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Monday / June 18.
  • Lamb Says Kentucky Among Favorites; Marshall, Gilchrist Honored at Top 100 Camp

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    New York City star Doron Lamb says Kentucky will be among his Final Five when it comes time to take visits.

    “I have a good relationship with [assistant] coach [Orlando] Antigua and [Rod] Strickland,” the 6-foot-5 Lamb told Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier Journal. “Coach [John] Calipari called me, and we talked a long time. He’s a good guy; they’ll be in my final five for sure.

    “They make pros, and that’s what I want to be.”

    Lamb left Bishop Loughlin before last season and now plays at Oak Hill Academy. He is ranked the No. 5 shooting guard in the Class of 2010.

    Rivals lists him as holding offers from Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Pitt, Rutgers, St. John’s and Xavier.

    NBA TOP 100 CAMP AWARDS

    North Carolina commit Kendall Marshall was named MVP of the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. Mike Gilchrist of Elizabeth (N.J.) St.  Patrick was named Most Outstanding Prospect. The Rockets went 7-0 and won the camp title.

    FAB MELO GETTING RAVE REVIEWS

    Fab Melo, the 7-foot, 260-pound center from Brazil, is drawing rave reviews.

    Melo, who plays for Weston (Fla.) Sagemont Upper School, made the All-Star Game at the Top 100 Camp. He told Demling his list now consists of: Louisville, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Syracuse and Connecticut.

    “I think he has gotten better and better,” Brick Oettinger of Prep Stars Recruiting Handbook told Demling. “He looks a lot more comfortable. He’s better than where we have him ranked.”

    SMITH TO ANNOUNCE IN AUGUST

    Russ Smith said on his Facebook page that he will likely commit in August.

    “Imma prolly commit in like late august so stay tunned”

    Smith, a 5-foot-10 guard from New York City who will play next year at South Kent (Conn.), lists DePaul, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Iona, South Carolina, USC, Providence and Tennessee among his suitors.

    FREE THROWS

    Former Seton Hall guard Paul Gause was drafted as a defensive back by the Las Vegas franchise of the fledgling United Football league, as was former Boston College LB Brian Toal, who played at Don Bosco Prep. JP Pelzman of the Bergen Record first reported the news….Epiphanny Prince’s decision to leave Rutgers to play professionally in Europe may not have been so smart after all, according to this piece on SI.com.

    (Photos courtesy Rivals, Courier Journal)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.