Robert Franks, the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player, will forego his senior season at Washington State and declare for the NBA Draft while hiring an agent, according to Yahoo Sports.
The 6-foot-7 forward had a breakout junior season in which he averaged 17.4 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range. All that after averaging just 16.4 minutes and 6.3 points per game as a sophomore.
The Cougars went 12-19 overall and 4-14 in the Pac 12 to miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth-straight year under coach Ernie Kent. Losing Franks would be a significant blow to the 2018-19 team that was scheduled to return most of its significant pieces. Without its leading scorer, the Cougars will likely be even more reliant on Malachi Flyn in his junior year.
No. 16-seed Penn did everything they possibly could to hang with No. 1 Kansas.
Well, not quite everything.
They shot 3-for-10 from the free throw line in the second half. And they finished Thursday afternoon having shot just 7-for-18 from the free throw line.
But that shouldn’t diminish the effort put forth by the Quakers, who led Kansas 21-11 with eight minutes left in the first half and trailed by just five points midway through the second half in a 76-60 loss in a first round game in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.
At the end of the day, Kansas — despite playing short-handed with a banged up Udoka Azubuike playing just three scoreless minutes off the bench — was just too much. Devonte’ Graham did not shoot the ball all that well but he still finished with 29 points to go along with six boards and six…
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