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Monday / March 4.
  • The recruitment of 6-foot-8 Long Island wing Tyler Harris is heating up.

    Providence head coach Keno Davis and assistant Rodell Davis were in to St. Benedict’s Prep on Monday to watch Harris, who is slated to visit Providence officially Oct. 15.

    Harris has already visited Iowa and then hit N.C. State this past weekend. St. John’s is the final school on his list and no date has been set.

    As I previously reported on my Twitter, Isaiah Williams, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing from The Robinson School, has committed to Iona, and 6-8, 203-pound forward Jamir Hanner of Philadelphia has committed to Marshall.

    “Williams is a 6-7 guard who scores in bunches, passes extremely well and runs the point,” said his coach, Vincent Robinson. “He makes everyone around him better and can play multiple positions.”

    Robinson said Williams turned down offers from DePaul and South Florida of the Big East to attend Iona due to his relationship with assistant coach Jared Grasso.

    The John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club.  The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The Women’s Preseason list will be released later this week.

    Returning players from past Wooden Award ballots include four seniors: Duke’s Kyle Singler (2009, 2010), Robbie Hummel of Purdue (2008, 2010), Kalin Lucas of Michigan State (2009, 2010) and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette (2010).

    Sonny Vaccaro, the grassroots sneaker guru who signed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to multi-million dollar shoe deals, expects to make a decision about his future plans within weeks.

    “I have had discussions with two of the companies,” Vaccaro, 71, said Monday by phone from California. “I have one more left and then a decision will be made. Pam and I see it happening no later than the middle of November.”

    Vaccaro declined to name the companies with whom he has met, but sources said one is Chinese apparel manufacturer Li Ning.

    Quinn Cook is back from his official to UCLA and plans to visit Duke and Villanova this month, while also taking home visits this week from Villanova and Kansas.

    “It was cool,” the Oak Hill point guard said of UCLA. “I had a lot of fun.”

    Cook shared the visit with Memphis wing Adonis Thomas, whom we profiled here.

    “When we’re together, we don’t really talk about basketball,” Cook said. “The whole world saw us play together on the USA [U17] team [that won gold in Hamburg, Germany].”

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