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Wednesday / January 16.
  • Cheek, Wall on the Memphis Visit

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    Dominic Cheek and John Wall headlined a group of recruits visiting the Memphis campus this weekend.

    “So far I’ve had a great time, hung out with the players, asked them how it was,” the 6-foot-5 Cheek told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “They said if you want to play for a coach that will push you to help you get to the next level, this is the school.”

    Cheek, a first-team All-State selection for St. Anthony head coach Bob Hurley, has now made officials to Kansas, Villanova and Memphis, with Rutgers slated for Nov. 21 and a visit date to Pittsburgh unclear.

    “I just want to check everything out on TV, and I don’t want any confusion, coaches leaving and everything,” Cheek said. “I just want to sit back and enjoy everything.”

    Cheek is among a group of elite Class of 2009 recruits who have said they will sign in the late signing period next spring. That group includes Xavier Henry, Lance Stephenson, Keith “Tiny” Gallon and Wall, the top recruit in the class according to Rivals.

    Wall has visited Kansas and Memphis officially and N.C. State unofficially. He also plans to visit Baylor and Miami before deciding.

    “I’m going to take all my visits, make sure I give every school a chance that gave me a chance to get recruited by them and see how I get along with the coaches,” Wall told the Commercial Appeal.

    LaQuinton Ross and Perry Ellis, the top two players in the Classes of 2011 and 2012, also visited Memphis this weekend.

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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.