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Sunday / July 14.
  • Derrick JonesDerrick Jones, a 6-foot-7 wing forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, will announce his college choice Thursday on ESPNU from 6-7 p.m, Adam Finkelstein reports.

    Jones will join Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere in revealing their college choices at that time.

    Jones is down to UNLV, Auburn and  UConn.

    Jones recently visited UNLV for  the Scarlet & Gray Showcase and enjoyed it.

    Dalton SofferSeton Hall picked up its first pledge in the Class of 2015 on Wednesday when Dalton Soffer, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard from Poway (CA) signed a Letter of Intent to play with the Pirates.

    “We’re really pleased to add a player like Dalton,” head coach Kevin Willard said in a statement Dec. 12. “His ability to shoot the ball fits perfectly in our system and we think he’ll be an asset to the program.”

    Soffer took an official visit to Seton Hall in November and called it “great.”

    “The fact that it’s Big East basketball,” Soffer told SNY.tv by phone in November. “Coach Willard’s great, the rest of the staff is awesome and I really think that the team can play for a championship so I’m really looking forward to getting out there.”

    Soffer averaged 20 points last season.

    Forty-eight hours before Isaiah Briscoe is due to announce his college choice, St. John’s has taken another huge frontcourt hit.

    Adonis De La Rosa , a 6-foot-11, 256-pound center from Christ the King in Queens, has been deemed a non-qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center, the school announced. De La Rosa remains enrolled at St. John’s University, but he is not eligible for participation with the men’s basketball team until his academic progress meets NCAA standards.

    A source close to De La Rosa told SNY.tv Monday night that his SAT scores were disputed by a third party, and that led to his being deemed a non-qualifier. The source added that De La Rosa still hopes to become eligible this season.

    “The St. John’s Athletic Department was recently informed by the NCAA Eligibility Center of the change in certification status for Adonis De La Rosa after new information revealed the student-athlete does not meet eligibility requirements,” said St. John’s Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. “The University will continue to review the options available in this particular case.”

    By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA

    Stephen Zimmerman will stay local for his final official visit.

    The 7-footer from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman will visit UNLV beginning Friday, meaning he won’t take an official to North Carolina.

    “After much thought, I will be taking my last official visit to my hometown school, #UNLV. They were my 1st offer & recruited me since Day 1,” He Tweeted.

    His mother added: “Rebel fans, ur staff has recruitd @BIGG_ZIMM since the beginning but @CoachRyanMiller has been RELENTLESS on securing this visit. He’s good!”

    BpzZEHaIYAAxxhjBy JACK LeGWIN

    Corey Johnson has committed to Harvard.

    The 6-foot-5 senior guard from Vermont Academy (Ver.) chose the Crimson over Butler.

    Tommy Amaker and Christian Webster (Harvard assistant coach) did a fantastic job recruiting Corey,” Vermont Academy Head Coach Alex Popp told SNY.tv. “In addition, Corey played on the Canadian U-18 team with Chris Egi. The two are close friends.”

    Johnson could possibly fill the void that has been left by Crimson sharpshooter Laurent Rivard.

    Briscoe decisionIsaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere will both announce their college decisions between 6-7 p.m. EST on Thursday on ESPNU’s “Basketball Signing Day Special.”

    Briscoe Tweeted: “EspnU Thursday 6 pm Ill Be Deciding What College I Will Attend Next Fall !!! Sju , BBN , Uconn.”

    ESPN confirmed the announcements in a press release.

    The 6-3 Briscoe is down to Kentucky, St. John’s and UConn, and visited St. John’s for their exhibition game on Saturday against St. Thomas Aquinas. He told SNY.tv the visit went “great.”

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