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Wednesday / November 20.
  • After committing to Kentucky earlier this month on ESPNU, Isaiah Briscoe reached out to both Antonio Blakeney and Malik Newman, urging them to join him next year in Lexington.

    Both players are still considering the Wildcats, and Newman apparently thinks he and Briscoe could form a dangerous backcourt.

    “I think Isaiah and I could definitely make a good backcourt,” Newman told Hoopseen.com. “He’s a good player.”

    Miles BridgesMiles Bridges says three schools are recruiting him the hardest.

    The 6-foot-6 forward from Huntington (W.V.) Prep listed Michigan State, Iowa State and UConn during an interview with Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

    “They are talking to me almost every day, giving advice” Bridges told SNY.tv of those three schools.

    The Flint, MI native is ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2016 by ESPN.com. He holds numerous other offers, including the one he added recently from Louisville.

    Thon and Matur Maker visited Kentucky Sunday for the Wildcats’ 58-38 victory over Providence.

    “Big time atmosphere at the #UK game It’s easy when Pros play with Pros.#BBN #GettingItDone” Thon Tweeted.

    Both brothers were in Lexington for the Bluegrass Showcase in which the 7-foot Thon went for 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks Saturday in Orangeville Prep’s 72-58 victory over Prime Prep (Tex.).

    Matur Maker is a 6-10 2017 forward.

    Thon Maker will decide by January whether to reclass to 2015 from 2016, his guardian Ed Smith has said. 

    Texas senior forward Jonathan Holmes drained a game-winning 3-pointer from the left corner to lead No. 7 Texas to a stunning 55-54 victory over No. 24 UConn at Gampel Pavilion.

    The loss snapped the Huskies’ 44-game winning-streak against non-conference opponents at Gampel.

    In the last 10 days, Texas (6-0) has beaten Iowa, Cal and now the Huskies — the latter two with sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor out with a fractured wrist. Texas won the 2K Classic last week at Madison Square Garden, but Taylor was injured in the Iowa game.

    UConn senior point guard Ryan Boatright went for 24 points and seven rebounds for UConn, but left the arena on crutches after re-injuring his ankle on the final play. He said he could miss the Yale game on Friday, but won’t be out “two or three games,” according to Dave Borges of the New Haven Register.

    UConn is the latest school to offer 7-foot, 240-pound 2016 big man Rodney Miller of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy.

    “[Head coach] Kevin [Ollie] called me and personally spoke to my son,” Miller’s mother, Maria, told SNY.tv. “He just said he wants him and will recruit him personally. It’s a good school and we are very interested.”

    She added that Ollie “will see him very soon and he told Lil Rod he is excited about his future at UConn.”

    NCAA Basketball: George Washington at Seton HallBy JEREMY FUCHS

    NEWARK — When Isaiah Whitehead, Seton Hall’s prized freshman from Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High School, scored 18 points against Illinois State in the final of the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands, it was easy to take notice.

    But when Whitehead scored 15 points, with five assists, six rebounds and two blocks in a 58-54 win over George Washington at the Prudential Center, it was truly a pivotal moment.

    The Big East Preseason Rookie of the Year took over the game for the unbeaten Pirates (5-0) and GW (3-2) did not have an answer. His vision was outstanding on his dimes to Brandon Mobley down low, and his jumper was silky smooth.

    Tyus BattleHere’s a few quick hits on recruiting on this Rivalry Week in football:

    **Tyus Battle, the 6-foot-6 2016 combo guard from Gill St. Bernard’s, will visit UConn Sunday for the Texas game, Scout.com reported. Battle recently cut his list to 11 and is now considering UConn, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Syracuse, Villanova and Virginia. Watch our SNY.tv documentary on Tyus here.

    **UConn head coach Kevin Ollie also called on Kobie Eubanks, the 6-5 shooting guard from Fort Lauderdale (FL) Elev8 Sports Institute who recently decommitted from Baylor.

    **Kentucky’s John Calipari and Kenny Payne, Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg and Arkansas’ Mike Anderson watched 2016 studs Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk Saturday night in Arkansas. The 6-4 Monk went for 45 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block as Bentonville (AR) beat St. Louis Chaminade, 86-77.  The 6-7 Tatum posted 31 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals in the loss.

    **Miles Bridges, a 6-6 2016 small forward from Huntington (W.V.) Prep, picked up an offer from