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Saturday / August 18.
  • Pitino Watches Hinds; Allen to Visit Siena; Maryland’s Pankey Rehabbing from Surgery

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    Here are a couple of quick, but interesting recruiting notes for Tuesday morning…

    **Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was on hand Monday night to watch Mount Vernon junior point guard Jabarie Hinds in his team’s final regular season game. Hinds dropped 13 points in a 77-67 loss.

    The top six schools showing interest in Hinds are Louisville, Virginia, Wake Forest, St. John’s, UNLV and Seton Hall, coach Bob Cimmino said.

    As I wrote Monday, Cimmino and Hinds will meet in July to cut the list and focus on certain schools.

    **According to NYCHoops.net, Pitino and Florida coach Billy Donovan were also on hand Sunday when Christ the King beat Rice, 60-52. Rice features 6-9 senior center Kadeem Jack and 6-5 junior wing Jermaine Sanders, while Christ the King features Omar Calhoun, a 6-3 sophomore shooting guard.

    **Bryon Allen, a 6-1 combo guard from St. Thomas More (Conn.), will make an official visit to Siena beginning Sunday night, according to sources. Allen, once committed to West Virginia, is also considering Boston College, Oregon and Providence, according to St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn and the NBE Basketball Report. Quinn said Allen visited Boston College for the Duke game last weekend and was hoping to also visit Oregon at some point.

    **6-8 Maryland commit Ashton Pankey had surgery for a stress fracture in his left leg on Feb. 4 and is out for the rest of St. Anthony’s season but is looking forward to playing next year for the Terps.

    “Ashton’s surgery was successful. He will begin rehab in 4-6 weeks. He is extremely disappointed that he will not be able to play and help St. Anthony try to win another title as he worked hard over the summer to improve his game but he is looking forward to getting healthy for his freshman year at the University of Maryland,” said Jeff Rivera, Pankey’s AAU coach with New Heights.

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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.