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MI & MSU players headed for draft

Apr 16th, 2014 - Sports News

(AP) — Michigan State forward Branden Dawson is staying for his senior season.

The school announced Dawson's decision Tuesday.

He averaged a career-high 11.2 points last season. The 6-foot-6 forward scored a career-high 26 points in an NCAA tournament win over Harvard and had 24 points in his next game, helping the fourth-seeded Spartans beat top-seeded Virginia in the round of 16.

After scoring in double digits for six straight games, Dawson scored just five points in the season-ending loss to the seventh-seeded and eventual champion Connecticut Huskies.

Dawson signed with the Spartans as a highly touted recruit out of Gary, Ind. His college career was stunted at the end of his freshman season when he tore a ligament in his left knee and needed major surgery that affected his sophomore season.

— Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are entering the NBA draft.

"I heard from the advisory board in the middle of last week, a couple days after that I really decided," Stauskas said. "The information I got from them was kind of what I wanted to hear."

Robinson, whose dad played in the NBA, needed a little longer to decide whether to stay or go.

"I really didn't make my decision until last night," he said Tuesday.

Mitch McGary has not decided if he will stay in school or go pro. McGary was not made available for interviews after his teammates had a news conference.

The Wolverines lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway to the NBA last year as underclassmen, but retooled well enough to win the Big Ten title and advance to an NCAA tournament regional final.

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