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[March 24, 2017]    March 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Georgetown coach John Thompson III was fired Thursday, university president John J. DeGioia announced.


The Hoyas were 14-18 this season, including 5-13 in Big East play, and missed the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons.

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Massachusetts cancelled a press conference to introduce Pat Kelsey as coach after Kelsey backed out of the job earlier Thursday.

The cancellation occurred only minutes before the scheduled 4 p.m. ET start time. UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said Kelsey asked to be released from his contact due to "very personal" reasons.

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Top overall recruit Michael Porter Jr. received a release from his letter of intent from Washington on Thursday, according to the school.

The 6-foot-10 Porter sought his release after the Huskies fired coach Lorenzo Romar earlier this month. Porter, who was named Gatorade National Player of the Year on Wednesday, reportedly is considering a transfer to Missouri.

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California sophomore forward Ivan Rabb has declared for the NBA draft, he said on the school's website.

Rabb averaged 14 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shot per game this season. The 6-foot-11 Rabb was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection.

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Duke center Chase Jeter is transferring after two seasons at the school, the university announced.

Jeter said he plans to transfer to a school closer to his hometown of Las Vegas.

Jeter appeared in just 16 games as a sophomore and didn't play after sustaining a herniated disk in his back in mid-January.

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