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Sunday / May 22.
  • NEW YORK — Josh Selby’s commitment to Kansas is already paying dividends.

    After committing to the Jayhawks Saturday night during the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, Selby said he would try and recruit 6-8 forward Terrence Jones to Kansas.

    “I wish I had Doron Lamb but he chose Kentucky but now I’m working on getting Terrence Jones to fill Xavier Henry’s spot,” Selby said.

    As it turns out, Selby is having an impact.

    NEW YORK – Year after year, Kentucky coach John Calipari has sent guards into the NBA lottery.

    And year after year, that has had a dramatic effect on players like Doron Lamb.

    So on Saturday night at the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden, Lamb made a verbal commitment to the Wildcats.

    Read the full story at SNY.tv.

    (Photos courtesy LJWorld.com)

    NEW YORK – On the last play of the Jordan Brand Regional Game Saturday at Madison Square Garden, J.J. Moore stole the ball on the wing, drove toward the basket and threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk.

    A 6-foot-5 wing from Brentwood, N.Y. who signed to play at Pittsburgh, Moore scored 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting as the Suburban Team downed the City Team, 137-133.

    “It was very exciting,” said Moore, who made 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. “First of all, it was exciting to even be picked to play in Madison Square Garden. I’ve never played in here and this is a great atmosphere.”

    NEW YORK — Josh Selby ended the suspense Saturday night.

    The 6-foot-3 Selby confirmed during the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden what many had suspected.

    “I’m gonna be a Kansas Jayhawk,” Selby, a senior from Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton High, told the crowd. “I think that’s the best place for me to mature and get to the next level.”

    Selby averaged 32 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds at Lake Clifton and won the slam dunk contest at the McDonald’s All-American Game.

    The No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2010 according to Rivals, he chose Kansas over Kentucky, UConn, Arizona and Tennessee.

    Selby said Kansas coach Bill Self was a major factor in his decision.

    NEW YORK — Gilvydas Biruta can’t make a move until the Fred Hill mess is cleared up at Rutgers.

    Biruta, a 6-foot-8 forward originally from Lithuania, has asked to be released from his Letter of Intent at the Big East school, but it has not been granted.

    Rutgers is apparently waiting to either officially fire Hill or reach a financial settlement with him before proceeding with the St. Benedict’s Prep forward.

    “I’m just waiting for my release from Rutgers,” Biruta said after putting up a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds as the Suburban Team beat the City Team, 137-133, in the Jordan Brand Regional Game Saturday at MSG.

    Biruta has taken only one official visit — to Rutgers — and is considering a number of other schools for his college destination.

    NEW YORK –– Rice center Kadeem Jack is down to five schools and plans to announce April 28.

    Jack is considering Arizona, Arkansas, Miami, UConn and St. John’s.

    “Every school is equal to me unless a school just straight out wows me,” Jack said after putting up 21 points and 8 rebounds for the City Team in a 137-133 loss to the Suburban Team in the Jordan Brand Regional Game Saturday at MSG.

    Having taken his first official to Arizona earlier this year, the 6-foot-9 Jack visited Miami last weekend.

    “It was great. It was a great experience going out there with Durand [Scott] and all the coaches. Coach [Jorge] Fernandez, Coach [Frank] Haith. I visited the campus, I met the president,” Jack said.