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Monday / May 25.

    Akok Akok, the 6-foot-9 power forward from Putnam Science Academy (CT), has cut his list to five schools and set official visits, according to a report from

    He is down to UConn, Georgetown, Pittsburgh Providence and Syracuse.

    He will visit Providence (Sept. 28), Georgetown (Oct. 6), UConn (Oct. 13), Syracuse (Oct. 20) and Pittsburgh (Oct. 23).

    Earlier this year he broke down several of his top options.

    UConn: ‘They have a great in Dan Hurley and with Jalen Adams coming back next year, I feel like they could be strong next year. I’ve known [Coach Hurley] for a long time. He offered me when he was at Rhode Island.”

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins has progressed in his recovery from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon and is doing light shooting and other skill work on the court and will be able to do some noncontact work as the Warriors’ training camp begins.

    Golden State general manager Bob Myers said anyone who thinks the two-time defending champions plan to “save DeMarcus for the playoffs, I think that’s inaccurate, when he can play he’ll play.”

    That doesn’t mean Cousins will be pushed to return too soon. He was re-examined last week by Dr. Richard Ferkel, the surgeon who performed his procedure, and all was positive. Myers said Cousins would be evaluated again in four weeks.

    “We won’t rush him but we also won’t hold him back,” Myers said at Monday’s media day.