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Friday / November 15.
  • It wasn’t planned, but LaQuinton Ross verbally committed to Ohio State on Monday.

    “Yes,” Ross, who averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds last season at Burlington (N.J.) Life Center, said by phone.

    The 6-foot-8 Ross, a Murrah, Miss., native who last year transferred to Life Center, chose Ohio State over West Virginia and Baylor. He is the No. 14 small forward in the Class of 2011.

    “He talked to Thad [Matta] and decided to commit. It was not planned,” said Life Center coach Wilson Arroyo. “He told me it just felt like it was the right decision. He liked the way Thad will use him on offense, like a guard.

    Monmouth coach Dave Calloway landed a pair of players from the Jersey Shore Warriors program.

    Andrew “Red” Nicholas, a 6-6, 210-pound wing who initially committed to former Rutgers coach Fred Hill, and Austin Tillotson, a 6-1 point guard, both committed for 2011. Both play at Eastern York (Pa.) High School.

    “It’s at the beach,” Nicholas said by text. “I can play right away. They have small classes. Plus, Austin is going there. I love the arena.”

    Jabari Brown, the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2011, has trimmed his list to seven schools and is planning visits.

    “Washington, UConn, Georgia Tech, Oregon, DePaul, St. John’s and Cal,” Brown said by phone.

    An Oakland, Calif. native who had a terrific summer with the Drew Gooden Soldiers, only has one official planned, to Washington Sept. 18.

    “I’m going up to Washington,” he said. “That’s the only one I have but I’m working on a few more. I should have a few more set in the next few days.”

    Malick Kone, a 6-foot-6, 194-pound senior shooting guard from St. George (Va.) Blue Ridge and DC Assault, likes Rutgers and could commit on his upcoming official visit.

    Kone, who took an unofficial last weekend with DC Assault teammate Jerome Seagears, will visit Rutgers Sept. 10/11 officially.

    “Yes, I think I will commit with Rutgers,” Kone said by text. “It’s a matter of time. By September if nothing changes it will be official.”

    I just got off the phone with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

    They said Lance Stephenson was released on his own recognizance without bail Sunday night and faces a preliminary hearing Oct. 19 in criminal court.

    Phonecalls to Stephenson’s attorneys, Alberto Ebanks and Adam Sattler, have not been returned.

    Stephenson, a rookie guard with the Indiana Pacers, was charged with assault, attempted assault, harassment, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon after pushing Jasmine Williams, the mother of his daughter, down a flight of stairs early Sunday morning in her Brooklyn apartment.