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Malik Newman plans to cut his list to “no more than six” schools by September and likely won’t announce his college choice until after Diamond Stone does.
“Yeah, probably by the beginning of school, probably in like September,” the 6-foot-4 guard from Jackson (MS) Callaway told SNY.tv by phone from the USA U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO. “No more than six.”
Thomas Bryant, the 6-foot-9 power forward from Rochester, N.Y., and Huntington (W.V.) Prep, plans to cut his list and set some visits after the USA U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO.
Syracuse, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio State and Missouri are the schools most heavily recruiting Bryant, while St. John’s, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Villanova & Florida have begun to recruit him harder, Team Scan coach Oz Cross told SNY.tv.
“Once he gets back we’re going to sit down and narrow down four to five schools that he’s going to be interested in and go from there,” Cross said Friday by phone.
Cross said the final list would be set by September.
BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Derrick Jones was invited to the USA U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO, this week, but instead of competing against Malik Newman, Tyus Battle and Malik Monk he’s here in central New Jersey helping to support his father’s AAU team and a startup AAU event, Battle of the Borders.
“I wanted to go but I stayed back because it’s my father’s team,” the 6-foot-7 Jones told SNY.tv Thursday afternoon at Life Center Academy. “I already got the [recruiting] looks so I knew if I would’ve played in this tournament a couple college coaches would’ve came to my games, so I wanted…[my teammates] to get the looks, too.”
Jones certainly doesn’t need much help in his own recruitment.