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Wednesday / August 17.
  • The updated 2015 NBA NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at KentuckyMock Draft from Draft Express shows four Kentucky players going in the first round and two in the second, but sophomore shooting guard Aaron Harrison has fallen out completely.

    The Mock has the top five staying the same with the Knicks getting Duke’s Jahlil Okafor at No. 1, followed by Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell at No. 2, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (China) at No. 3, Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 4 and Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson the projected No. 5 pick.

    For Kentucky, it looks like this:

    No. 4 – Karl-Anthony Towns

    No. 7 – Willie Cauley-Stein

    No. 14 – Devin Booker

    thon_maker_dunkAs expected, Thon Maker, the 7-footer from Orangeville Prep in Ontario, will reclass to 2015 and would then be eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.

    Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com immediately installed Maker as the projected No. 10 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

    Maker Tweeted: “I’m on track to graduate this year but a lot of hard work ahead this summer! No shortcuts on this road to success. #built4this”

    NCAA Basketball: Providence at St. John'sAfter a blowout 79-57 loss to Georgetown at the Verizon Center on Tuesday, the fate of St. John’s NCAA Tournament hopes are tied to an upcoming three-game homestand against Seton Hall, Xavier and Georgetown.

    The loss snapped a three-game winning streak and dropped the Red Storm to 17-9, 6-7 in the Big East. Entering the day, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi had the Johnnies as a 10 seed in the NCAAs.

    “We have to turn our energies to Seton Hall and the upcoming three game homestand,” St. John’s coach Steve Lavin said of Saturday’s game at Carnesecca Arena. “We are banged up and hopefully over the next couple days we can get D’Angelo [Harrison] and Chris Obekpa closer to full strength. We are going to have our hands full on Saturday against a dangerous Seton Hall team.”

    kobeBy ZACH SMART

    It doesn’t take a Tom Konchalski clone, ardent basketball film analyst, or even a methodical wizard of Xs and Os to see the threat Elev8’s Kobie Eubanks and Jamall Gregory pose for defenses across the country.

    Each ranked in Evan Daniels’ top-5 available shooting guards in the Class of 2015, Eubanks and Gregory feed off an effective co-existence.

    They’re capable of finding each other for open looks.

    Each has adopted a sense of selflessness, ceding the shots to one another, depending on who catches the hot hand.

    Eubanks, who shredded down a long list to Oregon, Missouri, Texas, UCLA, and Georgia, features a diversified set of tools.

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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.