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Friday / July 19.
  • Daniel Orton has trimmed his list. How far remains unclear.

    Jeff Goodman of reports it’s down to Kansas and Kentucky, while the Oklahoman says Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ohio State are still in the mix for the 6-foot-11, 260-pound senior center from Bishop McGuinness High.

    Orton, ranked the No. 3 center in the Class of 2009 by Rivals, visited Kansas this past weekend and was on site when the basketball team was given its national championship rings.

    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.

    Sean Kilpatrick, a shooting guard who briefly committed to St. John’s at one point, now says Providence is his top choice.

    The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Kilpatrick, a White Plains, N.Y. native now at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., lists Providence, Cincinnati and Marquette as his top three options, according to family adviser Gerard Jones, older brother of West Virginia freshman Kevin Jones.

    “His first choice would be Providence,” Gerard said by phone. “That would be his No. 1 school right now. The Providence coaches are going up to see him work out on Thursday and then we’re trying to set up an in-home visit.

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