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Saturday / September 23.
  • Maverick RowanBy JOSH NEWMAN

    More than a week after reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and taking an official visit to St. John’s, four-star small forward Maverick Rowan is down to three schools and will decide his destination in August.

    Speaking to Scout’s Evan Daniels at the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, Calif, Rowan said he is down to the Red Storm, Wisconsin and North Carolina State.

    St. John’s is thought by some to have the upper hand given Ron Rowan, Maverick’s father, was a teammate of new Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin in the 1980’s.

    That said, Maverick Rowan is just getting to know Mullin.

    “I’ve just recently met Chris Mullin,” Rowan said. “He’s a great guy and I play the same position he did. If I go there, he could help me improve myself to help me become a pro. Then Slice (Red Storm assistant Barry Rohrssen), I’ve known him for a couple years, but I haven’t really been in contact until he came to St. John’s.”

    4_2971188By JACK LeGWIN

    Tyrique Jones has committed to Xavier.

    The 6-foot-8, 240 pound power forward from Vermont Academy chose the Musketeers, making him the first commit for the class of 2016 for head coach Chris Mack. 

    Jones’ head coach at Vermont Academy, Alex Popp says that Xavier got a player that will continue to get better, and has a skill set that is still developing.

    “His motor combined with his strength and size makes him very unique,” Popp said. “Tyrique was the best rebounder in the NEPSAC last season, pulling down 11.2 boards per game. Offensively, he is far more skilled than people give him credit for. We feel that his offensive skill set will continue to evolve as he gains more confidence on the court.”

    NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Wisconsin vs KentuckyBy JOSH NEWMAN

    The SEC held its summer teleconference on Monday morning, which included all 14 head coaches and league commissioner Greg Sankey.

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari was up first and aside from the obvious NBA Draft, recruiting and injury questions, he was hit with a question about one of the nation’s hot-button topics right now, the Confederate flag.

    “Really? Obviously it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That’s how I feel,” Calipari said. 

    A70G0181_large_400x400Italian guard Federico Mussini committed to St. John’s on Monday.

    Mussini visited St. John’s in April following the Nike Hoop Summit, where he had 9 points and 3 assists when the World team beat the U.S. team., 103-101, in Portland, Ore., thanks to 30 points from Jamal Murray.

    “Federico is a crafty guard who will be an important piece to our roster,” St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin said in a statement. “Federico handles the ball well, he can score in a variety of ways and has playmaking skills that will continue to develop as he works with our coaching staff. His team-first mentality and unselfish approach to the game are exactly what we strive for as a program.”

    “I am very excited to be a Johnny,” Mussini said in the statement. “I selected St. John’s most of all because of Coach Mullin and the entire coaching staff. I think Coach Mullin will help me to develop my game thanks to his experience from a Hall of Fame career. I believe that this staff can take me to another level.”

    melo-actionIncluding a mix of 16 current collegians, five players who have most recently played professionally overseas, and one player who played in the NBA in 2014-15, USA Basketball today announced 22 players have accepted invitations to take part in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Men’s Basketball Team training camp that will be used to select the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

    Athletes expected to attend the U.S. Pan American Men’s Basketball Team training camp include Ron Baker (Wichita State/Scott City, Kan.); Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia/Atlanta, Ga.); Bobby Brown (Dongguan Leopards, China/Los Angeles, Calif.); Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma/Mount Vernon, N.Y.); Micah Downs (Avtodor Saratov, Russia/Bothell, Wash.); Kellen Dunham (Butler/Pendleton, Ind.); Rico Gathers (Baylor/LaPlace, La.); Keith Langford (UNICS Kazan, Russia/Fort Worth, Texas); Shawn Long (Louisiana/Morgan City, La.); Monte’ Morris (Iowa State/Flint, Mich.); Taurean Prince (Baylor/San Antonio, Texas); Anthony Randolph (Lokomotiv-Kuban, Russia/Pasadena, Calif.); Joshua Scott (Colorado/Monument, Colo.); Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona/Claremont, N.H.); Romelo Trimble (Maryland/Upper Marlboro, Md.); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State/Lansing, Mich.); Fred Van Vleet (Wichita State/Rockford, Ill.); and Damien Wilkins (Indios de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico/Orlando, Fla.).