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Friday / April 23.
  • After last weekend’s unofficial visit to Missouri, Rodney Purvis is now listing just three schools.

    Duke, N.C. State and Missouri.

    “Those are my three now,” Purvis told Jody Demling of the Louisville-Courier Journal.

    Purvis, who decommitted from Louisville, told Demling he “probably won’t” add any other schools and that Kentucky and Louisville are “no longer on my list.”

    Beejay Anya’s phone is blowing up.

    Or, more accurately, the home phone of his parents, Ben and MaryAnne, is blowing up.

    “I think we have had like 16 or 18 [phonecalls Wednesday],” said Ben Anya, the father of the 6-foot-7, 250-pound sophomore center from DeMatha Catholic.

    Wednesday at midnight marked the first time college coaches could call 2013 prospects and Anya, the No. 2 center in that class per Rivals, was a hot target.

    By ALEX KLINE

    As the clock struck midnight on Wednesday, June 15th, college coaches could begin calling rising high school juniors. The class of 2013 is packed full of talent and would be sure to draw in a large amount of calls. Throughout the first 48 hours, there were a few big winners who scored some calls from big name schools and coaches.

    The biggest winner by far was Brannen Greene, a 6-foot-7 2013 forward out of Mary Parsons High in Georgia (pictured on right). Home state school and new head coach Brian Gregory of Georgia Tech was the first to call Greene at 12:01 a.m. Wake Forest, Alabama, Xavier, Florida, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Tennessee and Memphis ended up contacting the star forward before the night was over. Greene’s phone, Facebook, email and Twitter were all fully active as the young man took it in with pride. Before he went to sleep, Greene was excited to say, “[Ohio State] coach Thad Matta will be talking to me at 8

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jonathan Mitchell and Rashad Bishop aren’t on any mock draft boards and probably won’t be in the NBA next season.

    In fact, before Thursday the two local players hadn’t even participated in a single NBA draft workout.

    “People here probably don’t know my name today in the beginning of the workout,” the 6-foot-7 Mitchell said after he, Bishop and former Seton Hall standout Jeremy Hazell worked out for the Nets. “Hopefully at the end they kind of said, ‘Who was that kid?'”

    Iona coach Tim Cluess believes Lamont “Momo” Jones will be a difference-maker as soon as he steps on the floor for the Gaels.

    And he hopes that happens in 2011 instead of 2012.

    “He can bring a high level of leadership and talent to our team, toughness, a guard who can play at a pace that we like to play,” Cluess said Thursday in his first public comments since SNY.tv broke the news of Jones’ transfer from Arizona. “He has a New York swagger to him.”

    Iona has already begun the process of applying to the NCAA for a hardship waiver for the 6-foot Jones, whose grandmother lives in Harlem and is battling a liver ailment.

    Ricardo Gathers, a 6-foot-8 forward from¬†Reserve (La.) Riverside, says he and his family have talked to St. John’s about enrolling in 2011 instead of his original class of 2012.

    “We kind of brought it up,” Gathers said Thursday by phone from the NBA Top 100 Camp in Virginia. “It would be a¬†great situation for me to improve my game. I don’t see myself getting better in high school so it’s just something I want to do.”

    St. John’s has nine new players committed for 2011 and Gathers would be the 10th. They have only one returning player in guard Malik Stith after freshman wing Dwyane Polee II transferred to San Diego State.

    Still, Gathers said he would likely remain in the Class of 2012.