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Friday / July 12.
  • Moore Sets In-Home Visits; Releford to Visit 2; Calipari Wants to Punch a Reporter

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    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.

    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.

    “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.

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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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