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Pinkston Remains Uncommitted; Nunez to Visit UConn; New York’s Best Kept Hoops Secret
Despite a premature report from ESPN.com’s “Rumors” department, Bishop Loughlin senior forward JayVaughn Pinkston has not committed to St. John’s.
The site, quoting no sources, indicated Pinkston is “ready to announce for St. John’s.”
Kimani Young, Pinkston’s coach with New Heights, says the rumor is blatantly false.
“Although St. John’s is one of the schools that Jay is choosing from. He has not made a clear decision where he will attend school next fall. He has not decided if he will commit early or late. As of today he will be a late signee,” Young wrote in a text.
“However, that could change if he’s 100 percent sure where he wants to go after a few more unofficial visits over the next few weeks.”
Pinkston is considering St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova, Marquette and Tennessee.
As first reported here, Pinkston will probably attend the Red Storm Tip-Off at St. John’s Oct. 22; Villanova’s Hoops Mania Oct. 23; and Tennessee’s exhibition with North Alabama Oct. 31.
NUNEZ TO VISIT UCONNAngel Nunez, a 6-7 wing from New York who plays at Winchendon (Mass.) Prep, will visit UConn for First Night festivities Oct. 16 instead of going to Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness.
“I wanted to go visit Kentucky but I would miss school so instead I’m going to go to UConn,” Nunez wrote in a text. “And I’ll be at Kentucky during my school break over Thanksgiving.”
UConn also expects to have Oak Hill big man Roscoe Smith and Findlay (Nev.) prep point guard Cory Joseph on campus the weekend of Oct. 16.
Nunez has offers from Louisville, Arizona, UConn, Rutgers, St. John’s, West Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana and Virginia. He is the No. 11 small forward in the Class of 2011.
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.
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