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Wednesday / November 30.
  • 4_2971242By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.- After a solid Peach Jam performance, Bruce Brown has seen interest rise considerably over the past couple days.

    “It was great to make a good impression in front of those coaches,” Brown told SNY.tv. “I had never played in front of Coach K before, and I had 24 that game. Providence, Auburn, Oregon State, Iowa State, Texas Tech have all come on recently.”

    Brown says that there are three schools that are clearly working the hardest at the moment however.

    “Xavier, Miami, Minnesota,” Brown said.

    Briscoe Peach Jam actionBy ARI ROSENFELD & ADAM ZAGORIA

    GALLOWAY, N.J.Isaiah Briscoe has entered the final live period of his high school career, and his suitors are putting on the fullcourt press.

    Steve Lavin returned from his Bosnian recruiting trip to watch Briscoe go for 17 points in a 79-54 beatdown of  Maryland 3D in the Live in AC event at Richard Stockton College on Wednesday night.

    Lavin was joined by Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan, Villanova head coach Jay Wright, Seton Hall assistant Fred Hill and Arizona assistant Book Richardson.

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    By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After a fantastic performance at Peach Jam, D.J. Hogg is looking to build on a recruitment that has multiple high-major schools showing interest.

    “I’m looking to cut my list sometime after Peach Jam,” Hogg told SNY.tv. “Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M are probably the schools that are working the hardest right now, texting me everyday.”

    By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trevon Duval is priming himself to be a superstar.

    Averaging 7.5 points on the Nike EYBL circuit as a rising sophomore, including a 20-point performance against the Kentucky Travelers, Duval teamed up with ZAGSBLOG First Team All-Peach Jam Selection Isaiah Briscoe and Second Team Selection T.J. Gibbs Jr, to create a trio that was matched by few. Duval says that learning from older players on a Peach Jam-winning team will get him set for the rest of his career on the circuit.

    “It’s a great experience,” Duval told SNY.tv. “Watching the older players on my team, especially Isaiah, I just learn from all of them and I just have get ready for the next two years.”

    USA U17s

    College basketball coaches across America will head out on Wednesday for the third of three NCAA sanctioned recruiting weekends in the month of July.

    While coaches will flock to events in Las Vegas, Louisville, New Jersey and elsewhere in hopes of securing future players, the single greatest concentration of talent might be taking place at the USA Basketball U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO.

    Several hundred coaches are expected in Colorado Springs on Friday – the one day the trials are open to college coaches — many of them stopping through on their way to or from Vegas to scout the talent.

    Talent that won’t be in Louisville for AAU Nationals or in New Jersey at Live in AC or the Battle of Borders or at any other event across America.

    RabbNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Malik Newman and Diamond Stone aren’t the only ones talking about going to the same school together next year.

    Ivan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 forward from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, told SNY.tv he wants to join up with Newman and Stone, too.

    “Me, Diamond and Malik, we’re all planning to kind of go to school together,” Rabb said at the Peach Jam.

    “But I’m not really 100 percent. They’re more serious than I am because we all have different schools  that we’re looking at…so I make my own decisions at the end of the day because I’m my own man. But if the opportunity is right and I think it’s a good decision, then maybe that might happen.”