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Wednesday / June 19.
  • ***Read the Boost Notebook here***

    NEW YORK — Josh Selby cocked back his right arm and threw down a monstrous one-handed jam on Kendall Marshall that was the highlight of the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game before 1,800 at the Gauchos Gym in The Bronx.

    “The crowd was getting a little bit bored so I did that for the excitement. We needed our chance to get the momentum and that’s what we did. We got the momentum after that,” Selby said.

    “Crazy,” Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings called it.

    “Bananas,” Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love said.

    “Straight out of Vince Carter,” New York Post columnist Pete Vecsey explained.

    The dunk was one of several exclamation points Selby flushed in the game. He finished with 18 points and was named Co-MVP but ended up on the losing end as Skip to My Lou beat Selby’s Goat team 133-120 in a tight, hot gym after the game was moved from the outdoor Rucker Park because of rain.

    Because of the shift, the game won’t be shown on ESPNU Saturday night. Somebody made a bad decision by not moving this game to Fordham when the forecast called for thunder showers.

    **Hit the ‘Video Player’ to the right for the interview with Kyrie

    **Top High School Players at the Rucker: Read the story about tonight’s game here.

    NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving announced that he had cut his list of potential colleges to six schools in an exclusive video interview Thursday with

    “It didn’t come down to five, it came down to six schools and the six schools are Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall and UConn,” said Irving, a 6-foot-1 point guard out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2010 by Rivals.

    Irving had previously said he would take officials to Indiana and Duke. He has not sets dates for visits to those or the other schools yet.

    “Duke and Indiana are definites,” he said, “but I don’t have definite dates for them yet. But those are definitely two schools that I’m going to give officials to.”

    NEW YORK — Tobias Harris and his family have cut his list of colleges somewhat and will host nearly a dozen in-home visits beginning Sept. 9.

    During a video interview with that will air in the coming days, Torrel Harris said the family will have in-home visits with the following schools: Kentucky, Syracuse, St. John’s, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Maryland, Louisville, Georgia Tech and UConn.

    “I don’t have any favorites,” Tobias said.

    After that they will cut the list to five and take official visits.

    “Maybe [late September] we’ll cut it down it to like five schools and take the official visits,” Tobias added.

    NEW YORK — Four of the most sought after players in the Class of 2010 are C.J. Leslie, Josh Selby, Roscoe Smith and Phil Pressey.

    Leslie, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy, listed North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and Maryland as the schools recruiting him the hardest.

    “I haven’t made [any] dates” to visit yet,” said Leslie, the No. 14 player in the Class of 2010.

    “I’ve been to UNC a couple of times because they’re right in my back yard. I haven’t been to Florida or Kentucky yet,” he said.

    Asked if he had a favorite, Leslie said, “No, I don’t.”

    What kind of player will he be?

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