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Friday / August 14.
  • Jessie Govan, one of the top big men in the Class of 2015, has had a busy few nights at his home in Queens Village, N.Y.

    The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Govan out of Wings Academy has hosted home visits with coaches from Seton Hall, UConn, Georgetown and Stanford, concluding Monday with Seton Hall  head coach Kevin Willard, associate head coach Shaheen Holloway and Director of Basketball Operations Grant Billmeier.

    “It was good, they had a lot of great things to present,” Govan said of the Seton Hall visit. “They did good today, real good.”

    Seton Hall went three deep in the visit and pitched that they need a big.

    Briscoe RCROSELLE, N.J. — After working out for Louisville coach Rick Pitino Monday at Roselle Catholic High School, Isaiah Briscoe now has a scholarship offer from the Cardinals and is planning a visit there.

    “I think the workout went good, he offered while we were talking,” Briscoe told SNY.tv following the workout. “He said he was going to follow me in [the Nike EYBL stop in] Sacramento [next weekend]. The next is him seeing me in action”

    Pitino is the second coach with an NCAA championship in the last two years to visit Roselle Catholic in the past two weeks. UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who is also recruiting Briscoe, spoke at a coaches’ clinic at the school April 11.

    RandleKentucky freshman forward Julius Randle is expected to announce his plans to enter the NBA Draft during a press conference slated for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    The 6-foot-9 Randle is projected as the No. 4 pick in the Draft by DraftExpress.com. The three freshmen projected ahead of him — Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker — have all declared for the draft.

    One veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv NBA personnel think higher of Randle based on his strong play in the NCAA Tournament, where he helped lead the Wildcats to the championship game against UConn.

    Randle averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds on the season, and 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds in the NCAAs. He was limited to 10 points and 6 rebounds in the final when he was reportedly struggling with leg cramps.

    Duke will visit St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31, 2015, according to Sammy Albano.

    The two teams last met Jan. 28, 2012 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with Duke holding off the Johnnies, 83-76, despite 30 points from Maurice Harkless, now with the Orlando Magic.

    “Discussions are taking place with several high-profile non-conference opponents for 2014-15,” St. John’s spokesman Mark Fratto told SNY.tv, “but nothing has been finalized at this time.”

    St. John’s also has a two-year deal with former Big East powerhouse Syracuse that will take them this season to the Carrier Dome.