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Sunday / March 3.
  • Recruiting Roundup: Traci Carter to Cut List, Thomas Akyazili Planning Visits, Duke Hosting Recruits

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    Burlington (N.J.) Life Center point guard Traci Carter is college eligible and will soon cut his list to five schools.

    “Traci passed his ACT and is officially qualified,” Donnie Carr, Carter’s mentor, told SNY.tv. He’s on a class trip and doesn’t get back until next Monday. Sometime next week were going cut his list to five schools.”

    The 6-foot-1 Carter has seen his stock rise dramatically this winter with his strong play and is being courted by UConn, N.C. State, Xavier,  Seton Hall, Creighton, George Mason, La Salle, Temple and others.

    THOMAS AKYAZILI TO VISIT ST. JOHN’S, COLORADO

    AkyaziliThomas Akyazili, a 6-2 combo guard from Belgium, will visit St. John’s this coming weekend, he told SNY.tv.

    “I’ve never been in New York,” he told SNY.tv. “I’m also visiting Colorado next week (Feb. 26-27).”

    Asked what skill set he will bring, he said, “I think I can bring a lot, finding the open man, scoring, just doing what the team needs.”

    Utah, Creighton, Davidson, UAB and Iona are among the schools also in the mix.

    Akyazili averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 assists last summer at the U18 European Championship for Men Division A.

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    For the North Carolina game on Wednesday, Duke will host 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton, 2016 guard Dennis Smith Jr., 2016 forward Harry Giles and 2015 big man Caleb Swanigan. Evan Daniels of Scout reported the Swanigan visit, and Alex Kline reported the Giles and Smith Jr. visits. Thornton is also planning visits to Louisville and Arizona….Kansas assistant Norm Roberts is expected to see 2015 forward Cheick Diallo on Thursday. Kentucky coach John Calipari saw him Sunday in New York…Arizona is the latest to show interest in 6-7 2016 Our Savior forward Kassoum Yakwe , a source tells SNY.tv….UNLV continues to monitor 6-9 College of Southern Idaho power forward Ray Kasongo, a former Oregon commit...David Caraher, a 6-5 2017 F from Chapel Hill, committed to Butler per his Twitter.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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