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  • Calipari to Watch Wiggins, Towns; Hoop Group Tip-Off

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    Kentucky coach John Calipari will be on the move recruiting this weekend.

    He is expected to watch Andrew Wiggins and Huntington (W.V.) Prep Saturday in Kentucky, and then see 2014 commit Karl Towns Sunday at the Hoop Group Tip-Off in New Jersey.

    Huntington, which also features 2015 standout Montaque ” Tekhi” Gill-Caesar, plays Arlington Country Day (Fla.) on Saturday in Ashland, Ky.

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams saw Wiggins go for 17 points and 18 rebounds on Wednesday in a rout of University of Charleston JV.

    “I love getting out and seeing good teams and good players,” Williams told the Herald Dispatch.

    The 6-foot-8 Wiggins will sign in the spring and is considering Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina, Kansas, Ohio State and Syracuse.

    As for the 7-foot Towns, he and his St. Joe’s-Metuchen teammates face Teaneck at 5:45 Sunday at West Orange High School.

    After committing to Kentucky Dec. 4, Towns said he planned to talk with Calipari about trying to win an NCAA title.

    “Now we’re going to talk about what we going to have to do to get that national championship,” said Towns, 17. “You never play to lose, you always play to win. I sound like Herm Edwards a little bit, but it’s true.”

    Here’s the schedule and list of committed players for the Hoop Group event, courtesy Jay Gomes of


    Saturday ­ December 15, 2012 – West Orange High School, West Orange NJ

    1:00- Hun vs. Hackensack
    2:45- Blair vs. Bloomfield
    4:30- Don Bosco vs. Linden
    6:15- Gill St. Bernard’s vs. The Patrick School
    8:00- Columbia vs. Seton Hall Prep 

    Sunday ­ December 16, 2012 –West Orange High School, West Orange NJ

    11:00- Plainfield vs. West Orange
    12:40- St. Peter’s Prep vs. Hudson Catholic
    2:20- Pope John vs. Roselle Catholic
    4:00- Neptune vs. St. Anthony
    5:45-  St. Joe’s Metuchen vs. Teaneck
    7:30- Wilbraham & Monson vs. St. Benedict’s

    Players to Watch


    Tyler Roberson – Roselle Catholic, Reggie Cameron  – Hudson Catholic Kavon Stewart  – Hudson Catholic, Joel Hernandez  – Teaneck, Jaren Sina-Gill St. Bernard’s Austin Colbert-Gill St. Bernard’s, Josh Brown – St. Anthony’s, DeAndre Bembry-Patrick School, Hallice Cooke-St. Anthony’s, Hakim Saintil-Roselle Catholic, Jermaine Lawrence – Pope John XXIII , Mike Young-Hudson Catholic, Tyler Ennis-St. Benedicts, Isiah Watkins-St. Benedicts


    Karl Towns – St. Joseph’s Metuchen,  Goodluck Okonboh-Wilbraham and Munson, Rashad Figures-Hackensack, Marial Shayok-Blair


    Isaiah Briscoe – St. Benedict’s,  Nassir Barrino – Hudson Catholic, Malachi Richardson-Roselle Catholic, Luis Monterro-Wilbraham and Munson, Djery Jean Baptiste-Wilbraham and Munson


    Mustapha Heron – Wilbraham and Munson

    Committed Players

    • Hashim Moore – Princeton
    • Jaren Sina – Northwestern
    • Chris Jenkins – Florida Atlantic
    • Trevis Wyche – St. Peter’s
    • Spencer Weisz – Princeton
    • Reggie Cameron – Georgetown
    • Kavon Stewart – Robert Morris
    • Josh Brown – Temple
    • Hallice Cooke – Oregon State
    • Kentrell Brooks – Marist
    • Karl Towns – Kentucky
    • Tim Coleman-NJIT
    • Tyler Ennis- Syracuse
    • Mike Young – Pittsburgh
    • Tyler Roberson – Syracuse
    • Isaiah Watkins – Duquesne
    • Denzell Taylor-Old Dominion
    • Austin Colbert-Illinois
    • DeAndre Bembry-St. Joseph’s
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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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