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Friday / July 19.
  • The Knicks have solidified their point guard rotation, and they have done so by signing a 35-year-old rookie.

    After a brief holdup due to FIBA logistical matters, the Knicks announced they have finally signed Argentinian-born Euroleague star Pablo Prigioni.

    While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Prigioni, the starting point guard for Argentina’s national team, reportedly will be under a one-year contract for the rookie minimum salary of $473, 604.

    The Knicks appear to have filled the last major hole on their roster.

    In an effort to find another shooting guard to back up probable starter J.R. Smith, the Knicks have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with six-year veteran Ronnie Brewer, who most recently played with the Chicago Bulls in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Bulls opted not to pick up Brewer’s $4.37 million team option for next season, making him a free agent.

    Beginning Wednesday, college coaches from across the land will head out to Las Vegas, Orlando, Atlantic City and other spots for the last evaluation period of July.

    Plenty will be on the line as the 2013 class is chock full of difference-makers and talented players who will soon decide their college plans.

    Here’s a quick (unscientific) look at 12 schools in good shape with recruits heading into the final evaluation period.

    1. Kentucky — As discussed in this story from Monday, Kentucky is, to no one’s surprise, involved with a Who’s Who of 2013 talent, including Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, the Harrison Twins, James Young, Aaron Gordon and Andrew Wiggins (who may or may not reclassify), among others.

    2. Florida — While everyone else is pursuing players, Florida landed a verbal

    It has been an up and down couple of weeks for Andrew Wiggins and his fellow Canadians.

    As Team Canada, they reached the final of the Nike Global Challenge, only to lose to James Young and Team USA Midwest at the DC Armory.

    Then last week at the Peach Jam, Wiggins and company beat Julius Randle and the Team Texas Titans in arguably the most anticipated and watched AAU game of the summer.

    After the win, Wiggins, the 6-foot-7 Canadian sensation, proclaimed:  “Everyone has

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. –– Over the last 12 days, Kentucky coach John Calipari traveled several thousand miles in his private jet on recruiting trips.

    Yes, it’s good to be King.

    But Calipari’s efforts may pay off with his best class ever.

    Calipari and Kentucky are in the mix for many of the top players in the Class of 2013, including Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Troy Williams, Aaron Gordon and

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Plagued by hip and left toe injuries, Aaron Gordon estimated he was at about 60 percent coming into the finals of the Peach Jam.

    But the 6-foot-9 small forward out of San Jose Mitty labored through two tough injuries and helped carry his Oakland Soldiers team to its first Peach Jam championship with a 51-50 victory over CIA Bounce on Sunday afternoon despite a game-high 23 points from Andrew Wiggins.

    “Man, this is the first tournament I’ve played in in six and a half, almost seven weeks, and to come out and win a big one like this, it just means a lot,” said Gordon, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Chicago recruiting expert Roy Schmidt says three schools are the favorites to land Jabari Parker, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013.

    Schmidt, who has known Sonny Parker for 15 years and Jabari for six, says Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky are the leaders.

    “In reality, I think only three schools have a chance, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky,” Schmidt, the editor/publisher of Illinois Prep Bulls-Eye, told SNY.tv at the Peach Jam.

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