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Monday / July 6.
  • Jesse Morgan Has Big East, SEC Interest; Pinkston Has Home Visits

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    Jesse Morgan is beginning to narrow down his list.

    The 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard out of Philly known as “The Takeover” is now playing for Kelvin Jefferson at South Kent (Conn.).

    Morgan said Wednesday that Seton Hall, UConn and Florida were showing him the most love at this point.

    “I’m just pretty much open right now. In the next couple of months I will schedule some official visits,” Morgan said. “I want to go where I can play.”

    Georgia, Pitt, Temple, La Salle and UMass have also shown interest.

    Morgan has been to UConn, Florida, La Salle and Temple unofficially.

    Seton Hall assistant Dermon Player is recruiting Morgan and Morgan said he’d like to visit the Big East school.

    “It’s in a nice city, nice atmosphere. I just want to get to know the players and the coaches. They are cool to be around,” he said.

    Of UConn he said: “It’s the school, the history. I just want to get there.”

    Morgan played at Olney High in Philly before transferring to South Kent this summer after playing for Jefferson at the Reebok All-American Camp.

    “Jesse’s got a chance to be really good,” Jefferson said. “He’s got great presence on the floor. He can really shot the ball and he’s got good size at 6-4 or 6-5. He handles it so well and can be moved over to the point.

    “He plays within himself.  He’s got a good chance to be a real good player at a high level.”

    MIKE BUFFALO UPDATE

    Jefferson said former Wings guard Mike Buffalo was hearing from St. Peter’s, Detroit, Canisius and LIU.

    “He’s got a chance. He’s a D-1 player,” Jefferson said.

    PINKSTON HAS HOME VISITS

    JayVaughn Pinkston, the 6-6 forward from Bishop Loughlin considered the top prospect in New York City, had home visits on Monday with St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts and Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl.

    Villanova head coach Jay Wright is slated to come in on Sept. 22 and Seton Hall is also scheduled to come in that week. Marquette will also be in “within the next few weeks,” according to Kimani Young of New Heights.

    Pinkston visited all of those schools unofficially this past summer.

    Miami and Arizona could also come in for home visits.

    Pinkston has said he will wait until the spring signing period before signing.

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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.