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Tuesday / June 2.
  • Tyus BattleTyus Battle enjoyed his visit to Duke for their Midnight Madness, and has no other visits currently planned.

    “It was a great visit,” Gary Battle, the player’s father, told SNY.tv. “Tyus enjoyed the campus life and the culture. It’s similar to Gill [St. Bernard’s] in a lot of ways. He really liked that aspect of it. He spent some time with the kids on the team and got a feel for what kind of kids they were. He felt really comfortable with those guys. Tyus Jones, we saw his room and where he lived. He felt he fit right in.”

    Battle also met with Coach K and talked basketball.

    After attending Wisconsin for their Red/White scrimmage this past weekend, Diamond Stone will visit UConn beginning Thursday, according to OntheRadarhoops.com.

    The 6-foot-10 Stone previously visited UConn in June so the fact that he’s making a second trip must be seen as good news for coach Kevin Ollie and the Huskies.

    Given UConn’s history with sending big men to the NBA — Andre Drummond, Emeka Okafor and Charlie Villanueva to name a few — it’s safe to say Ollie will remind the big man from Milwaukee (WI) Dominican of that tradition.

    McDuffieBy JOSH NEWMAN

    Markis McDuffie is heading to one of the nation’s top mid-major programs.

    The 6-foot-7 wing out of New Jersey power St. Anthony of Jersey City and the Sports U AAU program tweeted Sunday morning that he has verbally committed to Wichita State and head coach Gregg Marshall. McDuffie chose the Shockers over VCU, while SMU and Boston College were also in the mix.

    “I thought this was the best fit for me. The campus, the people, the players were great,” McDuffie told SNY.tv. “The coaches were very supportive, the skill development was great and Coach Marshall gave me a great opportunity to play and excel depending on how hard I work and I’m willing to do that.”

    “Even though it’s far, I know I’m on a mission to do something special for my family.”

    Every year I try to compile a list of some of the most high-profile high school hoops tourneys. These events feature some of the top recruits and coaches in the nation and are great stops to see future college standouts.

    Here is a preliminary list; click on the name of the event for schedule and details. If  your event doesn’t have a website, pull it together and get one up.

    If I’ve missed anything, shoot me an email at [email protected] with the tourney info and link.

    Also, if you’re interested in covering any of these events for ZAGSBLOG.com, shoot me an email.

    NATIONAL PREP SHOWCASE, Nov. 21-23, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT

    MARSHALL COUNTY HOOPFEST, Dec. 4-6, Benton, KY

    CHICAGO ELITE CLASSIC, Dec. 5-6, Chicago

    "2014 Under Armour Elite 24"Isaiah Briscoe is down to three schools now.

    The 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard cut his list Saturday to St. John’s, Kentucky and UConn. ESPN.com first reported the news.

    Missouri and Seton Hall were among the schools cut.

    Briscoe had also previously considered Arizona, Rutgers, Louisville, Villanova and others.

    Briscoe recently took official visits to UConn, Kentucky and St. John’s.

    Kentucky became involved late in Briscoe’s recruitment but he seems impressed by John Calipari’s track record in sending players to the NBA.

    FuquanFormer Seton Hall wing Fuquan Edwin will play with the San Antonio Spurs’ D-League affiliate in Austin after getting waived on Saturday.

    “I’m going to fly out there next week and I’m going to be on their D-League team,” the 6-foot-6 Edwin told SNY.tv by phone Saturday from his home in Paterson, N.J. “Their main focus is still developing me, getting my shot down and me just working to try to get a few call-ups during the year.

    “That’s my goal, to work hard, get better and get called up.”