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Tuesday / December 5.
  • KobeKobe Eubanks has decommitted from Baylor.

    “It is true I have officially opened up my recruitment for 2015 class #ELEV8 #Driven #The Movement,” he Tweeted.

    The 6-foot-5 Eubanks also considered Pitt, Minnesota, Missouri and Wichita State before committing to Baylor in March. He never signed an NLI and is now spending the year at ELEV8 in Delray Beach (FL).

    Chad Myers, Eubanks’ coach, confirmed that the following schools have already reached out to Eubanks:  Virginia, USF, B.C., UConn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon and Providence.

    “He’s actually going to wait the next couple of weeks and put together a list, kind of see who comes in and then kind of play it that way, ” Chad Myers, Eubanks’ coach, told SNY.tv Monday.

    By JACK LeGWIN

    MONTVERDE, Fla.- Montverde Academy coach Kevin Boyle has coached Kyrie Irving, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Al Harrington and many other elite players.

    And Boyle says that his current star, 6-foot-10, LSU-bound forward Ben Simmons — the projected No. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com — is special.

    “Ben is an incredibly gifted athlete,” Boyle told SNY.tv. “His jump shot is getting better, he’s an excellent passer. Hopefully, he can have as much of an impact in high school this year as LeBron did as a senior. Not saying he’s as good as LeBron, but I’m hoping he has as much of an impact. As a physical force with skill, he is probably the closest to him, than anyone since LeBron has played.”

    Bruce BrownBy ARTHUR WARNER-KAMSLER

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – While Vermont Academy might have lost to South Kent Sunday at the National Prep Showcase, that did not stop two juniors from impressing.

    Bruce Brown, the No. 47 player in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports composite rankingsand Tyrique Jones (No. 101) both stood out due as much to their impressive athleticism as to their production on the court.

    Atson

    By ARTHUR WARNER-KAMSLER

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Every year at the National Prep Showcase a lesser-known player makes his name.

    Last year it was Donovan Mitchell of Brewster (N.H.) Academy — who is heading to Louisville next year.

    And this year it was Travis Atson, the former Christ the King forward now at South Kent (Conn.).

    A 6-foot-5 junior combo guard from Brooklyn, Atson scored 31 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and was clearly the best player on the court in a 66-61 win over Vermont Academy in a game that featured at least nine Division I prospects.

    NEW YORK — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had just finished praising his potential one-and-done players Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones when he climbed down off the podium at Barclays Center and told me tanking for star players like them is “stupid.”

    “It’s stupid to have it because one, you don’t know if you are going to get somebody and it’s a disservice to your fans,” Coach K told me after his No.-4 ranked Duke team beat Stanford, 70-59, to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Some 50 NBA personnel, including Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge and Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough, were in attendance.

    About three miles away at Madison Square Garden, the dreadful Philadelphia 76ers had just fallen to 0-13 by losing to the Knicks,  a 4-10 outfit.

    The Sixers players like Michael Carter-Williams may not be tanking themselves, but their front office has put them in a situation where they are threatening the NBA’s all-time record for futility.

    “It’s a very murky puzzle at times,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, according to the New York Times. “But I do think, despite our record, that I feel very good about where we’re at. I know that might sound funny when you look at the win-loss record. But the foundation of the system is in place.”

    By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA

    NEW YORK — UNLV had just beaten Temple Saturday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center and Lori Stevens was already texting words of congratulations to assistant coaches Ryan Miller and Todd Simon.

    That is significant, of course, because Stevens is the mother of Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-footer from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman who took his last official visit to UNLV last weekend.

    “Great visit, we had a lot of fun,” Stevens told SNY.tv. “It was kind of last minute and they did an amazing job.”

    Stevens attended UNLV with head coach Dave Rice and said the visit was more like spending time with old friends.

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