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Tuesday / June 25.
  • Lamb, Barnes to Visit Oklahoma; Latest Recruiting Trends

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    The Oklahoma football team will be in Miami on Saturday for a huge battle of traditional powerhouses, but a couple of big-time basketball recruits are headed to Norman.

    Calvin Lamb confirmed that his son, Doron Lamb, will take his first visit this weekend to Oklahoma.

    Harrison Barnes, the No. 2 prospect in the nation, will also be in Norman this weekend, making this a huge recruiting weekend for head coach Jeff Capel and his staff.

    Oak Hill coach Steve Smith also told that Lamb will visit Kansas Oct. 16 for “Late Night in the Phog.”

    Kentucky, Arizona, St. John’s and UConn are also in the mix for Lamb, who will visit a third visit the weekend of Oct. 23.

    “From what I’ve heard him say, I think his top three would be Kansas, Oklahoma and the next one I couldn’t tell you. It was Kentucky. But they haven’t been in here to see him yet,” Smith told me last week.

    He added: “I think Doron wants to sign early.”

    As for the 6-6 Barnes, his visit schedule is set and he is considering North Carolina, Oklahoma, UCLA, Duke, Kansas and Iowa State.

    **Josh Selby, Kyrie Irving and Tobias Harris have all eliminated UConn from contention, but don’t be surprised if the Huskies hang around for Brandon Knight. The No. 1 prospect in the nation visited Storrs this weekend, his high school coach, Dave Beckerman, is a Connecticut native and UConn desperately needs a big-time point guard, especially if Kemba Walker goes to the NBA after this year.

    **Syracuse remains alive for both Selby and Knight, both of whom say they will wait until the spring signing period. The Orange also have Dion Waiters coming in next year.

    **You have to figure Kentucky coach John Calipari will wind up with at least one of these big-time guards: Irving, Knight, Selby, Lamb and Cory Joseph.

    **Duke could potentially land a recruiting class of Irving, Barnes and 6-8 Oak Hill forward Roscoe Smith. Imagine if that happened.

    **This is a big week for Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez, who has an in home tonight (Monday) with Bishop Loughlin star JayVaughn Pinkston and on Tuesday meets with St. Anthony forward Devon Collier. Both Pinkston and Collier play for New Heights.

    **Terrence Jones’ mother, Linda, says her son’s list of official visits should be set later this week.

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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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