College basketball notebook: USC hires Florida Gulf Coast coach Enfield

2013-04-02T00:00:00Z College basketball notebook: USC hires Florida Gulf Coast coach EnfieldThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOS ANGELES - USC hired Andy Enfield as men's basketball coach on Monday night after he took Florida Gulf Coast to the round of 16 of the NCAA tournament.

USC athletic director Pat Haden said Enfield, 43, has reached an agreement with the Pac-12 school. He will be introduced on Wednesday.

"Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while," he said.

Enfield's 41-28 record in two seasons at FGCU wasn't a flash in the pan, said Haden, who added the coach's up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun for Trojans players and fans.

• ASU point guard Jahii Carson is testing the NBA waters, but a decision on whether he's leaving the Sun Devils for the draft won't come for a few weeks.

He submitted paperwork, giving him an evaluation of his NBA potential without declaring for the draft.

Ware may be released

Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he's got a nice souvenir to keep him company until he's cleared to return to Louisville.

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino brought the Midwest Regional championship trophy when he visited Ware, who remains hospitalized after surgery to repair an ugly fracture in his right leg.

Pitino said doctors are monitoring Ware to make sure no infection develops. He could be released today and may fly with the team to Atlanta on Wednesday.

All-America team

Creighton's Doug McDermott is an All-American for the second straight year while Trey Burke of Michigan and Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown tied as the leading vote-getters for The Associated Press'first team.

Victor Oladipo of Indiana and Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga are the other players on the team.

• Burke and Indiana's Cody Zeller and Oladipo were among 10 players selected to the John R. Wooden All-American team. The winner will be named this weekend at the Final Four. The list also includes McDermott, Olynk, Porter, Miami's Shane Larkin, Kansas' Ben McLemore, Duke's Mason Plumlee and Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas.

Rim shots

• Fired Minnesota coach Tubby Smith will be hired by Texas Tech to try to turn around that program.

• Coaches Gene Keady, Rollie Massimino and George Raveling and ex-congressman and Maryland star Tom McMillen headline the 2013 class to be inducted Nov. 23 into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Others are Bob Hopkins, George Killian and the 1963 Loyola of Chicago team.

• North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie will skip his final season and enter the NBA draft, while freshman guard Rodney Purvis will transfer.

• Former Toledo coach Bob Nichols, the Mid-American Conference record-holder for victories (376), died Saturday at 82.

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