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Monday / February 26.
  • Brandon Knight Has Longer List; J.J. Moore Update; Washburn Visits Seton Hall

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    I just talked to Turgenia Knight, Brandon Knight’s mother, and she says Brandon is considering more than just the five schools mentioned the other day.

    She said Duke is also on the list that includes UConn, Kentucky, Kansas, Miami and Florida.

    She said several other schools are in the mix and would get back to me later today, but Syracuse, Miami, Georgia Tech and Florida State are also listed on his Rivals page.

    “It’s those [five] schools probably  with about four additional ones added on to that list,” she said. “Duke would be added onto that list. About four additional schools.”

    She said Brandon, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2010 out of Ft Lauderdale (FL) Pine Crest, had the complete list and that she was working on arranging visits.

    A visit to Kansas for Midnight Madness is set.

    “We are going to be going to Kansas and a couple other places,” she said.


    I also chatted via email with Monique Ballard, J.J. Moore’s mom, and she gave this update.

    The 6-5 Moore is currently at the Five-Star Camp this week and will then hit the Marquette Elite Camp beginning Aug. 29.

    Louisville and Marquette will visit in-home in September with Monique, Hunt Bresky, Moore’s adviser, and New York Panthers coach Gary Charles. J.J. won’t be there because he’s enrolling at at South Kent on Sept. 8.

    Moore will then trip to Louisville in early October.

    “He is scheduled to visit Louisville on Oct. 2,” Charles said.

    Moore has taken unofficials to Providence, Pitt, Rutgers, St. John’s and Stony Brook.


    Ryan Rhoomes, a 6-8 forward at Cardozo, will prep for one year before college after he finishes at Cardozo in 2010.

    “His mother, high school coach Ron Naclerio, myself and his mentor, Karone Carmichael, believe an extra year would benefit him in the long run,” Charles said. “More than likely it will be South Kent.”

    South Kent is loading up on local players and could also add Shaq Thomas, the Paterson native and nephew of Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Thomas. More on that later today.


    Charles also said that 6-foot junior point guard Sterling Gibbs of Seton Hall Prep is working on setting up an unofficial visit to Duke.

    “No date has been set yet,” Charles said.


    Julian Washburn, the 6-8 son of former NBA player Chris Washburn, visited Seton Hall unofficially Monday and met with head coach Bobby Gonzalez and assistant Derm Player.

    Washburn is ranked No. 20 among small forwards in the Class of 2010.

    “He’s a very talented, versatile forward,” a Big East assistant coach said.

    Washburn played for Duncanville (Texas) last season and may be enrolling at St. Patrick of Elizabeth, along with his younger brother, Chris, a sophomore who’s also 6-8.

    “They have not enrolled yet in school but they did visit the school,” St. Pat’s coach Kevin Boyle said. “If they’re going to enroll, these kids are thinking about moving up to New Jersey.

    “If that happens, then there’s probably a good chance that they enroll…I’m sure that we will know very shortly.”

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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.

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