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Saturday / August 15.
  • Shaq Cleare, a 6-foot-9, 265-pound sophomore center from Maryland, announced on Facebook he will transfer to Texas, where he will join 6-9, 285-pound Cam Ridley in the frontcourt.

    “First of all I would like to thank god for opening another door for me and giving me another opportunity to fulfill my dream at another division 1 institution. Secondly I would like to thank my family and friends for all the hard work they’ve put in with me as well as all the prayers they’ve sent up above for me,” Cleare wrote on Facebook, according to the Washington Post.

    “Last but not least I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates/ brothers and terpnation for all the

    Fuquan EdwinAfter notching a vertical leap of 24 inches at the Portsmouth Invitational April 16-19, Fuquan Edwin decided he needed to do some more calf raises.

    Now he’s doing 200 per night with the aim of adding a couple of inches to his vertical leap.

    “I’m excited. I’ve been doing some calf raises,” the 6-foot-6 Paterson, N.J., native told SNY.tv by phone on Thursday. “Coming from Portsmouth, I didn’t like my vertical jump.”

    Edwin, the reigning Big East Defensive Player of the Year, is seeking to become the first Seton Hall player chosen in the NBA Draft since 2001, when the late Eddie Griffin and Samuel Dalembert both went in the first round.

    DraftExpress.com currently projects him as the No. 59 pick out of 60 — going to the Toronto Raptors.

    GrahamEver since getting his release from Appalachian State earlier this month, Devonte’ Graham has been in high demand.

    The 6-foot-1, 180-pound point guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy recently trimmed his list to five schools and has visited two of them in recent days — Kansas and N.C. State. Virginia is up next beginning Friday.

    As far as Kansas, Graham told SNY.tv, “I like the campus and the atmosphere and the players I really got along with, and all the coaches. Basically, I would come in and have an impact right away is what I was told.”

    jackson-davisJackson Davis has cut his list to three schools and will announce at 3:45 p.m. on Friday at his high school, his mother, Ginger Davis, confirmed to SNY.tv.

    The 6-foot-8 Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette power forward is down to Alabama, Butler and Rice.

    Arizona State, Columbia, Creighton, Florida and Vanderbilt are out.

    Here’s his father, Johnathan Davis, on the three finalists:

    “Alabama – Coach [Anthony] Grant is an outstanding person with a vision that would allow Jackson to grow as a basketball player. The opportunity to play in the SEC would be a huge honor. Coach [John] Brannen brings familiarity in a place far from home. He is from Kentucky and is kindred spirit.”