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Shamet leaving for NBA...Penn State wins NIT...Brunson is AP’s top player...Rusty Staub dies

March 30, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — Wichita State guard Landry Shamet has declared for the NBA draft and intends to hire an agent, effectively ending his college career with two seasons of eligibility left. The 21-year-old Shamet averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 assists last season for the Shockers. UCLA guard Jaylen Hands and Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield have decided to enter the NBA draft, but neither has hired an agent.

NEW YORK (AP) — Penn State has earned its second NIT championship since 2009. Lamar Stevens scored 28 points and Josh Reaves had 18 in leading the Nittany Lions to an 82-66 win over Utah at Madison Square Garden. Tony Carr had 15 points and 14 assists to help Penn State finish 28-13. Sedrick Barefield hit six 3s and scored 22 points for the Utes, who end up 23-12.

UNDATED (AP) — Villanova guard Jalen Brunson is The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year, finishing ahead of Oklahoma freshman Trae Young. Brunson is averaging 19.2 points and shooting nearly 53 percent entering Saturday’s national semifinal against Kansas. A’ja Wilson of South Carolina is The Associated Press women’s college basketball player of the year after averaging 22.6 points and 11.8 rebounds.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former major league outfielder and six-time All-Star Rusty Staub has died at age 73. following an illness. The six-time All-Star posted a .279 average with 2,716 hits in a 23-year career that included two stops with the Mets and Expos, along with time spent with the Colt 45s and Astros, Tigers and Rangers. He is the only player to collect 500 hits with four different ballclubs.

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Lucas Glover and Kevin Tway are the clubhouse co-leaders in first-round action at the PGA’s Houston Open. Glover and Tway each fired 7-under 65s in the morning following a two-hour delay to the start of the tournament because of overnight rain. PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder was the overall leader when the round was halted by darkness, playing his first 15 holes at minus-8. Ryder holed an 8-foot birdie putt on 15.

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