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Mar 30, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonald's All-American forward Bam Adebayo (13) takes a shot against center Zach Collins (32) during the McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
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On the same day Kentucky coach John Calipari praised freshman Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, the big man's high school coach reiterated he could be in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in 2017.

Calipari compared the 6-foot-10 Adebayo to former No. 1 overall picks Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns, according to a dispatch from Kyle Tucker.

Look," Calipari said Thursday, "my prediction will be kind of like Karl (Towns) and even Anthony (Davis), some of these guys that other players were more highly thought of, but when you start hitting late January and February, you're going to say, 'Oh, my goodness.'

"Because he's a beast with skills. Greatest kid. I mean, he's the greatest teammate aside from that (talent) - unselfish in all kinds of ways - but he's a beast who can play basketball. And he wants to win."

DraftExpress.com currently has Adebayo projected as the No. 9 pick in 2017, but Adebayo's high school coach, Brandon Clifford of High Point (N.C.) Christian, reiterated to SNY.tv. that he believes Adebayo could potentially be the No. 1 overall pick.

"I think Bam should feel honored to be mentioned alongside those guys before he's played a game at Kentucky," Clifford said. "That being said, I've always felt like he was a special player that could potentially get himself in the conversation for the No. 1 pick someday. He's an unbelievable talent. He will have to grow and adjust like all freshmen, but I certainly think being at UK will bring out the best in him. Just as it did for Davis and Towns. I'm definitely not going to disagree with Coach Calipari because, like him, I've been in the gym with the kid for extended periods of time. He's a different kind of cat."

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver an all-new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast. 

First up, Texas coach Shaka Smart joins the show to talk about his summer, coaching the USA U18 Team to a gold medal, and the season ahead for the Longhorns. 

Then, new Findlay Prep coach Paul Washington calls in to chat about his new gig and the recruitment of his son, PJ Washington. 

Later, Adam and Josh do a recruiting roundup covering Hamidou Diallo, Trevon Duval, and Isaiah Washington, and then wrap the show by putting a wrap on Team USA at the Olympics.

Rundown:

  • 1st Quarter: Shaka Smart (01:20)
  • 2nd Quarter: Paul Washington (09:45)
  • 3rd Quarter: Elite 24 / Recruiting (18:20)
  • 4th Quarter: Team USA / NBA (25:30)

Lonnie Walker, a 6-foot-5 wing from Reading, Pa., and Team Final, cut his list to five schools on Thursday.

Walker's list consists of Kentucky, Arizona, Syracuse, Villanova and Miami.

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Kentucky offered the shooting guard out in early May.

"It's usually the assistant coach [Kenny Payne] telling me that Coach [John] Calipari wants to talk to me over the phone," Walker told me this summer. "And we chat just a few minutes, not even about basketball, we're just trying to grow a little bond between us. He usually tells me how much he appreciates my game and the type of person I am."

He added: "It means a lot. It shows how you are among the elite talent."

Reigning NCAA champion Villanova is currently the leader in Walker's Crystal Ball on 247 Sports.

"We usually don't talk about basketball that much," he said. "I really have a great bond with Coach Jay Wright himself. He's been since Day One. He's literally one of the first schools to offer me, and he is still here stronger than anyone else most likely. They're still recruiting me like I'm a new player or something, they still really like my game."

Syracuse is also in the mix.

"It means a lot," he said. "Jim Boeheim came to my school a few times. I talked to him, and I have a very close bond with the assistant coach Gerry McNamara so it's definitely a blessing to have Syracuse around, talking to you."

The Reading native most recently picked up an offer from Arizona, and he says that the offer is very significant.

"It would mean a lot," Walker told SNY.tv in a previous interview. "Coach [Sean] Miller is a great coach, he's had a lot of great players come through. That offer means a lot."

He also mentioned that Miami's Jim Larranaga is a great coach.

"It's a lot of different perspectives on certain schools and a lot of different factors that I like about certain schools," he said.

Walker hopes to decide sometime this fall.

"I'll take my visits hopefully in October or November," he said this summer, "and hopefully I'll make my decision either before the season or right after the season to get it out of the way."

 

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Jermaine Samuels Jr. named a top five after picking up a Duke offer this week.

The 6-foot-6 wing from the Weston (MA) Rivers School listed Duke, Villanova, Georgetown, Indiana and Kansas. The Duke offer was first reported by ESPN's Adam Finkelstein.

"[Coach K] called me and told me how much he loved the way I played and believed I can make an impact on his basketball team," Samuels told SNY.tv.

Samuels Jr. has just completed an official visit to Villanova and could soon visit Duke.

"We'll see," he said of the possible Duke visit.

As for Villanova, he said, "Villanova was also a great experience."

Asked where Duke ranks, he said, "I'm just grateful for the opportunity and excited about it. No school has more pull over the other."

Duke on Wednesday also offered 6-5 shooting guard Alex O'Connell of Alpharetta (GA) Milton, he Tweeted. O'Connell visited Duke in June.

The Blue Devils figure to lose several players after the 2016-17 season, where they are the projected preseason No. 1 by many outlets.

Freshmen forwards Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum are the projected 3-4 picks in the 2017 Draft by DraftExpresss.com, with junior shooting guard Grayson Allen at No. 25.

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Paul Washington, the new Findlay Prep head coach and father of star forward P.J. Washington, reiterated that his son has four of his five official visits decided.

The 6-foot-8 Washington has previously said he will take officials to Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas and Arizona -- with the fifth to be determined. No dates have yet been set.

"Coaches hit me every day and want to secure spots [for official visits]," Paul Washington said Wednesday on The 4 Quarters Podcast. "With me starting this new job....they're really waiting on me to figure out when we can get out and do that kind of stuff."

He added: "I'm going to try to get one or two in in the September-October range, if not three."

As for the fifth visit, Washington also has UCLA, N.C. State, Kansas and UNLV on his list.

"We leave that fifth one open strategically to see who's going where," Paul said. "That's our goal right now, to get those four out of the way. Maybe 2-3 before November because once the season starts, it's tough to get them in."

Washington and Team Petty teammate John Petty have discussed a possible package deal, but Paul said not to put too much stock into that. Petty began an official to Alabama on Thursday. Kansas and Kentucky are the only schools in common for the two guys.

"I know P.J. is a great kid, a lot of kids want to play with him," Paul said. "And I know Petty and his family, they have to make the best decision for them and we'll make the best decision for P.J. with P.J. So I wouldn't put too much stock into those are the only two schools...If it works out that way, that's great.

"But he's also in school now with Gary Trent Jr., so maybe that might be the deal. They have two or three [schools in common] as well, so I don't put too much stock into that stuff."

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Shaka Smart has a newfound appreciation for Markelle Fultz after coaching him on the U.S. U18 team that won a gold medal last month at the FIBA Americas Championship in Chile.

On July 23, the 6-foot-5 Fultz went for a team-high 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting to go along with five assists and five rebounds as the U.S. got a 99-84 win over Canada in the U18 final in Valdivia, Chile.

"I don't see any reason why he shouldn't be in the running to be the No. 1 pick next year," the Texas head coach said Wednesday on The 4 Quarters Podcast.

"He can do everything. He's got great size for a guard. He's a terrific athlete. He's got a great body that's only getting better and better. And he's a humble kid who wants to work, wants to be part of a team, doesn't mind getting coached and being held accountable. So when you add all those things up, he's a dream. I'm happy for [Washington coach] Lorenzo [Romar] that he's going to get to coach him."

DraftExpress.com recently installed Fultz as the projected No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. N.C. State guard Dennis Smith is No. 2, Duke forwards Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum sit at 3 and 4, and incoming Kansas wing Josh Jackson is No. 5.

"Early mocks are nothing but great discussion points," a second NBA scout said. "[Fultz] was a great high school player and MVP of the Under 18 championship tourney. The PAC-12 and the college season await. He is way up on most NBA boards but there is a long way to go till Draft night next June."

Regardless of whether Fultz goes No. 1 or not, Smart believes he has a bright future ahead in USA Basketball, possibly in the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.

"I tell you one that I think will for sure," Smart said, "and that's Markelle Fultz."

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The talent drain from the New York continued on Wednesday when Class of 2017 wing Jordan Tucker announced he will transfer to Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac.

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Tucker is the second high-profile talent to leave Stepinac this offseason. Last month, Class of 2018 forward Aundre Hyatt left the school for the Charlottesville (VA) Miller School.

Also this summer, New York native Sid Wilson announced he was reclassing to the Class of 2018 and transferring to prep power Brewster (N.H.) Academy from St. Raymond's in The Bronx.

"As many have heard, the Tucker family has relocated to Georgia and Jordan will attend Wheeler for his senior year," Stepinac coach Pat Massaroni told SNY.tv. "We at Stepinac thank Jordan for all his efforts and accomplishments and wish him the best on and off the court in the future."

The 6-foot-7 Tucker runs with the NY Rens on the Nike EYBL circuit and helped them reach the quarterfinals of the Peach Jam. He holds offers from numerous high-major schools, including Syracuse, UConn, Arizona and Maryland.

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Zion Williamson, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2018 forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) High, showed out at Saturday night's Under Armour Elite 24 Game, going for 23 points on 10-for-10 shooting with six rebounds.

A day before, Williamson won the Dunk Contest.

His father, Lee, played at Clemson, one of several schools now recruiting Zion.

"I feel like Arizona, Oregon, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson and NC State," he told Evan Daniels of Scout.com in terms of schools recruiting him hard. "I feel like those schools are telling me I'm the man."

Arizona was mentioned by several players in the Elite 24 Game as a school recruiting them hard, including 2017 point guard Trevon Duval and 2017 big man Nick Richards.

Williamson echoed those sentiments.

"I'd say Arizona because they are across the country and they've had Aaron Gordon," he told Scout "I have similar athleticism, but not like him. Then they had Stanley Johnson. I liked the way they used those two, so they stick out to me."

Williamson and his father also both listed North Carolina head coach Roy Williams as working hard in the process.

"We have a strong relationship," Williamson told Scout. "It's almost like a second dad or an uncle.

"They always talk about family and that's what I love about them the most," he added. "Everything is family. They said if I come to North Carolina, I'm North Carolina for life. Everything is family."

Williamson further told Scout he plans to take several visits this fall.

"I plan on taking visits to Clemson, South Carolina, NC State, North Carolina during football season because they are around," he said. "I'm going to try and take one to Arizona and Oregon maybe during basketball season so I can watch their team."

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John Petty, Alabama's reigning Mr. Basketball and a top-10 wing in the Class of 2017, will take an official visit to Alabama this Thursday and Friday, his mother told SNY.tv.

The visit had been previously reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The 6-foot-6 Petty, who plays for Huntsville (AL) J.O. Johnson High School and Team Penny on the Nike circuit, is down to six schools: Kentucky, Alabama, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida State.

The Wildcats and in-state Crimson Tide are the perceived favorites to land Petty.

"We talk almost every day, we talk consistently so I think they're pretty hard on me," Petty said of John Calipari and Kentucky during the Nike Peach Jam. "I talk to Calipari and Kenny Payne."

"He always just be telling me 'Great job at the games' or he always hit me up to see how I'm doing," Petty said of Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson. "It's like a family thing, just checking up on me."

Petty and Team Penny teammate P.J. Washington have also talked about a potential package deal, with Washington telling Krossover TV it's "very possible" and "It might happen."

The only schools they have in common are Kentucky and Kansas.

Petty's summer included leading Team Penny to the semifinals at Peach Jam. He was a finalist for the United States Under-18 National Team, but was ultimately cut, along with other five-star prospects Miles Bridges, Kris Wilkes, Lonnie Walker and Brandon McCoy.

Petty also participated in the Nike Skills Academy last month in Los Angeles.

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Daron "Fatts" Russell, the 5-foot-10 Class of 2017 point guard from Team Final, has cut his list to six schools and set visits.

Russell is down to Seton Hall, Western Kentucky, La Salle, Rhode Island, Grand Canyon and SMU.

His visit schedule includes Western Kentucky (Aug. 26-28), La Salle (Aug. 31-Sept. 2), Rhode Island (Sept. 8-10), Grand Canyon (Sept. 16-18) and SMU (Sept. 23-25). He plans to visit Seton Hall unofficially in late September.

"Each school has a great coaching staff and all have a great plan for me in the future," he said.

"I will pick the place I feel most comfortable and where I get a chance to play right away."

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Tremont Waters, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2017, has set three official visits and has two more available.

"The dates we're not going to announce right now for several reasons, but he is going to make official visits to Georgetown, Kansas and Indiana," Ed Waters told Peegs.com.

"Those three are schools we are definitely going to be visiting then we have to figure out the last two based on the relationships."

The 5-foot-11 Waters recently cut his list to UConn, Duke, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Yale.

After averaging 25 points per game last season at prep power South Kent (CT), Waters has transferred to Notre Dame-West Haven for his senior season.

 

JOSE ALVARADO VISITS GEORGIA TECH

Another Class of 2017 point guard, Jose Alvarado, took his first official visit to Georgia Tech over the weekend and enjoyed it.

"It was cool, I had a good time," he told SNY.tv. "They have a great staff, they want to win with me as their point guard."

Alvarado also plans to take an official visit to Rutgers following a recent unofficial there, but has no other dates planned at the moment.

"I don't know as of right now," he said.

 

ISAIAH WASHINGTON VISITS SETON HALL, TEARS IT UP AT ELITE 24

After getting a late invite to the Under Armour Elite 24 Game, St. Raymond's point guard Isaiah Washington put on a show, going for 36 points in the game on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

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Washington says Seton Hall, Minnesota, Texas A&M and New Mexico are working the hardest but he is open to new schools.

He visited Seton Hall last week before the Elite 24 Game.

"They really want me, they're going to put the ball in my hands and they want me to help them win a national championship," he said.

"They play my style of game, a lot of pick-and-rolls, that's what I like to do."

 

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Class of 2019 stars Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine will visit Seton Hall one day this week following recent visits to Rutgers and St. John's....Jermaine Samuels, a 6-6 Class of 2017 wing from Expressions Elite, begins an official visit to Villanova on Wednesday...Brewster Academy (NH) 2017 PG Michael Okauru will take an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech on Wednesday, per coach Jason Smith...Brewster Academy (NH) 2017 guard Thomas Allen will unofficially visit St Louis University today (Wednesday), per Smith...PSA Cardinals 2018 guard Jonas Harper is on an unofficial to Yale today (Wednesday), per his team's Twitter...Bishop O'Connell (VA) 2017 four-star big man Nate Watson is expected on campus at NC State today (Wednesday) to begin his official visit...Akok Akok announced he will transfer to Putnam Science Academy (CT) and reclass into the 2019 class...Four-star 2017 forward Ira Lee set three officials: - Texas: Sep 30, Oregon: Oct 7 and Arizona: Oct 14, according to Alec Sills-Trausch of @azdesertstorm...NY Jayhawks Class of 2018 guys Frankie Policelli, Charles Pride and Samba Diallo are taking unofficials this week to Temple, St. Joe's, Iona, Stony Brook, Hofstra and UConn, per coach Jay David.

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Trent Frazier, the 6-foot-2 point guard from West Palm Beach (FL) Wellington verbally committed to Illinois on Sunday following his visit, his high school coach confirmed to SNY.tv.

The news was first reported by Scout.com.

Ranked the No. 20 point guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com, Frazier also considered Georgia, Maryland, Seton Hall and VCU, Wellington coach Matt Colin said.

"I really think it came down to the relationship he developed with the coaching staff over the last two years and once he got on campus and had the opportunity for to see it for himself and meet the players he knew The University of Illinois felt right," Colin said.

Frazier joins point guard Damonte Williams, shooting guard Javon Pickett and center Jeremiah Tilmon in John Groce's 2017 class.

"He's the best point guard in the state of Florida, obviously one of the best point guards in the country, a proven winner," Colin said. "He won a state title as a sophomore and hit the game-winning free throw with .5 seconds left in the 8A game. He was the Player of the year in Palm Beach County and a two-time 1st team all-state selection.

"He's an unbelievable ball-handler, decision maker, and can flat out score in many different ways. The right play happens at the right time with the ball in his hands."

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Carmelo Anthony, left, and Team USA teammate guard Kyrie Irving celebrate another U.S. men's basketball Olympic gold. (David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports)
Carmelo Anthony, left, and Team USA teammate guard Kyrie Irving celebrate another U.S. men's basketball Olympic gold. (David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports)

Critiqued for its perceived lack of dominance despite winning Group A, the United States saved its best for last on Sunday in the gold medal game.

Kevin Durant continued a career full of monster gold medal games, finishing with 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting and four assists to lead the Americans to a 96-66 throttling of Serbia on Sunday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. The gold medal is the United States' third straight and sixth in the last seven Olympics.

Playing in his record fourth and final Olympics, the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony became the third American men's basketball player to win three gold medals. His first Olympics, the infamous 2004 Athens Games, yielded a bronze.

"We fought, it wasn't always pretty," a clearly emotional Anthony said on NBC shortly after the final buzzer. "We came together July 17 and we all committed for this one reason. It was a special moment for me.

"This is the end, this is it for me. I committed to this in '04. I've seen the worst and I've seen the best, and I stuck with it, we stuck with it. I'm here today, three gold medals later."

Point guard Kyrie Irving, the former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick's star, added an Olympic gold medal to the NBA championship he won in June with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is the fourth player to win both in the same year (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and LeBron James.).

In this era of USA Basketball, beginning in 2005 when Jerry Colangelo was named managing director and Mike Krzyzewski coach, the Americans have often displayed dominance, but group play in Rio was different.

The United States blasted China and Venezuela to open the Olympics, but then defeated Australia by 10, and Serbia and France by three. Those last two wins, especially, brought to the forefront the notion that the United States was vulnerable.

That notion, despite the United States not having a full A-squad assembled in Rio, proved false. A six-point win over world power Spain in the semifinals on Friday was sandwiched between routs of Argentina in the quarterfinals and Serbia on Sunday.

Like Anthony, Krzyzewski's time with the national team has come to an end, having produced three Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012, 2016), two FIBA World Cup gold medals (2010, 2014) and a Worlds bronze (2006).

Between the Olympics and World Cup, Krzyzewski, 69, finishes with a record of 60-1, including 53 straight wins dating back to a semifinal loss to Greece at 2006 Worlds.

"Coach K, myself, Jerry Colangelo and everybody else who's been a part of this situation, who's been a part of USAB since I've been here, I just want to say thank you for allowing me to be one of the leaders, not just of our team, but of our country," Anthony said

"Despite everything going on in our country, we've got to be united and I'm glad I did what I did. I stepped up to the challenge, but this is what it's about."

With Krzyzewski stepping down, Colangelo named San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as his successor last October. Popovich has USAB experience, having been an assistant during the organization's darkest days, in 2002 when it finished sixth on home soil at the World Championships, and in 2004.

The next global competition in which the United States will take part is the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Unlike past Worlds, the Olympic champion does not gain automatic qualification, which means the United States will have to qualify via the 2019 FIBA Americas Championship.

There have been early concerns that since the FIBA Americas, plus other Confederation qualifiers, would be held mid-year, they would be unlikely to include NBA players.

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New York, NY - August 19, 2016: Under Armour Elite 24... Slam Dunk Contest. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
New York, NY - August 19, 2016: Under Armour Elite 24... Slam Dunk Contest. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

NEW YORK -- Hamidou Diallo knows that the reputation of New York City basketball is down.

That narrative has spun through multiple stories across the past several years.

But the 6-foot-6 Queens, N.Y., native is not buying it -- and he plans on using Saturday night's Under Armour Elite 24 Game (ESPNU, 7:30) to remind basketball fans just what New York has produced.

"People say New York City basketball is down, but you can see out here that that's false," Diallo, who helped the NY Rens reach the quarterfinals of the Peach Jam on the Nike EYBL circuit, told me on Friday at the Gauchos Gym. "I'm definitely looking to show out for the crowd, for my hometown. This could possibly be the last time I'm playing in the city so I'm definitely looking to show out and put on for the city."

Nick Richards, a 6-11 big man from Brooklyn who normally plays with Expressions Elite on the Nike circuit, also crossed over to Under Armour for this game so he could rep his hometown. The game will be played in Brooklyn.

"I wanted to represent my hometown New York," Richards said. "I just wanted to play in a different event, a different environment."

All told, eight of the 24 players in the game come from New York and New Jersey, and that doesn't include Delaware native Trevon Duval, who played some high school ball at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark and is now seeking another prep stop.

Aside from Diallo (Putnam Science Academy) and Richards (St. Patrick's), New York will be represented by Moses Brown of Queens (Archbishop Molloy), Isaiah Washington of Harlem (St. Raymond's) and Sid Wilson of The Bronx (Brewster Academy).

The New Jersey contingent includes three players from the Sports U U16 team that won an Under Armour Association championship this summer -- Naz Reid, Louis King and Jahvon Quinerly. Reid plays for Roselle Catholic, while Quinerly and King attend Hudson Catholic.

(Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine of New Jersey-based Team Rio and the Ranney School also participated in the Dunk and Three-Point contests, respectively.)

Several other New York stars, most notably Mohamed Bamba, Quade Green and Brandon Randolph of the Peach Jam finalist PSA Cardinals, are absent from the game. Bamba and Green opted to play with the Nike team that will take on the Bahamian National Team Saturday in the Bahamas.

The 6-1 Washington was a late invite to the game and found out he was in on Thursday after dropping 46 points in Dyckman Park.

"I felt like I should've been in in the first place," he said. "They were just sleeping on me in the beginning but I gotta put on a show [Saturday] and make 'em regret it."

Reid, King and Quinerly will try to show out for New Jersey -- and Quinerly believes New York and New Jersey "is the best basketball in the country, high school and AAU."

"We got a bunch of guys who are talented, high-major players," he added.

Quinerly impressed ESPN's Fran Fraschilla and the 50 credentialed NBA personnel with his play on Thursday against Duval, arguably the biggest name in the game.

"I had to get my nerves out Thursday, once I got my nerves out I was fine," Quinerly said. "I felt like I performed well in front of them [NBA scouts] and hopefully they're thinking good things of me."

Added King of the New York/New Jersey contingent in the game: "It's an honor. I want to give a shout out to Under Armour for having us here. To come out, we're playing with top players in the country, it's an honor."

"It shows that we work hard and we earn what's given to us."

 

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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)

NEW YORK -- Trevon Duval hasn't always been associated with the Under Armour brand.

Two years ago, he was a key player on the Nike-sponsored NY Playaz team that won the prestigious Peach Jam thanks to the inspired play of current Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe.

But across the last two years, perhaps no player has become more synonymous with the emerging Under Armour grassroots brand than the 6-foot-3 Duval.

One year after impressing NBA scouts at the Elite 24 Game, Duval is back again as arguably the centerpiece of Saturday night's nationally televised affair (ESPNU, 7:30 p.m.).

Both Jamal Mashburn and Tony Delk told SNY.tv this week that it's only a matter of time before Duval ends up in the NBA.

So, does Duval feel that he represents a major piece of the Under Armour brand?

"Yeah, this is my second year playing with Under Armour," Duval said Friday after practice at the Gauchos Gym. "This is my second Elite 24. I've just won a [UAA] final, so they're kind of pushing me a little bit because I'm an Under Armour kid, so yeah."

Looking ahead a couple of years, Duval could become a centerpiece for the Under Armour brand at the NBA level, following in the footsteps of Steph Curry.

None other than grassroots basketball legend Sonny Vaccaro said Under Armour needs an infusion of young talent to try to challenge Nike going forward.

"Under Armour's still under-fed and under-nourished in grassroots basketball," Vaccaro said on The 4 Quarters Podcast. "They got Steph, they need some young blood."

For the second straight year, Duval enters the Elite 24 Game facing decisions both about his high school and college choices.

He is expected to make a decision about his next high school any day now -- and most recently has been linked to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, which happens to be an Under Armour school.

As for his impending decision, Duval said: "I'm almost there. I'm almost there. I'm trying to decide right now where I'm going to go to high school at."

Duval has spent time at both Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's Prep and Dallas (TX) Advanced Prep International. After leaving St. Benedict's in 2015, he departed API this year after it became clear that players were having trouble getting qualified from there. Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson will play in Australia after failing to get qualified from API.

"I think people understand why I left that situation," Duval said. "Because the academics and everything wasn't really totally stable there. I'm trying to go somewhere and have a stable education and all that."

He added: "I'm not worried about it affecting my eligibility and all that. I'm fine with that."

Asked if he had chosen a region of the country for his next school, Duval promised he will play on the East Coast.

"The East Coast," he said. "Not too far up but on the East Coast, not like Maine or nothing like that."

In terms of the college decision, Duval is still considering a number of schools, including Maryland, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Cal, Villanova and Kansas.

(Kentucky and Duke, which are recruiting other 2017 point guards like Trae Young, Quade Green and Tremont Waters, do not appear to be pursuing Duval.)

He has long been linked to Maryland -- Under Armour's flagship school -- and more recently to UCLA -- which recently inked a 15-year, $280-million deal with the apparel company.

"There's a lot of people saying that, Maryland, UCLA or just Under Armour schools, period," Duval said. "Even for high school, but me and my dad, we just decide the best situation for me. If I go to a Nike or adidas school, it doesn't really matter. It's where I need to go to get to the next level."

After the high school decision is made, Duval plans to take a West Coast swing with his father, visiting Arizona, Oregon and Cal, along with Kansas.

"Yeah, soon I should be taking some visits over on the West Coast, like Arizona, USC, Cal-Berkeley, Oregon, Kansas, schools like that," Duval said.

He broke down a few of those schools.

As for Arizona, he said, "Arizona, it's Point Guard U. Coach Book [Richardson], he always talks to me, he's trying to bring Point Guard U back with elite point guards. This year they just got Kobi Simmons, a top elite point guard in that class and they're recruiting point guards in my class. So they could come back and be Point Guard U."

On Maryland: "I hear from them pretty often. They let their guards play freely. Coach [Mark] Turgeon, he lets Melo [Trimble] get up and down and play how he wants. They play a lot of pick-and-roll, so they're a guard-heavy school, too."

On UCLA: "Pretty much the same thing, they get up and down. Real fast. They kind of play my style of play."

On Villanova: "Really good guard school. Coach [Jay] Wright does a really good job developing his guards and making them really good guards on the college level and even on the pro level."

He added: "I'm looking forward to visiting all the schools really. I'm want to see the different campuses and the different lifestyles on the East Coast and the West Coast and even in the South, really."

Time will tell if he ends up carrying forward with the Under Armour brand.

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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.

"I wanted to represent my hometown New York," Richards said. "I just wanted to play in a different event, a different environment."

Nike sent 12 of its top players to the Bahamas this week to compete with the Under Armour game, but Richards said they didn't speak to him about playing in a competing event.

"They didn't say anything to me," he said.

On the recruiting front, Richards says he's focusing on the same five schools -- Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn, Arizona, Indiana -- and is in no rush to make a decision.

"Whenever the time is right, I'll pick a school," he said Friday. "The same top five schools are working the hardest."

He added: "I probably will take official visits before the season starts."

Richards recently told SNY.tv last week that Kentucky coach John Calipari speaks with his family once or twice a week, and that he hopes to visit the campus at some point.

Calipari visited Richards twice this year at St. Patrick's, a school where the Kentucky coach has found a lot of success. The Wildcats snagged guards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson from the New Jersey Catholic powerhouse that also produced former Duke star Kyrie Irving.

"They don't call me, they call me family," he said. "They can make me better as a person. They can make me better in basketball and my overall personality as a person, to be honest."

As for Syracuse, they have been pressing hard to get him into their 2-3 zone.

"They call my family every now and then," he said. "I don't really know what they talk about. They probably talk about the same stuff."

UConn has produced its share of NBA big men, and likely pitches that to Richards.

"It's basically the same for everybody," he said.

On Arizona, Richards like assistant Emmanuel "Book" Richardson.

"Yeah, Book keeps it real with me," he said. "He's probably the only coach out of all of them that keeps it the most real with me."

As for Indiana, he said, "Honestly, I like every school right now. I see every one of them could make me better as a basketball player."

A decision will come when he's ready.

"Whenever me and my family make a decision, weigh all the options, that's when I'll decide," he said.

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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).

"I'm going to see how my leg feels and I'm going to go from there," he said.

Knox's current list includes Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova, Florida State and Arizona.

Knox declined to say which schools might be on his next list.

"I can't really release that yet," he said. "There's some that I really want to look at."

His 247 Crystal Ball stands at 100 percent for Duke, and he likes what the Blue Devils offer.

"Just being able to play pretty much any position," he said. "They give a lot of freedom to their wing players and that's something I really like about them. I watched Brandon Ingram last year; he was spectacular last year just going inside and out and that's something I really watch."

Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. -- both of whom are on the Nike trip to the Bahamas this week -- have openly talked about a package deal together, with many people suspecting they will end up at Duke, a la Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor.

Fellow Class of 2017 stars Mohamed Bamba and Quade Green of the PSA Cardinals -- who are also on the Nike trip -- have also been linked to Duke.

But Knox isn't certain he will join the party.

"They all want to play with me," he said. "We all want to play together in college. They [Carter and Trent] probably leaning somewhere but as for me I'm not really leaning towards anywhere. But it would be fun playing with them in college."

Asked if he thinks Trent and Carter will end up together, Knox said: "Yeah, they're a serious package deal. They tell me all the time they're playing together. They're roommates pretty much at every camp, so I'm pretty sure them two will play together in college."

Is a three-man package realistic?

"No, not really," he said "Usually it's two-man. I haven't really seen a three-man or four-man package deal before."

Meantime, Florida State figures to remain heavily in the mix. Kevin Knox Sr. was a wide receiver on Florida State's 1994 national championship team and a sixth-round NFL draft pick. His mother also played volleyball for the Seminoles.

"FSU was in my Top 10," Knox said. "Jonathan Isaac said he really likes it. He picked up a lot of weight. He's at about 215 now. They really want me to follow in the legacy of my parents and go start something of my own."

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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."

The 7-foot Maker went straight from Orangeville Prep/Athlete Institute in Ontario Canada to the NBA this past June when the Milwaukee Bucks picked him with the No. 10 overall pick -- shocking a lot of people in the process.

"Man, it is, it is surreal," Maker recently told SI.com. "But you know, I gotta show I belong now, find a way to stick here and stay."

Like Maker, Diallo will be a year removed from his graduating class because he graduated from Putnam Science Academy in May. And like Maker, he plans on doing a post-graduate year (also at Putnam Academy). And like Maker, he will turn 19 the year of the Draft (July 31, 2017).

Some 50 NBA scouts are credentialed for the Elite 24 Game, and one told SNY.tv that at this point Diallo probably isn't more than a second-round pick.

"Borderline," the scout said. "Someone may bite because of his motor and athleticism and bet they can teach skills but he's pretty raw. He may be worth a second-round pick; if he can flash a 3-ball, that will change things.

"If he had a [jump] shot he'd flirt with the lottery. But he's not a Malik Beasley or Dwayne Bacon right now."

Diallo, a Queens, N.Y., native who plays on the Nike EYBL circuit with the NY Rens, is being recruited by a Who's Who of colleges, including Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn and Arizona, and Putnam Science head coach Tom Espinosa believes Diallo will spend at least one year on campus.

"I believe he will go to college," he told SNY.tv. "Before college, I believe this is a huge year for him. I've seen him mature from two years ago to last year and I strongly believe he will continue to grow into this post-grad year."

Andy Borman, who won an NCAA championship and Duke and coaches Diallo with the NY Rens, says Diallo is a future pro -- it's just a matter of when.

"With Hamidou's natural talent, work ethic, and IQ I can see why entering the draft in 2017 would be a distinct possibility for him," Borman said. "At the end of the day, he is an extremely mature kid and is capable of making whatever decision is best for him and his family."

He added: "I have coached a number of pros and he is going to be one of them soon. It's just a matter of him deciding what is the right time to make that move."

Diallo, who threw down several rim-rattling dunks in front of the NBA personnel at the Gauchos Gym the last two days, is still going through the recruiting process.

"I want to cut it to five [schools] to slow things down, but I don't know if that's possible," he said. "I'm trying to finish up this game and finish up the rest of the summer with my family. Coaches [have] been calling and texting me but I'm telling them right now I'm with my family and it's been a long summer."

Diallo is in regular touch with Kentucky coach John Calipari, who has targeted Diallo as a potential future Wildcat.

"Yeah, I hear from Kentucky," he said. "I spoke to Cal early this week. Just basically reaching out and talking to me, building a relationship. nothing about recruiting. I have a good relationship with Coach Cal and coach [Tony] Barbee. I didn't take a visit so I honestly don't know what Kentucky's like."

Asked if he will visit there, he said, "I haven't really thought about visits but I'll probably visit Kentucky."

Diallo hears from other schools on the regular.

"I heard from UConn, Syracuse, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas been calling," he said. "It's just been a bunch of schools."

Some college coaches believe Diallo could ultimately end up going straight to the NBA like Maker.

"Why be exposed in college?" one college coach said. "Go get 30 in every high school game and let people think you're better than you are."

At this stage, Diallo is leaning toward spending at least one year in college, but admits going to the NBA in 2017-- or at least testing the waters and getting feedback under the new rules -- is possible.

"You never know what happens," he said, "that's why I'm saying it's possible."

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NEW YORK -- With some 50 NBA personnel credentialed for the Under Armour Elite 24, Class of 2017 stars Trevon Duval, Nick Richards and Jahvon Quinerly were among those who stood out during Thursday's practice at the Gauchos Gym in The Bronx.

The 6-foot-3 Duval from the WE-R1 AAU program is the face of the Under Armour Association and arguably the biggest name in the game. He has yet to pick a high school for the upcoming school year, and is considering Maryland, UCLA, Villanova, Kansas, Oregon, Arizona and Cal, among others.

"Yeah, he can really play," former Kentucky and NBA star Jamal Mashburn, who will coach the Clutch (White) team in Saturday's game against Duval's Drive (Dark) team, told SNY.tv. "I think he's an excellent player. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out, and I told him I didn't even watch him shoot the ball."

Asked if Duval projects to be an NBA guard down the road, Mashburn said, "Without question, without question. Nowadays, when I talk to people in the NBA, everyone talks about size. He's not the biggest of guards, but he has stature. To me, if you can play, you can play, I don't care if you're 5-foot-3."

One NBA scout in attendance told me, "[Duval] would be a high-first-round pick" if he came out in 2017.

Duval threw down this dunk that Drew Ebanks of On Point Basketball captured on video and that captured the attention of the NBA decision-makers on hand.

Players won't be made available until Friday's Media Day, but Mashburn and fellow former Kentucky Wildcat Tony Delk, an assistant on Duval's team, were duly impressed.

"You can tell by a kid's feet, the way he carries himself, his competitive nature, everything else comes with more development but his speed and pace of the game," Mashburn said. "He was always under control."

Mashburn added: "He didn't always make the right play but the intent to make the right play was there."

Duval impressed Delk.

"Trevon is really good, he knows how to run a pick-and-roll," Delk told SNY.tv. "He can settle his team down. He can also be a leader on the court but he gets his players in the right decision. And he makes the right decision. And what the NBA game is about is pick-and-roll, making the right decision, settling your team down and playing defense."

Asked if Duval was a pro, Delk said, "Of course, he needs to keep playing at that level, playing against good competition and getting ready to make good decisions when he has the ball in his hands."

At one point in the 5-on-5 situation, Mashburn pulled Duval aside and shared some advice on the pick-and-roll.

"One of the things I shared with him is when you're playing the pick-and-roll and you're playing in these type of environments, playing with big guys you've never played with before, you may want to go through the pick-and-roll and go to score rather than go to pass because if you got to pass and he misses it, that's your turnover," he said.

"So you just gotta be conscious of certain things and let the big guys get their stuff off the rebound in certain situations like this. And that's how you make the big guys look a lot better because some big guys don't have quite the hands at this age but they can go up and get a rebound. That's how you make them look better."

NICK RICHARDS IMPRESSES

Speaking of big guys, the 6-11 Richards out of St. Patrick's High School and the Expressions Elite AAU program threw down six or seven dunks and also hit a turnaround 12-foot jumper in front of the NBA guys.

Kentucky, Syracuse, UConn and Indiana are among those in the mix for the Jamaican native, who has hinted he may pick a college as early as September.

"Big men that can rebound the ball, pass it out, set good screens, roll to the basket or pick-and-pop is what the game has turned into," said Delk, who now works for the SEC Network. "Being able to understand your roll. If you're a big man, you rebound, you make open shots, you rebound and you dunk everything around the basket."

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JAHVON QUINERLY SHOWS OUT

Jahvon Quinerly entered without the hype of Duval but the 6-1 point guard from Hudson Catholic (N.J.) and Sports U was one of the only players to reliably hit the jumper and also showed a nice change of pace in the 5-on-5 setting.

Quinerly recently added offers from Ohio State and Vanderbilt, among others. He told SNY.tv recently that "California, Seton Hall, St. John's, Ohio State, Villanova and UConn" are among those working hardest.

"I'm working on [visits] now, I don't have any officials set," he said, adding he wants to visit Ohio State, possibly in September, and also California.

Quinerly impressed ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla during the 5-on-5 Thursday.

"I told Jahvon that he sticks out like a sore thumb because for the first day of practice with everybody racing at 90 miles an hour, he plays with such a calm composed style," Fraschilla told SNY.tv. "He's going to be your consummate college point guard. He's going to have a chance to play at the highest level because he has such a high understanding of the game."

He added: "He's a great floor general. He has deceptive speed because he knows how to turn it on and off. And if he can hit perimeter jumpers, he's going to have a fabulous college career. I don't know where he's ranked, but I can't think of many point guards I'd rather have running my team than him."

 

ISAIAH WASHINGTON GETS LATE CALL

Isaiah Washington, the St. Raymond's Class of 2017 point guard, was a late addition to the game, but clearly belongs.

Washington, who lists Seton Hall, Minnesota, Texas A&M and New Mexico as working hardest, went for 46 points on Wednesday night at Dyckman Park.

"I like Isaiah," Mashburn said. "The one thing I told him was when the game was down he showed me how to play the game and get back in the game. He had four free throws to get us back in the game. Little details such as offensive rebounding, little things even for his size are critical."

 

SID WILSON IMPRESSES MASHBURN

Sid Wilson, Washington's former St. Ray's teammate, has reclassed to 2018 and will head to Brewster (N.H.) Academy next month.

"The kid Sid Wilson I really like," said Mashburn, who starred at Cardinal Hayes in the Bronx. "He really stood out to me athletically. I'm not concerned about points, rebounds, just to be me do you stand out immediately with your athleticsim? A couple of balls he got, steals and things like that , I think he has tremendous upside. Hopefully from what I've seen New York CIty basketball is back."

Told that Wilson and others -- like Aundre Hyatt, who left Archbishop Stepinac for The Miller School (VA) -- Mashburn said he's not too worried.

"I've heard that's been the thing to do but I've always said if you're from New York City and you played in New York City and you're born and raised here, it don't matter if you go to a prep academy or whatever," he said. "You're always a New York City kid."

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Aug 17, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; USA forward Kevin Durant (5) celebrates against Argentina during the men's basketball quarterfinals in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports (Jeffrey Swinger)
Aug 17, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; USA forward Kevin Durant (5) celebrates against Argentina during the men's basketball quarterfinals in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports (Jeffrey Swinger)

Kevin Durant went for 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists as Team USA routed Manu Ginobili and Argentina, 105-78, in the quarterfinals of the Olympic men's baskeball tournament in Rio De Janeiro on Wednesday,

The Americans will meet Pau Gasol and Spain in Friday's semifinal after Spain routed Tony Parker and France, 92-67. It will be a rematch of the last two Olympic finals, won by the USA in Beijing and London, respectively.

Nikola Mirotic scored 23 points and new Knicks big man Willy Hernangomez added 18.

"We got a tough game against Spain next and we're looking forward to playing," Durant, who shot 9-of-13 from the field and 7-of-9 from deep, told NBCSN.

Australia will meet the Croatia-Serbia winner in the other semifinal. Australia advanced over Lithuania, 90-64, earlier Wednesday.

The Americans trailed by as many as 10 points early but rallied to take a 56-40 halftime lead.

"We played with passion and energy," Durant said. "We played well on the offensive end, moved the ball and defensively covered for each other."

Luis Scola led Argentina with 15 points, while point guard Facundo Campazzo added 13 points, 9 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds.

As for the semifinals, Durant said, "Pau Gasol's a load down there in the post. They got great guards that penetrate and shoot and pass, so we got our work cut out for us but we're looking forward to it."

Ginobili played his last game in Olympic competition with Argentina after four Olympics.

"I learned a lot so it was an unbelievable experience," he told NBCSN. "I've been 20 years with this jersey so it's quite an emotional day."

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Former Seton Hall guard Derrick Gordon says he was blackballed by the NBA because he's gay, but a number of NBA scouts felt he was simply not a prospect worthy of getting an NBA workout.

"He's not an NBA player based on skillset and ability level," one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv, adding that Gordon was a "good and tough kid."

Several other scouts told SNY.tv that Gordon simply was not a "draftable prospect" and wasn't worthy of a summer-league invitation as a result.

"I wasn't getting anywhere in terms of workouts," Gordon told Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey. "Nobody was calling. Even after I went to the (Las Vegas) combine in July, I still didn't get any feedback."

He added: "I personally don't believe it was because of my game. I think at least I could have been given a shot to work out (for an NBA team), to play against some of those other players instead of being shut out."

In his third college stop, the 6-foot-3 Gordon was a sixth man for a Seton Hall team that won the Big East Tournament championship, beating eventual NCAA champion Villanova in the final at Madison SQuare Garden, before losing to Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

A scrappy and tough defender, he averaged 8.0 points while shooting 40 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from deep.

Gordon, a New Jersey native who became the first openly gay male Division 1 basketball player when he came out in April 2014, is training to become a firefighter in San Francisco.

"I'm excited," he told Carino. "Ever since I was little, when the trucks came by and I would hear the alarms go off, it always caught my attention. I always pictured myself in the back of a truck, in the passenger's seat, as the driver. I always thought, if I don't play basketball, this is what I would love to do. Don't get me wrong, it's a dangerous job, a career as a firefighter. But it's a great opportunity."

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Sid Wilson, a New York small forward who recently reclassed to 2018, took an unofficial visit to Texas this week.

"I enjoyed the campus and how well not only the basketball players are treated but all athletes on campus," he said. "I enjoyed the great facilities they have at Texas and the access to get better throughout the day. They showed me everything from the nutrition center to the academic advisors and they are great people.

"Their message to me is that they have everything but a wing player. They also like how versatile I am and they feel like I am a high priority for them. They haven't won a national title yet and with me they think that is possible."

The 6-foot-7 Wilson, who will transfer to Brewster (N.H.) Academy beginning Sept. 10, holds offers from Louisville, Texas, Seton Hall, USC, UNLV, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Indiana and Minnesota, among others.

He may soon take unofficials to Seton Hall and UConn.

 

ALEX REESE TALKS ASU, UPCOMING VISITS

Alex Reese, a four-star power forward from the Class of 2017 who recently cut his list to five, says he plans to take an official visit to Alabama on Oct. 1 and is working on planning visits to UAB and Georgia.

Earlier this week, Reese took an unofficial visit to Arizona State. He had this to say about the visit: "It went well. I thought it was really nice and I enjoyed my time out there, meeting the coaches."

Reese also mentioned that he would like to commit sooner rather than later, saying, "Hopefully, I'll commit in the fall sometime, after I take all my visits."

This summer, Reese played on the Adidas Gauntlet with Team Carroll 17U. He averaged 12.3 points per game, along with 5.3 rebounds per game.

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LEWIS, ANTOINE VISIT RUTGERS

After visiting St. John's last week, Class of 2019 stars Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine of Team Rio and the Ranney (N.J.) School hit Rutgers on Tuesday.

"They are trying to keep the talent-rich state of New Jersey kids at home," Brian Klatsky of Team Rio told SNY.tv. "The way [Lewis and Antoine] are building Ranney, they can do the same thing at Rutgers."

They will visit Seton Hall, Colgate and UConn in August and will then trip to Florida (Sept. 10) and Duke (TBD).

Meantime, Lewis will participate in the Under Armour Elite 24 Slam Dunk Contest on Aug. 20 in Brooklyn, while Antoine will shoot in the 3-point Contest.

 

DAVID McCORMACK PLANNING VISITS

David McCormack, a 6-foot-10, 280-pound Class of 2018 center from Norfolk (VA) Academy, will visit South Carolina, N.C. State and Georgia Tech this weekend.

 

JOSE ALVARADO VISITS SETON HALL

Jose Alvarado, a 6-foot Class of 2017 point guard from Christ the King, visited Seton Hall on Tuesday following a trip to Rutgers on Saturday. He takes an official to Georgia Tech Aug. 19-21.

 

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Mokan Elite Trae Young (11) reacts after a play during the second half of the Nike Peach Jam Finals against the PSA Cardinals at Riverview Park Activity Center. Mokan won 93-65. (Joshua S. Kelly)
Mokan Elite Trae Young (11) reacts after a play during the second half of the Nike Peach Jam Finals against the PSA Cardinals at Riverview Park Activity Center. Mokan won 93-65. (Joshua S. Kelly)

Under Armour's Elite 24 generally garners the most attention on the grassroots scene at this time of summer, but Nike, as usual, is not going to be outdone.

For the second year in a row, Nike is taking a 12-player roster to the Bahamas this weekend, culminating with a matchup against the Bahamian National Team on Saturday, the same day as Elite 24.

Obtained by SNY.tv on Tuesday morning, the Nike roster includes Mohamed Bamba, Brian Bowen, Troy Brown, Wendell Carter, Matt Coleman, Quade Green, Brandon McCoy, Billy Preston, Mitchell Robinson, Collin Sexton, Gary Trent, Lonnie Walker, P.J. Washington and Trae Young.

SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria reported Tuesday morning that the Nike contingent was scheduled to visit the White House on Tuesday before departing for the Bahamas.

Under Armour released the Elite 24 rosters on Thursday, and the absence of multiple five-star recruits was immediately evident. Of note, DeAndre Ayton (Cal Supreme) and Washington commit Michael Porter Jr. (MoKan Elite), both of whom play on the Nike EYBL circuit, will not be attending either event this weekend.

In summation, Nike has its kids visiting the White House, then taking an all-expenses trip to the Bahamas, while Under Armour has its kids taking an all-expenses trip to New York City to play on ESPN and in front of personnel from all 30 NBA teams.

Nike made waves at this time last summer when it first decided to take a group of kids to the Bahamas at the same time as Elite 24. Class of 2016 stars Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum were among the top-end talent last August to choose the Nike Bahamas trip to over Elite 24. Both players are now freshmen at Duke.

Earlier in Aug. 2015, before Nike squared off against Under Armour, Nike executed a brand activation event at Brooklyn Bridge Park on the same day the Big Strick Classic held practice at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx. As a result, Nike had Bamba and St. Pat's star big man Nick Richards with it in Brooklyn instead of with Big Strick.

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Trae Young's big summer is getting even bigger.

After capturing the Peach Jam title with his MoKan Elite team in July and winning a gold medal with the USA U18 team at the FIBA Americas Championship, Young is headed on the Nike Bahamas trip this week -- but only after visiting the White House on Tuesday.

"It's gonna be really cool," Young told NewsOk.com. "They're flying the team to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to visit the White House, so that's something that's gonna be cool. Just 12 guys get to go, and we'll go to the Bahamas and play against the Bahamian National team."

The Nike trip is scheduled to compete directly with Saturday's Under Armour Elite 24 Game in Brooklyn -- and will draw several top Nike players away. SNY.tv confirmed that Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt, Lonnie Walker, Wendell Carter Jr., Troy Brown and P.J. Washington are also making the trip to the Bahamas to play the Bahamian National Team.

The official roster will be released Wednesday.

Meantime, Young is down to six schools in his recruitment: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas Tech and Washington.

No visits have been set and Young said he hopes to decide by mid-winter.

"My family and I will sit down soon and come up with when we'll start taking official visits," he said. "I only get five official visits, so one school won't get an official visit. So I'll just be setting those up, so I can get out there and learn as much as I can about those guys. I want to take some during football season. I don't know if I want to wait too long. I'd like to make a decision around December. That's what I'm looking at, but anything can happen."

Young and his MoKan Elite teammate Michael Porter Jr. have long talked of a potential package. For that to happen, Young would need to now join Porter Jr. at Washington.

"He's my good friend and we play really well together," Young said. "We ended up winning the biggest tournament in high school basketball this summer. That was a big goal for us. We feel like we can do that at the college level. He feels that Washington is his spot and what's best for him. I don't know if Washington is the best spot for me. It could be, it could not be. I'm gonna do what's best for me. But it's still a possibility."

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Nate Watson, a 6-foot-9 Class of 2017 power forward from Bishop O'Connell (VA), has eliiminated Wake Forest from his list of five schools and is down to four.

Watson will take officials to N.C. State (Aug. 22-23), Providence (Sept. 9-11), Maryland (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) and Miami (Oct. 7-9), his AAU coach Fred Howze told SNY.tv.

"The decision will be made after all the visits have been taken, unless he feels that one is a perfect fit after visting," Howze said.

"He's the best big man in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area," Dwayne Wise, the GM of the Team Melo Basketball AAU program, told SNY.tv. "He has gone from showing flashes to now drawing double-teams.

"Coach Fred Howze, Nate's primary AAU coach, did a great job with Nate's off-the-court development. Nate grew from 6-4 to 6-9 in less than two years and has dominated this year in the WCAC under coach Joe Wootten."

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Kris Wilkes is down to five schools.

The 6-foot-7 small forward from Indianapolis (IN) North Central announced on Twitter he's down to Indiana, UConn, Illinois, and Xavier, and UCLA.

He cut Butler, Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State and Washington

"I think it came down to having strong relationships with those schools," Wilkes told the Indianapolis Star. "The times I have talked to them, I've been getting to know them better. Some of the other schools, I didn't know them as well."

Wilkes, who won a gold medal with the USA U18 team this summer, previoulsly said home state Indiana was strongly in the mix.

"Yeah, I talk to them almost every day," Wlikes told SNY.tv this summer. "I talk to different people. They just told me to keep working hard and show me more about the campus and I'm getting to know them."

He also wants to visit UCLA.

"I think the next place I want to take an official visit is to UCLA because they offered me a long time ago and I still haven't had a chance to get out there," he told SNY.tv. "We are scheduling dates around this summer ball that I have going on. So I think it depends on what goes on here at USA."

Wilkes kept his cuts to schools that have offered him, so Kentucky did not make the list.

"I might cut it down to three before I decide or might just leave it at five," he told the Indy Star "I definitely feel good about those five schools. I feel like I have a good relationship with all five of them."

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Quade Green, the 6-foot point guard from Philadelphia (PA) Neumann-Goretti and the PSA Cardinals, has trimmed his list to nine schools from 13.

Green is considering Kentucky, Kansas, Xavier, Arizona, Duke, Syracuse, Villanova, Temple and Louisville, per his Instagram.

This summer, Green won a gold medal with the USA U18 team at the FIBA Americas Championship in Chile, and also led the PSA Cardinals to the finals of the Peach Jam, earning all-first team honors along the way.

Duke is perceived by many as the leader for his services beginning in 2017.

"It was just an offer," he said at the Peach Jam. "Now I can lay all my offers on the table and see where I want to go."

He added: "I mean Duke is Duke. They are going to try to recruit the best, make the best of their program."

Asked if he could see himself there, he said, "I don't know yet. I don't know yet."

 

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New St. Louis coach Travis Ford landed a huge commitment on Friday when Jordan Goodwin pledged to the Billikens on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4 Class of 2017 shooting guard out of Bellevile (IL) Althoff Catholic also considered home state Illinois, among others, but opted for St. Louis in part because assistant coach Corey Tate left the Missouri coaching staff for St. Louis. Tate was Goodwin's former coach with the St. Louis Eagles AAU program.

"He played a big role," Goodwin told the Post-Dispatch. "Coach Tate coached me two years. Put him and coach (Travis) Ford in one pot and you've got a good match. With coach Tate being the person he is and going too SLU, it made a big difference."

Goodwin averaged 18 points and 5 rebounds last season while leading Althoff to the Class 3A state title.

 

MURPHY TO NORTHEASTERN

Tomas Murphy, a 6-8 forward from Northfield Mount Hermon (MA), committed to Northeastern on Friday via Twitter.

The younger brother of Alex and Erik Murphy, Tomas also considered Pitt, Butler and Georgia, NMH coach John Carroll said.

Florida, Maryland and Xavier had previously offered.

"Tomas has his best basketball ahead of him," Carroll said. "He's a skilled multi-positional player that can stretch an offense and get in the post to score. He is young for his class and will see his development skyrocket with added physical maturity.

"Tomas could be an All-CAA player for Northeastern."

 

ALVARADO TO VISIT RUTGERS

Jose Alvarado, a Class of 2017 point guard from New York Catholic League power Christ the King, will visit Rutgers unofficially on Saturday, he told SNY.tv.

Alvarado is Rutgers' top target in the Class of 2017 and previously visited in June.

"The new staff made me feel so comfortable, they welcomed me," he told SNY.tv then. "They had the whole staff welcome me when I came in. Coach [Steve Pikiell's] energy is really hype, I love it. He's a really good guy and he has good people around him."

Rutgers has since added 2017 point guard Geo Baker but believes the two can play together.

Rutgers also hosted elite Class of 2018 forward Naz Reid this week.

 

MINAYA VISITS HOFSTRA

Justin MInaya, a 6-5, 180-pound junior shooting guard from Old Tappan (N.J.) High School who is the son of former Mets GM Omar Minaya, visited Hofstra on Friday, he confirmed to SNY.tv.

He will also visit Boston University, Fordham, Monmouth, American and UNC-Wilmington in the coming weeks,' his father said.

As for a timetable on deciding, "We are in no rush," Omar said. "He is only 17."

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Shaun Wiseman had minimal expectations for sophomore Luguentz Dort heading into Dort's sophomore campaign at Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville, FL),

Through the training process and through rigorous practices, Wiseman immediately noted a hungry kid who was capable of a multi-faceted scoring role. Unassuming and workmanlike, the Canadian found his way to the starting lineup and as a hard-driving and electrifying Class of 2018 6-foot-4 guard.

This summer, he opened up a dependable 18-20 foot jumper and extended it beyond the confines of the arc. The rapid transformation has made Dort, now at the Conrad School (Orlando, FL) under Wiseman, one of the most highly sought after uncommitted guards in the country.

Florida, Oregon, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Louisville, Missouri and most recently Baylor have been in consistent pursuit of Dort, a versatile threat with a high-engine and innate nose for finding the open man. Louisville, Florida, Oregon, Missouri and Baylor are among the offers Dort holds, Wiseman said.

"I spoke with Florida and Baylor last week and Lu's just got an array of schools involved in the whole process," said Wiseman, who plans to revive the program with a star-spangled backcourt as well as a formidable frontline. "There's Oregon. There's Louisville in there as well."

Would it be fair to anoint Florida as the front runner? Will the Gators make the most aggressive push for the new-look program's focal point?

"We want Florida in our gym," Wiseman said. "They're an in-state school, a very reputable program. They are definitely welcome here anytime.

Wiseman nurtured bigs such as 7-foot-3 Chol Mariel and 6-foot-9 Koch Bar during his stay at West Oaks and Arlington Country Day, respectively. Thus, filling the interior void with several high-major and surefire Division-I recruits wasn't much of a daunting process.

"We've got a 7-footer coming in, we've got a couple of 6-foot-9, 6-foot-10 kids coming in to bolster our frontline," Wiseman said. "Ultimately, the onus is on Dort to lead the team on both sides of the ball and register his presence as a leader. As he matures with this year, we want to see him pay attention to both sides of the floor a little bit more, especially on the defensive end. Also, as it comes with maturity, we want to get him into being a leader this year."

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Both Seton Hall and Rutgers have made a collective offer to the Sports U Class of 2018 "Fab Five" and on Thursday both New Jersey programs had players from the vaunted group on campus.

Seton Hall hosted the Hudson Catholic trio of Jahvon Quinerly, Luther Muhammad and Louis King -- all of whom have been on campus several times before.

"Everything was good," the 6-foot-8 King told SNY.tv of the open gym in which he and his teammates participated. "The message is to keep working hard and keep up the good work."

Seton Hall on Wednesday also hosted St. Raymond's Class of 2017 point guard Isiaah Washington.

Meantime, the 6-11 Reid on Thursday visited Rutgers following his appearance in Saturday's Big Strick Classic. Last week, Reid told SNY.tv that Cal, Kentucky, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Kansas and UConn among those "working hard."

At that point, the Roselle Catholic big man had no plans to take any visits soon.

"Right now I haven't really been thinking about it, I'm thinking about finishing my summer and then I'm going to get into that," he said. He added that he wants to visit "all" the schools "to get experience and see what's going on during school-wise, it's not just about basketball."

Reid and his Sports U teammates -- Quinerly, King, Muhammad and Atiba Taylor (who visited Monmouth Thursday, per Josh Newman) -- hold "Fab Five" offers from several schools, including Seton Hall, Rutgers and UConn.

Asked if that was realistic, he said: "It actually can because we're brothers on and off the court and going through anything we're always going to be together, we're always going to be there for each other."

Looking ahead, Reid, Quinerly and King will all participate in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Aug. 20 in Brooklyn.

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Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay celebrates with guard Will Barton after a play in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay celebrates with guard Will Barton after a play in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)

The Sports U trio of Naz Reid, Louis King and Jahvon Quinerly headline the local contingent for the Under Armour Elite 24, which released its rosters Thursday afternoon for the Aug. 20 game at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2. 

New York City natives Sid Wilson, Nick Richards, Hamidou Diallo and Moses Brown will also play in a game featuring top-end talent from across the country. Among the five-star recruits on the rosters are Trevon Duval, Kevin Knox and Brandon McCoy

Sources previously told SNY.tv that Duval, Reid, Quinerly, King, Brown and Wilson were invited to Elite 24. 

Like last summer's Elite 24, this year's edition is coinciding with Nike putting on an event in the Bahamas, designed to draw players away from the UA event. Last year's Nike event pulled in Duke freshmen Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum among others. 

Las Vegas Prospects guard Troy Brown, Houston Hoops forward Jarred Vanderbilt and Wendell Carter Jr. of CP3 are expected to make the Nike trip.

Other possibilities at Nike include Cal Supreme 7-footer DeAndre Ayton (a native of the Bahamas), PSA Cardinals 7-footer Mohamed Bamba, Howard Pulley guard Gary Trent Jr. and MoKan Elite point guard Trae Young.

Young's MoKan elite teammate, Washington commit Michael Porter Jr., will not play in the Elite 24 Game or go on the Bahamas trip.

Something of an unofficial end to summer, basketball-wise, the Elite 24 is often held at exotic, off-the-beaten-path venues. Before this current three-year run at Pier 2, Under Armour created a makeshift court at the Tobacco Warehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Elite 24 will follow the third annual UA NEXT game (5:15 p.m.), which features some of the top freshmen and sophomores in the nation. On Aug. 19, Pier 2 will host the annual slam dunk and three-point contests.

For the second straight year, the event is NBA-sanctioned, meaning personnel from all 30 teams are expected to attend.

Under Armour Elite 24 rosters:

Team "CLUTCH" (supporting coach: Emmanuel Mudiay):

  • Jalek Felton (2017 guard)
  • Jahvon Quinerly (2018 guard)
  • Devon Dotson (2018 guard)
  • Josh Anderson (2017 guard)
  • MJ Walker (2017 guard)
  • Billy Preston (2017 forward)
  • Gerald Liddell (2018 forward)
  • Kevin Knox (2017 forward)
  • Sid Wilson (2018 forward)
  • Nick Richards (2017 forward)
  • Austin Wiley (2017 center)
  • Bol Bol (2018 center)

Team "DRIVE" (supporting coach: Will Barton):

  • Trevon Duval (2017 guard)
  • Javonte Smart (2018 guard)
  • Hamidou Diallo (2017 guard)
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker (2017 guard)
  • Louis King (2018 forward)
  • Khavon Moore (2018 forward)
  • Jaylen Hoard (2018 forward)
  • Nazreon Reid (2018 forward)
  • Silvio De Souza (2018 forward)
  • Silvio De Souza (2018 forward)
  • Zion Williamson (2018 forward)
  • Brandon McCoy (2017 center)
  • Moses Brown (2018 center)

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NEW YORK -- The sneaker wars are heating up again.

Nike plans to hold an Elite Youth Basketball Camp in the Bahamas for a second straight year that takes place Aug. 20 -- the same weekend as the Under Armour Elite 24 Game at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2.

"Obviously they want to have something so they don't have their best players suiting up [for Under Armour]," one Nike-sponsored coach told SNY.tv.

PSA Cardinals guard Quade Green, Team Penny forward P.J. Washington, Team Final wing Lonnie Walker, Las Vegas Prospects guard Troy Brown, Houston Hoops forward Jarred Vanderbilt and Wendell Carter Jr. of CP3 are expected to make the Nike trip, while other possibilities include PSA Cardinals 7-footer Mohamed Bamba, Howard Pulley guard Gary Trent Jr. and MoKan Elite point guard. Trae Young.

Young's MoKan elite teammate, Washington commit Michael Porter Jr., will not play in the Elite 24 Game or go on the Bahamas trip.

Even though he's a native of the Bahamas, Cal Supreme 7-footer DeAndre Ayton will not play in either event, USA Today reported.

Several of those players competed in Nike's Bahamas event last year (although Ayton, Brown and Porter Jr. played Elite 24), as did incoming Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges, incoming Duke freshmen Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum and incoming Kentucky freshmen Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox.

Porter Jr. did talk in this video about how excited he was to play in the Elite 24.

The news was first reported by Bahamian news outlet Tribune Media, and confirmed to SNY.tv by multiple sources.

"It's a paid-for vacation," Nick Blatchford, Under Armour director of grassroots and college basketball, said when the game was announced last year. "That seems to be a pretty fair interpretation. The fact that they're putting something together, kind of last-minute, tells me they're trying to play defense."

Under Armour announced its Elite 24 Game last week, complete with slam dunk and three-point contests set for Aug. 19, but has yet to release its roster for the Aug. 20 game which will be shown live on ESPNU (7:30 p.m.).

Sources told SNY.tv that Trevon Duval, Naz Reid, Jahvon Quinerly, Louis King, Moses Brown and Sid Wilson are among those invited to the Elite 24 Game. Duval plays for WE-R1, Reid, Quinerly and King all play for the Sports U program and Brown and Wilson run with New Heights.

"We are excited to once again bring together the nation's 24 best high basketball players, while also introducing future talent of the game through our partnership with the Jr. NBA," said Kris Stone, Sr. Director of Global Sports Marketing Basketball at Under Armour. "The Elite 24 platform has always represented what's next: the next generation gatekeepers of the game, showcasing their skills and love for competition at the highest level, against the best of the best." 

 

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Nate Watson, a 6-foot-9 Class of 2017 power forward from Bishop O'Connell (VA), has cut his list to five schools and has set up official visits.

Watson will take an unofficial to Wake Forest (Aug. 24) and officials to N.C. State (Aug. 22-23), Providence (Sept. 9-11), Maryland (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) and Miami (Oct. 7-9), his AAU coach Fred Howze told SNY.tv.

"The decision will be made after all the visits have been taken, unless he feels that one is a perfect fit after visting," Howze said.

"He's the best big man in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area," Dwayne Wise, the GM of the Team Melo Basketball AAU program, told SNY.tv. "He has gone from showing flashes to now drawing double-teams.

"Coach Fred Howze, Nate's primary AAU coach, did a great job with Nate's off-the-court development. Nate grew from 6-4 to 6-9 in less than two years and has dominated this year in the WCAC under coach Joe Wootten."

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Wabissa Bede, the 6-foot-1 point guard who helped Mass Rivals win four tournaments this summer and go 21-0, cut his list to five schools and is planning some visits.

The Cushing Academy (MA) point guard is down to Butler, La Salle, Virginia Tech, UMass and Minnesota. He will take an official to Butler Aug. 25-27 and has an in-home with Virginia Tech Sept. 11.

He broke down all five schools for Scout.com:

Butler: "Coach [Chris] Holtmann was recruiting me a lot this summer I would see his face at almost every game. He said he needs a point guard and he thinks I can be their starting point guard if I go there. Assistant coach Terry Johnson was at every game this summer too and was recruiting me since September."

LaSalle: "Probably the hardest school recruiting me because they have been texting and calling me for almost two years now and Coach [John Giannini] and Coach [Sean] Neal are my guys."

Virginia Tech: "I love coach [Buzz] Williams. [He] reminds me of Vin. 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."

UMass: "They are the hometown team and been recruiting me a lot for two years . Coach [Derek] Kellog is a good guy and a great coach and I love their style of play. It's very similar to Rivals."

Minnesota: "Coach [Richard] Pitino is a great guy and also feels like I can produce at that level. He tells me I will play a lot there too and he was almost at every game this summer and coach [Nate] Pomeday was at every game this summer too."

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NEW YORK -- Moses Brown, the 7-foot-1, 224-pound Class of 2018 center from Archbishop Molloy and the New Heights AAU program, will continue his breakout summer by playing in the Under Armour Elite 24 Game on Aug. 20 in Brooklyn.

Brown joins several area stars, including the Sports U trio of Naz Reid, Jahvon Quinerly and Louis King, in the prestigious event which will be shown live on ESPNU (7:30 p.m.).

"I feel like I had a great summer, a breakout summer," Brown told SNY.tv at the recent Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park. "I was injured last year so it was good."

In July, he added offers from Georgetown, Louisville, Michigan, UCLA, Arizona, USC and SMU to go with previous offers from schools like Maryland, Florida, Seton Hall, St. John's and Oklahoma State.

Brown said he was honored to get the Louisville offer.

"I always wanted to speak to Rick Pitino on the phone before," he said. "He thinks that I'm that guy. He thinks they're going to have a solid program if I'm around. He thinks not just because I'm a 7-footer, I'm a basketball player. He's not just going to put me in the game to block shots and rebound, I'm just going to be a basketball player and he's going to work on my game."

Brown wants to visit the ACC school "real soon."

As for Georgetown, another recent offer, "The head coach called me, the assistant coach [Kevin Broadus] called me a week before that. It was a good feeling getting a call from Georgetown. They're a big man school, they deliver a lot of historic big men to the league so that's a good feeling."

Brown is in no rush to cut his list since he's only a junior.

As for his height, Brown says he may still continue to grow.

"Well, I'm getting a little aches and pains in my body so they said probably," he said.

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Darryl Morsell, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound combo guard from Baltimore (MD) Mount Saint Joseph and the Team Melo AAU Program, cut his list to five schools

Morsell is down to Villanova, Maryland, Notre Dame, Dayton and Virginia Tech.

He is slated to take an unofficial to Maryland on Aug. 20 and an official to Notre Dame Sept. 17-18. He has already visited Dayton, Temple and others.

"The kid is as tough as nails," Team Melo coach Dwayne Wise told SNY.tv. "He has similar upside to [incoming Washington freshman] Markelle Fultz in terms of being a late bloomer."

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Three members of the Sports U U16 team that won the Under Armour Association championship last month have been invited to the Under Armour Elite 24 Game on Aug. 20 in Brooklyn, a source told SNY.tv.

Naz Reid, Jahvon Quinerly and Louis King were all invited to the game. (The official roster has not been released.)

Reid plays at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, while Quinerly and King play for Hudson Catholic.

The trio -- along with Atiba Taylor and Luther Muhammad -- are part of the "Fab Five" from Sports U that holds group offers from Seton Hall, Rutgers and UConn.

The 6-foot-8 King told SNY.tv that Seton Hall and Indiana are working the hardest.

The 6-11 Reid listed Cal, Kentucky, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Kansas and UConn among those "working hard."

As for the 6-1 Quinerly, he recently added offers from Ohio State and Vanderbilt, among others. He told SNY.tv that "California, Seton Hall, St. John's, Ohio State, Villanova and UConn" are among those working hardest.

"I'm working on [visits] now, I don't have any officials set," he said, adding he wants to visit Ohio State, possibly in September, and also California.

Wherever Quinerly goes, "I'll bring my competitiveness, my leadership skills and my ability to run the team."

Meantime, he feels Hudson Catholic's Big Three of himself, Muhammad and King can compete for a New Jersey state title and Tournament of Champions crown.

"I want to bring a state title to my school," Quinerly said. "With the addition of Louis I feel we have a great chance."

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Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, the Class of 2019 stars from Team Rio and the Ranney (N.J.) School, took an unofficial visit to St. John's on Monday and have more college trips scheduled in the coming weeks.

The 6-foot-5 Lewis and the 6-5 Antoine visited the Queens campus with teammates Alex Klatsky and Jalen Gaffney. St. John's has offered Lewis, Antoine and Gaffney, and has interest in Klatsky.

"The St. John's visit was a great experience for the boys," Team Rio director Brian Klatsky told SNY.tv. "The message was clear that the staff is passionate about revitalizing college basketball in New York City. They really enjoyed learning about the history of the program and the future possibilities."

Klatsky added that "the boys will visit Rutgers, Seton Hall, Colgate and UConn in August" and will then trip to Florida (Sept. 10) and Duke (TBD)."

Meantime, Lewis will participate in the Under Armour Elite 24 Slam Dunk Contest on Aug. 20 in Brooklyn, while Antoine will shoot in the 3-point Contest.

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College basketball doesn't kick off for another three months, but Markelle Fultz already has Washington fans excited.

The Huskies freshman point guard continued his strong play on the team's foreign tour to Australia and New Zealand, scoring a team-high 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and five assists in a 92-79 win Sunday morning over the Mainland Eagles in New Zealand.

Fultz, the MVP of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship last month, has led Washington in scoring each of the first three games, and is averaging 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

The 6-foot-5 McDonald's All-American started the trip off with a bang by scoring 33 points to go along with seven assists on Wednesday against the Dandenong Rangers.

Fultz is the projected No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft according to DraftExpress, which released its first 2017 mock draft on July 31. He is one of eight projected one-and-done picks in the top 10.

Washington will play the Sydney University Lions on Sunday and the Sydney Comets on Wednesday before heading home on Thursday. The Huskies open the regular-season on Nov. 13 against Yale at on-campus Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.

Josh Hart leads Villanova

The senior guard scored 27 points and hauled in 13 rebounds to lead the national champion Wildcats to an 87-80 win over a Spanish Select Team in Madrid.

Villanova is 2-0 on its three-game trip, with the third game to be played Tuesday morning in Madrid.

"I have to attribute that to my teammates finding me in a position to score," Hart said in a statement. "Then, it's a matter of me being aggressive to feed off of their playmaking. In the second quarter we were able to get some stops and that got our offense going."

"Josh was dominant, by far the best player on the floor today," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. "If that was a regular-season game, he probably could have had 40. We were trying some different things late, but when we needed a bucket, we went to him every time and he came through."

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Five-star guard Troy Brown. (Kelly Kline/adidas)

Troy Brown, a 2017 wing from Centennial High in Las Vegas, recently cut his list to a final eight consisting of Arizona, Alabama, California, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State, Oregon, and UNLV.

On Saturday, the five-star announced via Twitter that Alabama, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State, and Oregon would receive his five official visits.

Brown has unofficially visited all three schools on his final list but absent from his five officials.

Recently SNY.tv caught up with Brown to discuss his thoughts on all eight schools on his list.

Alabama: "They are a great school with Coach Avery Johnson. You can't go wrong there. I know a couple players that are considering them that I would like to play with."

Georgetown: "Their coaching staff is amazing with Coach [John] Thompson [III]. Their history is amazing. You can't go wrong with them."

Kansas: "I like coach [Bill] Self and his determination to coach and make players better. Also, my sister goes there."

Ohio State: "They like tall point guards. They produce really good point guards out of being tall and lanky."

Oregon: "I like their coaching staff. They're a great school. They play up-tempo basketball."

Despite Brown's not taking an official visit yet to Califonia, the Bears are currently the leader on the 247Sports CrystalBall with 50% of the total vote.

When asked about his timeline for a decision, Brown said he is "not sure yet".

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John Petty, Alabama's reigning Mr. Basketball and a top-10 wing in the Class of 2017, cut his list to five schools early Saturday morning.

The 6-foot-6 Petty, who plays for Huntsville (AL) J.O. Johnson High School and Team Penny on the Nike circuit, is down to Kentucky, Alabama, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida State.

The Wildcats and in-state Crimson Tide are the perceived favorites to land Petty. He is one of 14 players in the Class of 2017 to have a confirmed offer from Kentucky, according to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Petty is set to take an official visit to Alabama Aug. 25-26.

"We talk almost every day, we talk consistently so I think they're pretty hard on me," Petty said of John Calipari and Kentucky during the Nike Peach Jam. "I talk to Calipari and Kenny Payne."

"He always just be telling me 'Great job at the games' or he always hit me up to see how I'm doing," Petty said of Crimson Tide head coach Avery Johnson. "It's like a family thing, just checking up on me."

Petty's summer included leading Team Penny to the semifinals at Peach Jam. He was a finalist for the United States Under-18 National Team, but was ultimately cut, along with other five-star prospects Miles Bridges, Kris Wilkes, Lonnie Walker and Brandon McCoy.

Petty also participated in the Nike Skills Academy earlier this month in Los Angeles.

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NEW YORK - Samba Diallo didn't get much recruiting interest last season as a sophomore at North Jersey parochial power Pope John, but that soon changed.

A 6-foot-6 2018 Senegalese wing, Diallo put together a productive spring and summer on the Adidas circuit for the New York Jayhawks and now, the offers are coming.

Per Jayhawks program director Jay David, VCU, Iona, Hofstra, Stony Brook, Monmouth and Manhattan have all offered. American, Virginia, St. Joseph's and Towson have been in touch recently, while Diallo noted that West Virginia has been calling, too.

"It's a good feeling because when I first got here, all season, I wasn't getting any offers," Diallo told SNY.tv Friday afternoon after finishing up practice for Saturday night's Big Strick Classic at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx. "I just had to get it going once AAU started. I knew I had to come out here with something to prove, so I now have some offers."

As for which school is showing the most love, Diallo singled out Monmouth as the school working the hardest right now. The Hawks, last season's MAAC regular-season champion, offered the rangy lefty on July 2 and he says assistant Sam Ferry has remained in constant contact.

Diallo figures to garner bigger offers down the line, but isn't getting impatient.

"I figure that is just something that will happen along the way," Diallo said. "As long as I play hard and do what I have to do, I think I can get an offer from any school. That's just on me and how hard I play every time I go out there."

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NEW YORK -- The Adidas-sponsored Mass Rivals AAU program is growing up, and Taelon Martin looks primed to be a significant part of that.

The Mass Rivals 17-under team made waves this summer by going 21-0 at four tournaments in July, capped by winning the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Martin, a 2019 guard from Springfield (MA) Putnam Vo-Tech, split time this summer between the 15, 16 and 17-under squads, while picking up his first two Division I offers in June from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island.

Aside from the Minutemen and Rams, Martin has interest from two other New England schools, Providence and Connecticut. As Martin's profile expands, his list of suitors will surely do the same.

"For them to offer when I'm this young and for them to believe in me that I can fit in there when I get older, that tells me a lot about them," the 6-foot-1 point guard told SNY.tv Friday afternoon following practice for Saturday night's Big Strick Classic at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx.

Martin, whose Putnam Vo-Tech team fell in a Massachusetts Division I state semifinal last winter, dreams of the biggest of Power Five programs one day offering him, but his dream school may not be what some might expect.

"Ohio State," Martin said with a laugh. "That's my dream school. I grew up watching Ohio State football. My uncle was a big football fan and he used to force me to watch when he came over to the house.

"Also, D'Angelo Russell, just how he impacted that school."

The 20-year-old lefty point guard spent the 2014-15 season in Columbus, averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists before being selected No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Ohio State is all well and good, but Martin says he would also like to be offered by Kentucky and Duke. The reason should be obvious given the number of Wildcats and Blue Devils selected high in the NBA Draft the last few years.

"It's pretty impressive how they just send so many one-and-done guys to the league like that," Martin said. "You can tell he works his guys pretty hard, but they get to where they want to go."

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NEW YORK - Brandon Randolph cut his list to 12 schools late last month, but the 6-foot-6 shooting guard isn't offering up much beyond that on his recruitment.

"Soon," the 2017 Westtown (Pa.) School and PSA Cardinals standout told SNY.tv on Friday afternoon at practice for Saturday night's Big Strick Classic when asked when he might trim his suitors again. "I don't really have a timeline, but I know it's soon. "I would take on more offers, but these 12 have been recruiting me the hardest for a long time. I feel comfortable with these 12. I have a relationship with all of them, and that's great."

On July 24, the Yonkers, N.Y. native took to Twitter to announce he is down to a list of 12 that includes Louisville, Alabama, Miami, Arizona, Indiana, Notre Dame, Oregon, North Carolina, Kansas, Syracuse, Xavier, and Wake Forest.

Since the announcement, Randolph took part in the Nike Basketball Academy in Los Angeles as part of a New York/New Jersey contingent that included Westttown/PSA teammate Mohamed Bamba, Hamidou Diallo of the New York Rens, and Nick Richards of Expressions Elite. Quade Green of the PSA Cardinals and St. John's commit Zach Brown were also there.

Diallo and Green were not at practice on Friday at Gauchos Gym, but are expected to be present for the game on Saturday night. Doors open Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with things getting underway at 5 p.m. with a three-point contest and a slam dunk contest. Those will be followed by an underclassman regional game and the national game.

As for Bamba, the highly-touted 6-foot-11 Harlem native made an unofficial visit to the University of Connecticut on Friday. He and Randolph teamed up last winter to help Westtown to its first Pennsylvania Independent School (PAISAA) state championship in Feb., then were key cogs on the PSA Cardinals team that advanced to the Peach Jam title game before falling to Michael Porter Jr., Trae Young and MoKan Elite.

"Playing with Mo during the school year, I learned what he liked to do, what he didn't like to do," Randolph said. "I know a lot about Mo now. Playing with him and (Westtown/PSA teammate) Najja (Hunter) during the school year, I think that really helped us get as far as we could at Peach Jam.

"We have a great relationship, Mo and I. He challenges me every day and he's just a great person."

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NEW YORK - Makai Ashton-Langford intends to cut his list soon but is also reiterating that three schools are working the hardest for his services.

"UConn, Louisville and Providence are showing the most love," the 6-foot-2 Brewster Academy point guard told SNY.tv Friday morning before Big Strick Classic practice at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx. "I'm probably going to wait to sign. I'm going to go on visits and we'll see where it goes from there.

"All three of them I think fit my playing style. All of the coaches have been talking to me a lot, and that's important. I want to have a good relationship with all the coaches. Who wouldn't want to be coached by Kevin Ollie, Rick Pitino and Ed Cooley?"

Ashton-Langford is in New York this weekend following a full July and first week of August. His Mass Rivals AAU squad went 21-0 in four tournaments in July, culminating with the adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas.

On July 27, Ashton-Langford announced on Twitter that he was transferring from Cushing Academy to Brewster. He then participated in adidas Nations earlier this week in Los Angeles.

Ashton-Langford's Brewster team will be loaded, including St. Raymond's of the Bronx wing Sid Wilson, who reclassified to 2018. Class of 2017 wing Aaron Wheeler, a Stamford, Conn., native who formerly attended St. Andrew's School (R.I.) and is Ashton-Langford's Mass Rivals teammate, is transferring in, as are fellow-2017s Thomas Allen (Garner Road High School) and Michael Okauru, (Ravenscroft School).

"July was a huge grind," Ashton-Langford said. "After Vegas, my body was ready to give up, but this event will be a grind, too. I'm happy to be here, though."

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NEW YORK -- After transferring to Hudson Catholic from Pope John XXIII last February, 6-foot-8 Class of 2018 forward Louis King did not play the rest of the season for coach Nick Mariniello's team as he sat out and adjusted to his new school.

But playing with his Sports U teammates this summer and winning the 16U championship at the Under Armour Association finals, King has seen his stock rise significantly.

He picked up a scholarship offer from Indiana last month to go along with earlier offers from Syracuse, UConn, Seton Hall and Rutgers, among others.

"I know I had to prove myself this summer so I did [well]," he said Wednesday at the Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park. "I picked up Indiana, Rutgers, UConn."

Asked who was working the hardest for him, King said, "Seton Hall and Indiana."

Seton Hall was the first to offer the "Fab Five" of Sports U teammates in King, Naz Reid, Jahvon Quinerly, Luther Muhammad and Atiba Taylor.

"Seton Hall, it's close by," said King, who has also played at Roselle Catholic. "I know the coach [Kevin Willard] very well. They said I'm their main focus in the 2018 class and I'm glad to hear that."

Asked if the "Fab Five" deal is realistic, he said, "We talk about it often, we're always together...I don't know yet, but we still gotta talk about it."

Indiana is also coming on strong.

"They just said they're in love with my game and hopefully I make a commitment there," King said.

He and his Sports U teammates haven't set up any visits yet. King and Reid will both play Saturday in the Big Strick Classic at Gauchos Gym that also includes national-level talents like Hamidou Diallo, Gary Trent Jr. and Makai Ashton-Langford.

Looking ahead to the high school season, King can't wait to get on the court with his Hudson Catholic teammates Quinerly and Muhammad.

"It could be very great," he said.

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One of the top centers in the Class of 2017 is headed to the ACC.

Malik Williams, a 7-footer who plays for Fort Wayne (IN) R Nelson Snider High School and Legit Basketball on the AAU scene, offered a verbal commitment to Rick Pitino and Louisville on Thursday afternoon via his Twitter account.

Williams, the No. 3 center and No. 32 overall recruit according to 247sports.com's composite rankings, is the first 2017 commit for the Cardinals.

"He's quiet and didnt care much for the attention," Juan Gorman, the Director of the Legit Basketball program told SNY.tv. "So I figured he went with his gut after he visited the other day. He said it just felt like this is where he needed to be, and truthfully that's all that matters."

Gorman added: "He's a natural shot-blocker on defense. He defends all five positions and is an extremely accurate shooter with range."

Louisville clearly made Williams a priority during the July evaluation periods, following him from stop to stop on the AAU circuit, beginning with the Elevate Hoops Summer Icebreaker in Philadelphia.

In Philadelphia, Williams told SNY.tv he was looking to cut his list in August. On July 25, he announced a final eight of Indiana, Purdue, Georgetown, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina State and UCLA. He took an unofficial visit Louisville earlier this week.

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One of the nation's biggest summer basketball events is returning to New York.

Under Armour announced on Wednesday morning that the Elite 24 will take place at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2, which is located along the East River, on Aug. 20. This marks the fourth straight year the game will be played in Brooklyn, and the third straight year it will be held at Pier 2.

For the second straight year, the event is NBA-sanctioned, meaning personnel from all 30 teams are expected to attend.

Something of an unofficial end to summer basketball-wise, the Elite 24 is often held at exotic, off-the-beaten-path venues. Before this three-year run at Pier 2, Under Armour created a makeshift court at the Tobacco Warehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Elite 24 will follow the third annual UA NEXT game (5:15 p.m.), which features some of the top freshmen and sophomores in the nation. On Aug. 19, Pier 2 will host the annual slam dunk and three-point contests.

Rosters for Elite 24 have yet to be released. In the past, they have been announced soon after the first week of August.

Last year's Elite 24 came under a brighter spotlight, in large part because of one of Under Armour's chief competitors, Nike. The latter created an event in the Bahamas designed to draw players away from Elite 24.

Among the players who shifted from UA to Nike that weekend were top 2016 recruits Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, both of whom will attend Duke this fall, and both of whom are projected top-4 picks in the 2017 NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.

Another top-end 2016 recruit, Josh Jackson, a member of Under Armour-sponsored 1Nation, opted for Elite 24. His mother, Apples Jones, cited the opportunity to play in front of NBA scouts as the reason.

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NEW YORK - Naz Reid was among the biggest people - and names - on hand Wednesday night at the Entertainers Basketball Classic at the famed Rucker Park.

The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Class of 2018 big man arrived with his Sports U teammates Jahvon Quinerly and Louis King. Reid will be back in New York City on Saturday for the Big Strick Classic at Gauchos Gym.

That Reid is healthy and on the court at all now is good news. He displaced his left kneecap during an Elevate Hoops event in Philadelphia in July.

"I was scared," he said. "It popped up but it went back in by itself."

Had he torn his ACL, Reid would have been lost for the rest of the summer and beyond. Instead, he was back on the court as Sports U won the U16 championship at the Under Armour Association finals in mid-July.

Had he severely injured his knee, he also would be out for the upcoming high school season, likely dashing Roselle Catholic's chances for a third Tournament of Champions title since 2013.

Now that he's healthy, he has big expectations for the Lions, who just added Khalif Battle, a Class of 2019 shooting guard and the younger brother of Syracuse freshman Tyus Battle.

"We could be very good," he said. "All we have to do is play together and learn how each other plays and we should all jell together."

As far as recruiting, Reid listed Cal, Kentucky, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Kansas and UConn among those "working hard."

Cal coach Cuonzo Martin is now recruiting both Reid and Quinerly.

"I've seen him at a couple of the games," Reid said.

The Roselle Catholic big man has no plans to take any visits soon.

"Right now I haven't really been thinking about it, I'm thinking about finishing my summer and then I'm going to get into that," he said. He added that he wants to visit "all" the schools "to get experience and see what's going on during school-wise, it's not just about basketball."

Reid and his Sports U teammates -- Quinerly, King, Luther Muhammad and Atiba Taylor -- hold "Fab Five" offers from several schools, including Seton Hall, Rutgers and UConn.

Reid said Tennessee has also made the group offer.

"It was actually Tennessee, too," he said.

Asked if that was realistic, he said: "It actually can because we're brothers on and off the court and going through anything we're always going to be together, we're always going to be there for each other."

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P.J. Washington has cut his list to eight schools.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Frisco, Texas and Findlay Prep is down to UCLA, Arizona, N.C. State, Kansas, Texas, Kentucky, UNLV and North Carolina.

Last month, Washington helped the USA U18 team win gold at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile.

He then played at Peach Jam and made the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam second team. At the event, he said four teams were prioritizing him: Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina and Texas.

Washington plans to take his officials during September and October and announce a decision sometime in December or January.

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