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Wednesday / October 23.
  • The Memphis Southwind duo of shooting guard JaJuan Johnson and power forward Johnathan Williams III are both in the midst of a series of official visits.

    The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Johnson has already visited Miami and heads to Alabama Friday. He trips to Texas Oct. 6 and may also visit Marquette, according to Southwind coach Paul Edwards.

    “He likes Miami,” Edwards said. “He’s looking forward to going to Alabama tomorrow and also Texas and then make his mind up.

    For Marcus Lee, it’s California vs. Calipari.

    As first reported by Chris Fisher of 247Sports, the 6-foot-8 Lee out of Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley will now decide between the proximity and appeal of California and the tradition and star power of Kentucky.

    “It changes every few days,” Brian Lee, Marcus’ brother, told SNY.tv. “It’s a tougher decision than most think. He likes both situations.”

    Roddy Peters, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2013, visited Rutgers this past weekend and heads to UCLA Oct 5-7.

    “He had a great visit,” DC Assault coach Damon Handon told SNY.tv. “He really enjoyed hanging with Jerome [Seagears] and Wally [Judge]. He was impressed with the talent Rutgers has.”

    The 6-foot-4 Peters is the Rivals No. 9 point guard in the Class of 2013. 

    Beejay Anya currently has two officials set, but by the end of Wednesday that number is expected to grow.

    The 6-foot-8 center out of DeMatha Catholic already has officials set for Ohio State (Oct. 5) and Indiana (Oct. 19), but DeMatha coach Mike Jones is working on setting visits for Syracuse, Pittsburgh and N.C. State.

    “I’m hoping to be able to set up at least one of them today [Wednesday],” Jones told SNY.tv.

    Jones said Anya likely wouldn’t visit anywhere the weekend of Oct. 12 because he has Homecoming Oct. 13.

    Jordan Mickey is on the brink of announcing his college decision.

    “Our goal is to have it done by the end of the week,” his father, James Wright, told SNY.tv Wednesday, adding that an announcement could come “possibly [Thursday] or hopefully before the weekend.”

    The 6-foot-9 forward out of Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep is down to SMU, LSU, Oklahoma State and Ohio State, and James said it was a very tough decision.

    “When you narrow it down and you have to say no to the coaches, it’s really hard,” he said. “We’re still deliberating.”

    NEW YORK — Marquette has now entered the post-Jae Crowder/Darius Johnson-Odom Era, but don’t bet against Buzz Williams’s team.

    The Marquette coach says his team may have no “great” players like the aforementioned duo currently in the NBA, but does have a whole lot of “good” ones.

    “Those guys that are returning are going to have to be more than they’ve ever been in their career,” Williams, whose team is ranked No. 15 in the Sheridan Hoops Preseason Top 25, said here last week.

    Once of those guys is senior point guard Junior Cadougan, a 6-foot-1 native of Toronto.

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The fact that Nets General Manager Billy King has spent considerable time over the last two years trying to trade for Dwight Howard at the expense of Brook Lopez is not an indictment on Lopez. It is simply King trying to improve a team whose owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, has given seemingly endless resources to try and make better.

    When the very public negotiations between King and first-year Orlando Magic GM Rob Henningan reached an impasse, King moved quickly,  locking up Lopez on July 11 for four years and $61 million with the team that drafted him 10th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft.

    Despite playing only five games in 2011-12 thanks in large part to a broken right foot, Lopez isn’t quite a consolation prize in the Dwight Howard Sweepstakes, not with career averages of 17.4 points and 7.5 rebounds. Lopez, who had played in all 246 games over his first three seasons, remains a centerpiece in the Nets’ move to Brooklyn.