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Thursday / August 13.
  • Turgenia Knight, the mother of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest guard Brandon Knight, says the family loved last weekend’s official visit to Kentucky and that six schools are in the mix for her son.

    “The Kentucky visit was wonderful,” she said by phone.

    “It was a very nice, kind of informal visit, to be honest. It was a relaxed visit.”

    Asked if she got the impression that Brandon was a top priority for Kentucky coach John Calipari, Turgenia said, “Yes, I did.”

    The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Knight is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2010, according to Rivals.

    He is recovering from a stress fracture and is supposed to have a light work out Wednesday for the schools recruiting him, according to the New Haven Register.

    J.J. Moore, the 6-foot-5 wing out of South Kent (Conn.), is down to four schools, according to his AAU coach, Gary Charles.

    St. John’s, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Florida are the Final Four for Moore, an athletic wing who lives in Brentwood, N.Y.

    Moore will tentatively visit Louisville Oct. 16 and Florida Oct. 23. He has already taken unofficials to St. John’s and Pittsburgh.

    Good news for Seton Hall fans.

    Kyrie Irving’s final official visit will be to Seton Hall, probably the weekend of Oct. 29. The drive will be a short 10-mile trip from St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. to the Seton Hall campus in South Orange.

    That means Irving’s final five schools are Duke, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech and Seton Hall.

    He will visit Duke (Sept. 25), Texas A&M (Oct. 9), Kentucky (Oct. 15) Georgia Tech (Oct. 23) and then Seton Hall.

    As first reported here Friday, Indiana, long considered to have a legitimate shot at the talented point guard, is out.

    Now UConn is officially out, too.

    Maryland coach Gary Williams, who took a lot of heat last year for his supposed failures in recruiting, received a one-year extension through 2013.

    “I’m pleased for Gary that he met the competitive and academic benchmarks of his contract,” said Maryland AD Deborah Yow. “The 2009-10 season has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory.”

    Williams, recently voted onto the board of directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, is the winningest coach in Maryland history and enters the season with a 418-229 mark in his previous 20 seasons in College Park.

    Tobias Harris plans to cut his list of schools down to five after his home visit with UConn on Wednesday.

    “We’re going to think about it for a week and then a week later we’re going to cut it down,” said Torrel Harris, Tobias dad. “We’re going to go over everything. We’re not going to rush on cutting it down because everyone came in here with a plan. Everybody came in with a plan.”

    UConn will be the final school of a group of 11 to come in and make its presentation.

    “We had to reschedule UConn because of some family obligations on our part,” Torrel said. “UConn has been recruiting Tobias since the 9th grade  They have a winning program with great coaches and they produce great pros.”
    The last school to come in before UConn was Maryland.
    “The Maryland home visit with Coach [Gary] Williams was good. He’s a  great coach, he talked about academics, the  basketball program and building a team to win another NCAA