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Monday / July 13.
  • Recruiting Roundup: Kimani Lawrence, Mohamed Bamba, Brandon Randolph, Louis King

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    Kimani Lawrence, the 6-foot-7 small forward from Expressions Elite and New Hampton School, cut his list to five schools and set up officials.

    Lawrence will visit Arizona State (Sept. 23), USC (Oct. 1), Pittsburgh (Oct. 8), Florida (Oct. 15) and Texas (Oct. 20).

    “Kimani is a big wing with a high IQ who can score the ball in many ways,” said Todd Quarles, director of Expressions Elite. “He can shoot the 3 ball, is a tremendous slasher that plays above the rim and has a very good mid-range game. His ceiling is very high and that is why so many colleges were after him He’s a tremendous person who is a great student and very coachable and he wants to win.”


    Mohamed Bamba, the 7-footer from the PSA Cardinals and the Westtown (Pa.) School, took an unofficial visit to Harvard on Tuesday, a source told

    Bamba took his first official visit to Michigan over the weekend.

    The No. 2-ranked power forward in the Class of 2017, Bamba holds offers from virtually every high-major, including Duke, Kentucky, Arizona, UConn and more.

    “Harvard is really close to home and Harvard obviously has a very strong alumni base,” he told me earlier this year. “You can go into any job interview and say, ‘I’m a Harvard grad.'”

    Harvard-bound point guard Bryce Aiken, Bamba’s AAU teammate, would love to see the big guy come to the Ivy League.

    “I’m trying to get him to come to the school,” Aiken told me. “I would love to have him as my teammate in college. Oh my God, that would be a tremendous addition to the team.”

    He added “Like Coach [Tommy] Amaker and everyone evolved are trying to evolve the Harvard program and make it not just an academic school but a basketball school, too, and I think he would put us over the top with that.”

    The Harvard visit was first reported by Evan Daniels of



    Brandon Randolph, a 6-foot-6 guard from Westtown and the PSA Cardinals, will take his first official visit to Syracuse this weekend, as first reported by Pat Lawless.

    Randolph holds more than 20 high-major offers and said last week he plans to cut to five schools soon.

    “He’s a high Division 1 player who will play from Day One on the campus he lands on,” PSA Cardinals director Munch Williams said earlier this year. “Basketball will be a profession for a long time. He’s one of the few big shooting guards in the country at 6-6 and scores the ball from all three levels. Needless to say, he’s a handful.”

    Syracuse also recently hosted his PSA CArdinals teammates Bamba and Quade Green for its Elite Camp.



    Louis King, the 6-8 wing from Sports U and Hudson (N.J.) Catholic, picked up a Maryland offer during his visit on Tuesday, his mom told

    “They love him and they believe he could come in and contribute to their program,” Altivea King said. “They love his skillset.”

    King may visit UConn soon as well, but no date is set.

    He is part of the Sports U “Fab Five” — along with Naz Reid, Jahvon Quinerly, Luther Muhammad and Atiba Taylor — that holds collective group offers from Seton Hall, Rutgers and UConn.



    Chris Knight, a 6-6 power forward originally from Madison (WI) Memorial, committed to Dartmouth.

    He also considered Brown, Furman, Boston University and Yale, among others.

    “Chris has just begun to reach his full potential,” said his high school coach, Steve Collins. “Chris will be one of the top seniors in our state, but as a very young senior in high school I am convinced that I will not see his best basketball. In my opinion, with hard work and dedication, Chris could be one of the best players in the Ivy league by the time he graduates.”



    Jalen Carey, the Class of 2018 point guard from the NJ PLayaz and Immaculate Conception, took what his father called an “awesome” unofficial to UConn on Tuesday following trips to Rutgers and Seton Hall last week…Wyoming and St. Louis are expected Friday at Blair (N.J.) Academy for 6-6 wing Anthony Mack.


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.