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Jabari Brown Considering Maryland, Miami; Mack Planning Visits; Lewis to Delaware
Jabari Brown’s list of seven schools has now expanded to nine schools.
His father, David, said Maryland and Miami are now being considered along with the original seven of Cal, Washington, Oregon, St. John’s, Georgia Tech, UConn and DePaul.
“He’s reconsidering Maryland at this point,” David Brown said Wednesday night by phone. “He’s also kind of looking at Miami a little bit. Jabari was originally not that interested in them. Now he’s a little more interested.”
The 6-foot-5 Brown of Oakland, Calif., is the No. 5 shooting guard in the Class of 2011.
At this point, the Browns have these home visits on the calendar:
Sept. 9 – Washington
Sept. 10 – Maryland
Sept. 14 – DePaul
Sept. 21 – Georgia Tech
Sept. 23 – Oregon
Sept. 28 – Cal
David said no home visits have yet been planned with St. John’s or UConn and that he’s been playing “phone tag” with Johnnies coach Steve Lavin.
As for UConn, he said head coach Jim Calhoun “seemed more interested in having the official visit.”
The only official visit set so far is with Washington the weekend of Sept. 17.
Asked if the Washington Huskies were the favorite here, David said:
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s pretty open. With Jabari, he’s non-committal. Lorenzo [Romar] has been the most aggressive from early on. He’s developing a rapport with Jabari. He’s calling us periodically. He’s been pretty aggressive. Jabari still says, ‘I’m wide open.'”
David added that Jabari wants to take his officials before doing anything.
“He said, ‘I don’t know UConn. I know the program. I don’t know the staff,'” David said. “He doesn’t want to do anything until he visits those campuses. He sounds like he wants to make a decision during the early signing period.
“He has to make it pretty quick if he wants to get it done by November.”
MACK PLANNING VISITS
St. Anthony senior point guard Myles Mack will take an unofficial to Seton Hall Thursday and to Rutgers Sept. 2 for the Norfolk State football game, per his mother.
She said he has also been offered by UConn, DePaul, Marquette, Boston College, West Virginia, Virginia and Miami but has yet to cut his list.
LEWIS TO DELAWAREKhalid Lewis, a 6-3, 175-pound combo guard from Trenton (N.J.) Catholic and Team NJABC, verbally committed to Delaware Wednesday night.
He chose Delaware over Rice, Robert Morris, Manhattan, Wagner, Drexel, Fairfield and Rider.
“He helped lead Trenton Catholic to the TOC championship this year with other Team NJABC players Frantz Massenat (Drexel), Dondre Whitmore (Harcum), and Markese Tucker (St. Peters),” said Matt Pauls of Team NJABC. “His high school coach at TCA, Fred Falchi, has done a nice job helping in Khalid’s development.
“Khalid is a tremendous defender – probably the best defensive guard on the NY/NJ/Philly area, and is an excellent rebounder from the guard position. He can get to the rim against anyone off the bounce, and his one developmental gap is his jump shot. If he improves that, watch out. He is long, athletic, and a fierce competitor.”
FREE THROWSMaurice Harkless of Queens and Naadir Tharpe of Brewster (N.H.) Academy were both on St. John’s campus Wednesday. Harkless still has an official set for Sept. 2…6-4 guard Dominique Pointer of Quality Education (N.C.) takes an official to St. John’s Sept. 17-19…Former Cardozo big man Ryan Rhoomes will attend St. Stanislaus Prep in Mississippi this fall, per his mother…Former St. John’s commit Davontay Grace of Brooklyn Thomas Jefferson committed to Manhattan.
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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.
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