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Saturday / May 27.
  • Cassell Jr. to Visit Mizzou, Marquette (UPDATED)

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    Former Maryland commit Sam Cassell Jr. has two visits lined up next month.

    “I am taking visits to Marquette and Mizzou in September,” he told SNY.tv by text.

    The Mizzou visit is Sept. 7-9, and the Marquette visit is the following weekend.

    “Those are the two that are set up,” Chipola (FL) College coach Patrick Blake told SNY.tv. “He definitely I think plans on taking one or two more but as of right now those are the only ones set up.”

    The 6-foot-3 Cassell Jr. said he’s also considering Pittsburgh, UConn, Florida State, West Virginia, Texas A&M, Xavier and USC.

    After committing to Maryland, Cassell Jr. was ruled ineligible last September due to courses he took at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep. Maryland appealed the ruling but it was denied.

    Cassell Jr. redshirted at Chipola last year and will have three years of D-1 eligibility beginning in 2014.

    “The great thing is he could play on the ball or off the ball,” Chipola coach Pat Blake previously told the Baltimore Sun. “He scores it so well and has a great feel and can get other people shots. He’ll primarily be our point. He’ll also play off the ball some as well. I imagine him handling the ball.

    “If you need to find someone that young that kind of has that older man’s game, [Cassell is your guy]. He’s a very heady, high-basketball IQ [player], with that kind of poise and knowledge for the game. I knew he had that. I just didn’t know he had such a high level.”

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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.