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Monday / September 26.
  • Poole to Announce Soon; is8 Semis Set (UPDATED)

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    **UPDATED AT 6:28 p.m. MONDAY**

    I’m now being told that Seton Hall is not actively recruiting St. Benedict’s wing Mike Poole.

    It appears now that Poole will not visit Seton Hall this week and will announce his school later this week.

    So much for that big Rutgers vs. Seton Hall showdown for his services.

    Earlier Monday, Poole’s mentor, Nate Blue, said, “It’s either Seton Hall or Rutgers.”

    Boston College had also been in the mix but Blue said “I don’t think he fits [Coach Steve] Donahue’s style of play.”

    Poole visited Rutgers last week.

    He averaged 10.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 49.7 percent this past season at St. Benedict’s, which finished 20-1 on the season under former coach Dan Hurley.

    He was tied for third on the team in scoring with 6-8 forward Gilvydas Biruta, who has signed with Rutgers.

    iS8 SEMIS SET

    The semifinals of iS8 are set for Saturday.

    New Heights will face NIA Prep in one semifinal at 12:30 p.m.

    The Sean Bell All-Stars will face the New York Panthers in the other semi at 2.

    The final is set for Sunday at 11 a.m.

    The address for iS8 is 108 167th St. Jamaica, Queens just off  Merrick Blvd on 167 St and 108th Avenue.

    NIA Prep advanced to the semis with a 95-76 victory over East Coast Elite behind Devon Gibson’s 27 points and Jamir Hanner’s 26.

    NIA Prep had previously upset a Shooting Stars team featuring Duke-bound point guard Kyrie Irving and Kansas-bound guard Josh Selby. NIA’s Shaquille Thomas dropped 31 in that game and Gibson had 26.

    New Heights beat Variety Boys & Girls, 73-67, in another quarterfinal. Rutgers-bound forward Gilvydas Biruta scored 16 points, Fordham-bound guard Branden Frazier added 15 and Oregon State commit Devon Collier tallied 13.

    UConn-bound junior Maurice Harkless of Forest Hills High led Variety with 24 points and his future Huskies teammate, Shabazz Napier, added 15. Napier will play for UConn beginning in 2010.

    Sean Bell advanced over Sports University, 101-94 in overtime, behind a game-high 29 points from George Mason-bound guard Bryon Allen. Memphis commit Jelan Kendrick scored 19 points for the winners.

    St. Anthony guard Elijah Carter, who recently opted for prep school over college next season, tallied a team-high 27 points for Sports University and St. Bonaventure-bound big man Derrick Williams added 19 points. Carter says he will attend South Kent (Conn.), Winchendon (Mass.) or Brewster (N.H.).

    The Panthers got 21 points from big man Ryan Rhoomes and 14 from Pitt-bound guard J.J. Moore to advance past Raising Champions, 87-70.

    (Statistics from Rivals.com and the New York Post were used in the iS8 summary)

    (Photos courtesy Rivals.com and St. Benedict’s Prep)

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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.