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May 3, 2012

05/03/2012 - 12:40pm

The Butler Bulldogs will be leaving the Horizon League after this season to join the Atlantic-10 conference. Coach Brad Stevens and the Bulldogs gained significant national fame for their success as a Cinderella in the NCAA Tournament. Butler made two consecutive NCAA Finals in 2010 and 2011, losing to Duke and Connecticut respectively. 2011-12 was a down year for Butler, finishing 22-15 and losing in the semi-finals of the CBI to Pittsburgh.

Brad Stevens still has refused candidacy to major NCAA institutions and the belief is that Butler should bounce back. So, what does the change of conference mean? Well, since 1998, Butler has been the only at-large bid from the Horizon, while 24 A-10 teams have claimed the honor.

Butler may have some initial struggles in the change, but Stevens has done a fantastic job of picking up recruits. This move should only help the cause. Butler may not dominate the conference, but they will hold their own and should benefit from the stronger competition.

05/03/2012 - 10:15am

The official list of early entry candidates for this upcoming NBA Draft has been released by the league as of May 3, 2012. The list includes 49 college players and 17 international players, bringing the grand total to 66 early entrants. The deadline for early entry declaration was April 29, while the deadling for withdrawal from the draft is 5 pm on June 18.

NCAA rules stated that a player forfeited college eligibility by remaining in the draft any time after April 10, so it looks like the June 18 withdrawal date will mainly apply to international players. Last year, 89 players entered there name at the deadline, with 25 withdrawing by the June 13 deadline to make it 64. With the NCAA's new rule changes, the numbers should be somewhere similar depending on the international prospects decisions.

Nobody too surprising added to the list. Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin decided to declare shortly after it was announced he would be suspended for one year had he decided to stay a Terrapin. Quincy Miller of Baylor was also a fairly late decision, as many expected him to remain at Baylor. Though it had been reported that North Texas' Tony Mitchell was highly considering early entry into the 2012 Draft, he decided to remain in school and play for new coach Tony Benford.

A number of intriguing players on this list, it will be a wonder of what happens between now and the June 28 Draft. At the very least, we now have a solid list of prospects who have officially left college and international players eyeing the NBA.

NBA.com