Long Island wing J.J. Moore has scheduled several in-home visits with Big East schools.Coaches from Pittsburgh will visit Sept. 10, Providence comes Sept. 11 and Louisville and Marquette arrive on Sept. 12. The 6-foot-5 Moore will be at South Kent (Conn.) during the visits, so the coaches will meet with his mother, Monique Ballard, New York Panthers coach Gary Charles and mentor Hunt Bresky. RELEFORD SETS VISITS Trevor Releford, a 5-11 point guard out of Bishop Miege in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, will visit Oklahoma the weekend of Sept. 12 and Alabama the weekend of Sept. 19, according to his AAU coach, L.J. Goolsby. Releford previously told me Alabama was his leader. “Alabama is the top because they’ve been there the longest,” Releford told me recently. “I talk to coach a lot and I was his first guy. He started recruiting me.” CALIPARI WANTS TO PUNCH A REPORTER IN THE MOUTH John Calipari says he wants to punch a reporter “in the mouth,” and the guess here is that he’s referring to Pat Forde of ESPN.com.Jason King of Yahoo! Sports interviewed Cal and asked him about the way he’s responded to the Memphis-loss-of-Final Four-situation.“I’ve scheduled for Notre Dame on the 5th, UVA on the 12th, DePaul on the 19th and Providence on the 26th,” he told NBE.
One minute on Wednesday, Calipari said he didn’t pay attention to the barbs. The next, he discussed how painful the situation has been for his family. His angst was evident when asked about the way he’s been portrayed by the media. “There’s [one] guy I don’t like,” Calipari said. “I know he’s a scoundrel. If I keep reading it, I’m going to punch him right in his mouth if I see him. So I’m better [off] not reading it.”Calipari and Forde have a history, and so do Cal’s daughter and Forde. Both have called him out on Twitter, arguing that he has an axe to grind with Calipari. FREE THROWS Shaquille Thomas is still searching for a school. It appears he won’t attend either St. Benedict’s Prep or South Kent…Bryon Allen, a 6-3 combo guard who will spend this year at Oakdale (Conn.) St. Thomas Moore, will not attend West Virginia as planned, according to Scout.com. The scholarship saved for him will be used on Joe Mazzulla, who is redshirting. Allen said he will reopen his recruitment…Nice feature by Zach Braziller on former Seton Hall forward Mike Glover heading to Eastern Utah…Another nice FiveBoro feature on Russ Smith, who heads to South Kent and has interest from Stanford, Virginia, Louisville, St. John’s, Auburn, Houston, LaSalle and St. Bonaventure….Jerian Grant, a 6-4 shooting guard from DeMatha (Md.) Catholic, told the NBE Basketball Report he’ll visit five schools this fall.