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Saturday / December 4.
  • GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Matt Ryan is on the shelf following hip surgery, but he’s still focused on his recruitment.

    The 6-foot-6 2015 small forward from Iona Prep told he’s focusing on six schools and that Notre Dame remains the “strong favorite.”

    “I’m not saying an official list but I’m mainly talking to Duke, Carolina, Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford and Marquette,” he told at the Frankie Williams Charity Classic. “Those are probably the top six right now and I’m still in contact with Arizona State and Creighton.”

    On the high school front, Ryan also has a decision to make for his senior season. He is deciding whether to return to Iona Prep or attend Our Savior New American on Long Island or Huntington (W.V.) Prep.

    Ryan has been out of action with a torn labrum in his hip and subsequent surgery since earlier this season, but hopes to be back on the court for AAU Nationals in late July.

    McCullough CuseGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Chris McCullough admits it was a little nerve-racking waiting on his standardized test scores to come back.

    “It was stressful because I thought I was going to get it back pretty early so I could go to Syracuse earlier, but I didn’t get it till late,” the 6-foot-10, 215-pound McCullough told before the Frankie Williams Charity Classic.

    As first reported earlier Tuesday by, McCullough received his test scores on Monday and is academically cleared to enroll at Syracuse. He plans to head up for the second summer session in July.

    Steve Masiello has completed his degree work at Kentucky, a school spokesman told

    “Yes, he has completed his coursework and is on track for August graduation,” Kentucky’s Jay Blanton said by text.

    The news was previously reported by

    Masiello has been on unpaid leave at Manhattan since March 26 after it was discovered during a background check by the University of South Florida that he had not completed his degree work at Kentucky.

    Assuming all goes well, Masiello could be back on the recruiting trail during the important month of July, when coaches hit the road to evaluate prospects.

    In a delicious twist of fate, former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez will coach against several incoming Seton Hall recruits in tonight’s Frankie Williams Charity Classic in Greenburgh.

    Gonzalez, who was fired by Seton Hall in 2010, is listed as a coach of “Team Inspire” which takes on “Team Desire” in the 8 o’clock game at the Theodore D. Young Community Center.

    The roster for “Team Desire” features four incoming Seton Hall players in McDonald’s All-American Isaiah Whitehead, Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez and Angel Delgado.

    “I’m going to speak to both teams before the game and I’m bringing Luis Flores with me to have him coach,” Gonzalez told



    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    SUWANEE, Ga.MJ Walker is something special.

    The starting shooting guard for the ATL Xpress 17U on the Under Armour circuit as a freshman, Walker has shown that he can play with the best of the best.

    “I take a lot of pride in my defense,” Walker told “If you can make stops, most of the time you will win. But that is what I take pride in.”

    Listed at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Walker has the frame of a grown man, and has accomplished something in one year of high school that most seniors dream about, a state championship. Leading Jonesboro (Ga.) to a state title, Walker averaged 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists a contest.

    “Looking forward to my sophomore year, I really want another State Championship,” Walker said. “I just want to become a better player than I was last year, and put as much work as possible to do so.”