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Wednesday / August 12.
  • The recruitment of Las Vegas High School 2015 small forward Ray Smith is heating up, and several of the nation’s top programs watched him this past weekend at the Adidas stop in Duncanville, Texas.

    “I think there’s going to be a few more offers for Ray,” Dream Vision director Clay Williams told SNY.tv Tuesday. “Ray is now being recruited by all the top guns.”

    Still, Williams said several schools were working the hardest for the 6-foot-7 Smith, the No. 6-ranked small forward in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports.

    The Brewster (N.H.) Academy duo of Donovan Mitchell and Jarred Reuter have triggered a wave of recruiting interest following their performances this weekend at the Pitt JamFest.

    Still, the 6-foot-3 Mitchell told SNY.tv Monday night that reports that certain schools are leading for him are inaccurate.

    “The schools that offered me are the schools that are working the hardest because they’ve offered me and they talk to me the most,” Mitchell said.

    Derrick JonesDerrick Jones, the 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing from Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), will fly to UConn Sunday after playing in the Adidas Nations event in Miami this weekend, his father told SNY.tv.

    Jones will then take several other visits this spring and summer leading up to the fall when he will cut his list.

    Jones is the No. 25 prospect in the Class of 2015 according to Rivals and may be the most athletic player in the class. He needs to continue developing his shot and his ability to create off the bounce, but has the tools to be special if his skills can catch up.

    UConn is coming off winning the national championship and head coach Kevin Ollie has the magic touch right now when it comes to recruiting.


    Ryan Johnson 2As it heads into the Big Ten next season, Rutgers continues to attempt to bolster its roster for what lies ahead.

    The Scarlet Knights on Monday landed a commitment from Ryan Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound two-guard from New Hope Christian (N.C.).

    After a recent visit, Johnson chose Rutgers over James Madison and UNC-Wilmington. He said Minnesota also offered.

    “I picked Rutgers because it’s a great situation for me,” Johnson told SNY.tv by phone. “I think it’s the perfect fit for me. Also, Eddie Jordan is a great coach. I see what he’s trying to do with the program. He’s trying to turn it around.”

    Chane Behanan has officially declared for the NBA Draft, as SNY.tv reported April 23 he would.

    “I know that this is an incredibly difficult decision for a young man to make, having been through this in the past with guys like Marcus Fizer,” said Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy in a statement. “It is clear that Chane has all the tools necessary to be successful at the next level, and my staff and I fully support his choice to enter the draft.”

    Behanan enrolled at Colorado State in January, and was slated to compete for the Rams at the conclusion of the fall semester next season. Instead, he will never play a game for them.