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Sunday / June 23.
  • By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA

    Tyler Dorsey of Bellflower (CA) St. John’s Bosco is the Rivals No. 8 player in the Class of 2015 and one of the hottest prospects in the nation right now.

    The 6-foot-4 Dorsey has heard from Kentucky, Duke and Michigan this week alone.

    His high school coach, Derrick Taylor, listed UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Florida, N.C. State and UConn among the others heavily involved.

    “Tyler’s upside is huge,” Taylor told SNY.tv. “He has made the transition from two guard to point guard very well. He is athletic, a good passer, a good shooter and a good teammate.

    “Tyler is also a willing listener. He will allow you to coach him. He is also a hard-working gym rat.

    On Monday, Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua called and spoke with Tyler and his father, Jerrid Dorsey.

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    This dunk on Wednesday is why Andrew Wiggins will be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and why Cole Aldrich went No. 11 in 2010.

    “He’s the best athlete that we have ever been around,” one person close to the Kansas staff told SNY.tv after Wiggins made his debut at Kansas practice Monday.

    After choosing Kansas in May over Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina, the 6-foot-7 Wiggins arrived at Kansas Saturday. He played in his first practice Monday and obviously helped attracted a crowd to Wednesday’s Blue/Red scrimmage.

    Tyus Jones says he’s “feeling pretty good” about a college package with friends Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow.

    “You guys already know that me and Jahlil are gonna play together in college, and now we’re feeling pretty good about getting our boy Justise Winslow to come along with us as well,” Jones wrote in his USA Today blog.

    “It’s looking pretty good for that. We’re, all three, really great friends and we’ve got a close bond so we all like the idea of playing together in college.”

    Duke is considered by many the frontrunner for Jones, a 6-1 point guard out of Apple Valley (MN), and Okafor, a 6-10 big man from Chicago Whitney Young, although Okafor said nothing is done at the moment.

    By JOSH NEWMAN
    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    11echeniqueaction1(2)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – From his days at St. Benedict’s Prep with Samardo Samuels, Tristan Thompson and Lance Thomas, to one full season at Rutgers with Mike Rosario and three productive seasons at Creighton with Doug McDermott, Gregory Echenique has always been the man behind ‘the man.’

    A 6-foot-9, 260-pound bruiser with an underrated offensive game, Echenique’s ability to carve out an NBA career will likely depend on him understanding and continuing to play that complementary role. Predictably, he is just fine with that.

    “I don’t wanna say I’m not able to do stuff individually, but obviously, at this level, I understand there is a hierarchy, a ranking and I understand that if I get a chance, I’m probably going to be a role player, which is completely fine,” Echenique told SNY.tv after working out for the Nets on Wednesday morning at PNY Center. “Everybody needs those type of guys and I’m more than happy to do that if that is what a team needs or asks of me. It doesn’t bother me one bit.”

    Bill Magarity picked Boston College over Seton Hall and Temple.

    “Billy decided to attend Boston College,” his father, Bill Sr., told SNY.tv by email.

    “He had three great visits and enjoyed spending time with all the coaching staffs at each school. It was a very difficult decision but he feels he made a very good choice selecting BC.

    The 6-foot-11, 225-pound forward played professionally with the Italian club Biella, so it remains unclear how that might impact his NCAA status.

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — In their ideal world, the Knicks will add a big man and a point guard in next week’s NBA Draft.

    They currently own the No. 24 pick and could potentially also purchase a second-rounder, too.

    On Tuesday, they looked at several more options, including South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters, and Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng.

    The 6-foot-4 Wolters is considered a level below the four elite point guards in the draft — Trey Burke of Michigan, C.J. McCollum of Lehigh, Michael Carter-Williams of Syracuse and Shane Larkin of Miami — and will likely still be on the board in the second round.

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