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Sunday / September 20.
  • Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk figures to make a few SportsCenter Top 10s this year based off these dunks at Friday’s Blue-White Game.

    And this one:

    KINGSTON, R.I. Jarvis Garrett has two extra special reasons to lead Rhode Island to the NCAA Tournament this year and possibly next.

    The 5-foot-10 junior point guard for the Rams has 11-month-old twin boys — Jayce and Jeremiah — and hopes to play professionally down the road in order to provide for them.

    “Yes, I am motivated to try to play professionally, play further than college basketball,” Garrett, a Milwaukee native, told me Thursday after practice at the Ryan Center. “I feel like I’m in the right position right now as long as I stay on the right path and listen to coach [Dan Hurley].”

    The Rams, ranked No. 24 in the USA Today/Coaches’ Poll, haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1999 when Garrett was a young child and Jimmy Harrick was the team’s head coach.

    Lindell Wigginton, the 6-foot-2 point guard from Oak Hill Academy (VA), pledged to Iowa State on Friday.

    Ranked the No. 12 point guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com, the Canadian also considered Oregon and Arizona State.

    “I just felt it was right in my heart after my visit,” Wigginton told Scout.com. “I really liked my visit. I liked how the coaches were talking to me. Me and the coaches have had a good relationship since they first started. I know I can go in there and make a impact as a freshman. I think this is the right fit for me.”

    Wigginton hopes to follow in a line of Steve Prohm-coached point guards who include Cameron Payne, Isaiah Canaan and Monte Morris.

    Here’s a look towards this weekend’s recruiting visits and other news. This list will be updated throughout the weekend.

    **Duke will host several prospects this weekend for “Countdown to Craziness,” including Class of 2017 prospects Gary Trent Jr.Matt Coleman and Wendell Carter Jr., and Class of 2018 standouts Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and Cameron Reddish. Williamson also visits N.C. State on Friday.

    **Syracuse will host several prospects for “Orange Madness,” including Class of 2017 guard Quade Green, Canadian small forward Oshae Brissett, Class of 2018 standout Naz Reid, and 2019 guards Kahlil Whitney and Isaiah Wong (via Pat Lawless).

    **Virginia Tech hosts an impressive group of prospects including, 2017 forward Antwan Walker, along with 2018’s Kiyon Boyd, Xavier Johnson, and Deshaun Wade. They have also hosted 2019’s Armando Bacot, Aundre Hyatt, Wendell Moore, Josh Nickelberry, Marvin Price, and commit BJ Mack.

    **Aundre Hyatt, the 6-6 Class of 2019 forward from the Miller (GA) School, will also take an unofficial to VCU this weekend.