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Tuesday / July 7.
  • DiagneAfter playing this weekend with the Playaz Basketball Club at the Nike EYBL stop in Sacramento, recruiting is heating up for 2015 center Moustapha Diagne, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound prospect from Pope John XXIII in Sparta, N.J.

    Syracuse, UConn, Memphis, Rutgers and Cincinnati are among those coming hard for Diagne, Pope John coach Jason Hasson told SNY.tv Monday.

    Diagne visited Syracuse in February for the epic Duke game and “Syracuse is still very involved,” Hasson said.

    By CESAR MARTINEZ & ADAM ZAGORIA

    SACRAMENTO, CA — All signs point to a bright future for the humble Jessie Govan, a heavily recruited 6-foot-10, 260-pound center out of Wings Academy in New York.

    During his trip out West for the Nike EYBL stop, Govan picked up an offer from N.C. State and was watched by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, Georgetown’s John Thompson III, UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Miami’s Jim Larranaga, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, St. John’s Steve Lavin, Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard, and N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried.

    “I’m wide open, just enjoying the recruiting process,” Govan said Saturday. “I want to take things slow.”

    By JOSH VERLIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    PITTSBURGH — For the second year in a row, Atlanta Xpress has a true 7-footer manning the paint.

    Last season, it was Maryland-bound Trayvon Reed who measured out at 7-foot-1. This year, it’s current high-major target Doral Moore, who certainly wasn’t used to having to look up at another player.

    “It got me used to playing people that are taller than me,” he said. “I had to adjust jumping higher and playing stronger than him; since he was taller and skinnier than me, I had to play physical.”