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Monday / July 15.
  • NEWARK, N.J. — Kansas is the latest school to offer St. Benedict’s Prep junior point guard Tyler Ennis.

    “It was big,” Ennis told “Everyone was real happy for me.”

    Kansas assistant Joe Dooley, a St. Ben’s alum, recently attended an open gym and Kansas head coach Bill Self is due in soon.

    “Yeah, Coach Dooley said he’s trying to get him out either this week or next week,” Ennis said.

    Meantime, Ennis admitted he and his teammates are watching the conference realignment carousel with interest.

    NEWARK, N.J. — Arizona head coach Sean Miller and assistant Book Richardson were looking toward the future earlier this week when they came to St. Benedict’s Prep to watch 2013 point guard Tyler Ennis and 2015 shooting guard Isaiah Briscoe.

    For the immediate future, Miller will also rely heavily on youth.

    “It’s too early to tell, but we’re really counting on all four of our freshmen to have a role,” Miller, who took the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last spring, told

    Arizona’s heralded 2011 recruiting class includes point guard Josiah Turner, shooting guard Nick Johnson and forwards Angelo Chol and Sidiki Johnson, a Bronx native.

    On the same night he locked up shooting guard Archie Goodwin with a verbal commitment, Kentucky coach John Calipari visited with 6-foot-9 big man DaJuan Coleman.

    “It was good,” Coleman told by text. “He was telling me about the past players he developed. And he said he liked the way I play and he can bring the best out of me because he knows I can do multiple things on the court.

    “It was a really good meeting.”

    Calipari has tracked Coleman for some time, even watching him the New York State Federation title game last spring.

    Coleman may postpone his official visit this weekend to Ohio State and will then visit

    When Jerami Grant committed to Syracuse last Friday, he and his DeMatha Catholic teammate, Pittsburgh-bound point guard James Robinson, joked about playing one another in the Big East Conference across their college careers.

    “The next morning we find out we’re probably going to end up being in the ACC, so we laughed and joked about it,” Robinson told, referring to the breaking news on Saturday that both Pittsburgh and Syracuse were ditching the Big East for the ACC.

    While it’s a fortuitous coincidence that the two teammates both pledged to teams leaving the Big East, consider this potential course of events.

    If Big East Commissioner John Marinatto holds to his promise of keeping Syracuse and Pittsburgh in the league until 2014, Grant and Robinson could play two years in the Big East and two years in the ACC.

    The Pac-12 is standing pat.

    The Big 12 is trying to hold it together.

    And the Big East is looking to fortify itself.

    Those were the headlines from a dizzying Tuesday on the conference realignment carousel.

    “After careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

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