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Wendell Carter, the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2017, met Wednesday night with Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, who is hoping the big man chooses the Crimson over Duke and others.

He also visited Georgia on Monday and will trip to Alabama on Saturday for the football game with LSU.

"Harvard was very interesting and a definite consideration for Wendell," Carter's mother, Kylie Carter, told SNY.tv. "The message: Attend an institution that can give you more than you give them. And Wendell also said he has thought about Coach Amaker's favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson…'Don't go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.'"

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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Krzyzewski confessed that he fell asleep during halftime of Harvard's upset win over New Mexico Friday night, but then he caught the fever.

"I watched and I didn't fall while they were playing," Coach K said after his No. 2 Blue Devils beat No. 15 Albany, 73-61, behind a combined 49 points from Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee at the Wells Fargo Center.

"I fell asleep at halftime. When I woke up they had the lead and I didn't turn off the game."

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Zena Edosomwan, a 6-foot-8 forward from Harvard-Westlake in Calif., has verbally pledged to Harvard and will enroll there in 2013 following a year at Northfield Mount Hermon.

"I picked Harvard because it is a great school and my relationship with Coach [Tommy] Amaker and Coach Yanni [Hufnagel]," he said by text.

Edosomwan picked Harvard over offers from UCLA, Texas, USC, Cal and Washington.

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Cali big man?Zena Edosomwan is still dreaming of playing at Harvard.

And he's wanted that even before Linsanity began.

"That's where he wants to go,"?Greg Hilliard,?the Harvard-Westlake coach, told SNY.tv Thursday by phone.

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Zena Edosomwan attends the Harvard-Westlake School in California, but he's dreaming of playing for Harvard.

A 6-foot-8 power forward ranked No. 35 at his position in the Class of 2012 by Rivals, Edosomwan currently lists the Crimson ahead of traditional powerhouses UCLA and Texas, as well as Cal and USC.

"His top preference has been leaning toward Harvard," Greg Hilliard, the Harvard-Westlake coach, told SNY.tv Tuesday by phone.

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At this very moment, there are more Ivy League schools (1) in the Top 25 than there are schools from the Pac-12 (0).

And for the first time ever, that Ivy League school is Harvard.

Tommy Amaker's Crimson are No. 25 in the country in the AP rankings and No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

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The defending national champs have a scholarship to give.

Some player currently on a high school or prep campus could be a member of the defending champion UConn Huskies in a matter of days or weeks.

"We?re operating right now on 10 scholarships," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said recently in New York. "We can add one more and we plan to.?

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By ALAN AVITAL

NEW YORK -- Cheers and jeers reverberated throughout the iS8 gymnasium Sunday afternoon, but in the midst of all the hoopla during the finals of the iS8/Nike Spring Classic, some Sean Bell fans were clearly yelling, ?Get The Shooter."

That reference clearly put Harvard recruit Max Hooper square in the spotlight.

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NEW YORK -- Malcolm Gilbert didn't score a single point during Sunday's 17-and-under Gold championship game at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University.

But at 6 feet, 11 inches tall, Gilbert was a major factor in helping East Coast Elite down Andre Drummond and the Connecticut Basketball Club, 63-58, for the title.

Gilbert had five blocks on Drummond, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2012, in the first half and six total blocks in the game. He also finished with 9 rebounds -- 6 offensive, 3 defensive -- before fouling out with 54 seconds remaining.

Tags: Duke, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Miami, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Princeton, St. Joe's, Adam Zagoria
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Ater Majok is a 6-foot-10 forward who just joined Jim Calhoun's rotation at UConn and could make a major impact during the second half of the season.

His cousin, Majok Majok, is a 6-8 1/2, 230-pound senior big man with a 7-2 wingspan who plays for John Carroll at Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.).

He has visited Fordham and Harvard officially so far and will make his decision in the spring.? His list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Drexel, Fairfield,?Fordham, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Marquette, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Providence, Rutgers, Stanford, St. Johns, ?St. Louis, Siena, Virginia, VCU and?Virginia Tech.?
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"Majok is looking for a situation where he can play right away and the team gets out in transition," said Edward P Smith, founder of the Sudanese Australian Youth Education & Sports (SaYES) Project Inc. "When I asked him what was important to him in the decision of where he goes to college, he responded 'Academics, strong schedule, playing in the NCAA tournament (wins), getting better, playing with good guards, and a good social setting.'"
Smith says Majok "is a double-double machine."
"Most of his work on the offensive end will be done on the blocks at the high school level," he added. "He uses a series of drop steps, up and unders, and jump hooks to score. He has a soft touch and a fluid shot at the free throw line which will translate in college to trailing the break and spotting up or the pick and pop game. He does have a quick first step and is?very explosive around the basket. On the break Majok has excellent speed and his conditioning has really improve at NMH. Good hands allows himto catch almost anything which he finishes with authority.
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"Defensively, Majok is strong enough to guard the 4 and the 5 on the blocks and quick enough to guard a hybrid 4/3 on the perimeter. His enormous wingspan make him similar to a 6-10 player. His best area is rebounding where he is very good on both ends of the floor. Physically in college his frame will allow him to carry 245lb-250lb without losing explosiveness."
Stay tuned for more on his recruitment.
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NEWARK -- Villanova coach Jay Wright has so many talented guards this season that he wants to play four out and one in once the season begins.

"When Reggie Redding comes back [from suspension], that gives us an option of really having four experienced guards on the floor," Wright said at the Garden State Coaches Clinic at St. Benedict's Prep, where he was joined as a speaker for some 500 coaches by Hubie Brown, Jeff Van Gundy, Arizona coach Sean Miller, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and Temple coach Fran Dunphy.

Wright would like to put Redding, senior guard Scottie Reynolds and sophomores Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes, who starred at St. Ben's, out on the court with a big man.

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From John Calipari to Mike Krzyzewski to Jim Calhoun, the biggest names in college coaching have been beating a path to the doors of some of the top high school basketball players in the New York metropolitan area.

The NCAA contact period runs from Sept. 9 until Oct. 5, so college coaches use this time to watch prospects during open gyms and to make their recruiting pitches to kids and their parents during home visits.

This is the critical period when relationships can be made or broken and future NCAA championships can be determined.

Tags: Arizona, Duke, Harvard, Indiana, Jayvaughn Pinkston, Kansas, Kentucky, Kyrie Irving, Marquette, Seton Hall, St. John's, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tobias Harris, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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