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NEW YORK -- Travis Atson enjoyed a victorious return home.

On Monday, the 6-foot-5 Brooklyn?native went for 21 points on 7-for-18 shooting, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as South Kent (Conn.) beat Genesis Academy (Va.), 69-61, at the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College.

"I had a good game. I missed a lot of shots, could've made a lot more shots, but we got the win so that's all that matters," Atson told SNY.tv.

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NEW YORK -- Kamall Richards is heading to the Atlantic 10.

The 6-foot-6 small forward from South Kent (Conn.) verbally pledged to Xavier at the SNY studios on Tuesday, selecting the Musketeers over St. Joe's, Seton Hall, Providence and Penn State.

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South Kent (Conn.) wing Kamall Richards will visit his second straight Atlantic 10 Conference school this weekend when he heads to St. Joe's.

The 6-foot-6 Richards, who spent last year at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, visited Xavier this past weekend.

"He did like it," South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson told SNY.tv. "He came back and enjoyed the visit and enjoyed the coaches. It was a real positive experience for him."

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Shane Rector has been at South Kent (Conn.) for more than a month now and head coach Kelvin Jefferson is fairly shocked that the 2013 point guard isn't being more heavily recruited.

"Tom Konchalski wrote his report and called him a 5-minus," Jefferson told SNY.tv. "He?rated him high. [But] he's?very under-recruited. The recruitment is slow."

When the 6-foot-1 Rector left St. Raymond's in The Bronx, he reportedly held offers from?Providence, Hofstra, UMass and Dayton, but Jefferson said only one high-major school is involved.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Russ Smith has been confounding coaches from high school to college.

Just ask Kelvin Jefferson.

For Jefferson, the coach at South Kent (Conn.) prep school, even Smith's recruitment by Louisville was highly unorthodox.

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Chris Thomas has expanded his top three into a top five.

The No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, Thomas now lists Xavier, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri and Iowa State as his top five, according to his grandmother, Latonia Smith.

"Those are his top five right now but that could change at any moment," she told SNY.tv by text.

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As first reported last week by FiveStarBasketball.com, South Kent's?Chris Thomas, the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013,?has a top three of Xavier, Kentucky and Florida.

In an extensive interview Friday with SNY.tv, Thomas's grandmother, Latonia Smith, expanded upon those three schools.

"With Chris, he really likes Xavier because the assistant coach, Rasheen Davis," Smith told SNY.tv. "He really likes the way Rasheen communicates with him and encourages him and is always in his corner, so he really likes that about him."

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South Kent star Chris Thomas says he likes three schools as of right now.

"I'm only interested in a couple of schools right now," Thomas, the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, told Fivestarbasketball.com this past weekend at the National Prep Showcase. "Kentucky, Xavier?and really?Florida?a little bit. That's it now."

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- For the second time in the last two seasons, Derrick Randall must fill in for Kadeem Jack.

A year ago, the two were teammates at South Kent (Conn.) before the 6-foot-10 Jack left in the middle of the season and ultimately enrolled at Rutgers in January.

Now, with Jack out 3-4 months with a broken foot, the 6-9, 235-pound Randall will again be asked to step up in Jack's absence.

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Mike Taylor had it all going for him.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard led Brooklyn Boys & Girls to its first New York PSAL championship ever in the spring of 2010, and then signed a National Letter of Intent to Rutgers that September, joining a blockbuster recruiting class for head coach Mike Rice.

Then the bottom began to fall out.

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SOUTH KENT, Conn. -- While Ricky Ledo and Chris Thomas figure to be the stars of this year's South Kent (Conn.) team, Kelvin Jefferson's club is loaded with strong role players, too.

Two of those players were placed at the prep school by the Kansas State staff, and may end up with the Wildcats.

Zedric Sadler is a 6-foot-2 postgraduate combo guard from Detroit (pictured at left), and Laimonas Chatkevicius is a 7-foot junior from Klaipeda, Lithuania. Both are 2012.

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SOUTH KENT, Conn. -- Ricky Ledo and Chris Thomas share a lot in common.

Both are potential pros who are still trying to get a grasp on maturity issues.

Both have had difficult family lives and are being raised by grandparents.

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Chris Thomas, the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, has landed at South Kent (Conn.).

A Denver native, Thomas was at Westwind (Ariz.) Prep for the second semester last season but never played because he arrived late, and before that was at Bowie (Md.) Princeton Day.

"Chris is a tremendous talent and I am excited about the opportunity to coach him," South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson told SNY.tv. "Chris has great size and athleticism for the guard position. He should make an immediate impact."

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2011 DePaul commit?Braeden Anderson says Cal is now the top choice for his new destination after signing his release papers.

?Cal is the favorite, I would say,? the 6-foot-8 forward told Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com. ?I have a good friend on the team, my fellow Canadian,?Emerson Murray. They have really nice facilities, great academics and it wouldn?t hurt living in California.?

Anderson, a native of Calgary, Alberta, said Virginia was in the mix, too.

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Adam Finkelstein's National Prep Showcase runs this weekend, Nov. 19-21, at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn.

If you want to catch some future Big East and other college stars, you might want to head on up.

Among those scheduled to play are St. John's commits Maurice Harkless of South Kent (Conn.) and JaKarr Sampson of Brewster (N.H.) Academy, Seton Hall pledge Aaron Cosby of Northfield Mount Hermon; Rutgers pledge Derrick Randall of South Kent; Syracuse pledge Michael Carter-Williams of St. Andrew's (Mass.); 2012 Pitt commit Khem Birch of Notre Dame Prep and Kansas commit Naadir Tharpe of Brewster.

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The long and winding career of Kadeem Jack has taken another turn.

Having left the South Kent (Conn.) school, the 6-foot-10, 220-pound Jack will prep at Central Jersey Each One Teach One (CJEOTO) for about two months and then enroll as a redshirt at Rutgers in January.

He plans to practice and train with the Rutgers team during the second semester before suiting up officially in the fall of 2011.

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Kadeem Jack, one of seven Rutgers commits for 2011, has left the South Kent (Conn.) school and is back home in New York.

"Both sides agreed it wasn't working out," said a source with direct knowledge.

The 6-foot-10 Jack, pictured at center, could opt to find another prep school for the remainder of the year or enroll at Rutgers in January.

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SOUTH KENT, Conn. -- To get to this remote town from New York City, one has to drive upstate on Routes 684 and 22, through Putnam and Dutchess Counties, cross the Connecticut border and wind past places like the Harlem Valley-Wingdale train station, Big W's Roadside BBQ and Ken's Bait & Tackle Shop.

Once you cross a covered bridge and make your way up Bulls Bridge Road, a large white sign appears that reads "South Kent School -- Founded 1923."

There are no McDonald's, Burger Kings or Papa John's anywhere in sight. No concrete buildings or sidewalks . And the the bucolic prep school campus of 150 students doesn't include girls, either.

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SOUTH KENT, Conn. -- On a roster stocked with four Big East-bound seniors, the most talented prospect is an uncommitted junior.

Ricardo Ledo is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound shooting guard at South Kent (Conn.) ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2011 by Rivals. He originally hails from Providence, R.I

Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua was the latest high-major coach to stop by the remote school for a workout Thursday afternoon.

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**UPDATED AT 7:15 P.M.**

Forward Kadeem Jack announce his tape-delayed commitment to Rutgers Tuesday night.

?I just felt like I should go to Rutgers,? Jack said during an interview with MSG Varsity. ?Start from the ground up and maybe 50 years from now people will start saying Kadeem Jack was that guy that helped Rutgers back to glory.?

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. ? Derrick Randall may pull the trigger before the summer ends.

The 6-foot-9 senior, 225-pound who will spend his final year at South Kent (Conn.) after competing at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic says Rutgers leads his list right now.

?I like Rutgers a lot,? Randall, a Brooklyn native, said at the Peach Jam after the Playaz beat California Supreme, 80-49, behind Kyle Anderson's 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, Myles Mack's 16 points, Desmond Hubert's 12 and Randall's 7 points and 7 boards .

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NEW YORK -- At 6-foot-9, 225 pounds Derrick Randall is an imposing figure on the AAU circuit.

The 2011 big man from Paterson Catholic will prep next year at South Kent (Conn.) alongside Kadeem Jack, Maurice Harkless and Ricardo Ledo.

"I'm looking forward to playing with all of them because it's better competition," Randall, 18, said Friday night at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham. "It gets you better. [It will] improve my game a lot and get [me] used to the college level, how they play."

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NEW YORK -- Desmond Hubert is a long way from cutting his list of schools, but he says two should make his top five.

"'Nova and Pitt," the 6-foot-9, 205-pound Hubert said Friday night at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham. "Great programs, I like the head coaches."

As for Villanova, Hubert said he liked head coach Jay Wright and the whole program.

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The South Kent (Conn.) School has only 135 students yet it will have a starting five next year that would make some college teams envious.

South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson could feature a starting five of Ricardo Ledo, Elijah Carter, Kadeem Jack, Maurice Harkless and Derrick Randall.

Harkless is committed to UConn.

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New Rutgers head coach Mike Rice continues to bring in the top players from New Jersey and the surrounding area for visits.

The same week that Kadeem Jack unofficially toured campus, 6-foot-8? forward LaQuinton Ross of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center came to Piscataway.

"I took a visit out there," Ross said Friday by phone on his way to Los Angeles for the Pangos all-american camp. "It was good. I liked the campus a lot and the new coaches over there.

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Kadeem Jack took an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Wednesday, but says he's still planning on attending South Kent (Conn.) next season for a prep year.

"It was a great experience," the 6-foot-9 Jack said in a phone interview. "I went up there on the campus a little bit. I met with the players."

Jack, a senior at Manhattan Rice High School, visited with his mentor, Damian Leslie, who has a relationship with new Rutgers assistant Van Macon. He also played pickup with the team.

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Dwayne Mitchell, the new head coach at Manhattan Rice High School, confirms that 6-foot-9 senior forward Kadeem Jack will head to? South Kent (Conn.) next year and not college.

"Right now, I just know Kadeem is committed to going to South Kent," Mitchell said Thursday night. "Until he's there and he's going to class, he could change his mind. But right now that's where he said he's going, South Kent."

Reached earlier this week by text, Jack confirmed that he would indeed spend a year at prep school.

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There were some big stories in the college and prep hoops world in the last 24 hours...

**Yahoo! Sports broke the news of the Kansas ticket scandal that has everyone in college hoops talking. Kansas announced that six university employees engaged in a scam that sold off more than $1 million in basketball and football tickets over the past five years. The story indicates college power brokers Dana and David Pump (pictured) orchestrated the scam and have made hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket scams at the 2002 and '03 NCAA tournaments.

This is the latest black eye for a Kansas program that last year made news when members of the basketball and football teams got into fights with one another on campus.

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In this video interview with Scoutsfocus.com, Kadeem Jack says he plans to take a "couple" college visits before making a decision.

"I decided to take a couple more visits and then decide after that," said the 6-foot-9 Jack, a senior at Manhattan Rice High School.

Damian Leslie, Jack's mentor, said Jack has two officials left, but no specific dates have yet been set for visits to North Carolina or Kentucky.

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Kadeem Jack was set to announce his college choice Wednesday on SNY.tv, but instead appears headed to prep school, possibly South Kent (Conn).

"Kadeem said that he is not making any commitments to college. He is considering prep school," Rice High School coach Maurice Hicks wrote in a text.

The 6-foot-9 Jack is considering UConn, Arizona, Arkansas, St. John's and Miami. Instead, it appears he will spend a year prepping in order to mature physically and basketball-wise.

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NEW YORK ? On the last play of the Jordan Brand Regional Game Saturday at Madison Square Garden, J.J. Moore stole the ball on the wing, drove toward the basket and threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk.

A 6-foot-5 wing from Brentwood, N.Y. who signed to play at Pittsburgh, Moore scored 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting as the Suburban Team downed the City Team, 137-133.

?It was very exciting,? said Moore, who made 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. ?First of all, it was exciting to even be picked to play in Madison Square Garden. I?ve never played in here and this is a great atmosphere.?

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