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Tuesday / July 16.

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — With tons of talent from not only the Northeast but the Midwest, South and West, this weekend’s Philly Hoop Group Jam Fest featured some very notable standouts and talented sleepers.

    Here is a breakdown of the top performers from the event and their recruitments.

    The 2013 New York Rens frontcourt of Kentan Facey and Jermaine Lawrence stole the show at the Jam Fest. Both are high major talents who are versatile, can score in a variety of ways and both need to get a bit stronger before heading to college.

    Because he is a talented point guard with the potential to help lead a team to the NCAA Tournament, Josiah Turner will likely land somewhere next season.

    Some college coach somewhere will take a chance on the former Arizona guard because he has the ability to help win games.

    Heck, before news of his arrest this past week on DUI suspicion was reported Sunday by Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star, schools were lining up to land Turner.

    Former Western Kentucky guard Derrick Gordon took his third visit to an Atlantic 10 program this weekend.

    The former St. Patrick standout has now been to UMass, St. Joe’s and Rhody.

    “Having the time of my life up here at Rhode Island…Coach Hurley is funny,” Gordon Tweeted in reference to Rhody coach Dan Hurley.

    “Really enjoying my time up here at Rhode Island…My boy@JarelleReischel is also up here…Having a good time,” he added.

    For the fourth time in eight days, St. John’s has added a commit for the spring signing period.

    Darrick Wood, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Bridgton (Me.) Academy, re-committed to the Johnnies on his weekend visit.

    “Yes,” Wood, who runs with the Playaz Basketball Club, confirmed via text after announcing on his Twitter.

    Sources told SNY.tv that Wood “still has some work to do academically but he has made real progress on that front.”


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.Chris Obekpa is still planning a visit to Oregon before he makes his college choice.

    “He’s gonna reschedule the visit,” Our Savior New American assistant C.J. Lipscombe said at the Real Deal in the Rock where Obekpa is playing with New Heights. “I’m not sure when, but he’s gonna reschedule it.”

    The 6-foot-9 Obekpa was supposed to  trip to the Pac-12 school April 22-24, but postponed the visit.

    Chris Thomas chose Xavier earlier this month largely because of his relationship with assistant coach Rasheen Davis.

    But now Davis is on the move to Manhattan, which begs the question, What does that mean for Chris Thomas?

    “He is still committed to Xavier and will continue to be for now,” his grandmother, Latonia Smith, told SNY.tv by text Saturday night.

    The talented, yet enigmatic Thomas is  the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013.

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