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Friday / February 22.
  • UConn Puts Press on Scott; News & Notes

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    College coaches are back out on the recruiting trail and everybody’s working hard. Here’s a quick rundown of some of what’s going on. UConn head coach Jim Calhoun and assistant Andre LaFleur visited Rice High School in Manhattan on Tuesday and put the full court press on Durand Scott.

    “They were telling me about the school, academics-wise and how much they want me and stuff like that,” Scott said by phone.

    Scott previously said he has a top eight schools of UCLA, Miami, UConn, Tennessee, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Memphis and Virginia

    “I didn’t cut it down yet, pretty soon,” the 6-4, 180-pound Scott said.

    Scott’s former Rice teammate, Kemba Walker, is a freshman guard at UConn and Scott told Connecticut reporters he wouldn’t mind playing with him again.

    “Yeah, definitely (I feel good about UConn), just because of the people that came through here and I have a teammate that’s going here,” Scott told the Norwich Bulletin. “So of course, I’m going to give it a look, without a doubt. Even if they didn’t say anything to me, UConn would be in my mind. That’s the type of school they are.”

    **In other recruiting news, John Wall’s mother came home from the hospital Wednesday night, yet we hear his Memphis visit is still off for this weekend. Speaking of Memphis, John Calipari still has to reschedule an in-home visit with St. Anthony star Dominic Cheek….St. Patrick senior forward Paris Bennett visited Siena last weekend and will see Kent State this coming weekend and George Mason the next. He may also visit Iona after that…As reported here, Kevin Parrom of South Kent and Chris Braswell of Hargrave (Va.) Military will make an official visit to Xavier this weekend. Parrom has no other visits slated as of yet…Lincoln forward James Padgett is slated to visit Maryland this weekend and Pitt next….Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant Joe Dooley will come to the Northeast this weekend and have an in-home with Cheek on Monday. They may hit some other schools as well…St. Benedict’s guard Tamir Jackson will visit Harvard Sept. 18…Count UConn among the schools interested in 7-footer Jarrid Famous of Westchester Community College. Coaches from DePaul, Arkansas and St. Peter’s saw Famous work out on Wednesday…As far as we can tell, Lance Stephenson has no officials planned, and will wait until the spring to decide.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.