Men's Basketball

Summers, Lucas opt to stay at Mich. State

Durrell Summers played well enough in the NCAA Tournament to make entering the NBA Draft a possibility.

He chose to put his hoop dreams on hold.

Summers and Kalin Lucas told The Associated Press on Friday they will return for their senior seasons to chase a championship and continue their education.

"I've got dreams of playing in the NBA, but I would rather win a national championship and graduate first," Summers said in a telephone interview. "I want to accomplish all those dreams instead of just one."

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged nearly 19 points during the NCAA Tournament to help lead the Spartans to their sixth Final Four in a dozen years.

"Durrell could've left for sure," Lucas said. "But we both talkQed about coming back to win a national championship and to graduate."

Lucas ruptured his left Achilles' tendon last month, ending his second straight All-Big Ten season, and had surgery.

"I think my guys were good enough to go and could've put their names in like everybody else," Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo said. "Even though I offered to do some checking for them, they had their mind made up to come back. I think it's neat that they made educated, mature decisions."

Lucas' father told the Lansing State Journal on Tuesday his son was returning for his senior season.

Also, Michigan State says forward Delvon Roe has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and that he will return in six weeks.

UGA's Thompkins to stay

Coach Mark Fox says Georgia's top player, Trey Thompkins, is returning for his junior season, which he announced at the team banquet. Thompkins was Georgia's leading scorer and rebounder and a first-team All-Southeastern Conference player. He ranked among the league's top five with averages of 17.7 points and 8.3 rebounds.

Oregon talks with Anderson

One year after signing a seven-year contract extension at Missouri, Mike Anderson is talking with Oregon about its head coaching job.

Missouri spokesman Dave Reiter said the university gave Oregon permission Thursday night to speak with Anderson, who was in Texas to play in a charity golf tournament.

The Portland Oregonian said it confirmed on Thursday that Anderson had met with Pat Kilkenny, a former Oregon athletic director who is leading the search for a new Oregon coach.

Peterson on at Wilmington

Buzz Peterson is the new coach at UNC Wilmington, ending a second stint at Appalachian State that lasted just one season.

Peterson was introduced Friday to replace Benny Moss, who was fired in January. Peterson has also coached at Tennessee, Tulsa and Coastal Carolina.

Holy Cross hires Brown

Holy Cross said on Friday that it had signed Milan Brown to a five-year contract, with an option for a sixth season. The 39-year-old Brown coached Mount St. Mary's for seven seasons. He replaces Sean Kearney, who was fired after one season.

UConn's Moore honored

Connecticut's Maya Moore has won the Honda Sports Award for basketball.

Moore helped lead UConn, which has won an NCAA women's record 78 straight games, to a second consecutive undefeated season and NCAA title. She was selected the most outstanding player of the Final Four.

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