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Saturday / February 24.
  • Birch Says Providence is Favorite; Beal Committed to UF

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    Khem Birch is a 6-foot-9 power forward from Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2012 by the New England Recruiting Report.

    After taking an unofficial visit to Providence Thursday, Birch lists the Friars as his leader.

    “Yeah,” he told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Kline. “It’s so beautiful. The facilities are amazing. I like how small the campus is.”

    Siena, Virginia, UConn, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Pitt, Purdue and Notre Dame are among the other schools involved with Birch, who recently left The Winchendon (Mass.) School for Notre Dame Prep.  (LIST WAS UPDATED)
    Yet Birch has developed a close relationship with Providence assistant Pat Skerry.

    “Coach Skery showed me around the campus,” Birch said. “He showed me the library, practice gym, the coach offices. I even saw coach Keno Davis. He is a really nice man. I also saw the Dunkin Donuts Centre, which is nice because the only gym is basically for the basketball team.”

    Birch said he may commit “soon.”

    “Soon I most likely will, but I want to see how [incoming freshman point guard] Naadir [Tharpe] and the [Providence] team do after the 2011 season,” Birch said.

    BEAL NOT DECOMMITTING

    Bradley Beal, the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2011 out of St. Louis, Miss. Chaminade, said he has no plans to decommit from Florida.

    “Naw, just rumors,” he said.

    (Photo courtesy New England Recruiting Report)

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    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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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