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Sunday / February 5.
  • Recruiting Roundup: Phillips Taking Visits; Felton, Kennard Drop 50+

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    4_3234343By CHIP MILLER

    Oak Hill Academy (VA) point guard Terrence Phillips highlights this weekend’s official visits as he takes the first of two currently scheduled. The first, starting Sunday and ending Monday, is to home state Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. Phillips, a California native, recently gave SNY.tv his thoughts on the Lions.

    “Well for one it’s back home for me,” he said. “Growing up in California, being back home, playing around my family, which is a big thing I’m looking at for them right now.”

    Phillips still holds no official offer from Loyola but says he’s expecting the Lions to offer while on campus.

    “I’m assuming when I go on my official to LMU they are going to offer me,” Phillips said.

    Missouri is next on the visit list for Phillips as he will travel to Columbus on Jan. 2-4, then he hopes to make a decision before his birthday.

    “In all honesty, if it comes to a late decision it just happens to be that, but I kind of want to get it done before my birthday, Jan. 12,” he said.

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    SIDELINE HIGHLIGHTS:

    * 2016 Oak Hill Academy (VA) four-star 6-11 center Rodney Miller picked up an offer from Wake Forest recently, his mother told SNY.tv.

    * Christ The King (NY) shooting guard Rawle Alkins went for 18 points and 18 rebounds on Saturday to lead CTK to a 63-51 victory over Gonzaga College Prep at Slam Dunk to the Beach. Alkins, who recently started recieving interest from Kentucky, holds offers from Kansas, Indiana, Louisville, Villanova and Miami among others.

    * Tyus Battle continues to be plagued by an ankle injury. The five-star 2016 guard missed Gill St. Bernard’s game on Saturday and is expected to miss todays game at Slam Dunk to the Beach. Battle is being recruited by the blue bloods of college basketball and recently discussed Duke and Kentucky with SNY.tv.

    * Villanova-bound Adlai Stevenson (Ill) point guard Jalen Brunson had 27 points, earned the Most Valuable Player honors and won the Proviso West Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

    * Notre Dame signee Rex Pflueger, out of Mater Dei High (CA), won the 2014 MaxPreps Holiday Classic slam dunk contest on Saturday.

    * Antonio Blakeney scored 30 points on Saturday to help lead his Oak Ridge (Fla) team to a 71-62 win. The five-star 2015 shooting guard is still undecided on his college future but is considering LSU, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and N.C. State. Blakeney recently reported he planned to sign late, but that may change.

    * Malik Newman continues to dazzle fans, this time it was a 44-point performance in a 83-62 win on Saturday. Newman has yet to officially release a list but has hosted several in-home visits and recently discussed playing with Kentucky commit Isaiah Briscoe.

    * 2017 Top Ten combo guard Jalek Felton fell just one point shy of a scoring record as he hung 51 points (15-27/7-16 3PT/14-14 FT) Saturday at the Beach Ball Classic down in Myrtle Beach, S.C..

    * Speaking of scoring, Duke signee Luke Kennard is the player who currently holds the Beach Ball Classic scoring record of 52 points, hitting 18-26 from the field, 2-6 from three-point range and 14-17 from the free throw line to go along with 15 rebounds in a win on Friday.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.