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Monday / July 22.
  • HarrisonsWhen John Calipari holds his groundbreaking combine showcasing his loaded Kentucky team for all 30 NBA franchises, some NBA personnel will be especially interested to see how Aaron and Andrew Harrison have developed, and just exactly what the upside is on 7-foot freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, who excelled on the team’s recent trip to the Bahamas.

    The twins considered jumping to the NBA after their freshman seasons, but opted to stay in college amid projections that they would both be late-first/early-second round picks at best.

    “The Harrions are talented guys,” one veteran NBA scout who plans to attend the combine Oct. 11-12 told “What you’re looking for is, you want to see the growth that they made from last year, the awareness, the maturity, what’s happened over the summer, how hard they worked, all of that will start to be evident.

    Big 4NEW YORK — After winning the U.S. Open in rather easy fashion Monday evening, Marin Cilic proclaimed that he was part of a new wave ready to threaten the Big 4’s domination of tennis.

    “A lot of guys are saying that people would like to watch the top four guys extend their streak at the top and extend their run at the Grand Slams, because they attract the most fans and TV viewership,” Cilic said after trouncing Japan’s Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in under two hours to win his first major title.

    “[But] one day they are going to go out and there’s going to be a need for [another player]. There’s going to be much bigger competition… The game is definitely going to evolve much more.”

    Cal PitinoBeginning Tuesday, college coaches can watch high school prospects work out and can have in-home visits with them.


    Here’s a quick rundown on some happenings:

    **Kentucky coach John Calipari will be busy in the next few days. On Tuesday, he visits 6-6 Marietta (GA) Wheeler small forward Jaylen Brown  and 6-4 Calloway (MS) point guard Malik Newman.  On Thursday, Calipari gets an in-home with 6-9 Kinston (N.C.) forward Brandon Ingram. Calipari will also see 2016 guard Tyus Battle of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s on Friday, and could also see 2015 forward Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American, as Ben Roberts of NextCats reported.

    **Kansas coach Bill Self also meets with Newman Tuesday and gets his visits with Brown and Ingram on Wednesday. (Newman also meets with UConn’s Kevin Ollie and N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried on Wednesday; Ingram meets with UCLA’s David Grace on Friday.)

    Briscoe Peach Jam actionIsaiah Briscoe’s recruitment was bound to be fluid after he decided to wait until the spring to make his decision.

    And it just got a lot more interesting.

    As first reported by, Kentucky has jumped into the mix, UConn is back in and other new schools like Georgia Tech are trying to get in.

    Kentucky, which will also watch 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard Tyus Battle on Friday, has scheduled an in-home visit with the 6-foot-3 Briscoe for Sept. 18, Roselle (N.J.) Catholic coach Dave Boff told Monday evening.

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