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Thursday / November 21.
  • Jerome Seagears is awaiting Rutgers’ pitch.

    With associate head coach David Cox due to meet with Seagears in North Carolina on Thursday, Seagears is curious to see how both he and Myles Mack could fit in at the Big East school.

    “Hopefully they can do a good job of pitching that to me to where they can sell me enough to commit,” the 6-foot-1, 173-pound Seagears said Wednesday by phone.

    The 5-10 Mack committed to Rutgers on Sept. 1, and Seagears is curious how both of them would mesh in the Rutgers backcourt. Seagears is the No. 21 point guard in the Class of 2011 and Mack is No. 23.

    Two of the top point guards in the Class of 2011 have set their visits and are driving toward a decision.

    Jabarie Hinds of Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High will take officials to UNLV (Sept. 17), Oklahoma State (Sept. 24) and West Virginia (Oct. 14).

    The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Hinds has home visits Thursday with Oklahoma State and Friday with UNLV.

    He said UConn and UCLA have both offered and he may still have in-home visits with those schools.

    “UConn is trying to work something out also,” he said.

    Despite the latest news about Enes Kanter, NBA experts expect that the 6-foot-11, 272-pound Turkish big man will still be a lottery pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

    “He’s a first-round pick,” said one Eastern Conference NBA scout. “He’s a lottery pick. It could affect him a couple of spots, but then again maybe not.

    “There’s 30 teams. He’s highly skilled and he’s right at the top of the one of the very best guys in this class.”

    Pete Thamel of The New York Times reported in Wednesday’s editions that Kanter, a freshman at Kentucky, received more than $100,000 in cash and benefits over three years from Fenerbahce Ulker, his Turkish pro team.

    In response to the report, Kentucky issued the following statement: “The University of Kentucky is working diligently with the NCAA on this matter and we fully support Enes Kanter and his family through this ongoing NCAA review. We will have no further comment.”

    Wearing a red Louisville golf shirt and Cardinals baseball hat, Chane Behanan announced at his high school Tuesday that he will play for head coach Rick Pitino.

    “Louisville is where I will be going,” Behanan said, according to the Courier Journal. “I felt so comfortable with the players and the coaches and my family really liked the environment. It was the best place for me.”

    The 6-foot-8, 250-pound Behanan is the No. 5 power forward in the Class of 2011, per Rivals.

    Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello may still visit Baylor but nothing has been set yet.

    “I believe so but I’m not sure about that yet,” Bello, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Westchester (N.C.) Country Day, said Tuesday by phone. “I don’t have a date yet.”

    Bello and the 6-9 Miller both tripped to Louisville this past weekend and enjoyed it.

    “Yeah, I had a good time,” Bello said. “I spent time with Coach [Rick] Pitino and Coach [Steve] Masiello and coahc [Tim] Fuller and got to know them better. I hung out with the teammates. We had fun at the football game against Kentucky.”