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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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South Carolina's leading scorer Silva opts for NBA draft

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's top scorer and rebounder, Chris Silva, has decided to enter the NBA draft.

Silva announced his intentions through the school Tuesday. Silva says he won't hire an agent, which allows him to return to the Gamecocks for his senior year if he chooses.

The 6-foot-9 Silva averaged 14.3 points and eight rebounds a game last year, earning a spot on the all-Southeastern Conference first team. Silva was also co-SEC defensive player of the year.