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Wednesday / May 24.
  • Devon Collier Planning Visits; Tobias Harris' In-Home Schedule; Sidiki, Fuquan Go Off

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    St. Anthony forward Devon Collier is one of the most talented and intriguing players in the New York metropolitan area.

    Adam Berkowitz, Collier’s adviser with the New Heights AAU program, said Collier’s list at this point includes Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Maryland, Oregon State and Arizona.

    “I don’t have [any] favorites,” Collier, ranked No. 134 in the Rivals150 in the Class of 2010, said recently. “I’m still open.”

    The 6-foot-8, 205-pound Collier just returned from an unofficial visit to Providence on Friday.

    “We had a good visit,” said Berkowitz, who accompanied Collier. “I think he liked it. I don’t think he’s close to committing.

    “[Assistant Coach] Pat Skerry’s done a great job recruiting him. He met with [head Coach] Keno Davis in his office. We spent 4-5 hours there [on campus].

    “They really want him. It’s a good fit. He can get playing time at that position [small forward]. They have a couple really good point guards coming in [Johnnie Lacy and Vincent Council]. I think they need a versatile forward who can do some different things. I think Devon would fit that need.”

    Berkowitz said Collier would also visit Seton Hall and St. John’s in the next “few weeks.”

    “We’ll probably try to get out there to Seton Hall and St. John’s  just in the next couple weeks. Those are easy to do,” he said.

    Berkowitz said Oregon State and Maryland have both expressed interest in attending open gyms at St. Anthony and in having home visits.

    “Both are intriguing for different reasons,” Berkowitz said.

    “He would be great in the ACC, it’s a little more up and down and open. They [Maryland] have a good class coming in as it is. Mychal Parker just committed. They’re still looking for another forward.”

    Arizona also reached out to Collier recently through assistant coach Book Richardson.

    “I’ve spoken to Book a few times. We’re trying to gauge their interest,” Berkowitz said.

    As for when Collier might decide, Berkowitz said:

    “Ideally we will commit in the fall if he is really comfortable with a place,” he said. “If he’s not sure where he wants to go then he’ll wait.

    “Coach [Bob] Hurley would like him to decide and play his season with a clear head, and ideally I would agree.”

    TOBIAS HARRIS’ IN-HOME SCHEDULE

    Torrel Harris better warm up the coffee and get some cookies ready. He and his family plan to host 11 in-home visits for Tobias Harris beginning Sept. 9.

    “We are finalizing some home visits and we’ll really have strong interviews with these coaches to see how his style of play fits into their game style of play,” Torrel said Thursday in Manhattan at a practice for Friday’s Boost Mobile Elite 24 event.

    “We’re trying to watch those situations where coaches will allow him to show his versatility.”

    Here’s the schedule, which was emailed to me and then confirmed by Torrel.

    Kentucky – September 9
    Time: 7:00pm

    Georgia Tech – September 10
    Time: 7:00pm

    Notre Dame – September 11
    Time: 7:00pm

    Syracuse – September 12
    Time: 12:00pm

    UCONN – September 12
    Time: 3:00pm

    Louisville – September 12
    Time: 6:00pm

    St. John’s – September 13
    Time: 3:00pm

    Tennessee – September 13
    Time; 6:00pm

    Oklahoma – September 14
    Time: 7:00pm

    West Virginia – September 15
    Time: 7:00pm

    Maryland – September 16
    Time: 7:00pm

    SIDIKI, FUQUAN GO OFF

    Arizona-bound forward Sidiki Johnson of St. Raymond’s poured in 36 points and Seton Hall forward Fuquan Edwin posted 35 in the Nike TOC Youth Game Sunday at the Gauchos Gym.

    Russ Smith scored 35 in a losing effort.

    Thanks to Jeff Borzello for the update.

    ORTIZ TO SOUTHERN MISS

    Kenneth Ortiz of Newark Science is headed to Southern Miss, according to the Hattiesburg American.

    Ortiz averaged 17.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists for Science last season and was named New Jersey Player of the Year by The Star-Ledger. Buffalo, Toledo, Jacksonville and San Diego State also showed interest inthe 6-foot, 190-pound point guard, the paper reported.

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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 whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. 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.

    • AZ,

      I’m a lifetime UofA fan who’s had season tickets for 30+ years… I don’t know much about Sidiki Johnson, but have heard that he has all of the tools to be an impact player by the time he gets to Tucson. It’s good to hear that he went off for 36 over the weekend, but it just makes me more curious to know more about his skill set. Have you seen him enough in person to give a scouting report on his skills, or can you maybe compare his game to a current player?
      Thanks in advance from Wildcat country.