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Thursday / October 17.
  • By SEAN BOCK

    The UConn men’s basketball program has received the National Letters of Intent from guard James Akinjo, forward Emmitt Matthews Jr., and center Lukas Kisunas.

    The three make up the current 2018 recruiting class for the Huskies and will enroll in classes in the fall of 2018.

    “It’s a good mix, and they are all players that we need,” head coach Kevin Ollie said in a release. “They are all coming in here for a reason. A lot of people look at the rankings, but they are top 10 players for us as a team. That’s what we’re looking for, and that’s what we’re striving to do with our recruiting.”

    (AP) — Auburn men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl says he can’t comment on a report that states he hasn’t been cooperating with the school’s internal investigation into the program.

    ESPN reported Wednesday that university officials have told Pearl he could lose his job if he doesn’t cooperate.

    Auburn hired Birmingham law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White to review the program after former associate head coach Chuck Person’s September arrest in a national federal investigation of corruption in college basketball. Auburn said Wednesday it has fired Person, who was indicted on Tuesday.

    University spokesman Brian Keeter said the school can’t comment because of an ongoing investigation. Pearl told reporters essentially the same thing after practice Wednesday, adding that Auburn is working to get the players eligible.

    Auburn is holding out sophomores Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy in the wake of the federal complaint against Person.

    By SEAN BOCK

    Keldon Johnson, the 6-foot-6 wing from Oak Hill Academy (VA), will make his college choice on Saturday, according to his high school coach, Steve Smith.

    Johnson will announce at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. His final four schools are Kentucky, Maryland, N.C. State and Texas.

    Johnson’s father said earlier this week he wouldn’t be surprised if Keldon waited until the spring period to decide, but Johnson has changed his plans.

    “I have talked it over with my parents, and we are all on the same page,” Johnson told ESPN.

    Keyontae Johnson, the 6-foot-5 small forward from Oak Hill Academy (VA) and the Boo Williams AAU program, committed to and signed with Florida on Friday.

    He also considered Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, and Georgia Tech.

    “I like Florida, they are in the SEC so I would play my first year,” Johnson told PlayMakerScouting.com: “I would have competition against Jalen Hudson so I feel like that would be next level.”

    “Keyontae is a tremendous athletic wing who can score off the catch or bounce and make plays above the rim,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith told ZAGSBLOG. “He’s extremely long for 6-5. He is an excellent defender and really rebounds his position. It’s hard to find a better athlete or competitor than Keyontae.”