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Sunday / May 26.
  • NEW YORK — Cole Anthony does not have pleasant memories of the final basketball game of his sophomore season at Archbishop Molloy High School.

    Anthony missed on his attempted layup with three seconds left in regulation and the Stanners lost to Cardinal Hayes, 64-62, in the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional championship at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Gym.

    To this day, Anthony blames himself for the team’s loss.

    “We weren’t ready to play, the whole team,” the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Anthony told me last week in the Molloy gym in Briarwood. “None of us came to play. I remember the practice before, dudes were smiling. And that’s probably on me, it was probably on me not to put them mentally in check, but we weren’t ready for that game.”

    Keldon Johnson, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound small forward from Oak Hill Academy (VA), took an official visit to Kentucky this weekend.

    “It went really well,” his father Chris said Monday evening.

    “The message that Coach Cal is preaching is that if he works hard and plays like he’s playing now, he could come in there and would have a chance to play and a chance to start. But he would have to come in ready to go because at Kentucky nothing is given to you.”

    Johnson visited on the same weekend as John Carroll (MD) point guard Immanuel Quickley, who has visited Kansas and Kentucky.

    R.J. Barrett, the 6-foot-7 wing from Montverde (FL) Academy who is expected to be in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, took his second official visit to Duke this weekend after reclassifying to the Class of 2018.

    “It was good just learning about the program and stuff like that,” Barrett said Monday evening by phone.

    “Obviously, they want me to come in and be a part of the team, be one of the main guys and let me play and just do what I do,” he added.

    MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Last season was not easy for Kevin Ollie and the UConn Huskies.

    They lost their first two games of the 2016-17 season — to Wagner and Northeastern. They then suffered through a slew of injuries before finishing 16-17, 9-9 in the American Athletic Conference. After the season, a slew of players transferred or asked out of their Letters of Intent.

    “We went through some adversities, in life you have adversities,” Ollie told me on Friday at the Garden State Basketball Clinic at Immaculate Conception High School.

    “It’s how you respond and hopefully…I’m not even going to say hopefully, we will respond like champions because we always face adversity.”

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