Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Recruiting Roundup: Kentucky, St. John’s to Visit Briscoe, Pitino to See Battle Again, Efianayi to Trip to UCF (UPDATED)
Here are a few quick recruiting hits on Monday night/Tuesday morning:
**Kentucky assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen is expected to meet with Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe and his coach Dave Boff on Tuesday at RC. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin is due in Thursday, Boff confirmed to SNY.tv. The 6-foot-3 Briscoe is slated to visit Missouri this weekend along with Antonio Blakeney and Thomas Bryant and will then trip to St. John’s Oct. 17 with Cheick Diallo and Brandon Sampson. Briscoe recently visited Seton Hall, Kentucky and UConn. Briscoe confirmed to SNY.tv that he plans to decide soon.
**Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be back in to see 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard Tyus Battle on Oct. 15, Gary Battle told SNY.tv. Pitino was already in to see Battle, who has hosted head coaches from a slew of schools, including Duke, Syracuse, Kentucky, UConn, Florida, Villanova, Michigan, Ohio State and Rutgers. Battle visits Syracuse this weekend, followed by Kentucky and Duke.
**Daytona State guard Tank Efianayi will take a visit to UCF this weekend after visiting St. John’s and Arizona State. “They are close to home and in a good conference,” he said. “Plus they have a great coaching staff.” Efianayi could decide at any time.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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