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Friday / July 19.
  • Dominic Cheek, a 6-foot-5 wing from St. Anthony of Jersey City, will visit Kansas Oct. 17 for “Late Night in the Phog,” the team’s Midnight Madness event, according to a source close to the situation.

    Xavier Henry and Daniel Orton are also supposed to visit Kansas that weekend.

    Cheek previously said he would take officials to Kansas, Villanova, Wake Forest and Tennessee, leaving one for UConn, Memphis, Indiana, Pitt, Rutgers or Seton Hall.

    Derrick Favors, a 6-foot-9 forward from South Atlanta High ranked the No. 1 center in the Class of 2009 by Rivals, has a final six of Georgia, Georgia Tech, UConn, Memphis, Kentucky and Florida State.

    “When you have two outstanding in-state programs, it is always in your best interests to take a close look at them, and that’s what Derrick is doing,” South Atlanta coach Michael Reddick told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Favors will visit Georgia Tech this weekend after visiting Georgia two weeks ago.

    “Georgia Tech, of course, is right here in the city, and that’s always a great thing,” Reddick said. “It would allow people around here, such as his family and his friends, the opportunity to see him play in person. And Georgia Tech has a great tradition of putting players in the NBA on a regular basis. Derrick is excited about this weekend.”

    Patterson (NC) School head coach Chris Chaney says Seton Hall and Maryland are leading right now for 6-7, 190-pound PF Arsalan Kazemi.

    “The only two schools he’s definitely going to be visiting are Seton Hall and Maryland,” Chaney said.

    “It will probably be back-to-back. Seton Hall wants to go first. I think Maryland wants him to visit Oct. 18” for Midnight Madness.

    Seton Hall has successfully recruited Patterson kids in the past, most recently sophomore guard Jeremy Hazell. Chaney said the Pirates have a legitimate shot at Kazemi, who is hoping to become the first Iranian to play American college basketball.

    Jarrid Famous, a 6-foot-11, 235-pound center from Westchester Community College, will take an official visit this weekend to Seton Hall. The visit follows an in-home visit that Jarrid and his father, Jerome, had last Tuesday with Pirates head coach Bobby Gonzalez and assistant Derm Player.

    “He gave his word that he would come out to Seton Hall for a visit, but he will hold on some of the visits until the spring,” WCC associate head coach Dave Vandiver said. “Missouri and West Virginia are possible schools, but we talked to Jarrid and his father and said that we might want to save some of his visits until April. He might decide in the spring.”

    Five Big East schools are in the mix: St. John’s, Seton Hall, UConn, West Virginia and DePaul.

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