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Sunday / December 17.
  • Harris Brothers Visit UConn; Jordan Brand Selections Upcoming; National Prep Poll

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    Tobias and Tyler Harris both attended Saturday’s Michigan-UConn game won by the Huskies, 69-61.

    UConn coach Jim Calhoun has offered both Tobias, a 6-8 junior, and Tyler, a 6-5 sophomore wing.

    “They liked the trip,” Torrel Harris, the boys’ father, said. “Ray Allen, Cliff Robinson and Chris Smith were present at the game. Coach Calhoun was glad to see both of my sons at the game and spoke to them at length.”

    Tobias, the No. 9 power forward in the Class of 2010 according to Rivals, previously visited UConn in September.

    He has a long list of schools including UConn, Tennessee, Louisville, Syracuse, Rutgers, Georgetown, Virginia, Maryland, Marquette, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, St. John’s, Boston College, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Indiana and USC.

    The Harris brothers play for Long Island Lutheran and will be in action Tuesday night against Bob Hurley’s St. Anthony team in Jersey City at 7 p.m. The Friars feature Villanova-bound wing Dominic Cheek, Quinnipiac-bound forward Jamee Jackson and talented forwards Devon Collier, Ashton Pankey and Derrick Williams.

    JORDAN BRAND SELECTIONS UPCOMING

    The selections for the Jordan Brand Classic will be announced Tuesday at 6:30 on ESPNU. The Jordan Brand National, Regional and International Games will take place on April 18 at MSG.

    We expect Lance Stephenson, Dominic Cheek and Dexter Strickland all to be selected to the National Game and the McDonald’s All-American Game.

    The McDonald’s teams will be announced Feb. 18 and the game is set for April 1 in Miami.

    NATIONAL PREP POLL RELEASED

    The newest edition of the National Prep Poll is out and St. Benedict’s dropped to No. 9 from No. 3 after back-to-back losses to St. Patrick and Mater Dei. The Gray Bees lost to St. Pat’s, 88-62, last Wednesday at the RAC and then flew cross-country before falling to Mater Dei 73-61 on Saturday night on ESPNU.

    Mater Dei remains No. 1, followed by Oak Hill and Montrose Christian.

    No. 2 Oak Hill meets No. 8 St. Patrick on Saturday in the Primetime Shootout in Trenton, N.J.

    Here are the Northeast Region rankings:
    1. Elizabeth, N.J., St. Patrick (19-2) (2)
    2. Newark, N.J., St. Benedict’s (19-2) (1)
    3. DeWitt, N.Y., Jamesville-DeWitt (18-0) (3)
    4. New York, N.Y., Rice (13-2) (4)
    5. Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony (17-3) (8)
    6. Philadelphia, Pa., Neumann-Goretti (20-2) (5)
    7. Newark, N.J., Science Park (16-0) (9)
    8. Lincroft, N.J., Christian Brothers (17-2) —
    9. Brooklyn, N.Y., Lincoln (15-8) —
    10. Middle Village, N.Y., Christ the King (18-3) (6)

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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.