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News Nuggets, 04.09.05
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ECU-bred coach signs up for 2nd tour at UNC-G


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East Carolina alum Mike Dement was hired Friday as the UNC-Greensboro basketball coach, returning to the school he coached from 1991-95 when it first moved to Division I.

He replaces Fran McCaffery, who was named Siena's coach last week.

Dement, who graduated from ECU in 1976 and later served a stint as a Pirates assistant, led the Spartans to the Big South regular-season title in 1995.

He took over the Southern Methodist program the following season and guided the Mustangs until February 2004, when he was fired after going 138-120 in nine seasons and failing to reach the NCAA tournament.

``I am really excited about being back here,'' Dement said. ``I like this team. Having seen them at practice and in games this past season, I know them very well. This team has chemistry, and, as a coach, you get excited working with a team like that.''

Dement started his college coaching career as an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke from 1982-83, then served on the staffs at Cornell and ECU.

He got his first head coaching job with Cornell in 1986 and was named coach at UNC-Greensboro in 1991.

Garcia taking NBA route with Pitino's blessing

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Francisco Garcia will forgo his senior season at Louisville and enter the NBA draft.

``There's no going back. I think I can be a lottery pick,'' Garcia said Thursday in a conference call with the Dominican media.

The 6-foot-7 forward, who was born in the Dominican Republic but went to high school in New York, said he will participate in several training camps to prepare for the June 28 draft.

``I know my abilities and I'm confident I can make it,'' he added.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Thursday before the announcement that Garcia was ready to turn pro.

``I want him to go pro. I do not want him coming back,'' Pitino said. ``Fans will say, 'Is he crazy?' Probably. But it's a dream of his and the young man wants to go. He's ready for it.''

This season, Garcia led the Cardinals in scoring (15.7 points a game), assists (148), steals (65) and blocks (56) as they made the Final Four for the first time since their 1986 national championship team.

Garcia also said he will play with the Dominican Republic in the upcoming Tournament of the Americas in Santo Domingo in August and September.

``It's always wonderful to represent your country. I've had that honor several times, but the world championship qualifier will be a very special event for me,'' he said.

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