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Friday / December 2.
  • 9R4A2725-32By JACK LeGWIN

    WHEELING W.V.- When Antonio Blakeney announced Friday afternoon that he had committed to LSU, there was only one person more excited than the fans. That would be Ben Simmons.

    “That’s big,” Simmons told SNY.tv after a 100-79 win over Whitney Young in the Cancer Research Classic in which he went 11-11 from the field, scoring 26 points. “We were watching it before we came over here. That’s a big get for me, because I really know how to play with him. We play really well together, he likes to shoot the ball and I like to pass it. He’s always open around the three, so I like to find him.”



    ROSELLE, N.J.– If Roselle Catholic is to live up to its billing as the best team in New Jersey, and perhaps even the best team in the country, it would always have to deal with St. Anthony’s.

    On Friday night in Roselle, the Lions showed that they were up to the task, as they beat the Friars, 51-48.

    “It was amazing, ” RC coach Dave Boff said after the game. “Our fans were great. The St. Anthony’s fans were great. To have a 2,000 [-seat] gym sold out an hour and a half before the game in the regular season is unbelievable. You play these games for that reason, to test yourself against good people.”

    10410694In what can only be seen as a major hit for a team with major NCAA Tournament hopes, Rysheed Jordan is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the St. John’s basketball program as he deals with personal and family matters in Philadelphia, the school announced Friday night.

    Jordan, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, will not be with the team for Saturday’s contest with Butler at Carnesecca Arena.

    “Rysheed will take an indefinite leave of absence from our basketball program and will not be with the team as he focuses his attention on personal and family circumstances,” said head coach Steve Lavin.

    4_995450-1BY JEREMY FUCHS

    ROSELLE, N.J.– Burlington (N.J.) Life Center point guard Traci Carter is considering Louisville, Indiana and Seton Hall for next season, the senior told SNY.tv after his team beat Bloomfield Tech 70-47 Friday at Roselle Catholic’s “Hoops for Troops” Classic. Carter scored 15 points in the victory.

    Carter said that he is not sure when he will make a decision and isn’t yet leaning towards one school or another.

    Asked what he’s looking for in a school, Carter was clear.

    BlakeneyBY CHIP MILLER

    Antonio Blakeney, the 2015 five-star shooting guard out of Sarasota (Fla) Oak Ridge High, committed to Johnny Jones and LSU on Friday, choosing the Tigers over Kentucky and Missouri.

    “I will be attending LSU,” Blakeney said on ESPNU. “Really, my relationship with the coaches and the plan they have for the program. They have only been there a few years. It’s up and coming. It’s really a football school right now, but they are trying to change the culture. I really want to be be part of that. That’s something I would love to be a part of.”

    This is the second time the prolific scoring guard has committed, with his original pledge given to Rick Pitino and Louisville in early September, only four days after completing his official visit. But that pledge lasted only ten days as Blakeney announced he had withdrew his pledge and reopened his recruitment.

    “I made a quick and emotional decision based on some of the wrong reasons,” Blakeney told ESPN at the time.