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Sid Wilson, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2017 wing from St. Raymond's in The Bronx, became the latest New York City standout to transfer to a prestigious out-of-area prep school when he announced he will reclass to the Class of 2018 and attend Brewster (N.H.) Academy.

"The decision to go to Brewster Academy and reclassify to the class of 2018 had to do with fully developing into a wing prospect and being able to make an impact on the next level," Wilson told MADEHoops, which first reported the news. "Coach Jason Smith at Brewster does a great job at getting guys ready for college, so I think he will prepare me for what is next."

He added: "Now being apart of the class of 2018 I will be ready to really make an impact on the college game when that time comes. With the 2017 class I don't think I will have enough time to fully develop my skill to where I would want it to be by the time college comes. Reclassifying to the 2018 class will allow me to grow as a player."

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North Carolina coach Roy Williams got a jump on the Class of 2018 by landing point guard Rechon Black on Friday. (John Rieger / USA Today)
North Carolina coach Roy Williams got a jump on the Class of 2018 by landing point guard Rechon Black on Friday. (John Rieger / USA Today)

North Carolina got a jump on the Class of 2018 on Friday night when they landed a pledge from Rechon "Leaky" Black, a 6-foot-7 point guard from Concord (N.C.).

"I feel like it's the best fit for me and my family," Black told the Charlotte Observer. "(UNC coach) Roy (Williams) said he was going to let me play point guard when I got up there, so I feel like I can do my best up there."

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One day after SNY.tv reported that New York City point guard Shane Rector is leaving St. Raymond's for South Kent (Conn.), former Christ the King floor general?Isaiah Lewis said he is heading to Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick.

That makes two former CHSAA point guards gone in as many days.

"I will be going to St. Patrick's for my senior year," the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Lewis told SNY.tv. "I just wanted more competition this year."

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By ALEX SCHIFFER

Special to ZAGSBLOG

St. Joe?s-Metuchen couldn?t really re-load anymore than they already have but the Falcons have added another piece to what is shaping up to be a heck of a season in Metuchen.

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By ALEX SCHIFFER

Special to ZAGSBLOG

After flip-flopping between St. Joe?s-Metuchen and Gill St. Bernard?s the past few months, Tyus Battle, one of the top incoming freshmen in the country, has decided to take his talents to Gill St. Bernard?s.

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By ADAM ZAGORIA & ALEX SCHIFFER

St. Joseph-Metuchen High School just got a whole lot more dangerous on the basketball court.

Wade Baldwin, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard in the Class of 2014, decided to transfer to the school from Immaculata after averaging 17.6 points per game last season.

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Jerron Love, who has his own Website and has been hyped as a future NBA star from a young age by his father, is coming to St. Benedict's Prep in Newark.

The 2015 guard from The Bronx will join a loaded team that finished 35-3 a year ago and already features 2013 point guard Tyler Ennis and 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe in the backcourt.

Assuming they both stay at the Newark school for the next three years, Briscoe and Love -- two of the most highly touted guards in their class -- would be teammates through 2015.

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Some of the biggest names in the Class of 2013 are on the move.

Troy Williams of Phoebus (Va.) High will spend his senior season at vaunted powerhouse Oak Hill Academy, while fellow 2013 star Allerik Freeman with play for Findlay Prep.

"He's a combo forward, he can play the three/four," Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said of Williams in confirming the news. "His deficiency, if he has one, is his outside shot. He thinks he needs to make a few changes on his shot.

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Cardozo High coach Ron Naclerio told SNY.tv he feels like a "failure" after 6-foot-9 junior forward Jermaine Lawrence?suddenly left Cardozo High in Queens and landed at Pope John XXIII in Sparta, N.J.

"I'm dumb-founded," Naclerio told SNY.tv, confirming earlier reports by the New York papers.

Cardozo is set to play Saturday and Monday in the Big Apple Invitational at Baruch College and in the SNY Invitational Jan. 27-28, but will now do so without their star player.

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Ethan Telfair,?the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Sebastian Telfair, plans to transfer schools and reclassify.

After spending last season at Lincoln High School, the 5-foot-9 guard said he will likely land at either Trinity (Conn.) Catholic or Northwest (Conn.) Catholic, where he would play with Long Island Lightning teammate Kuran Iverson.

"I'm definitely transferring out of Lincoln," Telfair told SNY.tv by phone. "I'm looking at some schools in Connecticut and New Jersey. I'm leaning toward Trinity Catholic and Northwest Catholic."

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Chris Thomas will enroll at Phoenix (Az.) Westwind Prep Academy Wednesday, according to head coach Gary Trousdale.

Thomas, a Denver native, is a 6-foot-5 point guard ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2013 by ESPN.com and No. 4 by Rivals.

?We?re extremely excited to have Chris join our basketball family and look forward to him taking Westwind Prep to even bigger and better things in the future," Trousdale said by phone.

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Earlier this summer, Tyrone Johnson and Myles Davis, two of the top guards in New Jersey, openly entertained the idea of playing together at Plainfield High School.

Now neither one will.

The Villanova-bound Johnson earlier transferred to Montrose Christian, and now Davis has moved to Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep.

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Tyler Harris is headed to St. Benedict's.

After spending last year at Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, the 6-foot-8 Harris will spend his senior year at St. Benedict's in Newark.

"It was a decision based on St. Benedict's being a national powerhouse school, having an excellent basketball schedule, nationally televised games on ESPN and a coach who played in the NBA and in college at Duke," Tyler said in a statement.

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As first reported here last week, DeAndre Daniels has landed at IMG Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

There had been reports that the 6-foot-8, 192-pound Daniels would reclassify to 2010 from 2011, but instead he will remain in 2011 and spend a year on the post-grad team at IMG after transferring from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.

?We are excited to work with Deandre toward his goals this coming year," said Andy Borman, director of IMG Basketball Academy.? "He has made tremendous strides to this point, and now at the IMG Basketball Academy, our consistent training environment will help him take the next big jump in his career.?

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The game of point guard musical chairs in the Garden State is moving at a dizzying pace.

Tyrone Johnson's decision to leave Plainfield for Montrose Christian was just the latest in a flurry of high-profile point guards opting to either move from one New Jersey school to another or, in Johnson's case, leave the state altogether.

Consider that:

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Villanova commit Tyrone Johnson will spend his senior season at Montrose Christian (Md.) High School instead of Plainfield (N.J.) High.

?We enjoyed a lot of success at Plainfield and I am really appreciative of the support from my coaches and the community. The decision to leave was very difficult. I chose Montrose to help take my game to the next level and better prepare me for college," Johnson said.

Current Villanova sophomores Mouphtaou Yarou and Isaiah Armwood both played for Montrose Christian coach Stu Vetter and graduated from the school.

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By ALEX KLINE

Jevon Thomas is one of the best point guards in New York City. The rising sophomore has some big plans for next year that include a change in school and in grade.

The 6-foot Thomas has decided to leave Our Savior New American in New York for St. Benedict's in New Jersey.

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Kavon Stewart and Reggie Cameron were two of the rising stars on a Paterson Catholic team that went undefeated through much of the high school season and peaked at No. 3 in the nation.

With Paterson Catholic closing this month, both players have elected to attend Hudson Catholic beginning next year, where they will play for Nick Mariniello, one of the top coaches in the Garden State.

"That's where I'm going," the 5-10 Stewart, pictured above, told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Kline.

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NEW YORK -- If you're holding on to your high school basketball rosters from last season, they won't be much use once all the dust clears for next year.

After a couple of days at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University, this much is clear: there is a lot of movement on the prep scene.

**Vaughn Gray, a 6-foot-5 off guard, is transferring to Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's Prep from Don Bosco Prep and will play for first-year coach Roshown McLeod.

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St. Anthony will feature an all-Paterson Catholic backcourt next season.

Myles Mack, a rising senior point guard ranked No. 21 at his position in the Class of 2011, has chosen to attend St. Anthony in Jersey City for his senior season. Mack, who averaged 14.8 points and 2.8 steals last year, spent the past three seasons at Paterson Catholic, which is set to close its doors in June.

He will team will rising junior guard Kyle Anderson, another former PC player who previously announced his decision to play for Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.

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Myles Mack is the No. 114 ranked basketball prospect by Rivals.com for the Class of 2011 with scholarships offers from various Big East, ACC and SEC schools.

But before he picks a college, Mack will have to pick another high school. His current one, Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, announced Wednesday it is closing at the end of school year because of financial troubles.

Mack politely declined to comment when reached by text. His father Wayne, however, had plenty to say.

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UNION, N.J. -- Two schools in hot pursuit of Cory Joseph squared off on ESPN's "Big Monday," with UConn knocking off No. 3 Villanova, 84-75, at the Wachovia Center.

Joseph, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Findlay (Nev.) Prep ranked No. 3 among point guards in 2010, was not at the game but he is considering both UConn and Villanova, along with Texas, Minnesota and UNLV.

"[I'm just gonna commit] whenever I feel 100 percent. . . . I am not sure if I am gonna pick out of the [full list of] five. I have no set time," Joseph told Alex Schwartz of Rivals.com while playing this past weekend at the Primetime Shootout in Trenton, N.J.

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There is the travel cross country, often just for a single game. There is increased media coverage, including magazines and Web sites devoted entirely to their sport. And don't forget about the frequent appearances on TV, both locally and nationally.

High school basketball has been mimicking the pro game for years, but the latest example may be a bit more troubling than a concern about too-much, too-soon.

Top-level players not only are transferring schools, but they are doing it during the season. And since there is not a national governing body to oversee the moves - not to mention determine eligibility - there often is turmoil on both ends of the moves, especially when a player goes back to a public school after time at a high-profile institution.

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Shaquille Thomas was once part of a rising tide of young talent at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic.

Along with Fuquan Edwin, Jayon James and Jermaine Peart, Thomas was a member of a quartet that was supposed to have "Next."

The group was supposed to challenge St. Anthony and St. Patrick for supremacy in the New Jersey Non-Public B bracket...and ultimately the state.

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LaQuinton Ross, the No. 9 small small forward in the Class of 2011, has transferred to Burlington (N.J.) Life Center from Jackson (Miss.) Murrah High School.

Ross enrolled in classes Monday and will be eligible to play alongside Syracuse commit Dion Waiters Friday.

"We're going to confirm that he does go to Burlington Life Center. We're not giving any comments right now," said Mark Rowe of the NBA Hoops AAU program.

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The curious case of Enes Kanter gets more curious every day.

Kanter, a 6-foot-10 Turkish citizen born in Zurich, Switzerland, is now at his third American school in the span of two months.

Kanter has surfaced at Simi Valley (Calif.) Stoneridge Prep after brief stops at Findlay (Nev.) Prep and Beckley (West Va.) Mountain State.

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

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

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

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NEWARK, N.J. -- On his first day at school last week, Sidiki Johnson walked the halls wearing a maroon sweater, button-down shirt, slacks and a backpack slung over his shoulders.
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Johnson, a 6-foot-9 junior from the Bronx who has verbally committed to Arizona, was familiarizing himself with his new surroundings.
At St. Benedict's Prep in Newark.
"It was a great opportunity for me," Johnson said Friday. "I just wanted to better myself as a player and academic-wise. Just to be here and get better as a player and a person."
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Harrison Barnes, a 6-foot-6 wing who is the No. 2 player in the Class of 2010, has set the dates for the remainder of his visits.

Barnes has already visited North Carolina and will also visit:

Oct. 2 - Oklahoma

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St. Patrick High school just got a little more dangerous.

The Celtics, who already feature two of the top players in the nation in senior guard Kyrie Irving and junior wing Michael Gilchrist, will officially add 6-8 brothers Julian and Chris Washburn, the sons of troubled former NBA star Chris Washburn.

"Those guys are in school today," St. Pat's coach Kevin Boyle said Tuesday by phone.

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Enes Kanter, the 6-foot-10 Turkish product who opted to play high school ball in the U.S. instead of accepting money to play professionally in Europe, is once again on the move.

After initially enrolling at Findlay (Nev.) Prep, Kanter is now at Mountain State in Beckley, West Va., according to reports.

"He's left [Findlay]," Findlay assistant Todd Simon said by text. "Some unforeseeable circumstances came up. He left on good terms. We wish him the best."

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St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley and Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer were both nominated for the Naismith Hall of Fame on Friday.

Oh, and a guy named Mike was also among the 16 finalists announced.

Michael Jordan, John Stockton and David Robinson headlined the class.

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NEW YORK ? After sitting out the first part of the high school basketball season, Kyrie Irving is ready to make his debut Thursday with St. Patrick of Elizabeth, N.J., which is ranked No. 6 in the RivalsHigh 100.

"I want to fit in with the chemistry at St. Patrick's," Irving said last week at Madison Square Garden, where he watched No. 4 UConn beat St. John's 67-55. "That's the most important thing. Just come in and make a contribution right away."

Read the full story here.

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The Lamont "Momo" Jones Saga has taken yet another turn.

Jones, a 6-foot point guard from New York City, will arrive tonight at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., and suit up for head coach Steve Smith. Jones will replace Tommy Mason-Griffin, who opted to head back to Houston (TX) Madison after initially planning on playing at Oak Hill.

"Hopefully, (Jones) will bring a lot of leadership and ability to run our team," Smith said by phone. "That's what I'm banking on. That's what I expected Tommy to do, so I'm expecting Momo to do the same thing. I think he's very capable. He kind of evolved from a two to a one. He used to be looked at as a guy who shot it a lot. I think he's a guy that I can coach and can be a productive point guard on our team, like the last six or seven points guards on our team. I've been spoiled."

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Lamont "Momo" Jones is enrolled at Rice High School and could suit up for the Raiders this year if Catholic League officials approve.

Jones, a 6-foot-1 senior point guard, began his high school career at Rice before transferring to American Christian in Aston, Pa. When the high school wing of that school closed, Jones considered attending St. Anthony in Jersey City, but St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said the school had a rule prohibiting the admission of seniors.

Friday was the first full day of school at Rice and Jones is at the Manhattan school.

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In a move that could have profound implications for the Passaic County boys basketball landscape, Asmar Edwards will play football and basketball for Kennedy this year instead of Passaic Tech.

"He?came down and he transferred in to International High School," Kennedy coach Jim Ring said, referring to the new high school on Paterson, NJ's Grand St.? "His paperwork has been completed. Our football coach (Ron Jackson) is just working on some clearance papers with Tech in terms of transferring waivers and stuff."

The 5-foot-11 Edwards will play linebacker for the football team and will be eligible for the season opener Sept. 12 against Paramus.

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Abdul Gaddy began an official visit with his mother to UCLA Thursday morning and is down to the Bruins and Arizona, according to his travel team coach Garry Ward.

"His visit is just beginning this morning," Ward said by phone. "He flew in last night and all he could do was have dinner. I'm going to talk to (UCLA assistant) Scott Duncan this morning."

Asked if Gaddy, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard from Bellarmine (Wash.) Prep, might verbally commit during the visit, Ward said: "They're going to have to impress him. I think it's 55-45, Arizona. Two great schools. They kind of play similar styles. They play in the same conference. They're both close to home. May the best man win."

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Keith ?Tiny? Gallon, a 6-9, 290-pound forward from Humble, Texas, says he's going back to Oak Hill Academy instead of joining John Wall at Word of God Academy.

?I just wanted to, I thought about it," ?Gallon said in a text message.

Gallon had originally said he was going to transfer to Word of God in Raleigh, N.C after spending last season at Oak Hill Academy alongside Brandon Jennings. Oak Hill coach Steve Smith previously told me Gallon would not return there. Smith was not immediately available for comment, but Gallon said he had spoken with the coach about returning.

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It isn't often that a player announces his high school destination after picking his college one.

But that is exactly the case with Brian Oliver, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Delaware who has committed to Georgia Tech.

Oliver will return to William Penn High School in New Castle, Del. for his senior season a year after transferring to Oak Hill Academy from William Penn.

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John Wall is getting some big help next year at Word of God Academy in Raleigh, N.C.

Keith "Tiny" Gallon, a 6-9, 290-pound forward from Humble, Texas, will play with Wall at Word of God.

"Yeah, me and J-Wall," Gallon said in a text message written from a plane bound for Brazil for a Nike event. "That's like my brother and I'm happy playing with family. He's a good passer and scorer and I'm the same thing, so we ain't gonna lose."

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New Heights director Kimani Young will meet Wednesday with St. John's head coach Norm Roberts and will decide by the end of the week whether to join the St. John's staff, the Daily News reported.

St. John's has two open staff positions and Roberts has also offered Oswald Cross, the New York Panthers 17U head coach.

"I think Oz and I can add a lot to the program, but I don't think we are the final answer," Young told the Daily News. "I love Norm and have a lot of respect for the school. I think this is a great opportunity. But the basketball program and the school are bigger than both of us. I do think we can bring a lot to the program."

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Tobias Harris, one of the top area players in the Class of 2010, is considering transferring from Dix Hills (N.Y) Half Hollow Hills West.

"South Kent (Conn.) and Long Island Lutheran are trying to recruit Tobias to play for them," Torrel Harris, Tobias' father, said in a text message.

The 6-8 Harris is the No. 21 power forward in the Class of 2010 and has numerous scholarship offers. Rutgers has made him a prime target for the Class of 2010.

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Lamont "Momo" Jones will suit up next year for Bob Hurley.

Jones, a talented 6-foot, 196-pound shooting guard, last year played alongside Tyreke Evans for Tony Bergeron at American Christian in Aston, Pa. When American Christian shut its high school wing, many figured Jones would follow Bergeron when he went to coach nearby Blair Christian (Pa.).

But Bergeron has opted to take a job at East Longmeadow High (Mass.) to be near his ailing father, and Jones is coming to St. Anthony.

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The St. Anthony basketball team has picked up another talented New York City player for the 2008-09 season.

Devon Collier, a 6-foot-7, 212-pound swingman, has transferred to the Jersey City school from All Hallows.

"He's in school, he began school (Monday)," legendary St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said.

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