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Thursday / June 20.
  • Billy Donovan made quite an impression on Kyle Anderson and his family during Monday night’s home visit.

    “The Florida visit last night went very well,” Kyle Anderson Sr. said by text. “Coach Donovan left no stone unturned in reference to how important Lil Kyle could be to his program. What was extremely impressive and important was his video presentation.

    “Lil Kyle has a very unique skill set for a kid 6-9 and all the other coaches explained to us how they would use him. Billy showed us. He showed video of similar players to Lil Kyle’s skill set — Chandler Parsons, Mike Miller and Nick Calathes — and how he allowed them freedom to make plays. 

    NEW YORK — In the span of a single year, one brilliant, nearly flawless year, Novak Djokovic has completely flipped the script in men’s tennis.

    With his 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1 victory over Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final Monday night, Djokovic now sits alone atop the men’s game and has authored perhaps the greatest single season in tennis history.

    The 24-year-old Serb is 64-2 on the season, with 10 titles, three Grand Slam singles crowns and six, count ’em, six, finals victories over Nadal.

    “I’m going for it, I’m more aggressive, and I have just a different approach to the semifinals and finals of major events, especially when I’m playing two great champions, Rafa and Roger,” Djokovic said after beating Federer and Nadal in back-to-back matches for his first U.S. Open title and fourth career major.

    Shaquille Thomas, a 6-foot-7 forward from Montclair, N.J., has been cleared by the NCAA to play at Cincinnati.

    “He was cleared to go to school,” his grandmother, Dorothy Thomas, told “He’s leaving now. He’ll be out of here in a couple days.”

    Cincinnati operates on a quarterly system and school begins next week. The first quarter ends Dec. 10.

    It remains unclear if Thomas will have to miss any time on the basketball court, but he won’t miss any school.

    Chris Obekpa, a 6-foot-9 Nigerian power forward at Our Savior New American on Long Island, hosted head coaches from UCLA, Providence and Cincinnati on Sunday for in-home visits.

    Ben Howland had Phil Mathews with him. Ed Cooley brought Andre LaFleur and Mick Cronin was accompanied by Darren Savino. 

    “Everything went well with each visit,” said assistant coach Eric Jaklitsch of Our Savior. “They all expressed their interest in Christopher and how much they want him.”

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