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Sunday / May 26.
  • By MARK BAIROS

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    BRAMPTON, ONTARIODillon Brooks is the latest Canadian prep standout to move South of the border to further his basketball career.

    The 6-foot-5 CIA Bounce wing will play for Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep this coming season and will join fellow Canadian Jalen Poyser. Another Canadian, 2016 wing Justin Jackson, could also join them.

    “To be honest actually, it’s a great environment,” Brooks told SNY.tv of Findlay Prep, which is expected to name former Georgetown and Toronto Raptors forward Jerome Williams as head coach.

    “All the Canadians that have gone there made the NBA — Tristan [Thompson], Cory [Joseph] and now [Anthony] Bennett. That said, I couldn’t imagine a better place to fulfill my dreams.”

    New York City will host two marquee grassroots basketball events in August.

    The Big Strick Classic will take place Aug. 10 at the Gauchos Gym in The Bronx, and the Elite 24 is set for Aug. 24 in New York City.

    The Big Strick, which is a memorial to the legendary streetball player John “Franchise” Strickland, announced its rosters Tuesday night, while the Elite 24 has yet to announce rosters or game specifics.

    The Big Strick is set to tip at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Gauchos Gym. Admission is free and open to the public.

    Check back on ZAGSBLOG.com and SNY.tv for coverage of both events moving forward.

    Here are the rosters for The Big Strick, which are loaded:

    Dom Uhl, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Point Pleasant (N.J.) Beach, has set visits to Boston College and Iowa.

    He will visit BC Sept. 6 and Iowa Sept. 19. The news was first reported by Josh Verlin.

    The 2014 combo forward will likely also potentially take another unofficial to Temple.

    He also holds offers from Penn State, Maryland, St. Joe’s and FIU.

    A native of Germany who has been in  the U.S. for about a year, Uhl is cousins with Rhode Island’s Jarelle Reischel, who transferred from Rice.

    Two ACC powerhouses extended offers to guards Monday night.

    North Carolina offered 2014 Chesterfield (Va.) Benedictine combo guard Robert Johnson, and Duke offered 2015 Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco point guard Tyler Dorsey.

    “[North Carolina] said they’re looking to add a shooter so that’s somewhere I think I could play,” the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Johnson told SNY.tv. The offer was first reported by Scout.com.

    Johnson noticed that Carolina head coach Roy Williams and members of the Carolina staff tracked him at the recent Nike Global Challenge and in Orlando at AAU Nationals.

    “The assistants have been at my games and Coach Williams said he was coming soon as he [got]” to the Global Challenge, Johnson said.

    By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    ORLANDO, Fla.Danjel Purifoy is making a name for himself.

    The 2015 Atlanta Xpress small forward made some waves this past week in Orlando, leading the Xpress to a 17-point win over Each1Teach1 Elite 16U, and a win later over the Florida Tar Heels in front of Georgia’s Mark Fox, Clemson’s Brad Brownell, Indiana’s Tom Crean and Virginia’s Tony Bennett.

    Standing at a lanky 6-foot-6, Purifoy has received offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, and UAB. Kentucky has been a school that Purifoy has wanted to play at for a long time.

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