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Friday / October 19.
  • Top Players at July Camps; Pilgrim to Oklahoma State; Rencher to Texas State

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    The July recruiting period begins this week and several high profile camps are taking place, including the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio;  the Reebok All-American Camp in Philly; and the Hoop Group Elite Camp  in in Reading, Pa.

    The Nike folks don’t release the LeBron roster until Monday, but here are some of the players who will be at the other events.

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    2010 Class

    Patric Young- Jacksonville, FL- PF,
    Joe Jackson,- Memphis TN – PG
    Lenzelle Smith- Zion, IL- PG
    Tony Chennault,- Philadelphia, PA- PG
    Marquez Luke Cathron,- Hunstivile, AL PF
    Devonta Abron, – Dallas, TX – SF

    Ashton Pankey- Brooklyn, NY- SF

    Devon Collier- Bronx, NY- PF

    Fuquan Edwin – Paterson, NJ – SF

    2011 Class:

    LaQuinton Ross, – Jackson, MS- SG
    LeBryan Nash, – Dallas, TX -SF
    Rodney Hood- Meridian, MS- SG

    Myles Mack- Paterson, NJ- PG
    Derrick Randall – Paterson NJ – PF

    Sterling Gibbs- NY- PG

    2012 Class:

    Kyle Anderson – Paterson, NJ- PG

    Hoop Group Elite Camp

    2010 Class

    Franz Massenat- Trenton Catholic
    Jayon James – Paterson Catholic
    Melsahn Basabe- St. Mark’s
    Marcus Romain- Thomas Jefferson

    Devante Cutler- Boys & Girls
    Antonio Barton- Notre Dame Prep
    Josh Daniel – St. Patrick

    Chase Plummer- St. Patrick

    2011 Class:

    Aaron Brown- Penn Wood
    Derrick Gordon- St. Patrick
    Devante Cutler- Boys & Girls

    Khalid Lewis El – Trenton Catholic


    Matt Pilgrim, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, who left Kentucky after John Calipari became head coach, is transferring to Oklahoma State.

    He chose the Cowboys over Maryland, Cincinnati and Memphis.

    “I just feel like I jelled with the team and [Travis Ford] seems like a real focused coach,” Pilgrim told the Stillwater News Press. “I really like the style of basketball he plays and I’m just the kind of player he wants. I’m a guy that’s going to give 100 percent and play hard no matter what position I play.”


    Texas State head basketball coach Doug Davalos has named former Texas standout guard Terrence Rencher an assistant coach for the 2009-10 season.

    “Terrence is a great addition to our new staff,” Davalos said. “He is a very driven person who has come highly recommended by people I know and respect in this business.”

    Rencher comes to Texas State after serving as a graduate assistant coach at Saint Louis under Rick Majerus in 2008-09. He also was the head coach and basketball program director for the boy’s varsity team at Regents School of Austin in 2007-08. In addition to his coaching duties, Rencher served as an academic mentor for the University of Texas men’s basketball team from 2006-08.


    Matt Grady, a Springfield, N.J. native, has been named Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Morehead State. Head coach Donnie Tyndall announced Grady’s appointment this week. Grady comes to Morehead State with experience at the University of Louisville on two occasions, the University of Cincinnati, New Mexico State, Murray State, and St. Joseph’s.
    “I am really excited to join Coach Tyndall and the Morehead State basketball program and university. I look forward to working for Coach Tyndall and along with his staff to help them continue their great success. I want to thank him, and I know we’ll have a lot of fun,” said Grady. “Also I really appreciate everything Coach (Rick) Pitino and Coach (Mick) Cronin did for me and all the opportunities that they have afforded me. I cannot thank them enough for all I have learned.”

    Grady most recently served as an administrative assistant on Pitino’s staff at Louisville. He also worked with Pitino at U of L as a program assistant in Pitino’s first two years at the school in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The Cardinals won 44 games during that span.

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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.