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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Deng Gak, the 6-foot-10 power forward from Blair (N.J.) Academy and the PSA Cardinals, has not set up any college visits yet but has three schools in mind for trips.

"Duke, Kansas and probably Miami," Gak, ranked No. 80 in the new 2017 ESPN 100, told me last Thursday at the Frankie Williams Classic at Archbishop Stepinac High School.

Gak is close with current Miami Heat and former Duke wing Luol Deng. Deng attended Blair and both Deng and Gak are of Dinka descent. Duke offered Gak in April.

Tags: Blair Academy, Deng Gak, Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Blair Academy's talented Class of 2017 trio of point guard Matt Turner, wing Kodye Pugh, and big man Deng Gak checked in to provide a recruiting update Wednesday night fresh off of a hard-fought 54-41 loss to undefeated St. Anthony's, the No. 4 team in the nation according to USA Today.

Temple head coach Fran Dunphy was in the house, along with assistants from Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Monmouth, Wagner and FDU.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Turner, a transfer from Trumbull (CT) High School, said Maryland, Providence, Georgetown, and Virginia have all expressed interest lately.

Tags: Blair Academy, Deng Gak, Kodye Pugh, Matt Turner, Mike McCurry, Recruiting, St. Anthony's
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There are 50 states in the union and only one of them has three boys basketball teams ranked in the Top 10 in the nation.

That would be New Jersey where St. Patrick's (5-1), St. Anthony's (5-0) and St. Benedict's Prep (13-0) are currently 7-8-9 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Boys Basketball Rankings.

And that doesn't even include Roselle Catholic, the defending New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner which dropped out of the poll after listing at No. 13.

Tags: Blair Academy, Hudson Catholic, Roselle Catholic, St. Anthony's, St. Benedict's Prep, St. Patrick's, Adam Zagoria
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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman dish out an all-new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. First up, Villanova coach Jay Wright joins the show to talk about the Wildcats and the Big East. Then, Blair Academy coach Joe Mantegna calls in to talk about Matt Turner, Deng Gak, and Kodye Pugh. Later, Adam and Josh examine the chaos surrounding Jahlil Okafor in Philly, and take an early look at the candidates for College Player of the Year.

1st Quarter: Jay Wright (01:45)

Tags: 4 Quarters Podcast, 76ers, Blair Academy, Jahlil Okafor, Jay Wright, Adam Zagoria, Josh Newman
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BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. -- Over the summer, Kodye Pugh, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound small forward, transferred to Blair Academy from Boys' Latin School in Baltimore and reclassed to the Class of 2017 from 2016.

At Blair, he's playing alongside fellow 2017 standouts in 6-4 point guard Matt Turner and 6-11 big man Deng Gak.

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BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. - Matt Turner transferred from Trumbull (CT) High School to Blair Academy because he knew he had to step up his level of competition.

"I left after my sophomore year and came here," the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Class of 2017 point guard told me Monday at Blair. "It was a good program and I liked the coach a lot but I just felt I wasn't getting pushed enough and I felt I could maximize my potential when I come to Blair."

So far, so good.

Tags: Blair Academy, Matt Turner , Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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Deng Gak has only been at Blair (N.J.) Academy for about a week, and yet already the big-time schools are passing through to check the big man out.

Duke assistant Jon Scheyer, Florida assistant Darris Nichols, SMU head coach Larry Brown and Northwestern head man Chris Collins have stopped in to see Gak, a 6-foot-11 big man who was born in Egypt but lived almost his entire life in Australia. Minnesota is expected in Friday.

"Deng is a very skilled and versatile big who proceses the game at a high level and has already at age 17 played on the global stage," Blair coach Joe Mantegna said. "He is one of the highest-upside guys we have ever had at Blair. As importantly, he is a high-character, good teammate who comes from an academically-oriented family as well. The sky is the limit as he gets stronger, more assertive, and adjusts to the different way the game is played in the U.S."

Tags: Blair Academy, Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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