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Thursday / August 11.
  • BY JEREMY FUCHS

    Photo Credit: USA Today

    Photo Credit: USA Today

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. —Rutgers’ debut season in the Big Ten has been uneven, albeit better and more competitive than most expected.

    Despite the 2-5 start in conference, one thing is clear: Myles Mack can play with the big boys.

    The senior guard from Paterson is having a stellar senior season to cap off what has been a sterling career for the Scarlet Knights (10-10). Playing a heavy load of 36 minutes a game, Mack is averaging 14.7 points, 46  assists and 4.5 assists The assists and rebound numbers are career-highs.

    In Big Ten play, Mack has been even better, averaging 16.2 points per game, which is seventh in the conference, and four assists, which is tied for fourth. He is also playing 37.7 minutes a game, the most in the Big 10.

    harrisonsAs Kentucky freshmen guards Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker continue to surpass the Harrison twins in their play and perceived upside, several NBA personnel have suggested that Andrew and Aaron Harrison should consider remaining on campus for another year.

    “They both could use more time in college to grow their games,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “Truth be told, a lot of scouts like Ulis and Booker more. [The Harrisons] both have improved but another year will only benefit them.”

    A second NBA scout added that the Harrisons “probably” should stay “because their draft stock has dropped. Both [are] at best second-rounders.”

    Travis AtsonNEW YORK — Travis Atson enjoyed a victorious return home.

    On Monday, the 6-foot-5 Brooklyn native went for 21 points on 7-for-18 shooting, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as South Kent (Conn.) beat Genesis Academy (Va.), 69-61, at the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College.

    “I had a good game. I missed a lot of shots, could’ve made a lot more shots, but we got the win so that’s all that matters,” Atson told SNY.tv.

    Coach KMike Krzyzewski can win his 1,000th career game on Sunday afternoon against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.

    Coach K earned career Win No. 999 when the fifth-ranked Blue Devils’ beat Pittsburgh, 79-65, Monday night.

    “It means we’re 16-2,” Krzyzewski said, referring to his team’s overall record. “That’s exactly what that means. And hopefully we can be 17-2 the next game we play, and that’s the way we approach everything. We’ll continue to approach it that way.”

    By EDDIE GIBBON

    Ivan RabbSPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In the first game of a quadruple-header on ESPNU, Ivan Rabb and Bishop O’Dowd (CA) defeated Jaylen Brown and Marietta (GA) Wheeler, 79-70, at the 2015 HoopHall Classic.

    In front of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistants from Cal and UCLA, the 6-foot-11 power forward finished with an impressive stat line of 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Brown, who is also considering Kentucky and UCLA among others, finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds.

    Ranked fifth in the ESPN.com national rankings, Rabb is considering five schools at this point. His final list includes Cal, Kentucky and UCLA along with Arizona and Kansas.

    Screen Shot 2015-01-18 at 1.39.42 PMBy JACK LeGWIN

    PUNTA GORDA, Fla.– This year’s edition of the ninth annual Wally Keller Classic featured a slew of talent from the Southeast which included Montverde, Oak Ridge, Pebblebrook (Ga.), Zion Lutheran, Tampa Prep, Bartow, Godby, Potters House Christian, St. Petersburg Gibbs, and many others. Here is a recap of the best that the Classic had to offer.

    Best Individual Performance

    Keith Stone – Zion Lutheran – The Florida Gators signee set the WKC scoring record with 42 points in an 81-31 drubbing of the hometown team, Charlotte High School. At 6-foot-8, Stone gets to the rack with ease, and has the length to finish over almost anyone. His midrange has improved tremendously, and he is having an incredible season for the top team currently in 2A.

    Jaylen BrownJaylen Brown will reschedule his final official visit to Michigan, he told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

    The 6-foot-7 Brown out of Marietta (GA) Wheeler — who went for 31 points Monday in a 79-70 loss to Ivan Rabb and Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd at the Hoophall Classic — had been set to visit Michigan Jan. 24, but has another commitment then.

    Brown, projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, will also take an unofficial to Georgia Feb. 17 when they play South Carolina, he says in his USA Today blog.