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Friday / November 15.
  • Jarelle Reischel, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound wing from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High, has settled on five schools.

    He visits Rice Thursday, Georgetown (Oct. 8), Seton Hall (Oct. 14), Penn State (Oct. 28) and Temple (TBD), according to his high school coach, Nick Catania.

    “They’re all in a pretty good position,” Catania said. “They’ve all worked pretty hard at it. That’s coming from him.”

    Having alreday taken officials to Baylor and Arkansas, Ky Madden has plans to hit Ole Miss (Sept. 24), Oklahoma State (Sept. 30) and UConn (Oct. 8 ) before making a decision.

    He has already visited Ole Miss unofficially.

    “Really right now I’m liking Arkansas, Ole Miss and Baylor,” the 6-foot-5, 175-pound Madden out of Arkansas East Poinsett County said by phone. “Those are the only schools I’ve been able to look at. I like Oklahoma State and UConn but I really haven’t seen them for myself.”

    This past weekend, the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2011 tripped to Arkansas.

    NEW YORK — Jay Wright has become associated with an offense predicated on four guards and one big man.

    But the Villanova coach has employed that technique in the past out of necessity, not preference.

    “It’s never been my choice to be a four-guard offense. Just they were the best players,” Wright said last Friday at Howard Garfinkel’s ‘Clinic to End All Clinics’ at Manhattan College.

    This year Villanova’s five best players should include 6-1 Corey Fisher, 6-5 Corey Stokes, 6-7 Isaiah Armwood, 6-8 Antonio Pena and 6-10 Mouph Yarou, giving the Wildcats a more traditional look on offense.

    I wasn’t able to attend the Best of the Best Coaching Clinic at Long Island Lutheran High on Sunday, but Luke Winn of SI.com went out there and interviewed embattled Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl.

    Pearl was supposed to speak on “Pressure Defense” and “Special Situations,” two topics that he’s now all too familiar with.

    Despite an NCAA investigation into his program and mounting pressure on Pearl, he has yet to be fired and hopes his actions don’t justify such a penalty.

    “I don’t know,” Pearl told SI.com in an interview following the clinic. “We did what we felt like we needed to do, to take steps proactively to penalize ourselves. I think the penalties were unprecedented in some scope. But we made mistakes. We provided false and misleading information to the NCAA.

    Mount Vernon (N.Y.) point guard Jabarie Hinds enjoyed his weekend visit to UNLV so much, he’s putting the Rebels near the top of his list.

    “I liked it,” he said of the visit by text. “The team was cool. I watched them work out. I like how they get after it and go hard. The campus is nice. The academic advisor seemed like a good guy.”

    Hinds also had home visits last week with UConn and UCLA and both schools told him “that they really want me and all that good stuff.”

    Hinds next visits UConn (Sept. 24) and West Virginia (Oct. 14).

    Arizona struck gold again with the Drew Gooden Soldiers AAU program by landing point guard Josiah Turner Sunday morning.

    The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Turner is the No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2011 and is the AAU teammate of Findlay Prep guard Nick Johnson, who earlier committed to the Wildcats.

    “I had a lot of fun here,” Turner told the Arizona Daily Star Sunday. “I bonded with everybody. I liked the teammates, the coaches and I got to meet the AD.”

    Turner had also visited UCLA and Louisville and had a visit slated for Kansas next month.