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Aaric Murray has not yet decided between West Virginia and Oklahoma State despite his Tweets over the weekend indicating he was headed to West Virginia, an adviser to Murray said Monday by phone.

The adviser requested anonymity but said Murray's Tweets were done in a "dare-type situation and he was having fun" and they were "more of a prank than anything else."

Over the weekend, the 6-foot-10 Murray Tweeted: ?I?m the newest member of the west Virginia team!"

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La Salle big man Aaric Murray is weighing his options as far as where he'll land.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Murray listed Rutgers, St. John's, West Virginia, UConn, Oklahoma State, Texas, Florida, Kansas and Kentucky.

"No visits set and I'm still open for more schools," the Philly native said by text. "I just got release."

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Seton Hall is the latest school to offer Keith Coleman, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior big man from Lee Academy in Maine.

Lee coach Andrew Papaefthemiou said Coleman now holds offers from VCU, La Salle, Rutgers and Seton Hall, but that schools like Florida and Texas called since Coleman's performance at the recent National Prep Showcase.

Coleman will sign in the spring but VCU and La Salle "are the frontrunners" for now, his coach said.

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St. Anthony junior guard Kyle Anderson visited a trio of schools this week -- hitting Seton Hall, La Salle and Villanova.

Anderson is the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012 and his father broke down the visits.

"All three visits went well for different reasons," said Kyle Anderson Sr. via text. "La Salle's visit went well because besides Coach [John] Giannini and the entire staff being hospitable on the tour of the campus and facilities, we met with the academic advisor [Christine Cahill] and she explained how she will help make Kyle a better student. She also spoke highly of [former Paterson CAtholic stars] Kimmani Barrett and the Williams twins. We could see the sincere concern in her face. It also helped that she had a Playaz football jersey hanging that Jerrell Williams gave her.

Tags: Articles, La Salle, Paterson Catholic, Seton Hall, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich knows the lurid details that came to light during the trial of a woman who tried to extort millions from Rick Pitino could affect some people's perception of the highly successful coach.

Jurich isn't one of them.

He reiterated his support for Pitino on Thursday after a jury found Karen Cunagin Sypher guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of retaliating against a witness.

Tags: Articles, DePaul, La Salle, Louisville, Michigan State, Seton Hall, Transfers, Adam Zagoria
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Desmond Wade only needed one official visit to make his college choice.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound point guard will transfer to Fairfield University after taking an official visit last week. He must sit out a year per NCAA regulations.

Wade, a three-time time All-State performer at Linden (N.J.) High School, also visited Wagner and La Salle unofficially.

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Emmanuel Negedu, a 6-7, 220-pound sophomore forward originally from Nigeria, has landed at New Mexico.

"Yes, Emmanuel has committed to New Mexico," Brewster (N.H.) Academy coach Jason Smith wrote by text. "He hasn't signed [scholarship] papers yet. He will on Monday."

Negedu, the 2008 New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year, also visited Indiana.

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I covered Kimmani Barrett during his tenure at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic and I broke the news of his commitment to La Salle.

He was a tremendous high school player and a nice, soft-spoken kid. He was part of a pioneering recruiting class for Dr. John Giannini that tried to turn things around at the Philly school.

Now his college career is over.

Tags: La Salle, Paterson Catholic, St. Patrick, Adam Zagoria
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Oak Hill combo guard Doron Lamb will visit UConn Nov. 15-16.

The 6-foot combo guard out of Queens, N.Y., has visited Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky and will now make UConn his fourth official.

He may also visit Arizona, but no date has been set.

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Binghamton put men's basketball coach Kevin Broadus on an indefinite paid leave of absence Wednesday after he was found to have violated NCAA rules last week.
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FoxSports.com reported that Broadus had spoken with two student-athletes at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep on October 6, one day after the NCAA contact period had ended.
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This incident was the latest black eye for a Binghamton program in the midst of a national scandal after one player, Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben, was caught distributing crack cocaine and five other players, including former Rutgers guard Corey Chandler, were dismissed from the program.
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Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio received an extension through 2013-14...Robert Morris got a commitment from 6-4 athletic wing Malcolm Lemmons of D.C. Gonzaga Prep...Rutgers cancelled its "Tip-Off to Kick Off" event on Friday prior to the Pitt football game. The event was cancelled due to inclement weather...Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez took his whole team out Tuesday night for Italian dinner and a showing of LeBron's movie "More Than a Game." The Pirates will host Devon Collier, Kyrie Irving and 2010 commit Fuquan Edwin on Oct. 30, and are hoping to get a visit from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God forward C.J. Leslie at some point also. Leslie heads to Kentucky this weekend for "Big Blue Madness" along with Irving, Tobias Harris, Achraf Yacoubou and Michael Gilchrist...Paterson Catholic sophomore Kyle Anderson headlines the sophomores invited to the Eddie Griffin Challenge Oct. 25 in Philly...South Kent (Conn.) guard Russ Smith has offers from Houston, Baylor, St. Bonaventure and La Salle and begins an official visit to La Salle today (Thursday).
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Tags: Binghamton, Kentucky, Kyrie Irving, La Salle, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Tobias Harris, Adam Zagoria
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Doron Lamb may visit Oklahoma the weekend of Oct. 3 for his first official visit, according to his father, Calvin Lamb.

"We want to visit Oklahoma in early October," Calvin said Wednesday morning by phone.

A senior from Queens, N.Y. who plays at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, the 6-foot-4 Lamb is the No. 3 shooting guard and No. 21 prospect in the Class of 2010.

Tags: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, La Salle, Oklahoma, Robert Morris, St. Anthony, Adam Zagoria
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Calvin Lamb, the father of Oak Hill (Va.) guard Doron Lamb, says his son will probably take official visits to Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona and? possibly St. John's as well.

"I could say I think Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona. Them four I guess I would say. St. John's, I guess. He was kind of impressed with them," Calvin said.

Coaches from all five schools have had in-homes with Doron's parents in Queens and also visited Doron at Oak Hill.

Tags: Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, La Salle, Maryland, Oak Hill Academy, Oklahoma, St. John's, Syracuse, Texas, Tobias Harris, UConn, Adam Zagoria
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Jesse Morgan is beginning to narrow down his list.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard out of Philly known as "The Takeover" is now playing for Kelvin Jefferson at South Kent (Conn.).

Morgan said Wednesday that Seton Hall, UConn and Florida were showing him the most love at this point.

Tags: Arizona, Florida, Jayvaughn Pinkston, La Salle, Marquette, Seton Hall, Temple, UConn, UMass, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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The NCAA contact period began Wednesday and runs through Oct. 5, meaning college basketball coaches are on the move all over the nation courting some of the country's top ballers. Here are some snippets and highlights of what's going on:

**First off, Frantz Massenat, a 2010 guard from Trenton Catholic, committed to Drexel on Wednesday. Jerian Grant, a 6-4 shooting guard from DeMatha (Md.), committed to Notre Dame.

**Kansas head coach Bill Self and his staff met with Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton point guard Josh Selby (pictured) and his mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, on Wednesday. Selby decommitted from Tennessee and probably won't sign until the spring.

Tags: Arizona, Drexel, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Kyrie Irving, La Salle, Marquette, Maryland, Memphis, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. Anthony, Temple, Tobias Harris, USC, Adam Zagoria
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PHILADELPHIA -- At 6 feet, 7 inches and 208 pounds, Kyle Anderson doesn't look like your prototypical high school point guard.

In fact, when Anderson played at the recent Reebok All-American Camp here, a showcase of 119 of the top players in the nation, he didn't play much of his natural position.

"His problem is, when he comes to these camps, he immediately gets put at a four and a five even though he's played the one all his life," Kyle Anderson Sr. said as he watched his son from the stands at Philadelphia University.

Tags: Georgetown, Kentucky, La Salle, Paterson Catholic, Pittsburgh, Texas, Adam Zagoria
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Coached by Rafer Alston of the Nets, the New York Panthers won the U17 championship at the Hoop Group Summer Classic in Neptune, N.J. with an 84-63 victory over God's Glory.

Sterling Gibbs of Seton Hall Prep, Deshaun Wiggins of Wings Academy, Winston Graham of Lee Academy and Ryan Rhoomes of Cardozo all played well for the Panthers.

Wiggins had a team-high 20 points in the final, Graham scored 18, Gibbs tallied 15 points and Armani Cotton added 12. Rhoomes added 10 points.

Tags: DePaul, Florida International, Indiana, Kentucky, Kyrie Irving, La Salle, Louisville, Michael Gilchrist, Oklahoma, Paterson Catholic, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Patrick, Texas A&M, Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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NEPTUNE, N.J. -- After spending two days in Philly at the Reebok All-American Camp, I drove back to Manhattan Friday night in time to take my daughter Gracie out for ice cream and sleep in my own bed. Took the kids to the playground this morning, had Vietnamese lunch with the family and then braved the Jersey Shore traffic down to the Hoop Group Summer Classic. Here's a quick notebook:

COACHES SWARM TO SEE IRVING

Think Kyrie Irving is in high demand?

Tags: Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Kyrie Irving, La Salle, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Paterson Catholic, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Adam Zagoria
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PHILLY - Drove down here this morning and I've already eaten a Philly cheese steak at the Pour House with Dana O'Neill of ESPN.com and Brendan Quinn of Basketball Times. Quinn did the driving and did a spectacular job parallel parking in front of the restaurant, a la George Costanza in the hospital episode of "Seinfeld."

Here are some quick notes.

***UPDATE***

Tags: Arizona, DePaul, Florida International, Fordham, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, La Salle, Memphis, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Paterson Catholic, Princeton, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, UConn, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Adam Zagoria
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John Wall says he hasn't committed to Kentucky or anywhere else, despite a slew of rumors to the contrary on Thursday.

"No, I haven't," Wall wrote Thursday in a text.

A source at Kentucky also said the school did not issue any kind of ultimatum requiring Wall to choose a school within any time frame.

Tags: Duke, John Wall, Kentucky, La Salle, Miami, Rutgers, St. John's, Adam Zagoria
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John Wall is down to two schools -- Kentucky and Miami -- according to multiple sources close to the situation.

"It's down to the two of them, no question about it," one source said. "It is Kentucky and Miami. The kid is leaning toward Kentucky. There is a little bit of a concern with the people closest to him that if he goes to Kentucky that they're going to lose control."

Said a second source at one of the schools: "That's what we're hearing."

Tags: Baylor, Duke, Fordham, John Wall, Kansas, Kentucky, La Salle, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, N.C. State, Siena, St. Joe's, Syracuse, UConn, Adam Zagoria
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You can never have enough skilled guards in the Big East and St. John's just added another one.

Point guard Malik Stith, a Hempstead, N.Y. native who spent this year at Bridgton (Me.) Academy,? verbally committed to St. John's on Tuesday morning.

"I made [the decision] last night on my own," the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Stith said Tuesday by phone. "I slept on it just to make sure I was 100 percent that everything was right. I called [St. John's head coach] Norm Roberts today and I told him.

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LaSalle-bound big man Aaric Murray was named MVP of the Senior Showcase in Orlando Saturday after scoring 19 points in Team USA's 118-111 win over Team Florida.

Arizona State commit Victor Rudd had 16 points in the game. Darius Morris (Michigan) and Jeronne Maymon (Marquette) each scored 13 points? and? Glen Rice Jr. (Georgia Tech) added 12, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The 6-11, 265-pound Murray averaged 17.2 points, 12.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks last year at Glen Mills High (Pa.). He is ranked No. 35 in the class by Rivals.

Tags: La Salle, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Adam Zagoria
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Below are some highlights from today's Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic at Seton Hall. I'm told the following coaches / schools were on hand to watch the action: Bob Huggins and Billy Hahn of West Virginia, Fred Hill and Jim Carr of Rutgers, David Cox of Georgetown, Scott Adubato and Dermon Player of Seton Hall, Jared Grasso of Fordham, Mike Rice and Andy Toole of Robert Morris, Steve Sauers of Iona, Horace Owens from La Salle, Geoff Arnold from St. Joe's, and assistants from Rider and NYU....

***Behind 24 points from junior guard Isaiah Epps, Plainfield beat Paterson Catholic, 73-61, marking the second year in a row Plainfield has downed the Cougars.

Epps, Anthony Baskerville (21 points) and Tyrone Johnson (16 points) combined for 61 of Plainfield's points. Epps scored 13 in the fourth period.

Tags: Fordham, Georgia, Hurleys, Iona, La Salle, Paterson Catholic, Rice, Seton Hall, St. Anthony, St. Joe's, St. Patrick, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Seton Hall may not yet have any commits from the Class of 2009, but one 2010 prospect lists the Pirates as his favorite.

Paterson Catholic junior point guard Jayon James says Seton Hall is at the top of his list.

"They've been recruiting me since going into my freshman year," the 6-foot-5, 225-pound James said at the Eddie Griffin Challenge. "They offered a group of us when we were freshmen (James, Fuquan Edwin, Trevor Clemmings and Isaiah Epps). They've been on me first, so I could stay close to home. They feel like family."

Tags: Fordham, La Salle, Providence, Seton Hall, Adam Zagoria
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Derrick Williams has just begun his career at St. Anthony and he isn't complaining about legendary coach Bob Hurley's discipline just yet.

"It's worth it," he said. "I like the team and everybody on the coaching staff."

At 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, Williams is built like a defensive end. In fact, he played that position and right guard his freshman year at Port Richmond High School on Staten Island.

Tags: Fordham, La Salle, Seton Hall, Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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One player to keep an eye on the Class of 2011 is Malcolm Gilbert, an athletic 6-foot-11, 215-pound big man from Smyrna, Del.

Gilbert played his first two years of high school ball at St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Del, but transferred to Academy of the New Church (Pa.), where he has reclassified to the Class of 2011.

Tags: Georgia Tech, La Salle, Rutgers, Syracuse, Villanova, Virginia, West Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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Dominic Cheek opted to skip a visit to Tennessee this weekend for the Florida football game, and instead will participate in the Gym Rat Midnight Madness event in his home state of New Jersey. The event on Saturday also includes La Salle commit Aaric Murray, Syracuse-bound Dion Waiters and Villanova commit Maalik Wayns.

Here are the rosters for the All-American and Junior All-American Games.

All-American Game

Tags: Dominic Cheek, La Salle, Syracuse, Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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La Salle coach Dr. John Giannini scored a major coup Monday when he landed 6-foot-10 senior big man Aaric Murray out of Glen Mills in Philly.

The story was first reported by Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com.

Ranked the No. 6 center in the Class of 2009 by Rivals and No. 35 overall, Murray averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks last season. He is a major score for the Explorers, still recovering from the rape scandal of a few years ago.

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