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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 -- Playing in front of some 50 credentialed NBA personnel, Nick Richards has been impressive during the first two days of Under Armour Elite 24 practices.

"[Thursday] was better, I could've done better [Friday] but now I just gotta get ready for the main game," the 6-foot-11 Richards out of St. Patrick's High School told SNY.tv of Saturday's nationally televised contest (ESPNU, 7:30).

Richards competed on the Nike EYBL circuit with Expressions Elite but wanted to play in the Under Armour game for something new.

Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Nick Richards, Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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(Jon Lopez/Nike)

NEW YORK -- Having already cut his list to 10 schools, Kevin Knox plans to trim his list again sometime in the near future.

"I'm focused on five or six that I really want to focus on, I'm going to narrow down to five or six probably next month," the 6-foot-8 Class of 2017 small forward from Tampa (FL) Catholic and E1T1 told SNY.tv Friday at Elite 24 practice.

Knox didn't participate in the first two days of practice because of a knee ailment but said he hopes to play in Saturday's nationally televised game (ESPNU, 7:30).

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Kelly Kline/Under Armour

NEW YORK -- Hamidou Diallo could pull a Thon Maker and go directly from the preps to the pros in 2017, but the 6-foot-6 New York City wing says he prefers the college route.

"Possibly," the high-flying shooting guard told SNY.tv at the Under Armour Elite 24 practice on Friday of declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, "but I'm not really looking at that right now. But it's possible."

He added: "I wouldn't be able to answer that question for you because I'm honestly just thinking about college right now. I want to go to college for sure."

Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Mohamed Bamba plans to visit UConn next Thursday, but won't be able to make it out to UCLA this month.

"I was going to visit UCLA, sometime in August, but the trip here was cut short because something came up back home." the 7-footer from the Westtown (Pa.) School and the PSA Cardinals said here at Adidas Nationas. "I plan on visiting UConn next Thursday, so it should be fun."

Bamba is yet to take any official visits, but has taken unofficial visits to Maryland and St. John's.

Tags: Jacob Polacheck, Mohamed Bamba, Recruiting
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LAS VEGAS -- It's been a busy summer for Troy Brown Jr., as the 6-foot-6 guard has shuttled across the country on the EYBL circuit while also finding time to try out for the USA Basketball Under-17 team (he made the cut). So it's only natural that he's relishing the benefits of playing in the NY2LA Summer Showdown, which is being held in his hometown of Las Vegas.

"I sleep in my own bed and I just drive over here," Brown said with a laugh after playing in front of coaches from Oregon, Cal, Utah, Gonzaga, Texas, UNLV and many more on Wednesday. "I like to do good all the time, but especially having friends and family here, I wanted to prove a point."

Brown won't get to relax for long, however. As one of the most coveted backcourt prospects in the Class of 2017, he'll soon have some big recruiting decisions to make. For now, Brown plans to narrow his choices down sometime within the next month.

Tags: Mike Grimala, Recruiting, Troy Brown
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CARTERSVILLE, GA - July 13, 2016: The Under Armour All America Basketball Camp at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by B. Alyssa Trofort/Under Armour) (B. Alyssa Trofort)
CARTERSVILLE, GA - July 13, 2016: The Under Armour All America Basketball Camp at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by B. Alyssa Trofort/Under Armour) (B. Alyssa Trofort)

By JACK LEGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Isaiah Washington, the 6-foot-1 Class of 2017 point guard from St. Raymond's in The Bronx, says four schools are working the hardest for him right now.

"Texas A&M, Minnesota, New Mexico, Seton Hall have been showing the most interest," Washington told SNY.tv. "My recruitment is wide open though."

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Christian David, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2017 wing from Vermont Academy, has cut his list to five schools.

David is down to Butler, Creighton, Miami, Oregon and Pittsburgh, Vermont Academy coach Alex Popp told SNY.tv.

David took an official visit to Creighton in June and will take one or two more in August, a source said.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - There may not have been a more important player for Mass Rivals in their championship run at the Adidas Circuit Finale than Makai Ashton-Langford.

Ashton-Langford went for 16 points and 6 rebounds in the championship win over Team Loaded VA.

"It feels great," Ashton Langford told SNY.tv after the win. "I'm trying to set the tone in the state of Massachusetts, so that all of these guys can maybe get looks. If you have one talented player from there, maybe colleges will come farther North."

Tags: Jack LeGwin, Recruiting
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Fresh off winning the Peach Jam championship on Sunday afternoon, Trae Young is now with the USA U18 National Team and hoping to win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile.

"I had the opportunity to win Peach Jam, probably the best tournament in high school basketball," the 6-foot-2 Young said by phone from Houston. "And to go win a gold medal is, I feel like a great summer for me. I'm excited. Hopefully, I'll have the opportunity for that."

Young is now playing with his MoKan Elite teammate Michael Porter Jr. - the two were Co-MVPs of the Peach Jam - and also with Mohamed Bamba and Quade Green of the PSA Cardinals, the team MoKan vanquished 93-65 in Sunday's final.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Before a few college basketball coaching A-Listers Sunday morning, 2017 ESPN top rated point guard Trevon Duval led all scorers with 19 as his We-R1 team fought past Philly Pride 58-57 in the Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown.

Coach Jay Wright of national champion Villanova had his eyes fixated on the guard out of Delaware. Also in the crowd was Indiana coach Tom Crean, Temple's Fran Dunphy, North Carolina State's Mark Gottfried, and UCLA assistant David Grace.

With all eyes on him, Duval did what he always tries to do, play his game. "When I'm playing I try and treat it like a normal game, no matter how big the crowd is or who's watching," Duval said. "I just try to play my game."

Tags: Dennis Chambers, Recruiting, Trevon Duval
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- John Petty said he wasn't looking at the coaches on the sidelines when he took off for a 360, two-handed dunk in the quarterfinals of the Peach Jam.

"It's just a little energy booster for the game," the 6-foot-7 Petty out of Huntsville (AL) Johnson said after leading Team Penny into the semifinals with a 74-63 win over the NY Rens that was played before a packed crowd including Kentucky head coach John Calipari and two assistants and Alabama head coach Avery Johnson.

"I still don't really pay attention to the coaches on the side, I just go out and play the game," he added after going for 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. "That was just a time when we was going on a run so I did something to hype the crowd up and get my team energized and push the lead...That's my style, I love showboating and doing the flashy dunks."

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 (Tom Reifsnyder / Elevate Hoops)
(Tom Reifsnyder / Elevate Hoops)

PHILADELPHIA - Clifton Moore may be one of the biggest sleepers on the East Coast.

The 6-foot-9 Class of 2017 small forward from Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) and Hoopdreamz Blue Moore scored a game-high 23 points in a 71-67 loss Thursday morning to PK Flash at the Elevate Hoops Summer Icebreaker. But the long small forward displayed the all-around ability that has him catching the eyes of college programs.

Moore defended the basket by registering multiple blocks as well as showing a shooting stroke from beyond the arc.

Tags: Clifton Moore, Dennis Chambers, Recruiting
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Findlay Prep (NV) and Team Penny (EYBL) 2017 five-star forward P.J. Washington had a team-high 22 points to go with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks as Team Penny dominated Pro Skills (TX) with an 81-61 win at the EYBL Peach Jam Thursday morning.

Asked what he's working on, Washington was definitive and precise in the skill sets he wants to develop.

"My ball handling and my perimeter jumper," Washington said. "I just want to be comfortable playing the perimeter and playing the inside. So if I have a big on me, I'll go outside and if I have a small on me, I'll go inside."

Tags: Chip Miller, P.J. Washington, Recruiting
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Mohamed Bamba is a big man with a big summer ahead.

Beginning Wednesday, the 7-footer from Harlem will be watched by dozens of coaches when he and the PSA Cardinals begin play at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.. With a 14-2 record and a slew of uncommitted Class of 2017 standouts, the PSA Cardinals figure to be one of the hottest draws at the finale of the Nike EYBL circuit.

"My whole approach to Peach Jam is to take one game and as you go on, just win and dominate," Bamba told SNY.tv. "This is probably my third or fourth time going to Peach Jam. Every time I've gone it's gotten better. The first time we didn't make it out of pool play, the second time we made it out of pool play, the third time we made it to the quarterfinals, semifinals. And this time I want to win it all."

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CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 8: Hamidou Diallo during the 2015 Under Armour All-America Basketball Camp on July 8, 2015 at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Under Armour) (Ned Dishman)
CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 8: Hamidou Diallo during the 2015 Under Armour All-America Basketball Camp on July 8, 2015 at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Under Armour) (Ned Dishman)

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday afternoon I stopped by NY Rens practice at Baruch College in New York and asked head coach Andy Borman what college programs had told him they planned on watching 2017 shooting guard Hamidou Diallo at next week's Peach Jam.

"Everybody," Borman told me. "Hamidou's got offers from every high-major program that I know of."

The 6-foot-6 Diallo is an explosive high-flying New York City native who plays for Putnam Science Academy (CT). He holds offers from Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse and UConn, among others.

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NEW YORK -- Jordan Tucker plans to cut his list later this summer, possibly after Peach Jam.

"I'm trying to cut my list after that, to six, eight the most," the 6-foot-7 wing from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac told SNY.tv on Wednesday at Rens practice in Manhattan.

Tucker holds offers from a slew of high-majors, including Arizona, Syracuse, UConn, St. John's, Maryland, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Marquette and Georgia Tech.

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 (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Jaylen Nowell, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Garfield (WA) High School, announced his commitment to the University of Washington on Wednesday over schools such as Oregon, Arizona, California, Oregon State, Portland State, Texas, among others.

"THIS MY TOWN!! I I have to put on for my city." exclaimed Nowell, the first commit for Lorenzo Romar and the Huskies in the 2017 class.

Playing with Seattle Rotary, Nowell is averaging 20.2 points per game, along with 3.9 rebounds per game. Coming from Seattle, staying home played a large role in Nowell's commitmen.

Tags: Jacob Polacheck, Recruiting
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Quade Green, the 6-foot point guard from Philadelphia (PA) Neumann-Goretti and the PSA Cardinals AAU program, will visit Kentucky unofficially on Wednesday-Thursday and could pick up an offer on the trip.

"He'll be there Wednesday and Thursday," Goretti coach Carl Arrigale said Monday on The 4 Quarters Podcast.. "I just talked to coach [Tony] Barbee [Monday] and I'm supposed to talk to Cal. It seems to be moving in that direction [of an offer]. Nothing's official yet. Once they get him in the office and find out what his thinking is and what he's thinking about.

"I know they do feel like their backcourt this year [Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox] is going to be talented enough to all be gone possibly next year so they're looking for players to come in and play. They see him as a Tyler Ulis maybe with a couple more inches, which is probably a pretty good comparison. He's got the guts of burglar. He plays really hard, he's not afraid of any moment and he watched the Kentucky teams with Tyler out there. They see him as being a guy who can play that similar role for them the next few years."

Tags: David Beatty, Quade Green, Recruiting
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Steph Curry, the first unanimous NBA Most Valuable Player recipient, and Under Armour Basketball return to the Bay Area to host the third annual SC30 Select Camp. The top high school guards in the nation will participate in the four-day program from June 28 -July 1, 2016.

The event includes several players from the New York/New Jersey, including Class of 2017 point guard Trevon Duval, formerly of St. Benedict's Prep and now at Advanced Prep Internationa; Class of 2017 St. Raymond's point guard Isaiah Washington; Class of 2017 Seton Hall commit Myles Cale of St. Patrick's; Class of 2018 Hudson (N.J.) Catholic point guard Jahvon Quinerly; and Class of 2019 standouts Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis of the Ranney (N.J.) School.

Antoine, Lewis and teammate Alex Klatsky also took an unofficial visit to Stanford on Tuesday in advance of the camp.

The following high school basketball players have been selected this year:

  • Alex Barcello - Chandler, Arizona
  • Bryan Antoine - Keyport, New Jersey
  • DJ Jeffries - Olive Branch, Tennessee 
  • Gerald Liddell - Cibolo, Texas
  • Isaiah Washington - Bronx, New York
  • Jahvon Quinerly - Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Jalek Felton - Mullins, South Carolina
  • Jaylen Hands - San Diego, California
  • Jemarl Baker - Corona, California
  • Khavon Moore - Macon, Georgia
  • Kris Wilkes - Fishers, Indiana
  • LJ Figueroa - Lawrence, Massachusetts 
  • Michael Porter Jr. - Columbia, Missouri 
  • Mitch Ballock - Eudora, Kansas 
  • MJ Walker - Riverdale, Georgia  
  • Myles Cale - Middletown, Delaware
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Paul Scruggs - Indianapolis, Indiana 
  • Prentiss Hubb - Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • Scottie Lewis - Hazlet, New Jersey
  • Trevon Duval - New Castle, Delaware 
  • Ty-Shon Alexander - Charlotte, North Carolina
Tags: Bryan Antoine, Recruiting, Scottie Lewis, Stanford University, Trevon Duval, Adam Zagoria

 (Kelly Kline / Under Armour)
(Kelly Kline / Under Armour)

Four years ago, Charles Bassey was selling fried chickens on a roadside in his native Nigeria when he was discovered by a basketball coach.

"A coach in Nigeria discovered me when I was 12," Bassey said in April at the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center. "I was selling chickens. The coach told me to start playing (basketball), that I had potential. I was 6-1 when I was 12."

Last August the coach brought Bassey to San Antonio, Texas, where he parted ways with his family to pursue a better life through basketball. He now lives with his guardian there.

Tags: Charles Bassey, Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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 (Kelly Kline / Under Armour)
(Kelly Kline / Under Armour)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Zion Williamson has continued to make a name for himself this week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

The 6-foot-7 wing from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School was named co-MVP of the camp (along with Tremont Waters) after averaging 14.6 points per game on 69.3 percent shooting to go with 6.2 rebounds per game.

"Being a young player and winning the MVP, being selected by a professional committee, it is a good feeling," Williamson told NBC29.com. "UVa has a nice facility, playing in the gym is amazing. Most kids don't get this opportunity."

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Kris Wilkes has an eventful summer on his hands.

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Indianapolis (IN) North Central is currently at the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team training camp in Colorado Springs., Co., where he hopes to make the final 12-member team that will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship July 19-23 in Valdivia, Chile.

He will also compete at the Steph Curry SC30 Select Camp later this summer as well as on the Under Armour circuit with the Indy Hoosiers.

Tags: Kris Wilkes, Recruiting, USA Basketball U18s, Adam Zagoria
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- Nojel Eastern was one of the final cuts from the USA U17 team on Tuesday. Despite the less than ideal outcome, Eastern performed well enough to put himself in contention which was a long way from last year when he was forced to watch the U16 tryouts with a boot on his foot.

"Of course watching last year helped," said Eastern, out of Evanston (IL) Township. "Seeing what the coaches wanted out of players and seeing what it takes to make the USA team. I'm just coming out and seeing what I saw last year. Seeing what the people that made did and also what the people that didn't, what they didn't do. So I just wanted to use that to my advantage."

In the spring of 2015, Eastern suffered a dislocated ankle at the Lexington EYBL stop. The injury kept him from playing throughout the summer and into the fall. Now fully healthy, Eastern has been eager to compete against some of the top players in the 2017 and 2018 classes.

Tags: Nojel Eastern, Recruiting, Sean Moran, USA Basketball U17s
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Jordan Tucker received a late invitation to the USA Basketball U18 training camp in Colorado Springs, Co., and now finds himself competing against a loaded field.

"It's hard to get touches here, you just gotta play hard," the 6-foot-7 Class of 2017 wing from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac told SNY.tv by phone Wednesday night. "Guards [are dominating] and the big men get their dunks, you know how that goes. You just gotta knock down open shots, which I haven't been doing so far."

The finalists for the U18 team are set to be announced Thursday.

Tags: Jordan Tucker, Recruiting, USA Basketball U18s, University of Maryland, Adam Zagoria
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- David McCormack has progressed a lot in the last year and the Norfolk (Va) Academy center has slimmed down and now has a who's who of college basketball involved for his services.

At midnight on Tuesday -- when college coaches could first contact Class of 2018 targets -- Maryland coach Mark Turegon reached out.

"Maryland, I actually got a call from them as soon as the clock struck midnight," McCormack said at the NBPA Top 100 Camp "...It was a crazy experience. A lot of people told me to be ready. Coach Turgeon [extended an offer]."

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 (Jeffrey Becker)
(Jeffrey Becker)

After having six workouts with NBA teams, Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe opted to withdraw from the NBA Draft last month and return to campus for his sophomore season.

"My thing is I didn't want to rush it," the former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star told Kentucky reporters on Wednesday in his first comments since his decision. "I don't think that the NBA is going anywhere and me coming back to Kentucky for another year to develop as a person on and off the court will only help me."

Briscoe was not invited to the NBA Draft Combine last month, while several of his teammates -- Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis and Marcus Lee -- all were. The first three are projected as first-round picks in the June 23 NBA Draft, while Lee has since transferred to Cal.

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Kentucky and Oklahoma remain in good shape to make the final five cut for Class of 2017 point guard Trae Young, who plans to cut his to five after next month's Peach Jam.

"It's looking good for Kentucky," Young told Ben Roberts at the USA Baksetball U18 trials in Colorado.

Oklahoma is the home school for the 6-foot-1 Young out of Norman (OK) North and figures to make the cut, too.

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The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) will host its annual Top 100 High School Basketball Camp (Top 100) from June 14-19 at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA. Top 100 is regarded as the premier basketball camp available to elite High school student-athletes around the world. Since its inception in 1994, almost 300 players have transitioned into successful careers in the National Basketball Association. Through classroom discussions and an extensive basketball program, Top 100 emphasizes character, education and skill development as the core principles necessary to maximize a player's potential.

NBPA TOP 100 CAMP ROSTER  

1 Ty-Shon Alexander Oak Hill Academy 2017 6'4 190

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LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports Images)
LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA Today Sports Images)

Top draft prospect Ben Simmons does not plan on working out with the Philadelphia 76ers, who hold the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Philadelphia GM Bryan Colangelo told NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks.

Simmons, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds at LSU last season, is expected to be the top pick in the draft, according to several mock drafts.

"He would very much like to be selected No. 1," Colangelo said of Simmons. "We heard the same thing from (Duke forward) Brandon (Ingram) today."

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 (MUSTAFA HOOTEN )
(MUSTAFA HOOTEN )

ARDSLEY, N.Y. -- Nate Pierre-Louis helped lead his Sports U team to the Rumble in the Bronx 17U gold division championhip on Sunday at the House of Sports.

The 6-foot-3 Roselle Catholic point guard scored 20 points in a 52-50 semifinal win over the Albany City Rocks and then added another 20 in a 76-61 win over Playaz Remix in the championship game.

On the recruiting front, Pierre-Louis mentioned Vanderbilt, Purdue, Seton Hall, UConn, Rutgers, SMU, Creighton, Tulsa, Temple and Syracuse as the teams he is hearing from at the current moment.

Tags: Dennis Chambers, Nate Pierre-Louis, Recruiting
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Chris Lykes, a 5-foot-7 point guard from Washington, D.C. Gonzaga Prep, committed to Miami on Sunday.

The No. 16-ranked point guard in the Class of 2017 per 247Sports.com, he also considered Villanova, Notre Dame, Georgetown, N.C. State, Virginia and Stanford.

The news was first reported by Scout.com.

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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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 (Thehoopscolumn.com)
(Thehoopscolumn.com)

Victor Uyaelunmo, the 6-foot-11 Class of 2017 center from Gulliver (FL) Prep and the Florida Vipers, will trim his list of schools by the end of the summer, he told SNY.tv.

Ranked the No. 109 player from the Class of 2017 according to 247Sports.com, holds around 15 offers, including Memphis, Illinois, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Tennessee, and USC.

Uyaelunmo visited Tennessee Thursday and USC on Monday. He is set to visit Pittsburgh June 28.

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David Beatty, a 6-foot-4 Class of 2017 combo guard from Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's Prep, visited UCLA this week, and will trip to UConn on Monday, he told SNY.tv.

Beatty triped to UCLA on Tuesday after playing at the Pangos All-American Camp. UCLA also hosted Gary Trent Jr., Charles Bassey, Nassir Little, Cody Reilly, Theo Johns, Kevin Samuels and Jacobi Gordon earlier this week.

"They got good history," Beatty said. "A lot of players went there and they put the most people in the NBA, so that might be something I look into."

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 (Lonnie Webb)
(Lonnie Webb)

Aaron Wheeler has a new high school and he's looking for a college, too.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward from Stamford, Conn., will transfer from St. Andrews (R.I.) to national powerhouse Brewster (N.H.) Academy for his senior season and play for coach Jason Smith. He's also busy taking college visits, including one on Wednesday to Seton Hall.

Wheeler also considered prep powers South Kent, St. Thomas More and New Hampton but settled on Brewster.

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For the second straight year, the PSA Cardinals and Albany City Rocks will run a Kentucky-style combine for their Nike-sponsored teams.

This year's event is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 17 at the Westtown (Pa) School and will be during the July live period.

A year ago, the event was held at Springfield (Mass.) Commonwealth Academy and featured coaches from Kentucky, Kansas, Minnesota, St. John's, Syracuse and many others.

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 (Kelly Kline)
(Kelly Kline)

For all the talk about the decline of New York City basketball, the Class of 2017 might just prove otherwise.

In the latest 2017 ESPN 100, New York and the surrounding area has five players ranked in the Top 50.

Mohamed Bamba, the 7-footer from Harlem who plays for the Westtown (Pa.) School and the PSA Cardinals, is No. 3. He holds offers from a Who's Who of schools, including Duke, Kentucky and Harvard.

Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Mohamed Bamba, Recruiting, Adam Zagoria
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 (Scott Kurtz)
(Scott Kurtz)

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.

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SUWANEE, Ga. -- Lonnie Walker continues to add high-major offers and is targeting the late-summer/early-fall to cut his list.

The 6-foot-5 wing from Reading, PA is currently ranked No. 21 in the nation by 247 Sports, and is averaging 16.7 points per game on the Nike EYBL Circuit for Team Final for a team that is 10-6 heading into Peach Jam.

"I feel like the summer is going very well," Walker told SNY.tv. "My talent is getting recognized on a national level, I'm just looking to improve my game and develop."

Tags: Jack LeGwin, Lonnie Walker, Recruiting
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Hasahn French has a busy summer on his hands.

After playing in the Frankie Williams Classic on Thursday night, the 6-foot-7, 225-pound power forward from Commonwealth Academy and the PSA Cardinals headed to the Pangos All-American Camp this past weekend.

French will now visit Temple unofficially on Wednesday before heading to St. Louis this weekend for the Nike Elite 100.

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Jordan Tucker's summer schedule got thrown into disarray on Wednesday when he received a late invitation to the USA Basketball U18 training camp beginning June 14 in Colorado Springs, Co.

But the 6-foot-7 Tucker is happy to have the scheduling problem on his hands.

"It's hard because they extended the school year so I don't finish school until June 10," Tucker told me Thursday at the Frankie Williams Classic held at his own Archbishop Stepinac High School. "I want to rest and get ready so I can perform well out there."

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Charles O'Bannon Jr.,, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman, has cut his list to a manageable eight schools: Kansas, UCLA, Texas, N.C. State, Washington, Oregon, UNLV and Arizona.

Tags: Charles O'Bannon Jr., Chip Miller, Recruiting
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SUWANEE, Ga. -- The best scorer on the Nike EYBL circuit, Collin Sexton, made a name for himself here, averaging 34.2 points per game over the holiday weekend.

The best of the best have offered the 6-foot-2 point guard out of Mableton (Ga.) Pebblebrook, with a select few pushing ahead of the rest.

"Arizona, Kansas, Texas, Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma State for sure are all working hardest right now," Sexton said. "They're telling me that I can come in and be an impact at a program right away. They're saying that I can learn and play. Nothing is guaranteed, you have to come in and work hard."

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GARDEN GROVE, Ca. - Miles Norris, a five-star Class of 2018 power forward from Mater Dei (C) Catholic High School, says that four schools are recruiting him the hardest.

The 6-foot-9 forward, playing with Earl Watson Elite 16U, listed Arizona, Oregon, San Diego State, and Cal as the schools that are in contact with him the most.

Norris holds offers from 12 schools and has taken an unofficial visit to Arizona. Although he did not mention any frontrunners, he plans to visit Arizona and Oregon at the end of the summer.

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 (Jim Halley / USA Today Sports)
(Jim Halley / USA Today Sports)

Kevin Knox, the 6-foot-8 Class of 2017 small forward from Tampa (FL) Catholic and E1T1, will trim his list of schools after Peach Jam, he told SNY.tv.

Ranked the No. 6 player in the Class of 2017 according to 247Sports.com, holds more than 30 offers, including from Kentucky, Kansas, Villanova, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, N.C. State, Maryland, Miami and Cal.

Knox isn't certain how many he will cut to or which schools will definitely make the list.

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GARDEN GROVE, Ca. - Nate Pierre-Louis, a three-star point guard from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic High School, says that six schools are talking to him the most.

The 6-foot-3 guard, playing with Sports U, lists Temple, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Seton Hall, SMU and UConn as the schools that are in contact with him most.

Pierre-Louis holds offers from nearly 30 schools and has taken unofficial visits to UConn and Rutgers. Back in February, he received a visit from Kansas assistant Norm Roberts.

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Zach Brown, a 7-foot-2, 265-pound Class of 2017 center from Miami, was arrested in Miami on Saturday night on multiple robbery charges, according to a police record.

Brown was charged with armed robbery, robbery by sudden snatching and credit card fraud. The first charge carries a bond of $5,000 and the latter two $10,000 apiece.

Brown committed to UConn Jan. 20 and enrolled at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut soon after, with speculation he might try to re-classify into the class of 2016.

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GARDEN GROVE, Ca. -- Trevon Duval, the top point guard in the Class of 2017, says five schools are recruiting him the hardest.

The 6-foot-3 point guard out of Dallas (TX) Advanced Prep International lists Maryland, Arizona, Kansas, Baylor, and North Carolina as the schools working the hardest for his services.

"I'm not sure about any visits yet," Duval said at the Under Armour Association stop here. "I'm not really focused on recruiting right now. I'm just taking it slowly."

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SUWANEE, Ga. -- Talk of package deals is common in recruiting, but two Class of 2017 stars seem serious about it.

With much talk centered around a package deal involving Wendell Carter Jr. and his close friend Gary Trent Jr., Carter Jr. confirmed to SNY.tv that they will be attending college together. 

"It's a definite that we will be going to college together," Carter Jr. told SNY.tv on Sunday after going for 23 points and 12 rebounds in CP3's 82-76 win over Team Takeover at Session Four of the Nike EYBL Circuit.

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SUWANEE, Ga. - Gary Trent Jr. went off for 35 points and 8 rebounds in a 90-77 win over Seattle Rotary here at the Nike EYBL stop on Saturday.

The win helped the Minnesota team rebound from a morning loss to Canada's CIA Bounce, the first loss for Pulley (12-1) on the EYBL circuit this summer.

Moving toward Peach Jam in July, the 6-foot-5 Trent Jr. says that he isn't focused on recruiting much at this moment, but that he will sit down and figure out his visits in July.

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