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Decision Day for Wroten, Brown; Garrett Has Decided; Harris to Visit Johnies; Marist Lands Guard
Two of the top prospects in the Class of 2011, Seattle guard Tony Wroten and Oakland guard Jabari Brown, will announce their college choices tonight on ESPNU.
Brown (pictured) goes at 5 p.m. EST and Wroten follows at 6.
The 6-foot-5 Wroten has a final five of Washington, Louisville, UConn, Villanova and Seattle University, but most expect him to announce for either Washington or Louisville.
“I’m not leaning any way,” Wroten told the Seattle Times. “To this day, I don’t know where I’m going to go. At 2:59 p.m. I’m going to have my decision.
Wroten did tell the Times which school had been in touch with him the most in the last 48 hours.
“Louisville, Louisville, Louisville,” he said. “For real.”
Wroten took the unusual step of reaching out to Kentucky coach John Calipari on Twitter to ask why they stopped recruiting him “because I was really interested in Kentucky and then he disappeared,” Wroten told the Times.
The 6-5 Brown is down to Arizona State, Washington, Oregon, UConn and Georgia Tech, and conspiracy theorists wonder if the fact that he and Wroten are both announcing today means they’re headed to the same place — namely, Washington.
Still, many figure he’ll land at either ASU or Oregon.
He cancelled a scheduled visit to Georgia Tech this weekend and took his last visit to Oregon.
Arizona State commit Jahii Carson is rumored to have told people Brown will join him with the Sun Devils.
GARRETT HAS DECIDEDAmir Garrett, a 6-7 wing from Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Tweeted that he has made up his mind about college.
“So i have made up my mind of where i wanna go to college,but nobody is gonna know untill im ready…”
Garrett is down to Oregon and St. John’s.
Oregon coach Dana Altman came out last week and St. John’s coach Steve Lavin is coming this week, per Findlay assistant Todd Simon.HARRIS TO VISIT JOHNNIESTyler Harris, a 6-8 wing from St. Benedict’s Prep, will take his final official visit to St. John’s Oct. 29-30, according to his father, Torrel.
Harris is down to Iowa, Providence, N.C. State and the Johnnies and has visited Iowa and N.C. State, with Providence up next Oct. 15.
He is expected to announce in early November.
MARIST LANDS GUARD
Marist coach Chuck Martin got a nice pickup when he landed 5-8 guard Isaiah Morton of St. Augustine Prep in New Jersey.
“The situation was great,” Morton told Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop. “I felt at home on the official. Coach Martin is a great coach and a great person. The academic standards are high and the new guys coming, I think we have a chance to make the tournament.”
Sources say Marist believes Morton compares to former St. Peter’s star Keydren Clark, who was 5-11 and finished as the No. 6 all-time scorer in NCAA history.
“Isaiah can be like Clark,” one Division 1 coach said. “A smart, exciting guard who can score the ball in bunches.”
WESLEY JENKINS UPDATE
St. Peter’s guard Wesley Jenkins has a partial tear in his ACL and “possibly could heal with rehab,” St. Peter’s coach John Dunne said Thursday.
“It looks like we’ll stay away from surgery now and reevaluate in a month or so,” he added. “There’s a chance he could return in December.”
Jenkins, the team’s best player, injured his knee playing pickup last Thursday. He could take a medical redshirt.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.