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Nickeil Alexander-Walker's AAU coach says Virginia Tech is getting a player comparable to a young Paul George.

A 6-foot-6 shooting guard in the Class of 2017, Alexander-Walker picked Virginia Tech over USC and Maryland after visiting the ACC school on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Nickeil is the best two-way player in Canada," Shane James, the Co-Director of Under Armour Canada Elite, told SNY.tv, "With his 6-foot-6 frame he can defend multiple positions and play multiple positions offensively. His biggest strength is his ability to use and finish with both hands and his feel for the game. The kid's a talent. Reminds me of a young Paul George."

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A?week after committing to Tennessee, Chris Clarke has flipped to Virginia Tech.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School ?had initially considered Virginia Tech along with Tennessee,?UConn and Creighton.

Clarke Tweeted this picture of himself, with the tagline, "I'm staying home. VT."

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Justin Robinson, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Manassas (VA) St. James, committed to Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Robinson also considered UNLV and Providence.

He is rated as the No. 22 point guard in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports composite rankings.

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Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams picked up a commitment Saturday night from Kerry Blackshear, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Orlando (FL) Evans.

"I felt really comfortable with them," Blackshear told Scout.com. "I felt comfortable with Coach Buzz and just pulled the trigger."

The No. 22 power forward in the 247Sports composite rankings, Blackshear also considered?SMU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Kansas State.

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Virginia Tech's Alonzo Tweedy, one of the nation's top special teams players, will vie for a roster spot this summer.

Though it?s a bit early to tell, Victor Cruz may go down as one of the top undrafted free agents in Giants? history.

Hall of Fame defensive back Emlen Tunnell is also on that list with his 79 career interceptions.

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Virginia Tech's Alonzo Tweedy, one of the nation's top special teams players, will be visiting the Giants this week.

One of the non-local players coming into TPC on Monday is Virginia Tech safety Alonzo Tweedy, a player known for his special teams prowess. He could be a late round pick for the Giants or any other club looking to upgrade the quality of their specials.

https://twitter.com/TonyPauline/status/322729661572448257

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Kyle Washington is off the board.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy committed to N.C. State Sunday morning during an official visit.

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More than 20 schools have expressed interest in Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith but he plans to trim his list this weekend.

Desiree Finney, Dorian's mother, said Florida, Texas, Louisville, Iowa State and Marquette were some of the schools involved.

"We will probably narrow it down after this weekend to the last five or three," Desiree told SNY.tv Thursday night by phone. "I'm hoping three."

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The shooting death of a police officer Thursday at Virginia Tech was especially painful for basketball coach Seth Greenberg because he knew the man.

"It's tragic," Greenberg, a New York native, told SNY.tv by phone Friday morning. "I knew the officer. It's senseless."

Deriek W. Crouse, 39, was married with five children and step-children. He?had given Greenberg a speeding ticket a year ago as the coach was rushing to get back to his office, and had also worked security at Virginia Tech basketball games.

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Allan Chaney can no longer play ball at Virginia Tech.

?Allan Chaney has been through a great deal in the last year and a half,? head coach Seth Greenberg?said in a statement. ?Everyone involved in our basketball program feels for him. Unfortunately, this rare condition will prevent him from continuing his career here at Virginia Tech. We will do everything in our power to assist Allan as he goes through his next procedure and support him in every way possible.?

Chaney, a junior from Baltimore, Md., transferred to Virginia Tech from Florida in 2009 and sat out the 2009-10 season due to NCAA transfer rules. In April of 2010, Chaney passed out during exercise and was diagnosed with myocarditis. He has been restricted from activity since.

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As his recruitment heats up, Quinn Cook is focusing on four major schools and has three official visits set.

The Oak Hill (Va.) point guard ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2011 at his position will visit UCLA this coming weekend, Duke Oct. 15 and Villanova Oct. 22. He would also like to visit Kansas but no date has been set.

Asked if he could envision going to any school aside from those four, he said Tuesday, "Not yet."

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Malcolm Gilbert has cut his list to six schools.

The 6-foot-11 rising senior center out of Academy of the New Church now lists Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Virginia and Clemson.

Gilbert has already taken unofficials to Virginia, Ohio State, Pitt and Duke and plans to visit Virginia Tech next, possibly next weekend.

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Angel Nunez, a 6-foot-8 wing from Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), cut his list to 10 on Saturday.

The New York City native now lists Louisville, Arizona, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, UConn, Providence, Rutgers, Miami, Florida and Cincinnati.

Nunez, the No. 26 small forward in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals, said no visits are set "But I'm going to to visit Miami and Florida for sure."

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Team Takeover lost in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Peach Jam, but head coach Keith Stevens believes his squad should have won the whole thing.

A year later, his Washington, D.C.-based team went a perfect 8-0 en route to winning the inaugural Elite Youth Basketball League at the Nike Peach Jam with a 70-62 victory over the St. Louis Eagles.

The game was taped Thursday and shown nationally on ESPNU.

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NEWARK -- Seton Hall had three of the top juniors in the New York metropolitan area on hand Saturday when it beat Cincinnati, 83-76, for its first Big East win of the season.

Sterling Gibbs, a point guard out of Seton Hall Prep pictured at left, Myles Mack of Paterson (N.J.) Catholic and Tyler Harris of Half Hollow (N.Y.) Hills West were all behind the Pirates bench at the Prudential Center.

"It was a good game," Mack said. "Seton Hall pulled it out. I love the atmosphere but when the student body gets back it's going to be better."

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Michael Gilchrist, the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2011, is making an unofficial visit to Villanova this weekend.

The 6-foot-7 Somerdale, N.J., native, who plays for Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, also visited?Villanova's campus?last year.

"What we are hoping to get out of this visit is more of the academic side," Cindy Richardson, Gilchrist's mother, told Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer earlier this week. "We already know what Michael is going to do for that program. . . . So we want to know what Villanova is going to do for Michael.

Tags: Fordham, High School Transfers, Kentucky, Michael Gilchrist, Michigan, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, St. Patrick, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Adam Zagoria
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Trevor Releford, a 6-foot, 180-pound point guard from Shawnee Mission (KS) Bishop Miege, committed to Alabama Friday over Oklahoma.

"Yes. I liked the campus, the players and the coaches," he said by phone.

Releford, the younger brother of Kansas guard Travis Releford, previously said he likes Alabama because of his relationship with new head coach Anthony Grant.

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Sidiki Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound rising junior forward from St. Raymond's High School in The Bronx, gave a verbal commitment to Arizona on Saturday after first reaching out to the coaching staff Thursday.

"I committed Saturday," said Johnson, who lives in Harlem and is ranked No. 56 by Rivals in the Class of 2011. "I like everything [about the school]. I feel comfortable there. I got a great relationship with Coach Sean Miller. I just like everything about the school."

Johnson visited Arizona in June unofficially and ended up choosing the Wildcats over Kentucky, Providence, Virginia Tech, St. John's and others.

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PHILLY -- Derrick Randall is a 6-foot-9 rising junior at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic who is garnering a lot of interest from Big East schools.

Randall said he is hearing from DePaul, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Providence, Villanova, VCU and Virginia Tech.

Asked at the recent Reebok All-American Camp who was showing him the most love, Randall said, "Rutgers."

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Josh Selby, the No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2010 out of Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton, has decommitted from Tennessee.

"I ... just decommitted from Tennessee," Selby announced on his Facebook page. The quote was first reported by Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.com.

Reached by phone, Will Barton, a Memphis commit who is Selby's cousin, added: "I haven't found any information on that. I don't know."

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I just finished up a story for the upcoming issue of Basketball Times on Canadian forward Tristan Thompson and thought I'd mention a few things.

I covered the Texas-bound Thompson during his stint at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, when he was listed at 6-foot-8, 215 pounds. He's now 6-10, 240 with a game that screams NBA potential. His mother, Andrea, said Tristan's great-grandfather grew to 7 feet.

Thompson just returned Tuesday morning from an 18-hour adventure home from the FIBA U19 World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. It was 13 hours from Auckland to Los Angeles and another five to his home in Toronto.

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NEPTUNE, N.J. -- After spending two days in Philly at the Reebok All-American Camp, I drove back to Manhattan Friday night in time to take my daughter Gracie out for ice cream and sleep in my own bed. Took the kids to the playground this morning, had Vietnamese lunch with the family and then braved the Jersey Shore traffic down to the Hoop Group Summer Classic. Here's a quick notebook:

COACHES SWARM TO SEE IRVING

Think Kyrie Irving is in high demand?

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PHILLY - Drove down here this morning and I've already eaten a Philly cheese steak at the Pour House with Dana O'Neill of ESPN.com and Brendan Quinn of Basketball Times. Quinn did the driving and did a spectacular job parallel parking in front of the restaurant, a la George Costanza in the hospital episode of "Seinfeld."

Here are some quick notes.

***UPDATE***

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Fuquan Edwin, one of the most athletic wings in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, is getting close to a college decision.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Edwin, a rising senior at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, will choose between Big East programs Seton Hall and Providence, perhaps as early as next month.

Edwin, who helped the Cougars win the Passaic County championship last year and beat national power St. Anthony in the State tournament, will visit Seton Hall June 25 and Providence sometime next week.

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Three weeks after winning the Bob Gibbons U17 Tournament of Champions, Team Final added the Rumble in the Bronx championship to its resume.

The Pennsylvania-based AAU team beat Cali Supreme 73-58 on Sunday to win the U17 Gold bracket at Fordham University, according to Jeff Borzello of the NBE Report, who is all over this tournament.

St. Patrick of Elizabeth (N.J.) sophomore wing Michael Gilchrist won the MVP for Team Final. Rakeem Christmas of Northeast Philly Catholic scored a game-high 18 points and Tyreek Duren of Neumann-Goretti added 16. Villanova-bound big man Markus Kennedy added 13 for the winners.

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DeShawn Painter, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound center from Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy, chose N.C. State over Maryland and Virginia Tech on Wednesday.

"He's going to N.C. State," Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts said. "I just think he had two really good visits [to Maryland and N.C. State]. Both places were great. I think he just felt a little bit more comfortable with the N.C. state staff and he decided that he wanted to go to N.C. State."

Painter, who initially committed to Florida last May, is the No. 18 center in the Class of 2009.

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NEW YORK - Jamie Dixon says change is coming to the Big East next year.

While Louisville, Pitt and UConn dominated the conference a year ago -- going a combined 46-8 --? Dixon says a new group of teams could move up this year.

"Cincinnati, St. John's, Seton Hall," Dixon said Wednesday at a coaches clinic at Madison Square Garden. "Those are going to be more experienced teams. There are some very experienced teams and it's not the teams that were at the top of the conference last year."

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Former Florida forward Allan Chaney of Baltimore committed to Virginia Tech on Sunday.

"The coaches were great there," Chaney said. "Coach [Seth] Greenburg is a great coach and a great person. I felt like I could fit in there. The style of play fits me. The players were real cool and one of my friends [Malcolm Delaney] goes there. He is on the team and told me a lot about the school and basketball. My mom loved the campus she felt the coaches were trustworthy.

"I loved the campus also. I think it's the right move."

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, John Wall is still considering Kentucky even after Eric Bledsoe committed to the Wildcats on Wednesday.

"Yea," Wall wrote in a text message Thursday.

The 6-foot-4 Wall is the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2009 and is considering Baylor, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami and N.C. State.

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Florida transfer Allan Chaney of Baltimore will visit Temple today (Tuesday) and Virginia Tech Friday, according to his travel team coach, Calvin Bunkley.

Chaney visited St. Joe's last Thursday and enjoyed it, Bunkley said.

Chaney then plans to visit Providence, potentially next week, and Xavier.

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Florida transfer Allan Chaney of Baltimore enjoyed his visit to St. Joe's and has a few more planned.

"He was at St. Joe's yesterday [Thursday] and liked it a lot," said Chaney?s travel team coach, Calvin Bunkley. "He'll definitely be at Temple next week and Providence in two weeks."

Another source said Chaney "thinks he will go to Temple, Providence and Virginia Tech and may not do a fifth visit."

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Former St. Patrick of Elizabeth standout Quintrell Thomas has narrowed his choices to UNLV, St. Joe's and Siena.

The 6-foot-8 Thomas is transferring from Kansas and hopes to have a decision made by mid-May.

He visited St. Joe's last weekend, heads to UNLV this weekend and then goes to Siena the following weekend.

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Markus Kennedy, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound junior forward from Living Faith Christian Academy (N.J.), will stay home for college.

Kennedy, a Philadelphia native, chose Villanova over West Virginia and Temple during a press conference Wednesday at his school.

"I just loved the coach and the team and everything about the campus," Kennedy said by phone. "Coach [Jay] Wright really cares about the players. He just doesn't care about winning basketball games. He cares about their future."

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Kevin Parrom has set his list of visits and he will be busy the next several weekends.

"I am at [the] airport on my way to Pitt," Parrom wrote Sunday morning in a text. "Next weekend I go to Arizona. And the weekend after that I go to Va. Tech."

He will also take unofficial visits from his South Kent (Conn.) school to Providence and Rhode Island later this week.

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The world is waiting for Lance Stephenson to make his college decision and sources say he and his family are still? huddling about where he should go.

Here's what we know today:

**Despite rumors to the contrary, Bill Self will not come to New York this weekend to meet with Lance. Why? The recruiting period is over.

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Tobias Harris, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, was named the New York State Class A co- player of the year, according to Syracuse.com.

Harris shared the honor with Syracuse-bound guard Brandon Triche of Jamesville-Dewitt, who averaged 23 points per game.

The two players faced off last month when Harris scored 27 points and added 15 rebounds to lead Long Island Lutheran to a 68-51 victory in the Class A Federation title game. Harris later transferred back to his old school, Half Hollow Hills West.

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Two of the top available point guards on the market could soon be finding new homes.

Lamont Jones of Oak Hill Academy will visit Southern Cal April 10-11 and will sign in New York April 17 just before the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, according to Oak Hill coach Steve Smith.

Asked where Jones will end up, Smith said, "Most likely USC."

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Lamont ?Momo? Jones is on the move again.

Dave Telep of Scout reports that the 6-foot, 190-pound Jones decommitted from Virginia Tech and wants to make sure he's making the right decision. Jones, who previously decommitted from Louisville, chose Virginia Tech over USC and Memphis in November.

A Harlem native, Jones plays for Oak Hill Academy, which will compete in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational April 3-5 at Georgetown Prep. He will also compete in the Jordan Brand Classic April 18 at Madison Square Garden.

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Onetime Seton Hall commit DeAndre Kane of The Patterson (N.C.) School has a new list and Seton Hall isn't on it.

"He's looking at Marquette, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Rhode Island and Marshall," Patterson coach Chris Chaney wrote in a text message. "For now that is the list."

The 6-foot-4 Kane, a talented wing originally out of Pittsburgh Schenley, is also out with an ankle injury right now.

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While St. Patrick came up short in its bid to win the City of Palms Classic in Florida, St. Benedict's captured the Kreul Classic title Tuesday night in Fort Lauderdale.

Junior Aaron Brown hit a driving layup with 9.2 seconds left to give the Gray Bees, No. 3 in the USA Today Super 25, a 53-52 victory over host Dillard (Fla.) in the title game.

Dillard made one of two free throws with 19 seconds remaining to take a 52-51 lead, but Texas-bound junior forward Tristan Thompson grabbed the missed free throw and fed a streaking Brown, who scored on the other end.

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NEW YORK - One team with a boatload of young talent is Thomas Jefferson High in Brooklyn.

In senior guard Keith Spellman (pictured), junior forward Joel ?Air Jamaica? Wright and sophomore point guard Davontay Grace, the Orange Wave have three players college scouts are keeping an eye on.

The 6-foot-2 Spellman is a natural scorer who recently had 19 points against Lance Stephenson and Lincoln before fouling out. He is averaging 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists on the season.

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Two Oak Hill seniors made their verbal commitments on the last day of the NCAA early signing period

Keith "Tiny" Gallon, the 6-foot-8, 290-pound center from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., has committed to Oklahoma, choosing that school over Mississippi State. Gallon is close friends with Tommy Mason-Griffin, who will also play for Oklahoma.

"He always liked Oklahoma from the start and he wanted to wait until the last minute to make sure this was the right thing that he needed to do and if it was the decision that he wanted to make," his AAU coach, Marlon Lowe, told Justin Young of Rivals. "He has a great relationship with the coaching staff, with coach [Jeff] Capel and coach [Oronde Taliaferro]."

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