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Michigan's Matthews enters NBA draft without hiring agent

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan standout Charles Matthews is taking a step toward playing professional basketball without giving up on the option of staying in school.

Matthews said Friday he is declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.

Matthews can start working out for NBA teams on Tuesday in the hopes of being picked to participate in the draft combine next month in Chicago. He has until May 30 to stay in the draft or withdraw his name from consideration. The Chicago native would have two seasons of eligibility remaining if he returns to Michigan.

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The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 12
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Virginia (65)31-21,6251
2Villanova30-41,5542
3Xavier28-51,3833
4Kansas27-71,3799
5Michigan State29-41,3044
6Cincinnati30-41,2308
7Michigan28-71,2137
8Gonzaga30-41,1996
9Duke26-71,1795
10North Carolina25-101,10012
11Purdue28-61,04710
12Arizona27-791815
13Tennessee25-877113
14Texas Tech24-971614
15West Virginia24-1066318
16Wichita State25-760411
17Ohio State24-860017
18Kentucky24-10528-
19Auburn25-750116
20Clemson23-943919
21Houston26-743021
22Miami (FL)22-913424
23Florida20-1210223
24Nevada27-79322
25Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-57120

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Felder no longer part of South Carolina basketball program

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina point guard Rakym Felder is no longer part of the Gamecocks basketball team.

Felder, a key freshman reserve for South Carolina's Final Four team two years ago, was dismissed from the program by coach Frank Martin on Monday.

The 5-foot-10 Felder, from Brooklyn, New York, was suspended last summer after his second arrest in less than a year. Felder was not enrolled last fall. He was allowed to return in the spring semester although he did not play.