Adam Zagoria

"Adam Zagoria sees the story behind the daily happenings." -St. Anthony Coach Bob Hurley

Adam is a Basketball Insider for NBA.com and SNY.tv, where he covers basketball at all levels.

He is the author of two books, including "She's Got Handle," called "The 'Hoop Dreams' of the 21st Century" by The New York Times. His second book, "ULTIMATE: The First Four Decades," documents the colorful history of Ultimate Frisbee and was profiled in Sports Illustrated.

An award-winning journalist, his articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, SLAM, Basketball Times and newspapers nationwide.

A veteran Ultimate player, Adam has competed in numerous World & National Championships. His teams won the Westchester Summer League titles in 2011 & 2013 and reached the final in 2015.

He has also attended more Allman Brothers Band, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones shows than he cares to remember.

Adam lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Grace and James.
 

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NEW YORK -- Just a few hours before the Knicks tipped of the 2017-18 NBA season with a 19-point loss to Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Michigan State sophomore forward Miles Bridges spent time at Madison Square Garden for Big Ten Media Day.

Bridges is an explosive 6-foot-6 forward who opted to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season instead of being a likely lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft. He's now projected as the No. 6 pick in 2018 via ESPN.com.

So with Bridges in the Garden for Media Day and the Big Ten Tournament beginning Feb. 28, how would he feel about potentially being drafted by the Knicks?

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Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Feb 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Kristaps Porzingis admits it will be "weird" playing against Carmelo Anthony on opening night, and not with him.

But the 7-foot-3 unicorn is also anxious to try his hand at defending his former teammate when the Knicks open the 2017-18 season against Anthony and Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"For sure, it's going to be weird," Porzingis said Tuesday after practice. "But I'm looking forward to that game. It's in OKC, great atmosphere as always. It's going to be a good challenge for us."

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Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 25, 2017; Greenburgh, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) speaks to the media on media day at MSG Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- After Enes Kanter found out he had been traded to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, he woke up in the middle of the night and reminded himself what had just happened.

"When I heard about the news first I was doing a basketball camp for orphans in Oklahoma City," Kanter explained at Knicks' Media Day, where he and Doug McDermott were introduced on the same day Anthony spoke at Oklahoma City's Media Day. "And my friend brought me my phone and he said, 'Hey, this is urgent. And I said, 'I'm doing a camp.' And he said, 'It's urgent."

It was Kanter's manager on the other end of the line informing him of the trade...

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SNY's Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News recap the highlights of New York Knicks Media Day.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Knicks are adjusting to a new reality and getting used to life in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era.

"It's definitely different," Knicks center Joakim Noah said Monday at Media Day. "Carmelo was just such a big part of the New York Knicks, he meant so much to the city. So it's definitely different not having him around."

Point guard Derrick Rose, Noah's former teammate with the Knicks and Chicago Bulls, is also gone -- to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And Phil Jackson was fired as team President in June, taking the much-maligned triangle offense with him.

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SNY's Taylor Rooks and Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News recap the highlights of New York Knicks Media Day.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Knicks are adjusting to a new reality and getting used to life in the post-Carmelo Anthony Era.

"It's definitely different," Knicks center Joakim Noah said Monday at Media Day. "Carmelo was just such a big part of the New York Knicks, he meant so much to the city. So it's definitely different not having him around."

Point guard Derrick Rose, Noah's former teammate with the Knicks and Chicago Bulls, is also gone -- to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And Phil Jackson was fired as team President in June, taking the much-maligned triangle offense with him.

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says Phil Jackson "chased" Carmelo Anthony out of New York and that the forward's addition automatically makes the Oklahoma City Thunder a threat to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference.

"They've got two top-10 players [in Russell Westbrook and Paul George] and Carmelo, who's No. 60 or whatever they got him rated," Boeheim, who coached Anthony to the 2003 NCAA championship, told SNY.tv by phone on Saturday. "I think he's still a top player, and I think Russell and Paul George make it easier for him to be able to do what he does."

The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors remain the team to beat but with the Knicks agreeing to deal Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick, the Thunder have inched closed to the Warriors. The trade was first reported by ESPN, and confirmed to SNY.tv by a league source.

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TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- The Triangle Offense left New York in June when Phil Jackson was fired, but the Knicks made it official as training camp is about to begin.

Asked if the triangle was dead, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Friday: "The style that guys are liking to play is a little bit different. We're going to open it up and get some different things out there. The biggest thing for us is to try to put our guys in the best position. Whether it's post-ups, if it's outside shooting 3-pointers, you look at the roster, you look at the player's strengths and you try to build from there."

OK, so Hornacek never used the word "triangle," but it's clear he will return to the high-tempo attack he used in Phoenix...

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Carmelo Anthony is expected at Knicks training camp come Monday, but the team's front office hasn't ruled out trading him.

"Our plan is that Carmelo will be with us on Monday on marketing day and media day and be with us on Tuesday when we start practicing," Knicks president Steve Mills said Friday at the team's training facility.

The Knicks were unable to move Anthony this summer, but new GM Scott Perry said he's still fielding calls. Portland and Houston are among the teams that have been linked to Anthony, who has two years and approximately $54 million remaining on his contract...

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Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina)
Houston Cougars guard Damyean Dotson (21) reacts after making a basket during the first half against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Hofheinz Pavilion. (Troy Taormina)

Damyean Dotson, the former Oregon and Houston guard who was the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational, was selected with the 44th pick of the NBA Draft by the Knicks.

The 6-foot-5 Dotson, who averaged 17.4 points and 6.9 rebounds last season at Houston, is considered a prototypical "3-and-D" guy. He was ranked eighth nationally with 3.38 made three-pointers per game and shot 44.3 percent from behind the arc.

"Man, this is a dream come true for me, but I bring a versatility, great attitude and effort, probably the best teammate the Knicks -- probably the best player and the best teammate that anybody on the Knicks ever had," Dotson said.

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GEICO SportsNite visits Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., where two coaches were suspended for allegedly housing six of their players.

CLIFTON, N.J. -- Former Eastside High School assistant basketball coach Al Maldonado said he was "shocked" and "stunned" at the allegations against him and suspended head coach Juan Griles that emerged from this week's explosive NJ Advance Media report.

In an exclusive interview with SNY in his attorney's office on Wednesday afternoon, Maldonado, 54, spoke frankly and also broke down in tears as he discussed the report that six Eastside players were living with Griles in his Paterson condo.

"I was shocked," Maldonado, who wore an orange and blue tie to honor the Ghosts' colors, said in an interview with SNY. "I know what Coach Griles is about, I know what I'm about. Without getting into too much detail, some of the allegations that I [saw] in that article stunned me. In my opinion, [there was] a little bit of sensationalism. But my initial reaction was shock."

NJ Advance Media did not interview Maldonado for its piece, but he was anxious to give his side of the story to attempt to clear his name. He and Griles now have separate attorneys. Griles declined to speak with SNY at his home on Wednesday.

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Christ the King defeated St. Raymond 67-66 in the 2017 SNY Invitational Championship game.

NEW YORK -- Despite trailing by 10 points in the second half of the SNY Invitational championship game, Jose Alvarado and his Christ the King teammates never wavered.

The Royals stormed back to knock off Catholic League-rival St. Raymond, 67-66, to win the title for the first time before a packed crowd on Saturday afternoon at City College of New York.

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Kris Wilkes is down to three schools.

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Indianapolis (IN) North Central is down to Indiana, Illinois and UCLA, according to Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star. He has visited all three.

He cut Xavier and UConn, which he was to visit later this month or in November.

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Duke is the favorite to win the NCAA championship and junior guard Grayson Allen is favored to win AP National Player of the Year honors, according to Bovada.lv.

Led by Allen and a crew of stud freshmen including Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Frank Jackson and Marques Bolden, Duke faces odds of 4/1 to win the national championship in Glendale, Az. Kentucky follows at 15/2 with Kansas and reigning NCAA champion Villanova at 10/1. Arizona, which also has several elite freshmen in Kobi Simmons and Rawle Alkins, is next at 14/1.

Allen, who leads the AP odds at 6/1, opted to return to Duke for his junior season after he could have declared for the NBA Draft last year. He's currently projected at No. 25 by DraftExpress.com.

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While his mother was enduring a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer, Tariq Owens  was just a young teenager growing up Odenton, Md.

His daily routine involved sitting by Cassandra Owens' bedside and trying to comfort her, but he withdrew into himself.

"Every day I used to come home from school, I'd drop my book bag by the door, go upstairs and just sit in the room," Owens, a 6-foot-11 redshirt sophomore forward who was born in New York City and now plays at St. John's, said Thursday. "Most times she'd be asleep by the time I got home or I'd just be sitting in the room with a chair, watching TV and wait for her to wake up."

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Feb 20, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson talks to guard Retin Obasohan (32) during the game against Mississippi State Bulldogs at Coleman Coliseum. The Bulldogs defeated the Crimson Tide 67-61. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)
Feb 20, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson talks to guard Retin Obasohan (32) during the game against Mississippi State Bulldogs at Coleman Coliseum. The Bulldogs defeated the Crimson Tide 67-61. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)

Alabama enjoyed a huge recruiting day on Thursday.

Herb Jones, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard from Hale County (AL), committed to the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Alex Reese, a 6-9 power forward from Pelham (AL), announced for Alabama over UAB later Thursday.

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Here's a look towards this weekend's recruiting visits and other news. Some visits will depend on the status of Hurricane Matthew. This list will be updated throughout the weekend.

**Brandon Randolph, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard from the Westtown (PA) School and the PSA Cardinals, hits Arizona Thursday night and begins his official on Friday, a source said. A tremendous scorer and high-quality kid, Randolph has already visited Oregon and Syracuse, and is also considering Wake Forest. He also had a home visit with Indiana.

**Nojel Eastern, the 6-foot-6 point guard from Evanston (IL) Township, takes an official to Seton Hall beginning today (Thursday). He previously visited Michigan State.

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Kentucky is expecting close to 90 NBA personnel for its pro days on Sunday and Monday, a school spokesman said.

Freshmen Bam Adebayo (No. 10), De'Aaron Fox (12) and Malik Monk (18) are all projected first-round picks in the latest DraftExpress.com mock for 2017.

"All 90 scouts are there to certainly see the development of Monk, Bam and Fox since arriving on campus," one NBA scout said.

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Keith Williams, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard from Brooklyn Bishop Loughlin, committed to Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Ranked the No. 38 shooting guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com, Williams averaged 15 points and 4.3 rebounds this summer with New Heights. Dayton and Oklahoma State were also in the mix.

"It felt like it was the perfect fit for me," Williams said. "My playing style fits how they operate, playing hard, tough and gritty defense. And also the coaching staff are some great guys. Our relationship was very good. I felt comfortable and they prioritized me throughout the whole spring, building a great relationship with me and my parents and coaches."

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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)

HILLSIDE, N.J. -- Nick Richards, the 6-foot-11 big man from St. Patrick's High School, enjoyed his official visit to Kentucky this past weekend and will return to the campus in two weeks for Big Blue Madness.

Richards also plans to visit Arizona and Syracuse in the coming weeks as he heads toward a college decision.

"[Kentucky] was cool, I liked it," Richards told me Tuesday before an open gym. "I got to watch two practices and it was pretty fun. I got to talk to talk to all the coaches, they showed a lot of interest in me. It was a fun visit overall."

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The Philadelphia 76ers announced Tuesday that forward Ben Simmons underwent successful surgery to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft out of LSU, suffered the injury when he rolled his ankle after landing on the foot of another player during a 76ers team scrimmage on September 30, 2016.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley, Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and Fellowship Director of the Foot and Ankle Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Simmons' rehabilitation will fall under the supervision of Sixers Director of Performance Research and Development Dr. David T. Martin. 

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HILLSIDE, N.J. -- Marcus McClary is headed to Monmouth.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from St. Patrick's High School committed to the MAAC school during a press conference on Tuesday. He visited Monmouth officially this past weekend.

McClary also considered Old Dominion.

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May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; during the 152nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; during the 152nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

Rick Pitino, who coached one of the greatest college basketball teams ever in the 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats, says this year's incarnation of the Duke Blue Devils could rival his historic club.

That Kentucky club featured eight future NBA players and had Nazr Mohamed as its 13th man.

"They've got a fifth-year guy (Amile Jefferson) who's a terrific rebounder and basketball player and they've got great shooting, great coaching and a great system," Pitino told Jon Rothstein on his Podcast. "They've got it all. They're very deep and they've got two of the best in Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles - the one-and-two ranked high school players in the nation. They're as good of a team as I've seen in the modern era."

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Following an official visit to Kansas over the weekend, Billy Preston, the 6-foot-10 Class of 2017 forward from Oak Hill Academy (VA), picked up a scholarship offer from Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim on Monday.

Boeheim visited Preston at Oak Hill, the powerhouse that also produced former Syracuse and current Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

"He's [a] top-5 [player] in the country, I don't care what scouting services say," Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said of Preston. "Nobody has his skill level and upside at 6-9. He can score off the bounce, get to the rim, shoot the three, and pass and handle like a guard."

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Jordan Nwora, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2017 small forward from Vermont Academy and the NY Rens, has trimmed his list to 12 schools and will take an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend, his father told me.

Nwora will take his first official to Georga Tech, where head coach Josh Pastner has been aggressively recruiting players he deems winners.

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Kentucky coach John Calipari extended an offer to Class of 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley during a visit to see Quickley on Monday.

The 6-foot-3 Quickley out of John Carroll (MD) just came off an unofficial visits to Kansas and still has visits planned to Miami (Oct 8-9), Kentucky (Oct 14), Louisville (Oct 15), Virginia (Oct 22) and Duke (Oct 28) for the next four weeks.

Quickley helped the USA U17 team win a gold medal this summer

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Duke freshman forward Harry Giles underwent a left knee arthroscopy on Monday and is expected to be out six weeks, the team announced.

"We're very pleased with the outcome of today's procedure," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "This is the right step for Harry at the moment as it will help him be 100 percent going forward. Harry has done a tremendous job in rehabilitation over the last year and I'm sure he'll continue to do the same after this procedure."

The 6-foot-11 Giles is part of Duke's heralded freshmen class that also includes fellow forwards Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden.

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Thomas Allen, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Garner (N.C.) and Brewster (N.H.) Academy, committed to N.C. State following an official visit on Sunday.

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Bruno Fernando, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound center who one Division I coach compared to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, committed to Maryland on Sunday.

A native of Angola, Fernando initially committed to SMU in April 2016 before opening up his recruitment and doing a post-grad year at Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy.


Clifton Moore , the 6-foot-10 Class of 2017 small forward from Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.), committed to Indiana after his official visit this weekend.

Moore, whose stock exploded this summer at the Elevate Hoops events in Philadelphia and Ardsley, N.Y., also considered Ole Miss, Lafayette, Temple, St. Joe's and Northwestern.


Jamir Moultrie, a Class of 2017 point guard out of District Heights (MD) Bishop McNamara, has added a planned official visit to Georgetown for later this month and is targeting a late-October decision.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Moultrie had previously been focusing on Georgia, La Salle and Monmouth and will now take officials to Georgia Oct. 14 and Georgetown Oct. 21 after picking up a Georgetown offer during an unofficial visit this weekend. He also took an official to Monmouth last weekend.

"Georgetown's message was basically Coach [John] Thompson [III] was impressed with Jamir's ability to convert into more of a set-up point guard, get guys involved," his father Jeran Moultrie said by phone. "He saw him a few times his freshman and sophomore year and at that time he was a big-time scorer but he was always just questioning to see if in addition to getting his own buckets, he could create for others.

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After visiting Syracuse this weekend, Neumann-Goretti (PA) and PSA Cardinals point guard Quade Green will trip to Kentucky on Oct. 14 for Big Blue Madness, a source said.

As previously reported here, Syracuse and Kentucky have been most aggressive in their recruitment of Green, although Duke and Villanova are among the others involved.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and assistant Gerry McNamara visited Green last month at Goretti, which also produced former Orange standouts Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson.

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WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Knicks' decision to hold training camp at West Point for a third straight year has inspired split opinions within the team on matters related to current events.

Veteran Joakim Noah came out Friday and announced he had skipped a team dinner with Cadets on Thursday night because he's opposed to war, while rookie Marshall Plumlee, a member of the Army reserves, told me he thinks it was a great idea to hold camp at West Point.

"It's hard for me a little bit," Noah said Friday afternoon, according to Newsday. "I have a lot of respect for the kids who are out here fighting. But it's hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world? So I have mixed feelings about being here.

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With the recent passing of John Robic's father, Kentucky coach John Calipari has officially elevated Joel Justus to assistant coach and said Justus will primarily focus on recruiting younger players.

Robic has been named special assistant to the head coach.

Calipari also said he did not envision his program "offering scholarships to freshmen and sophomores."

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WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Lance Thomas knows all about the Plumlee family, having played alongside Miles and Mason Plumlee on the 2009-10 Duke team that won an NCAA championship.

Now the youngest Plumlee, 7-foot Marshall, is Thomas' teammate with the Knicks as both players look to fortify a revamped front line highlighted by the signing of free agent Joakim Noah.

"Yeah, I knew Marshall, I remember when Marshall was in high school," the 6-8 Thomas told me Thursday at Knicks' training camp at West Point. "He was coming to visit his brothers, who I played with, Miles and Mason. It's very good to have him here."

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New York, NY - August 18, 2016: Under Armour Elite 24 (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
New York, NY - August 18, 2016: Under Armour Elite 24 (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

A parade of high-major coaches has come through Putnam (CT) Science Academy in recent weeks to recruit Hamidou Diallo, maybe the most explosive player in the Class of 2017.

UConn's Kevin Ollie, UNLV's Marvin Menzies and Arizona's Sean Miller were all in this week, while Indiana's Tom Crean, Kentucky's John Calipari, Kansas' Bill Self and assistants from Syracuse and Arizona State have all been through recently.

The 6-foot-6 Queens, N.Y., native has yet to set any official visits, but will take an unofficial visit to Syracuse this weekend, a source said.

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New York, NY - August 18, 2016: Under Armour Elite 24 (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
New York, NY - August 18, 2016: Under Armour Elite 24 (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

With the addition of Trevon Duval to the list of visitors for Kansas' "Late Night in the Phog" this weekend, the Jayhawks have a highly impressive list of recruits.

Kansas is also hosting guards Tremont Waters and Collin Sexton, wing Troy Brown and forwards Billy Preston and Cody Riley.

The 6-foot-3 Duval is the No. 3-ranked prospect in the Class of 2017 by Scout.com, Sexton is No. 9, Brown No. 11, Preston No. 16, Riley No. 30 and Waters No. 36.

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WEST POINT, N.Y. -- When Ron Baker first signed with the Knicks this summer, he was hoping to pair up with his former Wichita State teammate Cleanthony Early, the team's second-round draft pick in 2014.

"We played two years together at Wichita State," Baker told me Thursday at Knicks training camp at West Point. "At first we thought we both were going to be here."

But after Early was shot in the right leg during an attack in Queens last December, the Knicks did not bring him into training camp this year and he is currently out of the NBA.

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Aug 8, 2014; Springfield, MA, USA; Six-time NBA all-star Mitch Richmond is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame during the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)
Aug 8, 2014; Springfield, MA, USA; Six-time NBA all-star Mitch Richmond is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame during the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports (David Butler II)

St. John's announced Thursday that Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond has been elevated to assistant coach under head coach Chris Mullin.

Richmond, a six-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection, enters his second season with the program, previously serving as a special assistant for the 2015-16 campaign. He joins fellow assistants Matt Abdelmassih and Greg St. Jean.

Richmond effectively replaces former associate head coach Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, who officially parted ways with the program Aug. 31. Rohrssen's split with St. John's was first reported by SNY.tv in June.

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Brian Bowen, the 6-foot-7 small forward from La Lumiere (IN), has trimmed his list to six schools, cutting Michigan, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Oregon and UNLV in the process.

Bowen is down to Michigan State, Creighton, UCLA, Arizona, N.C. State and Texas.


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)

Following a home visit Wednesday with Arizona head coach Sean Miller and assistant Book Richardson, Nick Richards will take an official visit to the Pac-12 school the weekend of Oct. 7, sources said.

The Arizona visit will mark the second official for the St. Patrick's (N.J.) big man after he takes his first to Kentucky this coming weekend.

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Gary Trent Jr., the 6-foot-5 shooting guard now at Napa (CA) Prolific Prep, has long been linked to Duke and after seeing pictures of his home visit with the entire Duke staff on Wednesday night, it's not hard to see why.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, associate head coach Jeff Capel and assistants Nate James and Jon Scheyer all met with the Michigan native, who took his first official visit to UCLA this past weekend.


Jamir Moultrie, a Class of 2017 point guard out of District Heights (MD) Bishop McNamara, is focusing on three schools and is targeting a decision next month, his father said.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Moultrie is focusing on Georgia, La Salle and Monmouth, where he took an official visit this past weekend, and could decide soon after his Oct. 14 official visit to Georgia.

"That's their homecoming weekend so we'll go down and visit for that and hopefully not too long after that we'll make a decision," Jeran Moultrie said by phone. "Things kind of boil down right now to La Salle, Monmouth and Georgia."

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Wabissa Bede, the 6-foot-1 point guard from Cushing (MA) Academy and the Mass Rivals AAU program, committed to Virginia Tech, giving coach Buzz Williams a point guard of the future.

Ranked the No. 16 point guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com, Bede also considered Butler, LaSalle, Minnesota and UMass.

"I love coach [Buzz] Williams," he told Scout.com before his official visit this weekend. "[He] reminds me of Vin [Mass Rivals coach Vin Pastore]. He's tough with a soft heart. He believes in me a lot and I can play at that level and produce there. Also they've been recruiting me a lot this summer."

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WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Joakim Noah isn't afraid to mix it up with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers -- and Carmelo Anthony thinks that's exactly what the Knicks will need to compete with the NBA champions.

Coincidentally enough, the Knicks will open the regular season in Cleveland on Oct. 25 when the Cavs will be feted with their NBA championship rings.

"You ain't got to worry about that with Joakim, I mean he gonna bring it," Anthony said Wednesday after the first day of training camp at West Point, which was also Noah's first practice with the team after he became the father of a baby girl on Tuesday.

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Here's a quick update on some college announcements:

**Dre Perry, a 6-6 small forward from Baltimore Polytechnic (MD), will announce Friday at 6 p.m. between Temple, Kansas State and Virginia Tech.

**Andre Rafus, the 6-9 small forward from Baltimore (MD) Lake Clifton, said he will "delay" his decision after initially planning to announce on Friday between Seton Hall, Kansas, TCU and Georgetown.

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Billy Preston, the 6-foot-10 Class of 2017 forward from Oak Hill Academy (VA), has opted to open up his recruitment.

Preston had been focusing on Kansas, USC and Maryland, and he's slated to take an official visit to Kansas this weekend for "Late Night in the Phog."

"After talking with my family and starting my senior year at Oak Hill Academy, I have decided to open my recruitment up and explore what schools would best fit for me as a student-athlete," Preston said. "I am looking forward to taking official visits and have no time table for making my final decision."

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Scout.com on Monday released its latest team recruiting rankings for the Class of 2017 and Duke, Kentucky and Kansas were nowhere to be found.

It's a bit jarring for those of us following college basketball recruiting to see a Top 25 list without all three of those bluebloods anywhere to be seen.

After all, Kentucky and Duke have been 1-2 (in differing orders) in the Scout rankings for eight straight years, and Kansas is usually near the top, too.

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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)

This figures to be another busy week for Nick Richards and his teammates at St. Patrick's High School in New Jersey.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is due in on Tuesday to see the 6-foot-11 Richards, while Arizona coach Sean Miller is expected Wednesday.

"I'm considering every school," Richards told me last week, referring to a group that includes Kentucky, Indiana, UConn, Syracuse and Arizona.

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After visiting Maryland and Georgetown unofficially over the weekend, Class of 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley has slated more visits to some of the nation's top college programs.

The 6-foot-3 Quickley out of John Carroll (MD) has scheduled unofficial visits to Kansas (Oct 1-2), Miami (Oct 8-9), Kentucky (Oct 14), Louisville (Oct 15), Virginia (Oct 22) and Duke (Oct 28) for the next four weeks.

Quickley helped the USA U17 team win a gold medal this summer

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R.J. Cole, the 6-foot-1 Class of 2017 point guard at St. Anthony's, verbally committed to Howard University on Monday, spurning Monmouth and Boston University in the process.

For Howard, Cole could end up being a program-changer who could change how other recruits look at coming to the school.

"I got really close with the coach [Kevin Nickelberry] and he's been there from the beginning," Cole said of choosing the historically black institution.

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