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Tuesday / April 23.
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    Ebuka Izundu has committed to Miami.

    The former Charlotte signee chose the Hurricanes over Arkansas and Cincinnati.

    Victory Christian Head Coach Aureice McCain told SNY.tv that Coach Jim Larranaga’s previous success coaching big men was a big factor in Izundu’s choice.

    “That was one of the deciding factors,” McCain said. “If you look at his body of work, he is a big man coach. I know that he will be working with Ebuka in the post. There are a lot of things that Ebuka loves about him. When they met, it wasn’t a sales pitch, thats what he liked about it. That really won him over.” 

    Noah Dickerson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, has asked for his release from Florida, coach Winston Neal Tweeted.

    It may take several days before the situation is finalized, sources told SNY.tv.

    Dickerson, a key component as Montverde won its third straight Dick’s Sporting Goods National High School Tournament, initially chose Florida over LSU, Georgia Tech and Washington.

    According to Dickerson’s AAU coach, California, Texas, Virginia, Stanford, UCLA, Tennessee, Miami, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati have expressed interest.

    The Georgia big man is ranked the No. 19 power forward in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports and previously decommitted from Georgetown.

    KobeOnetime Baylor commit Kobie Eubanks has set two visits.

    A 6-foot-5, 212-pound wing out of Delray Beach (FL) Elev8 Sports Institute, Eubanks will visit Kansas Saturday-Monday and then Alabama May 19-21, Elev8 coach Chad Myers confirmed to SNY.tv after it was reported by Scout.com.

    Myers said they are also working on a date to visit West Virginia.

    Eubanks previously told SNY.tv Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant Jerrance Howard have been recruiting him.

    John CalipariOne year after signing a seven-year contract extension that runs through the 2020-21 season, Kentucky coach John Calipari is poised to sign another extension that could keep him in the Bluegrass until his coaching career ends.

    West pint guard PJ Dozier, right, of Spring Valley high school, in Columbia, S.C., drives against East point guard Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle Catholic high school in Roselle, N.J., during the first half of the McDonald's All-American boys basketball game in Chicago on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Kentucky-bound Isaiah Briscoe and South Carolina pledge P.J. Dozier competed in this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game. AP Photo

    NEW YORK — Cerruti Brown, the mystery man who is the head of the fledgling Las Vegas Dealers semipro basketball team, says he is willing to pay up to $1,000,000 to get at least one 2015 McDonald’s All-American to play for his team this coming year.

    In fact, he told SNY.tv on The 4 Quarters Podcast Monday that he’s “shooting for five” McDonald’s All-Americans.

    “If we feel comfortable about giving $1 million, then that’s something my partners and I will have to sit down and come to an agreement to move forward, but I think going forward these kids feel or know what they’re worth,” Brown said, adding that he and his three partners have $10 million in startup money. “In the conversations we’ve had, we’ve had great conversations with parents and guardians.”

    All 24 McDonald’s All-Americans have committed to colleges, and the overwhelming majority have signed National Letters of Intent.

    For Brown’s plan to work, one of those players — such as a Kentucky-bound Isaiah Briscoe, a Kansas-bound Cheick Diallo or a Mississippi State-bound Malik Newman — would have to forego at least a year of college before entering the NBA Draft in order to play for a fledgling team that is aiming to play 35 games in Las Vegas (possibly at the Cox Pavilion) and then 15 games in Europe against to-be-determined competition.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwUb66B9KMo

    NEW YORK — If the New York Knicks don’t end up drafting Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns next month, the city’s two professional Ultimate franchises would take the 7-footer in a heartbeat.

    The projected No. 1 pick in the June 25 NBA Draft, Towns played Ultimate at St. Joe’s-Metuchen High School and informally with his Kentucky teammates, who won their first 38 games this past season before falling to Wisconsin in the national semifinals. Ironically, the Wisconsin players also train in the offseason by playing Ultimate, a combination of basketball, football and soccer that requires speed, agility, field sense and the ability to throw the disc in a variety of ways.

    “I just think it’s really cool,” Towns said at a recent appearance at his high school. “I mean, it’s very fun. It was very different. That’s the thing I love. I love trying all sports out. I spent some time trying lacrosse out, that didn’t work very well, I’m not very good at it. I pitched, I played baseball, I played tennis with my sister. I just have an intriguing aspect in myself. I get intrigued by any sport and I want to try it out so Ultimate Frisbee was a huge thing here at St. Joe’s, especially with leagues created for it. So I joined the league, had a lot of fun playing it and enjoyed it a lot, especially when you have the height I have it was easy to catch.”

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