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Graduate Egbunu returning to Gators

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida center John Egbunu is returning for his final year of eligibility, a big boost for a team that made the Elite Eight last season.

Egbunu graduated from Florida this spring with a sociology degree, and even though he's recovering from a left knee injury suffered in mid-February, he decided to explore his professional options. Unable to work out for NBA teams, he decided Friday to play another season for the Gators. He is expected to return in mid-January.

Egbunu says it's a "chance for me to continue to improve and grow as a player and help the team however I can."

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McKillop, Raftery to get Lapchick Award

NEW YORK (AP) Bob McKillop, about to start his 29th season as coach at Davidson, and TV analysts Bill Raftery and Doris Burke have been chosen for the 2017 Lapchick Character Award.

The three will be honored on Oct. 6 at a luncheon in New York to celebrate the life of Joe Lapchick, a Hall of Fame coach with St. John's and the New York Knicks, who was known for his compassion and integrity off the court.

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Former Texas star PG Ford graduates

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Former Texas star T.J. Ford has graduated 14 years after leading the Longhorns to the Final Four and turning pro.

Ford received his bachelor's degree in youth and community studies, with a minor in educational psychology. He participated in the commencement Friday for the College of Education.

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Wake names UCF's Jamill Jones assistant

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has hired Jamill Jones as an assistant basketball coach.

The school announced Jones' addition to Danny Manning's staff Friday.

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Texas lands top big man recruit Bamba

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has won the recruiting sweepstakes for highly-ranked forward Mohamed Bamba.

The 6-foot-11 Bamba signed with the Longhorns on Thursday, picking Texas over Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and Harvard. Bamba is ranked by national recruiting services as one of the top players in the country and already projected by some as an early 2018 NBA draft pick.

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Kentucky signs 3 to recruiting class

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has announced the signings of guard Jemarl Baker and forwards Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt.

Kentucky's signings come as guard Hamidou Diallo faces Wednesday's deadline on whether he'll stay in the NBA draft or return to school after not playing as a mid-year enrollee.

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UConn adds F Whaley to recruiting class

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has added highly touted forward Isaiah Whaley to its recruiting class for the 2017-18 season.

The 6-foot-9 Whaley averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game last season for Mt. Zion Prep school in Baltimore.

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