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Sunday / May 26.
  • GALLOWAY, N.J. — Ben Bentil and Abdul Malik Abu battled for position in the paint during the 17U championship game of the “Live in AC” event.

    In the end, Bentil prevailed, scoring a game-high 18 points as We R 1 beat Abu and Expressions Elite, 59-49, for the title.

    “Malik is like a brother to me, we always go at it,” Bentil told SNY.tv. “So it’s a great opportunity every time we get to go at each other.”

    Bentil also showed his athleticism by flushing an alley oop dunk from teammate Derrick Jones, and also feeding Jones for his own dunk.

    GALLOWAY, N.J. — Derrick Jones, the 6-foot-7 2015 wing from Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll, will visit Syracuse and Kentucky in the coming weeks.

    “I’m going to go visit Syracuse on Aug. 30 on an unoffical visit and I’m going to go visit Kentucky in September,” Jones told SNY.tv at the “Live in AC” event.

    Kentucky holds an annual showdown between two of its  previous teams in early Sept., and Jones is expected to go for that.

    GALLOWAY, N.J.Abdul Malik Abu and Jared Terrell of Expessions Elite both cut their lists on Thursday.

    The 6-foot-8 Abu lists St. John’s, UCLA, Providence, UConn, Iowa State, Miami, Kentucky, Kansas State, Florida and N.C. State.

    UCLA just recently offered Abu this week.

    Abu, who continues to play the July live period while fasting for Ramadan, plans to cut it again to five schools in the fall.

    “Yeah in the fall, so I can take my officials,” Abu told SNY.tv at “Live in AC.”

    Houston Hoops wing Justise Winslow has cut his list to eight schools, according to ESPNU.

    The 6-foot-6 Houston Hoops wing is down to Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas A&M, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford.

    He cut Baylor, North Carolina and Houston from his list.

    “I just thought it was time to get serious and cut the list down,” Winslow told ESPNU in Orlando, Fla.

    Winslow is still considering joining Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor in a package deal but is not married to it.

    GALLOWAY, N.J. — It’s the end of July and Isaiah Briscoe is still weighing decisions about both high school and college.

    As for colleges, the 6-foot-2 Briscoe said Arizona, Florida, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall were recruiting him the hardest.

    Pittsburgh’s Barry Rohrssen and Seton Hall’s Freddie Hill both sat courtside for the Playaz’s 60-40 rout of the South Jersey Select. UConn coach Kevin Ollie also watched the game.

    “I’m going to compete wherever I go,” he said Thursday at ‘Live in AC. “I want the ball in my hands as a freshman and I just want the coach to trust me on the court and just believe that I can run a team.”

    Briscoe has visited Arizona twice and Syracuse several times because his sister goes there.

    The Knicks on Thursday officially announced that they have re-signed forward Kenyon Martin.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Yahoo! reported Martin got a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum of $1.4 million.

    “Kenyon did a fantastic job for us once he signed in February,” Knicks GM Glen Grunwald said. “He strengthened our frontline going into an important stretch of the season with some very impressive performances. We are happy to have him back.”

    The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Martin averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over 23.9 minutes last season.

    By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    ORLANDO, Fla.Malachi Richardson was one of the most impressive players at the Wide World of Sports on Wednesday evening.

    The smooth 6-foot-6 shooting guard out of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic showed off his sweet stroke from deep, leading Team Final to a 77-44 win over the Tennessee Panthers. He also consistently showed that he is currently one of the most polished players not only in the class of 2015, but in the country.

    Ranked No. 11 in the class of 2015 by ESPN, Richardson has been adding offers continuously over the past month, and spoke with SNY.tv about a couple in particular that he is excited about.

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