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Thursday / June 13.
  • Kadeem Allen, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard from Hutchinson (KS) College, verbally committed to Arizona.

    Allen also considered Kansas and Cincinnati.

    “I chose Arizona because of the great coaching staff and when I wasn’t playing good ball this summer, coach [Sean] Miller and the entire staff kept their faith in me,” Allen told SNY.tv by text.

    Allen averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season.

    Hutch assistant Jay Cyriac said Allen was the team’s leading scorer and defender last season.

    Seton Hall hasn’t had an NBA Draft pick since 2001, when Eddie Griffin and Samuel Dalembert both went in the first round.

    That could change this year.

    Fuquan Edwin is projected to go No. 54 in next year’s NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

    The 6-foot-6 Edwin was picked as a Preseason Second-Team All-Big East selection after averaging 16.5 points and a Big East-best 2.4 steals last season.

    “There aren’t many players in college basketball who fit the ‘3 and D’ mold better than him,” Jonathan Givony, the publisher of DraftExpress.com who recently wrote an extensive summary of Edwin, told SNY.tv.

    “He’s improved a ton since he arrived at Seton Hall. If he can have another solid year shooting the ball well and continuing to be one of the best perimeter defenders in college basketball, he’s got a really good chance to get drafted.”

    Gyorgy Goloman, a 6-foot-10 center from The Sagemont (FL) School, has committed to UCLA, head coach Adam Ross confirmed to SNY.tv.

    A native of Hungary who is the captain of the Hungarian U18 team, Goloman is entering his first season at Sagemont.

    Goloman committed Sunday afternoon, and also had offers from Davidson, New Mexico and Portland, among others.

    “He’s incredibly skilled,” Ross told SNY.tv. “He’s 6-10, long, lanky post player, can really, really pass the ball. Can really pass the ball.

    Max Hoetzel, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.), committed to Indiana Sunday following an official visit this weekend.

    Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com was the first to report the news.

    Hoetzel, who averaged 19 points and 8 rebounds last season, is known as a strong outside shooter and also had offers from St. John’s, UConn, Florida and Penn, according to Wilbraham & Monson coach Chris Sparks.

    “Max is a terrific shooter who will add versatility to their team,” Sparks told SNY.tv. “At 6-7 he is a tough match-up, effective off the catch and off the dribble, heady and a driven young man. I’m thrilled for Max and his family.”

    Isaiah Briscoe checked out St. John’s for Midnight Madness Friday night and had himself a good time.

    “The coaching staff is real,” the 2015 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard told SNY.tv. “They don’t just tell you what you want to hear. And with them, everything isn’t about basketball.”

    St. John’s coach Steve Lavin has rarely recruited New Jersey players during his four years in Queens — with UCLA sophomore Kyle Anderson a notable exception.

    Chicago Curie big man Cliff Alexander took his final official visit this weekend to in-state school Illinois.

    “It was great,” his mother, Latillia Alexander, told SNY.tv. “We had a great time like all the other visits.”

    She added: “The coaching staff was great. They really make you feel like a family, and that plays an important part in our decision. I need to know that my son is going to be taken care of on and off the court. He might just be Cliff Alexander to most people, but he’s still my baby.”

    The 6-foot-9 Alexander is down to a final five of Illinois, DePaul, Michigan State, Kansas and Memphis and will announce Nov. 15 on ESPNU.

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