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Tuesday / December 10.
  • Memphis on Sunday landed a pledge from 6-foot-7 junior college forward Trahson Burrell, an Albany, N.Y. native who attends Lee Community College in Texas.

    Burrell committed following an official visit to campus for Midnight Madness. He also considered Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Baylor, Alabama and USF, he said. He will have two years of eligibility at Memphis.

    “I love coach P [Josh Pastner] and Memphis,” Burrell told SNY.tv. “The way they play fits my style completely. I can bring offense and defense. I’m a motor guy.”

    Mike Moore, a family friend who used to coach Burrell in AAU, added: “He’s a legit 6-7 who can play 1 through 4. He can hit the 3, mid-range and break his man down for the drive to the basket.

    NEW YORK — Rawle Alkins went for 12 points Saturday night when the New York City sophomores beat their New Jersey counterparts, 116-103, in the Sharette Dixon Memorial Classic at the Gauchos Gym.

    The 2016 shooting guard from Christ the King holds offers from Villanova, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Fordham and figures to add more going forward.

    “I talk to Jay Wright every now and then,” Alkins said of the Villanova coach. “He likes my game. I like Villanova, it’s cool.”

    NEW YORK —  Matt Ryan is awaiting an offer from Georgetown after assistant Kevin Broadus watched him last Thursday at Iona Prep.

    “Coach Broadus was there. He said when I get on the phone with Coach [John] Thompson [III], he’s going to offer me,” the 6-foot-6, 200-pound junior small forward told SNY.tv after helping New York rout New Jersey, 113-89, in the Sharette Dixon Memorial Classic Saturday night at the Gauchos Gym. “Any day now.”

    He added: “I just know they’ve been a great team in the Big East all these years, and obviously a great academic school, a great basketball program, so I’m really interested in them.”

    NEW YORK — In the first half of New York’s 113-89 rout of New Jersey in the Sharette Dixon Memorial Classic Saturday night at the Gauchos Gym, Isaiah Whitehead scooped a lob pass from the left edge of the paint to a cutting Khadeen Carrington on the right side of the basket.

    “I was looking to dunk that one, but I couldn’t get it with my left hand so I just tipped it in with my right,” the 6-foot-3 Carrington told SNY.tv.

    The two New York City prep stars and Seton Hall pledges are developing a chemistry — which can only spell good news for the Pirates beginning in 2014.

    “He just runs the floor. I’m always the handler so he’s open, I just give him the ball,” said the 6-4 Whitehead, a likely McDonald’s All-American in 2014.

    Tory Miller is headed to Colorado, he Tweeted Saturday.

    The a 6-foot-8 power forward from New Hampton (N.H.) chose the Buffaloes over Marquette, Iowa and Arizona State.

    “He loved the campus and had a good relationship with the staff,” his AAU coach, L.J. Goolsby of KC Run GMC, told SNY.tv. “Also, his summer league teammate Dom Collier will be joining him at CU.”

    Miller is considered a powerful rebounding forward with a great frame.

    Here’s a few highlights from Midnight Madnesses around the country…

    **Kentucky coach John Calipari —whose team is ranked No. 1 in the preseason Coaches’ poll — fired up the Big Blue Nation fanbase with his annual  State of BBN speech. Here’s the line of the address that has gotten some fans outside Kentucky a little riled up: “We are the place to help you achieve your dreams. We don’t just play college basketball, we ARE college basketball. As you know, we are everyone’s Super Bowl.”

    Cal’s comments prompted some feedback on Twitter, including this comment from @IndyMattO: “If Kentucky ‘is college basketball’, what does that make Robert Morris?'”