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Sunday / June 16.
  • Quinn Cook is rooming with Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Tony Wroten at the USA U17 training camp in San Antonio.

    With Gilchrist and Teague having already committed to Kentucky, and Wroten leaning there, Cook is already hearing it from his roommates.

    “We have the best recruiting class coming in [in 2011],” Gilchrist and Teague tell Cook, the No. 4 point guard in the Class of 2011. “You can join us.”

    Despite the pressure from his roomies, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Cook is keeping his college options open and says he’ll take five official visits.

    When 6-foot-8 rising senior forward Tyler Harris takes an unofficial visit Thursday to Rutgers, he will be the latest in a list of high-profile recruits to check out the campus in recent weeks.

    Consider that in the last two weeks, Mike Rice’s staff has brought in Naadir Tharpe, Jordan Goodman, Jaron Sina, Tyrone Johnson, Myles Mack, Derrick Randall and Kadeem Jack on visits. Baylor transfer Givon Crump also came to Piscataway.

    The 6-8 Goodman, considered one of the top players in the Class of 2012, ended up committing after his visit.

    Still more recruits — including Mike Taylor, a sweet-shooting 2011 off guard from Brooklyn Boys & Girls — are due to visit in the coming days.

    After what he called an “amazing” 48-hour official visit to St. John’s, Remi Barry says he will make a college decision “maybe like next week.”

    The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Barry, a rising senior at Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro High, will choose from among St. John’s, UCLA and Arizona State.

    “They are all equal,” Barry said Tuesday night. “I’m going to choose my school based on basketball, not the city, the life, the fans, all of that.

    “The school that I’m gonna choose is gonna be based on basketball. Everything [else] is an extra.”

    Tony Wroten hasn’t committed to Kentucky quite yet, but he sure sounds like he wants to.

    Wroten a 6-foot-6, 205-pound point guard out of Seattle (Wash.) Garfield, says Kentucky is “on top right now.”

    He also listed Villanova, Washington, UConn and St. John’s.

    Wroten is training with the USA U17 team in San Antonio, Texas. That team also features Kentucky commits Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, the No. 1 and 2 players in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2011. Wroten is No. 6.

    James McAdoo will head to North Carolina beginning in 2011, not 2010 as had been previously reported.

    “I’m going to go back to high school,” the 6-foot-8, 218-pound McAdoo said by phone from the USA U17 training camp in San Antonio, Texas.

    “I made that decision like a week ago.”

    McAdoo, who averaged 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds to help lead the U16s to the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal last year, said he considered enrolling early at North Carolina beginning this year, but ultimately decided against it.

    The St. John’s men’s basketball team would be open to playing some games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn when that arena opens for the 2012-13 season, a source with knowledge told ZAGSBLOG.COM.

    The source said the school’s “primary commitment is to Madison Square Garden” but that the school “would be open to an appropriate opportunity should it arise.”

    The New York Times first reported the news in Tuesday’s editions.

    Bruce Ratner, minority owner of the Nets, told the paper the Barclays Center would like to host St. John’s games.

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