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Friday / November 15.
  • Omar Calhoun is getting a lot of love.

    The 6-foot-5, 185-pound 2012 shooting guard from Christ the King is receiving heavy interest “from the entire Big East and most ACC schools,” his father, Omar Sr., said by text.

    Omar Sr. said they were “trying to schedule a good time to visit Coach [Jim] Calhoun and UConn.”

    In this interview with MassLive.com, Omar mentioned “Villanova, Pittsburgh, West Virginia [and] North Carolina.”

    A year after losing the No. 1 national ranking at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. by falling to Findlay Prep, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick ascended to the top spot at the same event.

    With their 79-63 victory over Bishop Gorman (Nev.) Monday on ESPNU, the Celtics (10-0) moved into the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 rankings.

    Oak Hill Academy (Va.), the former No. 1, lost on Saturday to Milton (Ga.), the school St. Patrick knocked off last month in the final of the City of Palms Classic in Florida.

    “If you’re a good program like us and have good players over the years, people already circle your game and get up for you,” St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle told USA Today. “Now, being No. 1 gives teams a little more incentive.”

    By ZACH SMART AND ADAM ZAGORIA

    NEW YORK Andre Drummond is a professional disguised in a St. Thomas More jersey.

    The 6-foot-10, 260-pound behemoth runs the floor like a long-legged gazelle and possesses awareness and scoring ability that seems unrivaled at this level.

    The No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2012, Drummond dropped 17 points and tore down 11 rebounds en route to St. Thomas More’s 73-59 win over Quality Education (N.C.) Monday in the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College.

    St. Thomas more coach Jere Quinn said about half a dozen schools are legitimately in the hunt for Drummond.

    NEW YORK — St. John’s got a double-dose of good news on Sunday.

    On the same day the Johnnies upset No. 9 Notre Dame, 72-54, at Madison Square Garden, Chicago point guard Phil Greene verbally committed for 2011.

    “Yes,” the 6-foot-2 Greene said when reached on his cell phone.

    “It’s a good fit for me,” he added by text. “They play an up and down style which is my style of play and I have a chance to play right away. They plan on letting me play the point and running the two at times.”

    St. John’s coach Steve Lavin plans on using “interchangeable guards,” utilizing Greene, Malik Stith, Nurideen Lindsey and D’Angelo Harrison. Lindsey, Harrison and Greene will all be first-year players.

    NEW YORK — Tyler Ennis has only been at St. Benedict’s Prep for a few weeks, but he’s already made a big splash.

    The 6-foot-2 Canadian sophomore point guard has pulled interest from Kentucky, Florida, Arizona State, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Virginia Tech.

    “Rutgers offered,” he said at halftime of the Notre Dame-St. John’s game, which he’s attending with assistant coach Billy Diamond and a group of teammates.

    Seton Hall also offered, Diamond said.