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Monday / September 26.
  • Kuran IversonRhode Island has landed former Memphis sophomore forward Kuran Iverson.

    He will practice with the Rams throughout the remainder of the academic year and will be eligible to compete at the conclusion of the fall 2015 final exam schedule.

    “Kuran is a talented, versatile, athletic player that fits our program’s style of play,” said head coach Dan Hurley. “We are excited about his desire to be a part of our hard-working culture at Rhode Island and get his career back on track as a high-level, top-rated recruit coming out of high school.”

    Hurley has done well with transfers, including Gil Biruta (Rutgers),  Jarelle Reischel (Rice) and Biggie Minnis (Texas Tech).

    malik newmanInstead of going to Ohio State this weekend as originally planned, Malik Newman reportedly visited Ole Miss and saw the Rebels beat Florida, 72-71, in SEC action.

    Jarvis Summers went for 16 points, including two free throws with 3.5 seconds left in the win at Tad Smith Coliseum.

    The 6-foot-4 Newman is considering Ole Miss, along with Kentucky, Kansas, N.C. State and Mississippi State, among others.

    “I think he liked Coach [Andy] Kennedy’s style of play, but he also liked Coach [Rick] Ray’s style of play so, both of them are upcoming programs,” his father, Horatio Webster, told SNY.tv last month. “They’re both upcoming programs.”

    NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at KentuckyKentucky freshmen Devin Booker and Trey Lyles continue to climb up the 2015 NBA Mock Draft, according to DraftExpress.com, the most well-respected mock draft in the business.

    The 6-foot-5 Booker moved to No. 14 from No. 20, while the 6-10 Lyles was moved to the No. 25 spot in 2015 after previously appearing in the 2016 Mock.

    Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns remained at No. 3 behind Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay, while junior big man Willie Cauley-Stein is No. 6 and sophomore center Dakari Johnson is No. 30.

    That puts five players from top-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky (19-0) in the first round of the draft, with two more in the second round: Andrew Harrison at No 47 and Aaron Harrison at No. 51.

    By JEREMY FUCHS

    Photo Credit: Marc Levine

    Photo Credit: Marc Levine

    NEW YORK —  After a furious comeback in the last few minutes, Cardozo High School stunned Wings Academy 50-47 to win the SNY Invitational.

    Ray Salnave, quiet for most of the game, exploded for six points in the final minutes, scoring nine on the night and added nine rebounds. Aaron Walker scored 17 and Elijah McNeely scored 12.

    “We just started to believe as a team,” Salnave said.

    Cardozo, the reigning PSAL champion, showed that they have the moxie to get back there again.

    4_2917459By JACK LeGWIN

    TAMPA, Fla. — Thomas Bryant, one of the best unsigned big men in the Class of 2015, says that he still hasn’t set any more visits, but the date for doing so could be coming soon.

    He recently took an unofficial to Kentucky and plans to take an official going forward.

    “Maybe, I’m just trying to get through the month of January,” Bryant told SNY.tv after Huntingon (W.V.) Prep’s 68-62 win over Oldsmar Christian in which he scored 17 points. “I just have to play everything by ear. Right now, I’m just focused on school and helping the team get as many wins as we can.”

    In case you missed it, Tyler Dorsey is killin’ it.

    The 6-foot-4 Dorsey out of Los Angeles (CA) Marantha High scored 21 of his 49 points in the fourth quarter on Saturday when Maranatha beat Centennial, 71-59.

    The former Arizona commit is averaging 35 points, 11 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.5 steals on the season. He has seven 40-point games and is averaging 40.2 points in his last nine games — all in 2015. In his last nine he’s gone for 40, 41, 36, 44, 42, 27, 43, 40 and 49 points.

    large_coach-k-1NEW YORK — As Coach K stands on the brink of winning his 1,000th career game, which would be the latest achievement in the career of arguably the greatest coach the sport of basketball has ever known, there is a great irony hanging over Sunday’s Duke-St. John’s game at Madison Square Garden.

    Mike Krzyzewski has stood for excellence and greatness throughout his career, yet teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and the Knicks that are consciously striving for the opposite — poor results in the standings, if not flat-out incompetence and ineptitude — stand to benefit from tanking by potentially landing Duke star Jahlil Okafor in the upcoming NBA Draft.

    “It’s stupid to have [tanking] because one, you don’t know if you are going to get somebody and it’s a disservice to your fans,” Coach K told me in November while in Brooklyn at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.