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Saturday / December 14.
  • Shane Southwell, who recently interviewed LeBron James for BET, took his first official visit this weekend to Kansas State but did not make a commitment.

    The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Southwell, a small forward out of Rice High, is ranked No. 123 among players in the Class of 2010 by Rivals and No. 26 among small forwards.

    “Everything went well [on the visit],” Southwell said. “The players treated me with a lot of love. Coach Frank Martin treated me with love. The atmosphere was great. I saw a football game [in which Kansas State beat Tennessee Tech, 49-7].”

    Word out of the Kyrie Irving visit to Duke is that both sides feel very good about things but no commitment was made.

    “Duke official was great! I enjoyed every single second…everything there fits me and is right for me…you never know what will happen,” Irving said on his Twitter feed.

    Think the Cameron Crazies want Irving to pick their school?

    Check out these photos courtesy of www.crazie-talk.com.

    Irving saw Duke beat N.C. Central 49-14 in football and watched as last year’s basketball team was honored for winning the 2009 ACC title.

    Tobias Harris got to work quickly after Thursday’s in-home with UConn coach Jim Calhoun and has now cut his list to seven schools.

    Maryland, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky and Syracuse remain in the hunt for the 6-foot-8 Harris, the No. 5 overall prospect in the Class of 2010 and a senior at Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West.

    Three of the four schools cut are from the Big East — St. John’s, UConn and Notre Dame — as well as Oklahoma. But three — Louisville, Syracuse and West Virginia — remain.

    Corey Chandler might have set a record for getting kicked out of schools.

    Just a few weeks after he was dismissed from Rutgers, Chandler and four other Binghamton players were booted out of that school.

    D.J. Rivera, Malik Alvin, Paul Crosby and David Fine were the other players released.  The school’s Website shows the players already removed from the roster.

    The Bearcats won the America East last year and made the NCAA Tournament.

    “It’s important that everyone who is playing for Binghamton University and for me to be on the same page as to what kind of commitment we expect of our student-athletes, both on and off the court,” Binghamton coach Kevin Broadus said in a statement.

    “There’s only one captain steering this ship, and that’s me. If any of the young men in our program don’t respect the decisions that have been made or the rules we have in place, then they need to move on with their lives,” Broadus said.

    NEWARK — Villanova coach Jay Wright has so many talented guards this season that he wants to play four out and one in once the season begins.

    “When Reggie Redding comes back [from suspension], that gives us an option of really having four experienced guards on the floor,” Wright said at the Garden State Coaches Clinic at St. Benedict’s Prep, where he was joined as a speaker for some 500 coaches by Hubie Brown, Jeff Van Gundy, Arizona coach Sean Miller, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon and Temple coach Fran Dunphy.

    Wright would like to put Redding, senior guard Scottie Reynolds and sophomores Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes, who starred at St. Ben’s, out on the court with a big man.