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Monday / August 3.
  • Chris Silva, the 6-foot-9 2015 power forward from Roselle Catholic, enjoyed his official visit to Seton Hall this week and will trip to Rhode Island next.

    “[It was] a lot of fun combined with hard work,” Silva told SNY.tv by text.

    He said Pirates coach Kevin Willard said “some nice and good things involving my game like playing time and how I am going to fit and the work I am going to have to put in.”

    Silva is friendly with current Seton Hall freshman Angel Delgado and added that he “knows almost everybody” on the team.

    Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School, is down to seven schools and will next visit UConn Sept. 5-7.

    Along with UConn, Clarke is considering, Florida, Iowa State, Tennessee, Creighton, Minnesota and Virginia Tech.

    Clarke averaged 12.5 points this summer with Boo Williams on the Nike EYBL circuit, and 14.7 points at the Peach Jam. He made the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team after leading Boo to the semifinals.

    Reigning national champion UConn is his first visit.

    “He likes the academic side of it,” Cape Henry Collegiate coach Mark Hall told SNY.tv by phone Friday. “Obviously, he likes Kevin Ollie. A great coaching staff. Glen Miller is out there as well. The whole coaching staff is from UConn, they’ve won multiple national championships.

    After recently “trimming” his list to 10, former Arizona commit Tyler Dorsey now has a final six.

    “Final 6 are (in alpha order): AZ State, Cal, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon & UNLV. Will visit 1st 5 officially and UNLV unofficially,” he Tweeted.

    The 6-foot-5 2015 lead guard will visit Oregon Sept. 5-7, Colorado Sept. 19-21, Kansas for “Late Night in the Phog” Oct. 10-12 and Arizona State Oct. 17-19.

    He cut St. John’s, along with Georgetown, Louisville and UConn.

    Johnnies coach Steve Lavin had targeted Dorsey, along with Isaiah BRiscoe and Brandon Sampson, among high school guards in the Class of 2015.

    Diamond Stone, the 6-foot-10 big man from Milwaukee Dominican, announced his top five schools on Thursday, according to reports.

    Stone listed Duke, Maryland, Oklahoma State, UConn and Wisconsin, with Kentucky among those not making the list.

    Stone will announce his college choice Nov. 12, the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

    He and 6-4 point guard Malik Newman have talked about a package deal.

    Coming of his show-cause penalty, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl continued his tremendous recruiting roll Thursday with the addition of former Maryland big man Trayvon Reed for this coming season.

    The 7-foot-1 Reed is headed to the SEC school and will reportedly suit up beginning in the second semester after spending the first semester at Elevate Prep School in Delray Beach, Fla., according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

    Reed wasn’t allowed to enroll at Maryland following his arrest for second-degree assault, second degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest.

    Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 9 center and No. 77 prospect in the 2014 class, Reed is the latest addition to Pearl’s recruiting haul.

    John IsnerNEW YORK — When the U.S. Open began on Monday, there were 12 American men in the field of 128.

    Only three of them advanced through to the second round, a record for futility in the Open Era.

    No. 15 John Isner and Sam Querrey both won their second-round matches Thursday afternoon, while Tim Smyczek lost his second-round match Friday to No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

    “There is not many American men in the draw to begin with,” Querrey said after dispatching Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. “You know, if Novak [Djokovic] wins next round I have to play him; that will be a tough one. I hope we can have a few guys in the second week. That would be great for men’s tennis here.”