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Wednesday / May 22.
  • WASHINGTON, D.C. — Of all the players on the U.S. U19 roster, Mike Tobey may be the least well known.

    He’s not a big-name high school star like Jahlil Okafor. He didn’t forego the NBA Draft to return to campus like Marcus Smart and Jarnell Stokes. And he doesn’t compete for a team coming off a Final Four like Jerami Grant or Montrezl Harrell.

    The 6-foot-11 Tobey is a rising sophomore at Virginia who hopes to contribute in the frontcourt at the U19 World Championship June 27-July 7 in Prague.

    A native of Monroe, N.Y., and a graduate of Blair (N.J.) Academy, Tobey has been battling in practices against guys like Okafor and Stokes and that will help him at the tournament and next season, too.

    Isaiah Briscoe is in the midst of visiting both colleges and high schools as he weighs his future landing spots.

    The 6-foot-2 2015 former St. Benedict’s Prep guard was at Arizona at the end of the week, and thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

    “I liked everything about Arizona,” he told SNY.tv. “They have a beautiful campus, great weather and their fan support is tremendous. The coaching staff is great. They have a Hall of Fame coach in Sean Miller. Coach [Book] Richardson does more than a good job as his assistant and then you have Damon [Stoudamire], who played in the NBA and was Rookie of the Year. It’s just great being around them.”

    Cliff AlexanderOne of the top players in the Class of 2014, Cliff Alexander has cut his list of college suitors down to 10.

    A 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward out of Chicago Curie Metro High School and the No. 5 ranked player in the Class of 2014 according to Rivals, Alexander tweeted on Friday afternoon that his list is down to Kansas, Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, Illinois, DePaul, Indiana, Memphis, Baylor and Arizona in no particular order.

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marcus Smart isn’t the only member of the USA U19 team who spurned the NBA Draft to remain in college.

    Jarnell Stokes, the 6-foot-8, 250-pounder from Tennessee, also opted to return to campus for his junior season.

    Now Stokes wants to team up with Smart and win a gold medal for the U.S. at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague from June 27-July 7.

    “[Smart] deserves a lot of credit for not being one of those prima donna guys that feel like they can’t play for their country,” Stokes told SNY.tv after U19 practice Thursday at the Verizon Center. “So I definitely applaud him and I want to make him feel better about his decision by bringing him a gold medal.”

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Justise Winslow has a fairly busy schedule over the next few weeks, what with the FIBA U19 World Championship running from June 27-July 7 in Prague.

    Yet even as he practices and prepares for the big event, Winslow is eyeing his future college plans.

    “At this point I really don’t have any leaders, everyone’s pretty equal,” the 6-foot-6 forward from Houston St. John’s told SNY.tv Thursday following U19 practice at the Verizon Center.

    “I might just cut my list before the July period to help some of those coaches, so they know I’m interested and those that I’m not interested in.”

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