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NEW YORK - Brandon Randolph, the 6-foot-6-inch guard from Westtown School in Yonkers, N.Y., said he would cut his list to five schools "within the next week."

"You guys will see soon, so I don't want to say now," he said. "You guys will find out."

Randolph is ranked 40th on ESPN's Top 100 for the Class of 2017. Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Xavier have all offered the 6-foot-6-inch guard.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - June 15, 2016: NBPA Top 100 Camp at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

NEW YORK -- Nick Richards, a 6-foot-11 center from The Patrick School (N.J.), said Kentucky head coach John Calipari calls his family about once or twice a week.

Richards is ranked No. 8 on the ESPN Top 100 recruits for the Class of 2017. He's received offers from Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Oklahoma, to name a few.

Still, he said he hasn't given any school the upper hand yet.

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Hameir Wright puts up a shot over Tyrone Wheatley Jr during a game. (AP)
Hameir Wright puts up a shot over Tyrone Wheatley Jr during a game. (AP)

NEW YORK -- Andrew Platek, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.), will visit North Carolina on Monday, Davidson on Tuesday and Stanford on June 24th.

The class of 2017 guard has received offers from North Carolina, Indiana, Stanford and Miami, to name a few. He already took an unofficial visit to Indiana, and said it was one of the best college experiences he's had.

Platek scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Albany City Rocks went on to defeat the Chinese U18 National basketball team on Friday night, 66-56, in an exhibition match as part of the Rumble in the Bronx at Baruch College.

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NEW YORK -- Quade Green hasn't cut his list yet, but would like to make a decision in September.

The 6-foot point guard, who helped the PSA Cardinals go undefeated this weekend at the Nike EYBL stop in Brooklyn, is ranked No. 41 on ESPN's Top 60 for the Class of 2017.

"Hopefully, I commit in September," he said on Saturday. "That's when I want to."

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NEW YORK -- Junior forward Billy Preston has cut his list to four schools: Arizona, Kansas, USC and Maryland.

The 6-foot-10 Preston is ranked No. 7 on ESPN's Top 60 for the Class of 2017.

"I got kind of tired of the recruitment process," he said Saturday at the Nike EYBL stop in Brooklyn where his RM5 team played Phoenix Family. "I kind of already had in mind a couple of schools I wanted to go to so I figured there was no point in wasting coaches' time. I might as well get it out the way, and if any other schools want to offer me, I'll definitely take it."

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NEW YORK -- Seton Hall signee Myles Powell scored 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting from the floor, as Team East lost to Team New York 148-128 at the Jordan Brand Classic Regional Game at the Barclays Center Friday night. The sharpshooter was 3-of-14 from behind the arc. 

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Powell is still working his back into shape after re-injuring the left foot he broke in October. He re-injured it in February.

Powell will join a talented core of juniors - Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez, Angel Delgado and potentially Isaiah Whitehead - that won the Big East Tournament by defeating Villanova, the eventual national champions. 

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NEW YORK -- After 54 years, Yale is finally dancing again.

The Bulldogs defeated Columbia, 71-55, at Levien Gym to win the Ivy League and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1962, the second-longest drought among teams that have made it to the Big Dance before. The Ivy League has no postseason tournament and the Bulldogs advanced by virtue of winning the regular-season title.

The last time Yale went dancing, John F. Kennedy was in the White House and The Beatles had yet to invade American soil.

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NEW YORK -- With St. John's assistant Matt Abdelmassih and Villanova assistant Kyle Neptune watching Thursday night at St. Raymond's High School, Jordan Tucker's junior season came to a close.

It was a rough night for the 6-foot-7 Tucker, who was battling a right shoulder injury that kept him out of practice for most of the week. He finished with seven points as Archbishop Stepinac fell to Holy Cross 77-60 in the second round of the CHSAA playoffs.

Tucker did not start the game. Stepinac head coach Patrick Massaroni said it was because of a "team discipline issue." Tucker said he was benched because of the missed practice time he suffered after the injury.

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NEW YORK -- Forty-eight years. Forty. Eight.  
 
That's how long it's been since Columbia last made the NCAA Tournament, one of the longest droughts in the nation. Will this be the year Columbia finally gets to dance? 
 
The dancing music hasn't been queued yet, but the Lions made sure to take care of business this weekend. The Lions defeated Harvard on Friday, then Dartmouth, 73-54, on Saturday.
 
Columbia (8-2 Ivy, 19-8) remains in third place but trails another school longing for a ticket to the Big Dance: Yale.  
 
The Bulldogs (9-1, 18-5) - who haven't made the NCAA Tournament in 54 years - lost to Princeton over the weekend. The loss allows the Lions a chance to at least share the Ivy League title if they win out.  
 
The Ivy League remains wide open, setting the scene for an entertaining final two weeks of the season. Columbia will travel to face Princeton (8-1, 18-5) next weekend, then host Yale in the final game of the season on March 5.  
 
"We're just going to concentrate on Princeton," said Columbia coach Kyle Smith. "On to Princeton. That's been our mantra. We're just really trying to stay in the cocoon, and not get caught up with [the media]."  
 
Saturday, Columbia went as far as its leader Maodo Lo took them. In the first half, Lo struggled to penetrate Dartmouth's defense. He went 0-for-7 from the field, including 0-for-4 from behind the arc.  
 
Dartmouth led for most of the first half, but Columbia was able to take a 32-28 lead into the half.  
 
Smith said it's nice when the Lo scores, but he does not think his team will go as far as its leading scorer will. 
 
"When he scores, we can really separate," Smith said. "I didn't know if [Grant Mullins] could go, so I told him to get 40 tonight. I might have got him a little too stuck." 
 
Columbia was able to separate in the second half when Lo came out hot.  
 
Just two minutes in, Lo crossed over two defenders for a right-handed layup to give his team a 37-30 lead, their largest of the game. Just seconds later, Lo stole the ball and laid it up for an easy fast break layup. 
 
Dartmouth would hang around, but Lo would break down the defense again for an easy layup with 13:33 to give his team a seven-point lead. 
 
Lo checked out with 11:03 remaining, and his teammates passed the ball around the perimeter until they were forced to settle with a deep 3-point attempt from Lukas Meisner as the shot clock expired.  
 
Lo checked back in on the next dead ball.  
 
Lo finished with 14 points, 12 in the second half. His seven rebounds also led all players. Mullins, who almost didn't play because of the flu, led all scorers with 17.  
 
Both seniors will obviously be key pieces to Columbia winning the Ivy. Lo's scoring will particularly be critical to open up his teammates.  
 
Lo hit 11 threes in a road game against Princeton last season. The Lions will hope for a similar performance next weekend when they travel to face the Tigers.   
 
For Lo, he said he feels something special with the Lions. He's aware that it's been 48 years since the last time Columbia danced, but he won't think about the history too much for now.  
 
"We just have to keep on going," Lo said. "Once the season's over and once we achieved something, then it's time to celebrate and put everything in perspective."  
 
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NEW YORK -- The 13th year of the Big Apple Invitational featured McDonald's All-American Sacha Killeya-Jones and the highly touted Rawle Alkins. But neither of them made the All-Tournament Team in a competitive weekend in New York City.

Here is the five-man Big Apple Invitational All-Tournament Team.

 

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NEW YORK - The scoreboard said Lutheran versus Sacred Heart, but this game often felt like Devonte Green against Mustapha Heron.

Green, the newly-minted Indiana commit, scored 39 points and led Lutheran to a 73-72 victory over Sacred Heart despite Heron's heroic 41-point, 13-rebound performance.

The Auburn signee's 41 points were just three shy of Sean Kilpatrick's all-time high in the Big Apple Invitational, which is in its 13th year.

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NEW YORK -- Rawle Alkins heard the overrated chants. He saw the people walking out.

He also saw Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and St. John's head coach Chris Mullin sitting in the stands. It was a game, he said, he didn't want them to see.

The New York native was making his return home this weekend in the Big Apple Basketball Invitational, but Word of God (N.C.) fell to South Kent (CT), 87-80, behind just 11 points and five rebounds from Alkins, the coveted senior. He picked up two fouls early in the first half and was forced to go to the bench. He never found a rhythm after returning later in the half.

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NEW YORK -- St. John's and Maryland are the schools working hardest for Jordan Tucker, the talented Class of 2017 wing out of Archbishop Stepinac High School.

The 6-foot-7 Tucker has already visited St. John's numerous times, and was at their win over Syracuse at Madison Square Garden in December. He's also planning a trip to Maryland.

"I know I'm supposed to go to Maryland the 29th or 30th," Tucker told SNY.tv. after going for 25 points and 10 rebounds en route to MVP honors as Stepinac beat Gilman, 60-49, Saturday in the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College.

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Big Apple Basketball (Joseph Swift / Big Apple Basketball)

NEW YORK - Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones and Pittsburgh-bound Justice Kithcart were not enough for Virginia Episcopal on Saturday afternoon.

The Fighting Bishops were out-hustled, 76-66, by Northfield Mount Hermon at the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College. Killeya-Jones, a strong candidate to be selected Sunday night for the McDonald's All-American Game, finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but struggled to keep up with the pace of Mount Hermon. Kithcart added 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

"I played a terrible game today," Killeya-Jones said. "It just sucks I had to do it up here."

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ROSELLE, N.J. -- It didn't take long for Naz Reid to flex his muscles on Saturday.

Just moments after the tip-off, the 6-foot-9 Reid threw home a cock-back dunk for the first basket of the game. Moments later, he was at it again with a steal and another slam dunk, setting the crowd into a frenzy.

It also didn't take long for Roselle Catholic to dominate, as they took an early nine-point lead and never looked back. The Lions went on to beat Raritan 75-48 behind Reid's 19 points at the Hoops for Troops showcase.

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ROSELLE, N.J. - The St. Benedict's Prep duo of Bourama Sidibe and David Beatty are enough to give opponents trouble.

But when senior James Scott is on, there may not be many teams in the nation that can stop the Gray Bees.

St. Benedict's (12-0) defeated Our Savior Lutheran, 76-51, behind a combined 60 points from the trio at the Hoops for Troops basketball showcase at Roselle Catholic on Saturday.

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