Saturday, February 24, 2018
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UF basketball adds Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson

GAINESVILLE — Florida announced Monday that 6-foot-5 Virginia Tech guard Jalen Hudson joined the program. He will sit out the next season under NCAA transfer rules and have two years of eligibility left.

Hudson, out of Richmond, Va., averaged 7.7 points and 2.1 rebounds a game during two seasons with the Hokies. He had games of 32 points against Wake Forest and 23 against Duke as a freshman, as well as 27 against Louisville, 28 in the NIT against Princeton and 25 in overtime against N.C. State as a sophomore.

He tweeted: "Excited to announce that I will be finishing my college career at The University of Florida!''

Hudson should be a key player in the future. After the upcoming season UF will lose seniors in just-arrived transfer guard Canyon Barry, point guard Kasey Hill and forward Justin Leon, and forward Devin Robinson and center John Egbunu will be possible early NBA entrants.

KENTUCKY: John Calipari said he plans to coach UK for the rest of his career. Calipari, 57, entering his eighth season, said the next challenge is surpassing UCLA's record 11 NCAA titles (Kentucky has eight).

NORTH CAROLINA: Guard/forward Justin Jackson, a two-year starter will pull out of the NBA draft and return for his junior season. That means the Tar Heels will not lose any underclassmen early.

N.C. STATE: Omer Yurtseven, a 7-foot center who had 91 points in a game for his Turkish under-18 team Sunday, signed a letter of intent.

PURDUE: Former Michigan guard Spike Albrecht joined the Boilermakers as a graduate transfer.

Other sports

football: UConn coach Bob Diaco agreed to a two-year extension through the 2020 season. He will earn $2 million in 2019 and $2.1 million in 2020. Diaco was 2-10 in his first year and 6-7 last season, losing in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Men's golf: After one round of the three-day NCAA region tournaments, USF was second in the Albuquerque (N.M.) region and Florida co-led the Kohler (Wisc.) region with Florida State third. USF shot 1-over 289 to trail Arizona State by three shots. Rigel Fernandes (3-under 69) led the Bulls and was tied for the individual lead. The Gators were tied with Idaho at 5-under 283, one stroke ahead of the Seminoles. FSU's Hank Lebioda was in a four-way tie for the individual lead at 3-under 69. The top five teams in each region will advance to the 30-team NCAA finals, May 27-June 1 in Eugene, Ore.

MEN'S TENNIS: Florida will play SMU at 1 Friday in the NCAA round of 16 in Tulsa, Okla. SMU beat Texas Tech 4-2 on Sunday night.

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