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Tuesday / June 28.
  • ben-simmonsBY CHIP MILLER

    At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, we will know who made the actual 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game when ESPNU makes the announcement. A selection of 24 of the best high school boy basketball players from around the country will gather in Chicago on April 1 to participate in the 38th annual McDonald’s All-American Game.

    In the meantime, we here at ZAGSBLOG gave you, the fans, your platform to chime in and select your version of the 2015 McDonald’s All-American team. With more than 13,000 votes cast, we proudly reveal the top 24 vote getters with a little background on each.

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    Kentucky, Arizona, UConn, St. John’s and Temple are in the mix for Greek 7-footer Georgios Papagiannis, according to a report from SDNA.gr.

    SNY.tv previously reported that St. John’s is recruiting the prospect for 2015-16, and sources said several of the schools mentioned above plan to go over and see Papagiannis in Athens soon.

    The 7-foot-1 Papagiannis signed a multi-year deal with Greek champion Panathinaikos but reportedly has the option to return to the States this  summer. He has only played 23 minutes with he pro team this season, but starts for the club team when he isn’t with the pro team.

    Ivan Rabb CalIvan Rabb and his mother attended Cal’s 73-50 loss to Arizona on Saturday night in Berkeley but did not tour the campus.

    “Both Ivan and I were at the game,” Tami Rabb told SNY.tv. “We did watch the game though. Arizona played to my expectations. It was a good game. Cal played hard but they really need some players who can shoot the ball.”

    The 6-foot-11 Rabb out of Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd is considering Cal and Arizona, along with Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA. He will sign in the spring.

    ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on ESPNU last week that Cal coach Cuonzo Martin offered Rabb’s high school coach, Lou Richie, a job at Cal when Martin was first hired, but Richie declined. Still, Cal is heavily in the mix.

    DiagneBy CHRIS RUSSELL

    NEWARK — Syracuse may not make the NCAA Tournament this season, but Moustapha Diagne hopes to help the Orange get there next year.

    “I’m trying to get good every single day, improve my jump shot, make a 15-foot face up, playing strong and physical,” the 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward told SNY.tv after Pope John XXIII (N.J.) beat University, 72-40, in the Newark National Invitational at the Prudential Center on Sunday.

    In the fall, Diagne will join a frontcourt that could feature the returns of Chris McCullough and DaJuan Coleman. Both are injured and done for the season.