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Thursday / May 30.
  • John Wall, the top player in the Class of 2009 according to Rivals, has some serious options for next year.

    It appears that it will come down to Baylor, Memphis and N.C. State, with Kansas, Oregon and Duke on the outside looking in.

    The Raleigh News & Observer has a long story on Wall, a 6-foot-4 North Carolina point guard, with several interesting quotes from the people close to him on his options.

    One option is Baylor, which hired Dwon Clifton, Wall’s former AAU coach.

    “I think he should go to Baylor,” said Brian Clifton, Wall’s advisor and Dwon’s brother.

    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.

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The enduring image in the latest Battle for New Jersey bragging rights will be of Seton Hall guard Jeremy Hazell racing downcourt unguarded and slamming home a couple of two-handed dunks in the final minutes.

    Hazell had two breakaway jams off Rutgers turnovers and finished with a game-high 21 points as Seton Hall beat Rutgers for a second time this season, 65-60, before 6,504 mostly red-clad fans at the RAC. It was the first sweep for either Garden State school since the Pirates won both in the 2003-04 season.

    Read the full story here.

    **And check out these priceless quotes from Gonzo below.

    After starting the season with 19 straight victories, St. Benedict’s of Newark is now riding a two-game losing streak.

    Undefeated Mater Dei of Santa Ana, Calif., No. 1 in the ESPN Rise Fab 50, hammered No. 3 St. Benedict’s 73-61 late Saturday night in Santa Ana.

    Mater Dei (24-0) built a 10-point late in the first quarter and was never threatened, stretching it to a 20-point lead early in the fourth.

    North Carolina-bound senior forward David Wear had 18 points and seven rebounds and junior guard Tyler Lamb had 17 points for the Monarchs, who won without Stanford-bound forward Andy Brown (ACL injury) and with junior guard Gary Franklin Jr. playing only four first-half minutes because of foul trouble.

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