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Tuesday / October 22.
  • Uncommitted senior guard R.J. Barrett of Montverde (FL) Academy and Kansas-bound point guard Devon Dotson of Providence Day (N.C.) highlight a group of American high school players who will travel to China to compete next month in the US/China World Basketball Spectacular.

    Montverde Academy and Providence Day will be joined by a third American team, Chaminade (CA) College Prepatory Academy. They will play in a round robin format against several Chinese teams Dec. 6-9 at the Olympic Training Center. A specific game schedule has yet to be released.

    The trip was first reported by the Charlotte Observer and confirmed by multiple sources, who are not yet authorized to speak publicly because the event hasn’t been officially announced by the event’s sponsor, Camsing Global, which is covering costs for the American teams.

    As part of the overall trip which runs Dec. 2-21, the teams will take in cultural events at Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.

    Bryce Wills, the 6-foot-6, 192-pound point guard from Iona Prep (N.Y.), has cut his list to four schools and will take an official visit to Stanford later this month.

    Wills is down to Stanford, Villanova, UConn and Wake Forest. Arizona is no longer in the mix following the recent college basketball bribery scandal, Iona Prep coach Steve Alvarado said.

    He will take an official to Stanford later this month.

    “He is going to an official visit to Stanford Nov. 19-21,” Alvarado said.

    Wills’ former NY Rens AAU teammate, Cormac Ryan, is currently a freshmen at Stanford after committing last June.

    “I know one of my teammates, Cormac Ryan, is going there,” Wills told Rivals last month. “They have a lot of guards in their program and they are on the come-up. They aren’t there yet, but they believe they will get there if they get some more good recruits like myself the next couple years.”

    The FBI has told Louisville that it can investigate, and potentially reinstate, Brian Bowen, the player whose family was allegedly set to be paid $100,000 by Adidas in the college bribery scandal.

    Bowen’s attorney, Jason Setchen, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Bowen is clear of “investigative impediments” previously placed by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

    “Brian and I are excited with this development and look forward to working with the university and the NCAA to clarify any concerns or issues that they have in furtherance of Brian’s prompt return to competition,” Setchen told the paper.

    The Bowen scandal ended up costing former Louisville AD Tom Jurich and head coach Rick Pitino their jobs. Pitino, who was “effectively fired” Sept. 27, has maintained he had no knowledge of the situation and released additional documentation to support his case. Among them were documents indicating Pitino took a polygraph test proving he had no knowledge of payments to Bowen’s family, and text messages with Carrie Malecke, Bowen’s mother, in which she said she was “totally blindsided” by the accusations.