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Monday / May 25.
  • Jaren Sina has decommitted from Alabama and will reopen his recruitment.

    “Yes, I decommitted,” the Gill St. Bernard’s 2013 point guard told SNY.tv by phone, confirming a tweet by Adam Finkestein.

    “I visited the campus a couple times and I still have a good relationship with the coaches and everything. I want to have the opportunity to get a better look at some other schools and some other options just to compare it to.”

    Kentucky coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua spent part of Tuesday visiting Chris Walker, the 6-foot-9 forward from  Bonifay (Fla.) Holmes County.

    Walker said no official scholarship offer was made but that Calipari expressed his strong interest in recruiting him.

    “They didn’t offer but they said I’m one of the top guys they [are] recruiting and that they are coming back,” he said by text.

    He added that it “felt good” that they came to his school.

    Kentucky is in the mix for Gary Harris.

    “Yes, we have an official set up for Oct. 22,” Harris, the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2012, said by text.

    Harris recently had a home visit with Cats coach John Calipari that went well.

    “He talked about how he wants me to be a part of the program and what they had to offer and discussed when they could get me on campus,” Harris said.

    Harris, out of Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern, visited Purdue last weekend and still has visits set for Indiana Oct. 15 for Hoosier Hysteria and Michigan State Nov. 5 for the Minnesota football game.

    St. John’s needed a big year from junior college guard Nurideen Lindsey even before the latest developments surfaced.

    But now that three members of Steve Lavin’s heralded recruiting class have been declared academically ineligible, Lindsey’s role becomes even more important.

    “I just work, man,” the 6-foot-3, 179-pound Lindsey, nicknamed “Too Easy,” told RedStormSports.com. “Offensively, I just work. I just find a way to get it done. I’m a tough guy. I’m mentally tough. I’m a very real self- determined person, so I just find a way to get it done.”

    T.J. Warren, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Brewster (N.H.) Academy, has cut his list to four and eliminated Kentucky, according to reports.

    Warren is down to North Carolina, N.C. State, Florida and Georgetown.

    He plans to visit North Carolina’s Midnight Madness the weekend of Oct. 15 instead of Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness.

    “To all of #Tarheelnation fans… I will be attending UNCs Late night!” he announced on Twitter.

    In other Kentucky related news, Warren’s Brewster teammate, Mitch McGary, announced he also won’t attend Big Blue Madness.

    Jason Gonzalez, 19, was charged with attempted murder and nine other offenses in the shooting of Arizona basketball player Kevin Parrom of The Bronx, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

    The newspaper reported that Gonzalez was arraigned Sunday and will face a pretrial hearing on Wednesday in Bronx Supreme Court. He bail was set at $25,000 and he is currently at Vernon C. Bain Center in The Bronx. Gonzalez pleaded not guilty to the charges.

    The New York Police Dept. confirmed by phone that Gonzalez was arrested on charges of burglary, criminal possession of a weapon and assault.

    As first reported by SNY.tv, Parrom was shot in the early morning of Sept. 24 at his

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. — In 2008, John Calipari coached a Memphis team that featured Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Antonio Anderson.

    They went 38-2, reached the NCAA championship game and came within a few Douglas-Roberts’s free throws of winning Calipari’s first title before losing to Kansas.

    Now, four years later, Calipari says his current Kentucky team is similar to that Memphis club — in terms of raw speed.

    “My whole team is fast,” Calipari said Friday at the Brayden Carr Clinic at Rutgers. “This may be the fastest team I’ve coached since the 2008 team.