nine seasons working for Thad Matta, the first three at Xavier and the past six at Ohio State.

He takes over a program that started 18-5 last season before a 1-7 finish left it without a post-season tournament bid.

■ Wake Forest is talking to Colorado's Jeff Bzdelik about its coaching vacancy.

Colorado athletics director Mike Bohn said he's monitoring the developments "on a daily basis, on an hourly basis, actually."

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