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Thursday / October 19.
  • Dennis to Memphis; Rivers to Florida

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    Nolan Dennis has committed to Memphis, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

    The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Texas native chose the Tigers over a slew of schools, including Texas, Kansas, UCLA and North Carolina.

    He is the Tigers’ first commit from the Class of 2009, a class that Memphis hopes will include four or five of the top prep players in America.

    “I think it’s because of coach (John) Calipari,” his mother, Carol Dennis, told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “He’s a great man, great coach and great human being, period. He brought the best out, as far as my son felt, when he went to his camp. He just fell in love with (Calipari) and the style, the fit of the game and the way he coaches.”

    Memphis is also involved with Xavier Henry, Derrick Favors and Lance Stephenson, as well as St. Patrick of Elizabeth rising sophomore Michael Gilchrist.

    Also, former Memphis player Doneal Mack has transferred to New Orleans.

    Finally, Doc Rivers’ younger son, Austin, committed to Florida, according to Gainesville.com.

    The 6-3 Rivers is a rising sophomore who was in New Jersey last week at the Steve Nash Nike Skills Academy.

    The 6-foot-3 Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, averaged 14 points, four rebounds and three assists at Winter Park High School last season.

    Rivers, 15, is just the fourth player to commit to Florida as a high school sophomore, a list that includes Teddy Dupay, Mike Miller and current Florida guard Nick Calathes.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.