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Tuesday / July 7.
  • Lance Stephenson is expected to name Kansas as his college destination when he makes his announcement Tuesday at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Miami.

    “My guess is Kansas based on his cancelling of the [college] announcement at [Madison Square] Garden and the fact that he wants to be able to have a chance to win a national championship,” a source close to the Stephenson family said.

    Brooklyn Sal of SNY will be in Miami to conduct an exclusive one-on-one interview with Stephenson after his announcement.

    McDonald’s officials say the announcement will come Tuesday morning at 11:45 during its media day. The dunk contest, 3-point contest and skills competition will take place Monday (7 p.m., ESPN2) and the game itself is on Wednesday (8 p.m., ESPN). Brooklyn Sal’s interview will air on SNY’s “Daily News Live” and “Geico SportsNite” if he announces Tuesday.

    Stephenson was the only McDonald’s All-American not on hand for Sunday’s first practice in Miami. The other 23 players are reportedly there. Stephenson will room with North Carolina-bound guard Dexter Strickland of St. Patrick of Elizabeth (N.J.)

    Sherrod Wright took an official visit to George Mason from Thursday-Saturday and said he’s been getting the most love from George Mason and Central Florida.

    “Central Florida and George Mason are showing me the most,” said Wright, the 6-foot-4 wing from Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High.

    Wright said he wasn’t certain whether he would take a visit to Central Florida April 9, or if he would visit any other schools.

    “I should be planning one but I’m not sure,” he said. “We didn’t set one yet.”

    So much for three Big East teams making the Final Four.

    No. 2 Michigan State came out and just gave it to No. 1 Louisville 64-52 behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Goran Suton in the Midwest Regional final in Indianapolis. Durrell Summers added 12 points for the Spartans.

    “I take my hat off to my players,” Spartans coach Tom Izzo told CBS. “They prepared so well the last day and a half. And we played well and that is a great Louisville team. I didn’t know if we could beat them. But I thought we had a chance if we checked them and we checked pretty good and Goran Suton made some shots.”

    Michigan State, buoyed by the presence of Magic Johnson, will face UConn in one national semifinal while Villanova will meet either North Carolina or Oklahoma.