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Friday / January 20.

Oregon is making a late run at Class of 2017 wing Jordan Tucker, who is primarily focusing on Indiana and Villanova and is targeting a decision next month.

Oregon assistant Tony Stubblefield and Indiana assistant Chuck Martin were in to see the 6-foot-7 Tucker on Thursday morning at Marietta (GA) Wheeler.

“Oregon is trying to get in the mix, trying to make a late run based on relationships,” Lou Tucker, Jordan’s father, said by phone.

Bob Hurley remembers his St. Anthony’s team playing on the grand stage of the Hoophall Classic against Malik Monk and Bentonville (AR) a year ago.

Monk, who had signed with Kentucky, scored 22 points in a loss in front of Wildcats coach John Calipari, but it was St. Anthony’s junior guard R.J. Cole who really made a name for himself.

“It’s a big, big stage and when a kid plays on that stage and plays well, it’s something that you remember,” Hurley, whose team has won 41 straight games, said Thursday on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “Last year Malik Monk scored [22] points, R.J. Cole scored 23. R.J. scored the first 16 points of the game, and after that game he and his family knew he was going to get a scholarship because he had done that on a stage that’s even bigger than when you play in the state final.”

Cole ultimately chose Howard over Monmouth and Boston University, but a whole new crop of young New York and New Jersey stars will get a chance to impress college coaches this weekend at the Hoophall Classic.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Quentin Snider scored 22 points, including two free throws with 25.3 seconds remaining, and Deng Adel added a free throw 8 seconds later as No. 14 Louisville survived Jamel Artis’ career-high 43 points to outlast Pittsburgh 85-80 on Wednesday night.

The Cardinals appeared in good shape with a 59-35 lead midway through the second half before Artis’ 32-point second half rallied the Panthers within 81-76 with 45 seconds remaining. Donovan Mitchell made one of two from the line before Snider and Adel added critical free throws to provide a cushion as Louisville (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its second straight.

Snider also had a couple of key baskets down the stretch to finish 7 of 11 from the field including 3 of 4 from long range. Mitchell and Adel each finished with 15 points and Ray Spalding had 11 for the Cardinals.

Matt Coleman, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound point guard from Oak Hill (VA) Academy, will announce on Monday at the Hoophall Classic, head coach Steve Smith confirmed to ZAGSBLOG.

Oak Hill faces Nathan Hale (WA) at 1 p.m. on ESPNU, and Coleman is expected to announce at halftime of the 11 a.m. game between The Patrick School (N.J.) and Pace Academy (GA).

Coleman is down to Duke and Texas, he previously told Scout.

His most recent visit was to Texas at the end of October.

“Texas was real nice, I say they laid out the red carpet,” he said. “Just being there with my family and [head coach] Shaka [Smart] spending some time, I really enjoyed myself.”

Coleman visited along with 7-footer Mohamed Bamba of the Westtown (PA) School and the PSA Cardinals. Bamba is considering Texas along with Duke, Kentucky, Harvard and a few others, but also won’t sign until the spring.

MIDDLETOWN, N.J.Despite another financial crisis that threatened to shudder the historic school at the end of this semester, St. Anthony’s will remain open going forward and Bob Hurley plans to continue coaching at the Jersey City school past his 70th birthday.

“I think we’re a little ahead of where we needed to be at this point,” the 69-year-old Naismith Hall of Fame coach said following his team’s 41st straight win, a 51-48 victory over the Ranney School on Tuesday night at Brookdale Community College. “We’re moving forward for high school registration on the first Saturday of February. We’ve put together a plan for next year which we’re going to give to the Archdiocese shortly. And anyone who registers for school will get a refundable deposit in the event we’re not open because we feel that strongly that it can happen.”

Back in September, St. Anthony’s said it needed $10-$20 million or the doors would close after the 2016-17 school year. The school held a massive fundraising dinner called “50 Years of Chasing Perfect: A Tribute to Coach Hurley,” and also launched a GoFundMe campaign.