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Tuesday / February 7.
  • KEVAUGHN ALLENBy CHIP MILLER

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — KeVaughn Allen, one of four members of Florida’s 2015 recruiting class, had initially decided that he will wait to see who Florida A.D. Jeremy Foley hires to replace Billy Donovan before making a decision on his future, a source told SNY.tv Sunday night.

    The four-star shooting guard committed to Donovan and the Gators in April of 2014 but waited until the late signing period in 2015 to make it official. Initially the decision from Florida’s highest rated 2015 recruit that once hung in the balance of a hire has now been finalized.

    Tyus Battle

    Tyus Battle, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2016 out of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s, is set to take official visits to Michigan and Syracuse this month.

    The 6-foot-6 Battle will trip to Michigan this Thursday-Saturday and will then visit Syracuse May 22-24, Gary Battle told SNY.tv.

    “I’d like to see him get this over with by June,” Gary Battle previously told told Syracuse.com. “Tyus is undecided on that.”

    Battle recently had back-to-back official visits to Duke and Louisville, where he had dinner at home with both Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino. Battle also had a recent in-home visit with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and assistant coach Mike Hopkins.

    14287982532Canadian point guard Jamal Murray is planning several college visits in the coming weeks but still has no timeframe on a decision about reclassifying to 2015 from 2016, his father told SNY.tv by phone on Monday.

    As has been the case throughout this recruitment, Roger Murray is keeping information very close to the vest and won’t reveal when or where his son, a 6-foot-5 point guard out of Orangeville Prep (Ontario), will take visits.

    Kentucky and Oregon are among the schools working hard to land Murray, with UConn the latest school to offer.

    thomasSeton Hall lost one experienced guard recently but has gained another.

    Talented Kansas State transfer Jevon Thomas, who recently visited campus, has committed to the Pirates, sources told SNY.tv. He joins the program just as news broke last week that Sterling Gibbs will graduate and transfer to play immediately.

    A 6-foot Queens native, Thomas will sit for the 2015-16 season and will then have two years of eligibility remaining.

    “Well, first I felt comfortable, I knew a lot of the staff for years,” Thomas told SNY.tv. “But I was most impressed by the skill development.”

    Thomas takes Seton Hall’s last available scholarship for 2015-16, meaning someone would have to leave the program or become a walk-on for them to add another player for next season. Seton Hall remains involved for several other immediately eligible transferring guards, including Florida’s Eli Carter and Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon as well as several junior college guards.