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Friday / September 18.
  • There were some big stories in the college and prep hoops world in the last 24 hours…

    **Yahoo! Sports broke the news of the Kansas ticket scandal that has everyone in college hoops talking. Kansas announced that six university employees engaged in a scam that sold off more than $1 million in basketball and football tickets over the past five years. The story indicates college power brokers Dana and David Pump (pictured) orchestrated the scam and have made hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket scams at the 2002 and ’03 NCAA tournaments.

    This is the latest black eye for a Kansas program that last year made news when members of the basketball and football teams got into fights with one another on campus.

    Jamir Hanner, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward who verbally committed to Seton Hall in March, plans to spend another prep year at Newark (N.J.) Nia Prep and won’t enroll in college until the fall of 2011.

    “Yes,” Hanner said Wednesday by phone. “[I want] to mature more under Coach Rudy [King], to learn and understand the game more.”

    Hanner was recently named to the second-team at the iS8 Nike Spring Classic in Queens, but he and King feel another year of prep school will benefit him even more.

    “I think you’ll see with another year it’s going to really help him on and off the court,” said King, the former Bishop Loughlin coach.

    Remi Barry plans to visit St. John’s and Arizona State and then make a decision between those two programs and UCLA sometime in June.

    The 6-foot-7 Barry said he will visit St. John’s and Arizona State “most likely the second week of June.”

    He tripped from Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro High to UCLA May 16 and said he enjoyed it.

    “It was really, really good,” Barry said. “I liked the campus. It’s a really nice campus. I like the guys over there. The players are really nice, really friendly. I like the coach [Ben Howland], how he pushes them and makes them work really hard.”

    Karron Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound wing forward who has decommitted from Oklahoma State, is now leaning toward playing in the Big East at West Virginia beginning in 2011.

    “It’s almost 75 percent sure that he wants to go to West Virginia,” said James Black, Johnson’s mentor. “We have a four-year relationship with [assistant] coach Larry Harrison at West Virginia. He’s a longtime friend of mine.”

    Johnson, 19, is currently at Panama City (Fla.) Gulf Coast Community College and will have two years of college eligibility remaining once he graduates next year.