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Kansas' Ben McLemore, Indiana's Victor Oladipo among players leaving to enter NBA draft | College basketball
Guards Ben McLemore of Kansas and Victor Oladipo of Indiana said they are leaving school early to enter the NBA draft.
AP Sports Writer
Ben McLemore is one and done at Kansas. Ricky Ledo is none and done with Providence.
McLemore, Kansas' talented freshman guard, was among several players who wasted little time in declaring for the NBA draft Tuesday, the day after the college season ended.
Ledo practiced with the Friars this season but never played because he failed to qualify academically. Practice was enough, apparently, to make the 6-foot-6 guard a possible first-round pick.
Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo announced he was giving up his senior season to enter the draft. New Mexico's Tony Snell said he was going pro.
Louisville guard Russ Smith, who helped the Cardinals win the national title by beating Michigan 82-76 Monday night, will enter the draft, according to his father.
On the other hand, Arizona State guard Jahii Carson announced he will return for at least his sophomore season.
Kansas coach Bill Self said he has known for a while it was time for the 6-6 McLemore to go. He is a likely lottery pick in the draft.
"Ben kept telling us in February, 'Don't worry about getting anybody else. I'm coming back,' " Self recalled. "I said, 'Yeah, right. You want to make a public announcement?' If he told me he wanted to come back, I would have told him, 'We need to look at this again.' "
Oladipo made his announcement at an Assembly Hall news conference in Bloomington, Ind. The guard was the Hoosiers' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points, to go along with 6.3 rebounds.
• Monday's title game on CBS got a 14.3 overnight Nielsen rating, up 18 percent from last year's 67-59 Kentucky victory over Kansas. Overall, tournament games on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV averaged a 7.2 overnight — up 9 percent from last year.
• Fans poured into the streets to celebrate Louisville's championship, throwing all-night parties that at one point became so raucous police in riot gear used pepper spray to break them up. Louisville police said most of the 23 arrests were for drunken or disorderly conduct.
• Boise State players were charged with misdemeanor theft after being arrested on suspicion of stealing food from a store.
Police said Kenny Buckner, 23, and Brandi Henton, 20, a player for the women's team, went into a Boise store and left concealing food for which they hadn't paid.
It was the third time Buckner has been charged with theft.
Henton played for Yakima Valley Community College in the 2011-12 season.