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Friday / January 18.
  • Cheek Sets First Three Visits; Jackson Commits

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    One day after ZAGSBLOG broke the news that Dominic Cheek had cut his list of colleges and was planning visits, we have an update on the order of those visits.

    The 6-foot-5 Cheek, a senior at St. Anthony in Jersey City, will visit Kansas, Villanova and Memphis over three successive weekends later this month. No visit dates have yet been set for Pittsburgh or Indiana, the other two schools in Cheek’s top five.

    Cheek eliminated UConn, Wake Forest and Tennessee from his list, but is still considering Rutgers and Seton Hall. He has visited both schools unofficially.

    As mentioned yesterday, Cheek will take an official to Kansas Oct. 17 for “Late Night in the Phog.” Kansas also features Cheek’s former St. Anthony teammate Tyshawn Taylor, now a freshman on Bill Self’s defending NCAA champion squad.

    Cheek will visit Villanova Oct. 24 for its Hoops Mania, enabling him to participate in the Eddie Griffin Challenge at the Rutgers Barn on Oct. 26.

    Memphis head coach John Calipari will play host to Cheek on the weekend of Oct. 31.

    Cheek is one of several elite recruits considering Kansas and Memphis. John Wall, Xavier Henry, Thomas Robinson and Lance Stephenson have all included those two schools on their final lists. For Henry and Robinson, it is an either/or for Kansas and Memphis.

    It seems likely that if Henry announces his choice first, it would discourage Cheek or Stephenson from picking the same school for fear of a logjam at the wing position.

    Stay tuned….


    Speaking of St. Anthony, 6-7 senior power forward Jamee Jackson has committed to Quinnipiac.

    “Yes, he did,” legendary St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said. “We’re thrilled for him. We’re surprised it was done as early as it was. He felt very comfortable there. He enjoyed his visit. He’s had a smile on his face ever since he came back last weekend. He found a school that he really enjoyed so we’re really happy for him.”

    Hurley said Jackson chose Tom Moore’s club over Niagara, Iona, Marist, Monmouth, Delaware and the College of Charleston. Jackson was named MVP of the Senior Game at this summer’s Hoop Group Elite Camp at The College of New Jersey and earned an invite to the Top 20 Game

    “People use that upside stuff,” Hurley said of Jackson. “We’ve watched him since last April get better and better and better but I think there’s still an opportunity for him to improve. I think eventually he can get away from the basket and be more of a face-up type of player.”


    West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins and DePaul assistant Gary DeCesare visited Westchester (NY) Community College on Monday to check out 6-11, 235-pound center Jarrid Famous.

    Huggins was in the area for a free clinic at Mount Vernon HIgh School. Former Mount Vernon star Kevin Jones is now a freshman for the Mountaineers, along with New York products Devin Ebanks and Darryl “Truck” Bryant.

    Famous has taken an official to Seton Hall and plans trips to UConn, Missouri and West Virginia in the spring. He plans on deciding in April.

    Read my feature on him here.

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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.