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Tuesday / August 9.
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    By CHRIS RUSSELL

    St. Bonaventure guard Marcus Posley has been named the ZAGSBLOG National Player of the Week.

    The 6-foot-1 guard hit not one, but two, game-winning shots, including this up-and-under scoop shot that triggered a 73-71 victory over No. 18 VCU on Saturday and set off a massive court-storm at the alma mater of Yahoo NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Four days earlier, Posley hit this game-winning runner at the buzzer (below) to beat Davidson, 62-61, ending their 15-game home winning streak.

    “It’s definitely nerve-racking,” the junior guard told reporters. “I’m just very grateful to be in that position. And to hit two back-to-back like that, it’s a crazy feeling.”

    thon_maker_dunkHere’s a Recruiting Rundown following a busy weekend that included the PrimeTime Shootout in New Jersey:

    **Thon Maker is expected to announce this week whether or not he will reclass to 2015 from 2016. Read this story for the latest and check back later this week for updates.

    **UConn is the latest school to offer uncommitted 2015 point guard Traci Carter of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center, who told SNY.tv the offer felt “wonderful” and he planned to visit. Pervis Ellison, Carter’s coach, previously said he was under impression that UConn “needs a point guard bad” even though they have Jalen Adams of Brewster (N.H.) Academy coming in. Carter, who also recently picked up offers from N.C. State, Xavier and Marquette, also attended Sunday’s Ohio State-Rutgers game.

    BY JEREMY FUCHS

    Briscoe

    ROSELLE, N.J.– After his second straight dunk towards the end of the fourth quarter, Kentucky-bound guard Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle Catholic flashed an ear-to-ear grin inside his home gymnasium.

    Briscoe walked off to the bench, the game now in hand, and received handshakes from assistant coach Tom Sacks and pats on the back from his teammates.

    “Just out there having fun,” the 6-foot-3 McDonald’s All-American said after the game.

    It had been hard for Briscoe to smile all day, hard for him to have fun, hard for him to focus on the simple game of basketball. A close family friend of Briscoe’s was shot and killed in Newark earlier Saturday morning, but his 13 points in a 70-51 victory over Paterson Eastside in the last game of the PrimeTime Shootout at Roselle Catholic showed the Kentucky-bound star’s impressive maturity.

    NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at KentuckyKentucky freshman big man Karl-Anthony Towns helped solidify his status as a top-3 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft with his stellar play in the No. 1 Wildcats’ 68-61 victory at Florida.

    The New Jersey native went for 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks as Kentucky remained unbeaten at 23-0, 10-0 in the SEC.

    “I thought Karl is finally showing the signs that he’s as good as anybody in the country,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said on ESPN.

    Towns has generally been regarded as a top-3 pick, although DraftExpress.com currently has him at No. 4 behind Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay.

    “He’s a top-3 pick along with Okafor and Russell,” one NBA scout who watched the game said of Towns. “He is a very skilled big man.”

    bob_hurleyA big deal was made out of Coach K notching his 1,000th career victory recently over St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.

    And rightfully so.

    But try this stat on for size.

    After leading St. Anthony to a 66-25 victory over Chester (PA) on Saturday at the PrimeTime Shootout, Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley is 1,000 games over .500.

    “Today’s win put us at 1,118 and 118,” Hurley, 67, said by phone after chuckling. “Somebody brought it up and I’m not so good with math but somebody explained it to me and I looked at it, and wow it’s cool.”