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Odds & Ends: Draft, Walker, Mullens, Leonard

At halftime of the National Championship game, No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis went in to the locker room with no points to his credit.  However, Davis reminded all of us that you don't need to put up points to make a difference on the court.  The 6'10" big man pulled down nine boards, put up three blocks, and handed out four assists as Kentucky jumped out to a 41-27 lead in the first stanza.  The Wildcats saw it through to the end, capturing their first national title since 1998.  Here's a look at news from around the Association and items concerning the 2012 draft..

  • Chad Ford of is keeping track of who is in and who is out of the draft.  So far, only four draft prospects have officially announced that they'll be returning to school rather than jump to the pros.
  • Kemba Walker and center Byron Mullens are at the forefront of the Bobcats' youth movement, writes Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.  Mullens, acquired in a December deal with the Thunder, has become more comfortable in Charlotte in part because of Paul Silas' decision to play him as a "stretch-4" rather than a center.
  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo (via Twitter) expects Illinois center Meyers Leonard to get top-20 attention in this year's draft.  As one scout noted, "There are not that many bigs. He's big and long."

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