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Friday / July 19.
  • White Plains senior shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick is headed to prep school.

    The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Kilpatrick will spend next year under head coach Ryan Hurd at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., where he hopes to improve his GPA and standardized test score in order to qualify.

    “We decided that would be the best move for him, to go to Notre Dame Prep,” said Gerard Jones, Kilpatrick’s advisor and the older brother of West Virginia frosh Kevin Jones. “He has a few (scholarship) offers but we felt that would be his best situation, to go there and then move on. He felt that it would help him grow and mature on his way going into college.”

    “The inquiry has been made and if it works out, we’d definitely be excited about having him,” Hurd said by phone.

    John Wall, the No. 1 Rivals recruit in the Class of 2009, says he plans to be one-and-done or two-and-done for college in order to help support his family, including his mom and two sisters.

    “My dad (John Sr.) passed when I was 10,” Wall told SI.com. “After he passed, I was the man of the house. I realized I wanted to go somewhere and get my family in a better situation.”

    “If I go one-and-done or two-and-done,” Wall added, “I’m going back to school and finish regardless. I promised it to my mom.”

    Memphis, Kansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and N.C. State are listed as Wall’s leaders at the moment.

    Team USA beat the Bahamas, 115-51, to win its second straight game at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Formosa, Argentina.

    6-foot-10 Duke commit Mason Plumlee had a double-double of 14 points and 14 boards and North Carolina-bound forward Travis Wear was the leading scorer for the second straight game, scoring 15 points. Alabama freshman big man JaMychal Green tallied 13 points, Kansas freshman guard Travis Releford 11 and Villanova commit Maalik Wayns and UCLA frosh Malcolm Lee had 10 apiece. St. Anthony senior wing Dominic Cheek had 6 points on 3 of 7 shooting to go with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 turnovers.

    “Our teamwork and our toughness was there from start to finish,” said USA and Davidson College head coach Bob McKillop. “We distributed the ball very well, we defended very well and the guys have really accepted the concept that defense wins championships.”

    Next up for the USA is a date with Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

    Meantime, 6-9 Rutgers freshman Greg Echenique put up 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go with 15 rebounds and six blocks in a 94-76 loss to Puerto Rico. Think head coach Fred Hill isn’t excited about putting the St. Benedict’s big man on the floor with McDonald’s All-American Mike Rosario of St. Anthony?

    Read more USA quotes here. Get additional stories about the USA U18 team here:

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