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Saturday / December 16.
  • NYC NOTEBOOK: Johnson to Howard; Buffalo Transferring; Pinkston, Grace Honored

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    Tyreak Johnson, a 6-foot, 180-pound point guard from St. Raymond of The Bronx, signed with Howard University.

    Johnson was a second-team All-CHSAA selection who averaged 14 points and 4 assists. He chose Howard over Central Connecticut, Stonybrook, Holy Cross, Marist and Bowling Green.

    “When he went on his official visit he really got along with Coach [Gil] Jackson really well,” Ray’s coach Oliver Antigua said. “They got a good feel for the kid when he went on his visit two weeks ago. They got a lot of young talent on the team.

    “They need a lot of playing time from the point guard position, which was their biggest need. He has a chance to play right away as freshman.”

    BUFFALO TRANSFERRING

    Mike Buffalo, a 6-3 combo guard from Wings Academy, is transferring to South Kent (Conn.), according to his AAU coach, Hassani Stewart.

    Buffalo will join New York City products James Stukes (Rice), Russ Smith (Molloy) and possibly Keith Spellman (Thomas Jefferson) on Kelvin Jefferson’s roster at South Kent. This year’s South Kent team featured New York natives Omari Lawrence (St. John’s) and Kevin Parrom (Arizona or Pitt).

    “[Buffalo’s] current list includes Arkansas, South Carolina,  VCU, George Mason, South Florida, UMass, Bucknell, Lehigh, Harvard, St. Peter’s, LIU and Oregon State,” Stewart said.

    PINKSTON, GRACE HONORED

    Deloitte will honor some of the top prep players in New York on May 16 at the North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park.

    The following players will be honored:

    8th Grade – Jordan Washington

    9th Grade – Omar Calhoun (Christ the King)

    10th Grade – Davontay Grace (Thomas Jefferson)

    11th Grade – Jayvaughn Pinkston (Loughlin)

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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.