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Monday / July 22.
  • SkalThis Skal Labissiere recruitment just gets more interesting by the day, doesn’t it?

    The 6-foot-10 Haitian power forward on Tuesday announced a final six schools of Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, Georgetown, Baylor and Tennessee.

    Noticeably missing from the list was Ole Miss, which had pulled out all the stops to land Labissiere, who lives in Memphis and not that far from the Ole Miss campus.

    Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy indicated to The Clarion-Ledger in Tuesday’s editions that he was prepared to hire Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, to fill a vacant assistant coaching position in a package deal that would bring aboard Labissiere.

    Emmitt Holt, a 2015 power forward from Vermont Academy, will take an official visit to Indiana Aug. 19 and may reclass to 2014, Vermont Academy coach Alex Popp told SNY.tv.

    “[Coach Tom] Crean wants the 2015 PF as 2015,” Popp told SNY.tv.

    Holt is already going into his fifth year so it’s possible he could reclass.

    “He’s versatile because of his ability to pass the basketball,” Popp told City of BasketballLove.com earlier this month. “He can guard multiple positions. He’s listed at 6-7 but his wingspan is 7-3. He has one of those bodies. You see him and you have to kind of look at him a little bit to take in exactly what his body is like. He has these size 18 sneakers so we’re convinced that he’s still growing. He has the baby face with the million-dollar smile.

    ReebokBy RUSSELL STEINBERG

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    NEW YORK — Rucker Park has hosted countless stars over the years, and Monday night was no different with Nerlens Noel and Shaquille O’Neal stopping by for the Reebok Classic X.

    But it was the stars of tomorrow who stole the show.

    Dwayne Bacon, who took home co-MVP honors over the weekend at the Big Strick Classic, led all scorers with 35 points to lift the Breakout All-Stars to a 94-75 win over the EBC NYC All-Stars.

    Bacon will visit Florida State and Tennessee in the coming months and is expected to trim his list soon.

    Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the new guys at Kentucky, but he’s already playing like an old soul.

    The 6-foot-11 Towns notched a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds and added a trio of assists off the bench as Kentucky beat Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket, 81-58, Monday to improve to 2-0 on their Bahamas trip. The French team has an average age of 28.

    The reigning Gatorade National Player of the Year out of St. Joe’s-Metuchen High School in N.J., Towns is Kentucky’s leading scorer and rebounder over the first two games in the Bahamas, averaging 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

    “I think that my size sometimes deceives people, but at the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for the team, and today, for me, the best thing I could do for the team was give them an inside presence,” Towns said.

    Former Oregon pledge Ray Kasongo will now choose between Indiana and LSU, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv.

    The 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward may visit LSU Wednesday or Thursday and Indiana on Monday, the source said.

    “He won’t commit until he visits both,” the source said.

    The Hoosiers are currently playing five games in six days in Canada and Kasongo wouldn’t visit until they return. They have a need for bigs in the frontcourt for the upcoming season.

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