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Syracuse freshman Ennis heads to NBA

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis said Thursday that he will leave Syracuse for the NBA draft.

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"I'd like to thank Coach (Jim) Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse," Ennis said in a statement released by the school. "I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream — to play in the NBA."

Ennis was second on the team in scoring at 12.9 and averaged 5.5 assists to go with 1.7 turnovers, one of the top assist-to-turnover marks in the nation.

ACC tournament sites: The ACC tournament will return to North Carolina after its 2017 and 2018 stays in New York. Commissioner John Swofford said Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena would host the event in 2019 followed in 2020 by the Greensboro Coliseum. The tournament has been held in North Carolina for 50 of 61 years. Greensboro will host again next year, followed by Washington, D.C., in 2016.

Duke: Mike Krzyzew­ski, 67, said he plans to coach the team for at least five more seasons. "I'm looking forward to the next five years," he said. "What do we do in the next five, not just what do we do next season. The first thing is, I look at me. I'm going to be here.'' Krzyzew­ski said he was unhappy that no conference officials backed him when he said that more ACC teams should have made the NCAA Tournament. "I won't be doing that anymore," he said. "Nobody has my back.''

Marquette: Coach Shaka Smart will not be leaving VCU to take over the Golden Eagles, despite speculation to the contrary, reported. The search for Buzz Williams' replacement has moved on to other targets, including former UCLA coach Ben Howland, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and Green Bay coach Brian Wardle. Williams left last week to take over Virginia Tech.

NC Wilmington: Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts, 41, was named coach and will take over when the Cardinals' season ends.

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