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*We knew he was transferring but didn't know where he was headed until recently. Former Longhorns forward, Mike Williams, will transfer to Cincinnati. Williams, a former Parade and McDonald's All American, will be forced to sit out all of next season before playing his final two seasons as a Bearcat. Last season, Williams averaged 2 points and 3 rebounds per game. He will not be missed.

*As noted in a diary by EYESofBevo, sophomore guard Daniel Gibson will likely remain in the NBA draft. CNNSI reported that an NBA scout believed that DGib pulled out of the NBA draft camp in Orlando because he received a "second round promise," whatever that means. A quote from Daniel's father, Byron in the Austin American Statesman seems to back up this assertion, "We felt that individual workouts were better for him. The camp is like an all-star game. They don't utilize your skills properly." If by skills he meant launching three and three while failing to attack the rim, then I get it. Officially, Gibson has until June 18th to remove his name from the draft as long as he has not hired an agent. The NBA draft is June 28th.

*Rick Barnes recently returned from Kuwait where he coached US troops alongside 10 other coaches. Operation Hardwood II is designed to boost morale and provide a temporary reprieve for constant anxiety and stress. Rick was so touched by his experience that he said he will try to have the team on the floor during the singing of the national anthem for home games beginning this season. Somehow, Rick's team lost to a team coached by ESPN's Jay Bilas and the overall tournament was won by the team coached by former OU coach and current (for now) Indiana head coach Kelvin Samson.

*The 2006-2007 men's basketball team will feature seven freshman, two sophomores, one junior, and one senior. The two upperclassmen are JD Lewis and Craig Winder. There is a lot to be said for experience but if either of them secure significant playing time, I will be shocked. Does anyone remember the Fab Five? I will not surprised to see five freshman starting by conference time: DJ Augustin, Harrison Smith, Kevin Durant, Damion James, and Matt Hill.

*Look for Hoops Prospect Profiles on Damion James and Kevin Durant soon.