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Decision Time for Pinkston, Harris (UPDATED); Terrence Jones Likely to Sign Late
The two top high school basketball players in New York State will make their college announcements within a 24-hour span this week.
JayVaughn Pinkston, a 6-6 combo forward from Brooklyn Bishop Loughlin considered the top prospect in New York City, will announce at 3 p.m. Wednesday at his school.
The Daily News reported on its Website Tuesday that sources indicated Pinkston would announce for Tennessee, but New Heights athletic director Kimani Young said, “Nobody confirmed that.”
Pinkston is expected to announce from among Villanova, Tennessee, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Marquette.
If Pinkston picks Tennessee, it could well have an impact on what Tobias Harris says at his announcement Thursday on ESPNU since both play the same position.
“There’s no way they’re going to the same school,” said a Division 1 assistant coach recruiting one of the players.
Torrel Harris, Tobias’ dad, said it would be Tobias’ decision, but that the two players could potentially coexist on the same team.
“They’re two different players,” Torrel said. “JayVaughn is a power forward and Tobias, he can do it all. I think if he [Pinkston] did go there [Tennessee], they’ll both play a lot.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, the 6-8 Harris, a senior at Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, had finished up his final visit — to Georgia Tech.
“We had a great visit,” Torrel said. “Coach [Paul] Hewitt is a great teacher, a lot of teaching. In the practices, his players go really hard. He’s got a great group of guys, high-character players on the team. They get a lot of guys to the NBA. A lot of one-and-dones, two-and-dones.
“We met with the president of the school, met with the academic advisors. Just watched a lot of practices and films.”
Torrel said the family would spend the next several days picking a school from among Syracuse, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisville, Maryland and Georgia Tech.
Conventional wisdom says Harris will pick from among Syracuse, Tennessee, Louisville and West Virginia.
If Pinkston chooses Tennessee Wednesday, we may know a little more about where Harris ends up.
“That’s not my decision,” Torrel said. “That’s Tobias’ decision. We haven’t talked about that.”
TERRENCE JONES LIKELY TO SIGN LATELinda Mashia-Jones, the mother of five-star forward Terrence Jones, said her son will likely wait until the spring to sign.
“It’s looking that way,” she said Tuesday. “I can’t say for sure unless he has a breakout tomorrow [Wednesday] and calls me and tells me he’s ready to make a decision.”
She added: “He’s still waiting. He still wants to wait.”
A 6-foot-8 forward from Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, Jones and his mother visited UCLA two weeks ago. He is considering UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky.
The early signing period runs Nov. 11-18.
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