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Thursday / December 9.
  • Terrell Vinson, a 6-7, 205-pound power forward from Baltimore St. Frances, committed to UMass during a home visit Monday night with head coach Derek Kellogg.

    “Yes, sir. Last night on the home visit,” said James Gilyard, Vinson’s stepfather.

    Vinson led St. Frances to the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association titles. He averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds.

    He is ranked No. 27 among power forwards and No. 150 overall in the Class of 2009 by Rivals.

    Memphis freshman Tyreke Evans will test the NBA waters.

    He hasn’t signed with an agent, meaning he can return for his sophomore season.

    But don’t bet on it.

    DraftExpress.com has Evans going at No. 7 to the Golden State Warriors.

    “I am pursuing what has been a dream of mine for a long time, and that is to play some day in the NBA,” said Evans. “I am thankful to Coach [Josh] Pastner and my family and friends for their support.

    “I am putting my name in the draft and see what happens. I will attend some workouts and see what feedback I receive. Once I have all the information available to me, I will sit down with my family and talk about what’s the next step to take – either to remain in the NBA Draft or return for another season of college basketball here at Memphis.”

    Jamel Jackson is back at Seton Hall.

    The Brooklyn native signed with the Pirates out of Technical Career Institute and will add to their guard depth next season.

    “I always wanted to play in the Big East and that will be a good fit because I like the style of play they play with,” Jackson said a year ago when he first committed to Seton Hall.

    The 6-foot-3, 195-pound shooting guard is Bobby Gonzalez’s first signing of the 2009 spring period and will join a trio of transfers, Keon Lawrence, Herb Pope and Jeff Robinson, as well as Melvyn Oliver, as new Pirates set to play this fall.

    Despite reports that Xavier and C.J. Henry will not visit Kentucky, the latest news is that the brothers will trip there this coming weekend.

    “Now they’re going to visit Kentucky at the end of this week,” Carl Henry said early Monday afternoon. “My youngest son [Xavier] called me and said he wanted to go visit. It just happened thirty minutes ago.”

    Carl had initially told reporters the boys would not visit and would announce Wednesday among Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis. Now that decision — and potentially Lance Stephenson’s as well — will be put off. Stephenson could end up at Kansas if the Henrys go to Kentucky or remain at Memphis; and he could go to St. John’s or Maryland if they pick Kansas.

    “Both of them get out of school Friday,” Carl said. “They’re both going to go visit [Kentucky].”

    The Lamont “Momo” Jones Saga appears to have come to an end.

    After decommitting from Louisville (twice) and Virginia Tech, Jones, a 6-foot point guard out of Harlem, signed a Letter of Intent Sunday with USC.

    “He texted me and said he did,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said.

    Jones is ranked No. 11 among point guards in the Class of 2009.

    During an interview last week in New York before the Jordan Classic, Jones said he enjoyed his recent visit to USC.

    “It was a great experience,” he said. “It was just a family-oriented atmosphere. It was a great school all around. The kids, the coaches, the campus, everything about it.”