Any serious discussions concerning the 2007 NBA draft must begin with talk of the fabulous freshman class entered in it. In all, eight NCAA freshmen have thrown their hats into the ring for this year's draft, which is not an overwhelming number. However, the talent level of some of these frosh is what sets this year's draft class apart.
NBA Draft: Carl Landry
SCHOOL - OLD COACH - NEW COACH (Former School)
Air Force - Jeff Bzdelik - Jeff Reynolds
Arkansas - Stan Heath - John Pelphrey (South Alabama)
Binghamton - Al Walker - Kevin Broadus
Bowling Green - Dan Dakich - Louis Orr (Seton Hall)
Butler - Todd Lickliter - Brad Stevens
Chicago State - Kevin Jones - Benjy Taylor
Colorado - Ricardo Patton - Jeff Bzdelik (Air Force)
Colorado State - Dale Layer - Tim Miles (ND State)
Denver - Terry Carroll - Joe Scott (Princeton)
Drake - Tom Davis - Keno Davis
Evansville - Steve Merfeld - Marty Simmons
Iowa freshman forward Tyler Smith has been granted his release from the university. He said that he wanted to transfer closer to his home in Pulaski, Tennessee, to be closer to his father, who suffers from lung cancer. Athletic director Gary Barta saw it coming. "I have had conversations with both Tyler and his father from the time we knew we would have a coaching change," said Barta. "Both expressed a sincere appreciation for Iowa, but also hinted toward a desire for Tyler to continue his career closer to home.” New coach Todd Lickliter supported the decision.