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Saturday / December 14.
  • Adonis Thomas, the No. 6 small forward in the nation, has cut his list, ZAGSBLOG has learned.

    “My top six are Memphis, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, UCLA and Kansas,” he said by phone from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif.

    “I don’t have any favorite.”

    The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Thomas, a Memphis native, had previously considered North Carolina, Duke, Oklahoma, Missouri, UConn, Florida State and Ole Miss.

    He said he has no officials set.

    The Knicks signed Patrick Ewing on Friday.

    No, it’s not 1985 all over again.

    New York inked Patrick Ewing Jr. to a contract and also added 6-foot-7 G/F forward Landry Fields.

    The 6-8, 240-pound Ewing Jr. was with the Knicks during the 2008 preseason, but was cut two days before  the season opener.

    He headed to the NBA Development League and averaged 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds in 30 games for the Reno Bighorns.

    He then tore the MCL in his right knee in March 2009 and spent the next 16 months rehabilitating.

    Deuce Bello won the dunk contest Friday night at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif., with this hop over friend and teammate Quincy Miller. (Photo courtesy Kelly Kline, Nike).

    NBA players John Wall and DeMar DeRozan were among the judges for the dunk, which was actually suggested by Quinn Cook.

    “He didn’t know what to do for his second dunk,” Cook told ESPNRise.com. “I showed him the video on YouTube. It used to be our go-to dunk for me and [former DeMatha teammate] Victor [Oladipo]. But I’ve never seen anyone do it with a windmill.”

    Bello and Miller will visit Louisville together Sept. 4 and hope to play college ball together.

    Prosecutors have offered former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez a plea bargain in his shoplifting case.

    Gonzalez is accused of stealing a $1,395 men’s satchel June 29 at the Polo Ralph Lauren store at the Mall at Short Hills (N.J.).

    “The judge asked the prosecutor to put the plea offer on the record,” Katherine Carter, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman, said by email. “We are offering him 4th degree criminal mischief which would result in probation. He has applied for Pretrial Intervention, a diversionary program that would result in the charges being dropped after he meets certain conditions. Meanwhile the case is going to the grand jury.”

    Quinn Cook is down to seven schools and plans to determine his official visits soon.

    “I got seven schools, Duke, St. John’s, Rutgers, Georgetown, UCLA, Arizona and North Carolina,” Cook said by phone from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif.

    Cook, who will play at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, is the No. 5 point guard in the Class of 2011.

    Cook said he hasn’t figured out where he’ll take his official visits yet.

    “I’ll know by next week,” he said. “I’m not sure yet.”

    JaKarr Sampson is headed to Brewster (N.H.) Academy and his old coach isn’t too happy about it.

    The 6-foot-8, 193-pound forward had spent the previous three years at Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary, LeBron James’ alma mater.

    But after visiting national powerhouse Brewster Aug. 15, Sampson elected to spend his senior year there, joining a loaded team that will also include big man Markus Kennedy and guards Naadir Tharpe and Elijah Carter.

    “I can just confirm that he’s withdrawn from our school,” St. Vincent Athletic Director Andy Jalwan said Friday by phone.”[Dawnette Epps, JaKarr’s mother] indicated to us that her son was not provided the proper academic structure here at St. V. I don’t think I need to defend our school’s academic program. We really did a lot for the young man and I’m sad to see him leave.”