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Thursday / December 7.
  • Because his Gauchos team is in the semifinals of is8 this Saturday in Queens, Rice guard Durand Scott says he won’t make his scheduled visit to Tennessee this weekend.

    “I think the following week because I have a semifinal game this weekend in is8,” Scott said in a text message.

    The 6-foot-4 Scott has already visited Pitt and UConn and had initially planned to see UCLA, Tennessee and Miami in successive weekends. He skipped the UCLA visit last week to play in is8 and will do the same with Tennessee this week. It remains unclear whether he’ll see Miami or Tennessee next week.

    St. Anthony star Dominic Cheek will take his first official visit on Friday when he heads to Kansas for “Late Night in the Phog.”

    Cheek, the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2009 according to Rivals, is expected to make the trip alone, without any coaches or family members.

    “I’m excited,” the 6-foot-5, 170-pound Cheek said recently. “I’m ready right now to take every visit right now.”

    After going to Kansas, Cheek will visit Villanova Oct. 24 for Hoops Mania, Pittsburgh Oct. 31 and Memphis Nov. 7. The Memphis date is still tentative, I’m told.

    Could Kobe Bryant be the next American to play professionally in Europe?

    The Greek team Olympiacos is reportedly set to offer Bryant $83 million tax-free to play for them for three years, according to a report on the Italian site basketcentral.it.

    Bryant’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, played professionally in Italy and Kobe speaks fluent Italian.

    According to The Hoop blog, the Italian site claims to have inside knowledge of the contract, which would include a villa in the Mediterranean Sea; a private boat for Kobe; and a full-service staff.

    Several of the top young players in the New York area will be hitting the road for unofficial visits in coming weeks.

    Tobias Harris, a 6-8 junior forward from Long Island Lutheran, and Mike Buffalo, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Wings Academy, will both visit UConn on Friday for Midnight Madness. Harris at one point crossed UConn of his list of schools, but has since added the Huskies back on.

    Buffalo (pictured) will also visit West Virginia Oct. 23 and Pittsburgh Oct. 25, according to Hassani Stewart of the Raising Champions AAU squad.

    “That’s what we have set up so far,” Stewart said.

    Stewart added that Buffalo holds offers from LIU, Quinnipiac and George Mason, with interest from Arkansas, South Florida, Miami, West Virginia, UConn, South Carolina, George Washington and UMass.

    Meantime, 6-2 sophomore combo guard Davontay Grace of Thomas Jefferson (pictured) is trying to set up visits to Rutgers and West Virginia.

    Louisville senior forward Terrence Williams tore his right meniscus in a pickup game and will be out for four to six weeks.

    Williams (at right in picture) and the Cardinals are fortunate it wasn’t a full ACL tear.

    “I’m ecstatic that it’s not an (anterior cruciate ligament) tear as was first feared,” Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said. “He’ll be out only a short period of time, and we know he’ll come back as good as new. We’re totally relieved.”

    Great story from the Daily Mail about Maureen McCormick, the actress who played Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch.

    In her memoir Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady And Finding My True Voice, she opens up about her battle with cocaine addiction, trading sex for drugs, two abortions and debauched nights partying at the Playboy mansion.

    She says: ‘I was hiding the reality of my life behind the unreal perfection of Marcia Brady.

    ‘No one suspected the fear that gnawed at me even as I lent my voice to the chorus of Bradys singing, “It’s a Sunshine Day.”‘

    McCormick, now 52, also “dated” Steve Martin and MIchael Jackson, but it was her romance with TV half-brother Barry Williams, aka Greg Brady, that was the subject of much joking, especially in the Brady Bunch movies that we thought were genius.

    “Marcia” and “Greg” started dating during the shooting of the famed Hawaii episodes, when Peter and Bobby think Greg’s surfing accident is caused by a voodoo necklace given to them by Vincent Price.

    ‘We couldn’t hold back any longer,’ she writes.

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