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Thursday / December 5.
  • By ADAM ZAGORIA & JACOB POLACHECK

    Here’s a look towards this weekend’s recruiting visits and other news. This list was compiled via information from players, coaches and media reports, including HoopSeen.com, and will be updated all weekend.

    **Gary Trent Jr., the 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Prolific (CA) Prep, will visit UCLA this weekend for his first official visit. He is also slated to visit Arizona (Oct. 14), Duke (Oct. 21), and Michigan State (Oct. 25).

    **Kris Wilkes, the 6-foot-8 small forward from North Central (IN) High School, will take an official visit to UCLA this weekend (Sept. 22-25). Wilkes visited Illinois earlier this month (Sept. 9-11) and plans to visit Indiana (Sept. 30), Xavier (Oct. 28), and UConn (Nov. 3). He released his top five last month.

    NEW YORK – Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and assistant Kenny Johnson headlined a group of coaches who watched 7-foot-1 Class of 2018 big man Moses Brown and his Archbishop Molloy teammates on Thursday during an open gym.

    Florida head coach Mike White and assistant Dusty May, as well as assistants from UConn, Indiana and Miami were also in the gym for Brown, 2018 wing Khalid Moore and 2019 point guard Cole Anthony.

    Brown, who runs with New Heights on the Under Armour circuit, is ranked 19th on ESPN’s Top 60 for the Class of 2018. Kansas, UConn, Arizona, Florida, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, St. John’s, UCLA and USC have all offered.

    He has visits set to Maryland (Oct. 1), Florida (Oct 15) and Indiana (Oct. 22). He also plans to see Louisville at some point.

    If you needed any further proof that New York and New Jersey are loaded with young stars, look no further than this announcement from USA Basketball.

    Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy H.S./New York, N.Y.); Bryan Antoine (Ranney School/Tinton Falls, N.J.) and Scottie Lewis (Ranney School/Hazlet, N.J.) were among 56 of the nation’s top high school players invited to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Oct. 8-9.

    All three are extremely talented and potential future pros.

    It’s not hard to understand why Louisville’s Rick Pitino was expected at Molloy on Thursday for Anthony and his teammates, or why Kentucky’s John Calipari saw Lewis and Antoine last week at Ranney. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, Florida’s Mike White and assistants from Duke, Seton Hall, UConn, Stanford and Drexel are due Thursday night at Ranney.

    Here’s the full release:

    After all the epic battles that St. Anthony’s and St. Patrick’s staged over the years across the New Jersey basketball scene, it would be more than ironic if St. Anthony’s now followed St. Patrick’s lead and transitioned from a Catholic school to a private one.

    Yet if you listen to Bob Hurley as he attempts to save St. Anthony’s from its latest — and perhaps greatest — financial crisis, it sounds like that is a path he and the school are considering.

    “We’re going to come up with a plan,” Hurley said during a recent interview with WFUV. “Will it be the plan to sustain it through whoever replaces me in the future? I don’t know about that. But I think we could probably reinvent ourselves somewhat like The Patrick School did and still be able to give an affordable education to a kid in the inner-city that stimulates them to be perhaps better than their counterparts.”