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Wednesday / July 6.
  • sima-1By ZACH SMART

    A newfound toughness in the post and vastly improved mid-range game has elevated the high-major stock of Yankuba Sima.

    Maryland, Arizona, and Louisville all have been in persistent pursuit of the 6-foot-11 2015 forward/center. Yankuba dropped 15 points (7-for-9 FG), ripped down six rebounds, blocked a shot and manipulated about four others during a 15-minute span of Elev8’s 93-90 resume win over Hargrave Military Academy earlier this month.

    “Maryland, Arizona, and Louisville have shown the most love,” said Sima, who has packed muscle onto a leafy frame while subscribing to the role of rim protector.

    Maryland has offered the behemoth, who has provided a high-efficiency scorer and sturdy rebounding presence for Elev8 the past two months.

    NCAA Basketball: Xavier at St. John'sBy JOSH NEWMAN

    NEW YORK – Sir’Dominic Pointer is on the short list for Big East Player of the Year and the Haggerty Award, which is given to the New York metropolitan¬†area’s best player.

    That notion was only strengthened on Monday evening when the St. John’s senior forward acted as a stat-stuffer, scoring 19 points to go along with nine rebounds, six blocks, four steals and three assists in the Red Storm’s 58-57 win over Xavier at Madison Square Garden. The win is a big step towards the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011.

    “Coach Lav, he asks this of me and he expects it from me,” Pointer said. “My teammates do, too. They see I can do it, so they demand it now. Once you do something, you have to keep doing it. I just want to be there for my teammates and help them win.”

    Chris JonesBy JOSH NEWMAN

    Louisville released a report on Monday saying that dismissed point guard Chris Jones threatened his girlfriend last week. 

    As reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal, a call response run report shows that on Feb. 17, after his intimate “off and on” girlfriend had “messed up” his room at the Province Apartments, Jones responded by texting her that he would “smack TF (the f—) out of” her.

    Briscoe layupNEW YORK — Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving and Kentucky coach John Calipari both know what it takes to make it to the NBA.

    And both believe Roselle (N.J) Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe has what it takes.

    But both Irving and Calipari also know that Briscoe will have to compete for playing time next year at Kentucky and will have to prove that he belongs at that level before he can dream of an NBA career. The 6-foot-3 Briscoe is currently projected as the No. 14 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.

    “I think that’s just life, life of competition,” Irving told SNY.tv Sunday in the visiting locker room at Madison Square Garden before the Cavs destroyed the Knicks, 101-83. “[Briscoe] is going to have to fight for what he deserves and it’s just going to be a test for him, one of many tests going to a school with that many guards. The cream always rises to the top.”

    NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at KentuckyThe new Associated Press Top 25 is out and Kentucky remains the nation’s unanimous No. 1 team for the fourth straight week.

    Louisville tumbled all the way to No. 17 following the loss to Syracuse and the dismissal of point guard Chris Jones.

    Ed Cooley’s Providence club enters the poll at No. 25, one of three Big East teams in the poll, along with No. 6 Villanova and No. 23 Butler.

     

    Record Pts Prv

    1. Kentucky (65) 27-0 1,625 1

    2. Virginia 25-1 1,526 2

    3. Gonzaga 28-1 1,471 3

    4. Duke 24-3 1,448 4