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Wednesday / February 19.
  • Alex MurphyBy JOSH NEWMAN
    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    NEW YORKDuke guard Alex Murphy is transferring at the end of this semester and at least one person very close to him would like to see the 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore forward end up at Florida.

    “I would love to see him go to Florida, but it’s his decision,” Erik Murphy, his older brother and a former Gators star, told SNY.tv Wednesday evening before his Chicago Bulls took on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. “He’s going to come to the conclusion that he wants to and hopefully, it works out for him this time.”

    Malachi

    Saying he feels comfortable with his decision, 2015 Trenton (N.J.) Catholic guard Malachi Richardson will announce on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at his school.

    Ranked No. 22 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, the 6-foot-5 Richardson recently cut his list to six schools: Syracuse, Villanova, Rutgers, Arizona, Indiana and UConn.

    His most recent visit was to Syracuse last week for the Indiana game.

    “After seeing all the schools I needed to see, I’m confident with my decision,” Richardson told SNY.tv Wednesday after announcing his plans on Twitter.

    Duke commits Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor will square off Thursday night on ESPN2, giving the nation a chance to see the two future teammates share the court before they head to play for the Blue Devils next season.

    “It will be fun to see Tyus and Jahlil on the court together.  The Duke fans will get a glimpse of the pieces they are adding to their team next season,” Apple Valley (MN) coach Zach Goring, whose team hosts Chicago Whitney Young, told SNY.tv.

    The 6-foot-2 Jones is coming off a triple-double of 34 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in Apple Valley’s 96-90 win over Hopkins on Tuesday. It was his second triple-double of the season.

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    Seton Hall point guard Tom Maayan played his last game for the Pirates Tuesday night because he must head home to Israel to serve in the army.

    “Last night was my last game as a pirate..I love my teammates! and have all the respect and love for my coaches!” he wrote on Facebook after the Pirates beat NJIT, 71-55.

    “it is sad to leave..I really believe in this this and I know they gonna kill it!
    I appreciate all the love and support I got from the SHU fam! it has bean a great chapter in my life! and I will miss it allot!
    It’s been an honor to wear the SHU jersey! wish luck for the rest of the season!  let’s go pirates!!”

    Providence suffered a big loss Wednesday when the school announced that sophomore point guard Kris Dunn will miss the remainder of the season due to right shoulder surgery.

    The 6-foot-3 Dunn was forced to leave an exhibition game last month after injuring the shoulder.

    Providence will apply for a medical hardship waiver with the Big East in order to get back Dunn’s season of eligibility.  If approved, Dunn will have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2014-15 season.

    “We are looking forward to assisting Kris as he recovers from his surgery,” coach Ed Cooley said in a statement. “His health and well-being are our primary concern. There is no question that he will rebound from this and continue to improve as a basketball player. We are confident that Kris will be a key member of our team in 2014-15.”

    If you’ve ever met or spoken with Andrew Wiggins, you know that he’s a soft-spoken humble kid not given to brash behavior, or anything resembling aggression.

    One of the few times I’ve heard him come remotely close to being brash was after he and his CIA Bounce AAU team beat Julius Randle and his Team Texas Titans at the Peach Jam in the summer of 2012.

    This was when Jabari Parker had just been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Wiggins had missed out on a chance to face Parker’s Mac Irvin Fire squad because Parker was absent from the event with a foot injury.

    Instead, a Who’s Who of coaches including Kentucky’s John Calipari and Kansas’ Bill Self watched in a jam-packed gym as Wiggins went off for 28 points and 13 rebounds in an 81-80 OT win over Randle and company.

    Speaking quietly outside his team’s locker room after the game, Wiggins was asked if he had made a statement about who the best player in high school basketball is.

    “They’re coming.”

    That was the message Boise State coach Leon Rice had after playing — and losing to — No. 11 Kentucky, 70-55, Tuesday night.

    “They’re coming. They are going to continue to get better,” Rice said.

    That assessment makes perfect sense considering it’s early December and John Calipari’s team features eight freshmen and two sophomores who are still learning to play together.

    There are still three months to go before March Madness and it’s impossible to tell what this team’s ceiling is at this point.

    “We’re not close,” Calipari said.