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Friday / June 14.
  • Antonio Blakeney could make his college decision relatively soon, he told Evan Daniels of

    “I don’t know,” Blakeney said. “I really don’t know. I kind of want to do it late, but my mom may want me to get it over with. I think I’m going to talk to her after City of Palms and figure it out.”

    Blakeney and his Oak Ridge (FL) teammates are playing in the City of Palms Classic Dec. 18-23

    After decommitting from Louisville, Blakeney is now considering LSU, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and N.C. State. He remains undecided on whether to take his fifth official visit to UNC or N.C. State.


    A Who’s Who of college basketball blue bloods is passing through Las Vegas to see  Centennial High point guard Troy Brown, the No. 1-ranked floor general in the Class of 2017 according to 247Sports composite rankings.

    Brown stands 6-foot-6 and is only 15 years old.

    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend watched Brown go for 28 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal Tuesday night.

    “Pitino said he has two scholarships in that class and Troy can have both of them,” Anthony Brown, director of the Las Vegas Prospects AAU program, told after the game.

    Kentucky assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen saw Brown on Monday.

    “I mean, [shoot] who hasn’t been out?” Anthony Brown said.

    “Coach K came out from Duke. Arizona’s been out. He’s had the heavy hitters come out to see him.”

    "2014 Under Armour Elite 24"Brandon Ingram will have a few high-profile visitors on Tuesday.

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari, UCLA assistant David Grace and N.C. State assistant Rob Moxley will watch Ingram and Kinston (N.C.) play against Wilson (N.C.) Hunt.

    Ironically, Kentucky plays UCLA Saturday in Chicago.

    “Shoutout to Coach Cal for making the effort to see me [Tuesday] against Wilson Hunt @ 7:30 home. Come out & support #BBN #Bruins,” Ingram Tweeted.

    NCAA Basketball: St. John's at SyracuseSt. John’s (8-1) moved up to No. 20 in the latest AP Poll after going 2-0 last week, including Sunday’s rout of Fordham at Madison Square Garden.

    Red Storm senior D’Angelo Harrison was named Big East Player of the Week for the second straight week and Seton Hall freshman guard Isaiah Whitehead earned Rookie of the week honors for the second straight week.

    St. John’s sophomore guard Rysheed Jordan, who tied his career-high with 24 against Fordham, and Seton Hall junior Sterling Gibbs also made the Big East honor roll.

    In other St. John’s new, 6-11 big man Joey De La Rosa may be eligible to play beginning Friday, sources told The semester ends Wednesday.

    NCAA Basketball: Fairleigh Dickinson at St. JohnNEW YORK — Amid this dark and dismal winter that the Knicks, Nets, Giants and Jets have given us here in the Big Apple, there is one shining beacon of hope.

    The St. John’s Red Storm.

    In a year when the Knicks are headed toward the NBA Draft Lottery, the Nets are already offering up their best players for trade and the Jets and Giants became irrelevant by November, the Johnnies are holding out hope of making noise come March.

    Keyed by a career-high-tying 24 points from Rysheed Jordan and 22 points from D’Angelo Harrison, the No. 24 Red Storm improved to 8-1 with a 74-53 blowout of Fordham on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

    “I feel like we’re doing a good job of representing New York really well,” St. John’s senior guard Jamal Branch said.

    NCAA Basketball: Manhattan at RutgersBy ARTHUR WARNER-KAMSLER

    NEW YORK — It’s not often that a program like Manhattan gets to play a Big Ten team, let alone goes into the game as the favorite.

    Yet that is exactly what happened when the Jaspers met Rutgers Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

    Even though Rutgers was a 2.5-point underdog going into the day, they defeated Manhattan, 63-55, in a game they controlled for the full 40 minutes.

    “We don’t need to get respect, we’re going to take it,” said senior forward Kadeem Jack, who went for 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 assists.

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