Coach says LSU's 'Big Baby' Davis leans toward pros

Posted: March 20, 2007

Louisiana State center Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who has been contemplating a move to the NBA, last night called a news conference for this morning in Baton Rouge to discuss his future.

Head coach John Brady said Davis, a junior, had been meeting with agents and was leaning toward turning pro.

The 6-foot-9, 290-pound Davis was an Associated Press second-team all-American in the 2005-06 season, when LSU went to the Final Four. This season, he averaged 17.7 points and 10.4 rebounds. Davis has career totals of 1,587 points, 916 rebounds and 110 blocks.

Next stop: 'Nova. Corey Fisher, a Villanova recruit, scored 32 points as St. Patrick beat Bloomfield Tech, 85-61, in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions final in East Rutherford, N.J.

Stanford center staying put. Brook Lopez will remain in school for his sophomore season rather than declare himself eligible for the NBA draft, the 7-footer said in a statement released by the school.

Lopez, whose twin brother, Robin, also plays for the Cardinal, averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds. Stanford's season ended with a 78-58 loss to Louisville in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday in Lexington, Ky.

Memphis star ailing. Chris Douglas-Roberts, the Tigers' leading scorer, did not practice because of a sprained left ankle as his teammates prepared for a Sweet 16 game against Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament.

"The kid says he's going to play, but you never know," coach John Calipari said.

Douglas-Roberts went down in pain with about eight minutes to play in the Tigers' 78-62 victory over Nevada on Sunday in New Orleans.

Shaw doubtful. reported that Southern Illinois forward Matt Shaw was listed as doubtful for the Sweet 16 game Thursday against Kansas. He sprained his left ankle in a first-round win over Holy Cross. Shaw is averaging 11 points and six rebounds.

Karl to have surgery. Boise State guard Coby Karl, the son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, will undergo surgery to treat cancer next month, the school announced.

Karl will have cancerous lymph nodes removed on April 2. It will be the second surgery in 13 months for Karl, who had his thyroid removed last March after papillary carcinoma, a form of treatable cancer, was diagnosed.

Marathon game. Levi Luster scored the go-ahead bucket with a minute left in the fourth overtime as Concordia ousted previously unbeaten Robert Morris, 124-119, in Kansas City, Mo. It was the second-longest game in the 70-year history of the NAIA tournament.

Coaching moves. Former Colorado coach Ricardo Patton was hired as head coach at Northern Illinois. He replaces Rob Judson, who was fired after the team finished with a 7-23 record. . . . Former Mississippi coach Rod Barnes will take over at Georgia State, which had fired Michael Perry.


Mike Jensen's take on the NCAAs so far. D4.

LSU's Glen "Big Baby" Davis may turn pro. D4.

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