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Tuesday / June 18.
  • Thomas Robinson’s mother is getting some high-powered visitors this week in Washington, D.C.

    Lisa Robinson, the mother of the 6-foot-8 senior from Brewster (N.H.) Academy ranked No. 7 among power forwards in the Class of 2009, played host Monday night to Memphis head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua.

    Kansas coach Bill Self will visit with the mother Wednesday morning, before heading to Brewster to watch Thomas work out.

    “I know that Coach Calipari and Orlando Antigua had a home visit with Thomas’ mom last night,” Brewster head coach Jason Smith said. “They went to Washington, D.C. to speak with Thomas’ mom.

    Lance Stephenson has expressed an interest in visiting several schools other than St. John’s, but no officials to Kansas or Memphis have yet been set up, according to sources close to the situation.

    Kansas head coach Bill Self did speak recently with the 6-foot-5 Stephenson, who has repeatedly said he won’t pick a school until the spring.

    A student-athlete has to have taken the PSAT, SAT or ACT to go on an official visit.

    Bobby Gonzalez has made two hires to the vacancies on his staff.

    Dennis Kazimir will take over as Director of Basketball Operations and Rodrick Rhodes will become Assistant to the Head Coach/Administrative Asst.

    Kazimir, 31, takes over for Steve Sauers, now at Iona. A Brick, N.J. native and 2000 Seton Hall graduate, he previously worked at Tiffin University and at Wright State. He also worked as director of AAU tournaments for the Hoop Group, and has experience with a number of camps, including Rbk U and ABCD.

    Rhodes (pictured), 35, starred at St. Anthony under Bob Hurley, where he won State titles in 1989 and ’91, and went on to star at Kentucky under Rick Pitino for three seasons before transferring to USC. He was drafted in the first round (24th overall) by the Houston Rockets in 1997 and played three season with the Rockets, Grizzlies and Mavericks.

    There appears to be some confusion surrounding the recruitment of Sean Kilpatrick.

    Ryan Hurd, the head coach at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., said the only official visit Kilpatrick had set up through the proper channels was an Oct. 24 trip to Providence.

    Yet Gerard Jones, who is advising Kilpatrick, says the 6-foot-5, 210-pound shooting guard from White Plains, N.Y. will also visit Cincinnati the weekend of Oct. 11.

    “The only one scheduled is Providence Oct. 24,” Hurd said.

    “He is planning to visit Cincinnati (Oct. 11),” Jones said Tuesday.

    Jones said Kilpatrick holds offers from Providence and Cincinnati and that Marquette was interested.

    Hurd denied an Internet report saying Kilpatrick held offers from Cincinnati, Pitt, Marquette, Kansas State, Central Florida, Missouri and Arkansas.

    The recruitment of Ravenscroft (NC) senior Ryan Kelly gets more and more interesting.

    Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey was at Ravenscroft at 6:30 this morning for Kelly’s workout, according to a source.

    Then Kelly, ranked No. 8 among power forwards in the Class of 2009, spent the day on an unofficial visit to Duke, where he sat in on a workout, attended some classes and planned to spend the night.

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