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Knight’s Coach Uncertain of Destination; Pitt Still Recruiting Mo Walker; Williams to Hire Agent
With one day to go before Brandon Knight is slated to announce his college choice on ESPNU, his high school coach says he doesn’t know where Knight is going.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest coach Dave Beckerman said Tuesday by phone.
Beckerman has been away for a few days on a cruise and expects to meet again with Knight on Wednesday morning. Knight is supposed to announce on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“We’re meeting again [Wednesday],” Beckerman said.
The 6-foot-3 Knight is expected to choose from among Kentucky, UConn, Kansas, Florida or Syracuse, but a source said it will likely be either Kentucky or UConn.
The source said if Kentucky was the sure bet everyone believes it to be, “this would’ve been done a long time ago.”
The source also indicated that uncommitted senior forward C.J. Leslie of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God “wants to go to school with Brandon.”
The 6-7 Leslie told BoxofMess.com he is considering UConn, Florida, Kentucky and N.C. State.
“He would go to UConn if Brandon goes to UConn,” the source said.
Stay tuned for Knight’s announcement…
MAURICE WALKER UPDATE
Amid reports that Maurice Walker has committed to Minnesota, his father says nothing is set.
“No decision yet,” Craig Walker wrote Monday night in a text.
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon called Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith Monday night to say he was still interested.
“Jamie Dixon called me last night,” Smith said. “They’re still recruiting him.”
The 6-10 Walker previously told me Minnesota and Pitt were his favorites, but it was unclear if Pitt had a scholarship for him.
Smith said other schools were also still calling on Walker.
“Virginia wants him to visit. Indiana has been in contact. Kentucky even called. I don’t know if anything’s set up yet,” Smith said.
WILLIAMS TO HIRE AN AGENT
Memphis sophomore guard Elliot Williams will hire an agent and declare for the NBA Draft, a source with knowledge said.
Williams averaged 17.9 points and 3.8 assists in one season at Memphis after transferring from Duke to be near his mother, who is battling cancer.
The story was previously reported by FoxSports.com.
RON ROBERTS GETS RELEASE
As I previously reported on Twitter, 6-7 Jersey City St. Peter’s Prep forward Ron Roberts got his release from St. John’s and will “reopen” his recruitment, per his high school coaches.
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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