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  • CameronMissouri transfer Cameron Biedschied is headed to Iona.

    The 6-foot-7 Biedschied will arrive at the MAAC school at the semester break and will apply for a hardship waiver.

    “[They have] great teammates and staff and [it’s a] real brotherhood,” Biedschied told “It’s a new great opportunity to showcase my talent and help us win games.”

    The Gatorade 2012 Missouri High School Player of the Year, Biedschied transferred to Missouri from Notre Dame but never played a game for the Tigers.

    NEW YORK — When New York City guard Dupree McBrayer picked a college this past August, one of his primary reasons for choosing Minnesota over both Seton Hall and St. John’s was his relationship with Gophers assistant Kimani Young.

    “[It was] very important,” the 6-foot-4 McBrayer told “He was a straightforward person with me. We had a close bond from the beginning, from when he first started recruiting me. The fact that my mother and grandmother loved him was important, too.”

    A Queens native who joined the Minnesota staff in 2013, Young not only helped land McBrayer, who is spending a postgraduate season at Sunrise (KS) Christian, but Maryland point guard Kevin Dorsey and New York big man Jonathan Nwankwo as well.

    NEW YORK — John Beilein was more upset about ESPN’s start time Tuesday night than he was about losing to Villanova, 60-55, in the Legends Classic championship game.

    “Was anyone else bothered with us moving back (the tip-off) 10 minutes to accommodate ESPN?” Beilein said in quotes transcribed by “I mean, I love ESPN, guys, I love it, but when they told me that game was being moved back 15 minutes — something is wrong. We have a whole bunch of guys with 8 and 9 o’clock classes tomorrow morning and we move that game to 10:15 so that a football game could be finished.”

    NEW YORK – JayVaughn Pinkston was actually in the wrong place on the epic block that helped insure Villanova would enjoy a happy Thanksgiving.

    “I kind of messed up on the play,” the Brooklyn native explained. “I didn’t take away the middle, so I just tried to make a play on the ball. I saw somebody fell and I just went up and made the block.”

    With 4 seconds left and No. 12 Villanova clinging to a 1-point lead over No. 19 Michigan, the 6-foot-7 Pinkston turned and came out of nowhere on the baseline to get all ball on Michigan’s Zak Irvin on an entry pass from Spike Albrecht.

    It was clean as can be. And you will for sure see it on SportsCenter.

    Linda Bryant, the mother of four-star Huntington (W.V.) Prep center Thomas Bryant, says her son is down to two schools, and really just one.

    “Really it’s down to two,” Linda Bryant told from her home in Rochester, N.Y. “Syracuse and Indiana. And it might be down to one soon. Thomas has always told me that Syracuse was the leader.”

    Thomas Bryant has kept a low profile on his own recruitment, and was not immediately available for comment. He plans to sign in the spring.

    The 6-foot-10 big man visited Kentucky this past weekend with 2016 teammates Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones for Kentucky’s win over Boston University, but Linda Bryant said Kentucky isn’t a good fit for her son.

    LR- Jaylen Brown - Adidas Gauntlet Indy (Day 1)-1ESPN has announced its high school basketball schedule.

    ESPNU, ESPN, and ESPN2 will televise 11 premier games in the 2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase beginning Monday, Dec. 8 with Lancaster, Texas vs. No. 5 Plano West in Garland, Texas.

    Two appearances by ESPN 100’s No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons (Montverde, Fla.) highlights a slate involving 11 ranked teams, 14 states, 36 players in the ESPN rankings, and 20 recruits who have committed to Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNLV, and Wake Forest.

    2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase Highlights:
    Number 1: No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, who plays for No. 1 Montverde, Fla., will be televised twice: Friday, Dec. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and January 19 (3 p.m. on ESPNU).

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