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Saturday / February 23.
  • Cheek’s Villanova In-Home Visit

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    I’m still trying to get some comments from St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley on last night’s in-home visit with the Villanova coaches and Dominic Cheek.

    But here’s what we know.

    The meeting took place at Coach Hurley’s home in Jersey City, just as all the others have. Villanova head coach Jay Wright brought assistants Pat Chambers and Doug West. Cheek, his uncle, Omari Knight, and his wife were also there.

    By all accounts, the meeting went well although no official visit date has been set.

    Villanova has long been considered a strong candidate to land Cheek. He has visited the school on several occasions and is also friendly with Villanova recruit Maalik Wayns, who teamed with Cheek on the USA U-18 National Team this summer in Argentina.

    “That’s my boy,” Cheek said of Wayns this summer.

    “I told him he would be the man, his show,” Wayns said of Cheek.

    Cheek is also friendly with a number of Nova players, including Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes, who played at St. Patrick and St. Benedict’s, respectively.

    “I played against most of them and I know them,” Cheek said this summer. “I’ve been down there. I talked to them. They told me it’s a great fit for me and everything.”

    Cheek has now had in-homes with Seton Hall, Kansas, Indiana, Rutgers and Villanova, with Memphis (Sept. 28) and Pitt (Sept. 30) coming up later this month. Wake Forest and Tennessee are also in the mix.

    Hurley previously said Cheek would take officials to Kansas, Villanova and Wake Forest, and Knight indicated he would also visit Tennessee.

    I’ll update later if I know more…

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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.