JUCO Wing Luis Montero Planning Visits

Luis Montero, a 6-foot-8 wing from Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, will set his visit schedule in the coming weeks.

The visits will run from Aug. 20-December.

Montero is considering Alabama, USC, West Virginia, SMU, South Florida and Arizona, among others, WCC coach Tyrone Mushatt told SNY.tv.

“Luis will be taking all five visits before making a decision,” Mushatt said.

Montero, who averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season, is currently out of the country playing with the Dominican National team.

For more on him, read this feature.

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With New Mindset, 2016 Small Forward Matt Moyer Picks up Elite Offers

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Matthew Moyer capped his dominant July with offers from Florida, Illinois and many more. All were the product of a new mindset.

“I didn’t play with a chip on my shoulder in spring,” Moyer told SNY.tv. “In July, I played with an attitude, tenacity and aggression that needs to be there 24/7.

The 2016 small forward and Columbus (OH) native found that translated to success. He began July at the Reebok Breakout Camp in Philadelphia wanting to “rip people’s heads off.”

Ranked No. 90 in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com, Moyer earned obvious attention from coaches, who could see his skill and athleticism. But with more strong performances, elite coaches kept watching. To read more of this story, click here

Oregon Commit Ray Kasongo Back on the Market

Ray Kasongo’s recruitment is open again after the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Canadian forward was denied admission to Oregon.

The news was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Twitter, and confirmed to SNY.tv by a source close to Kasongo.

The source said Kasongo is qualified academically and is now considering California, Florida and Memphis, and plans to visit Cal and Memphis first.

A source at one of the schools said a visit had not yet been confirmed.

Last fall, Kasongo committed to Oregon, then changed his mind and considered UConn before picking Oregon again.

Oregon has had a turbulent offseason in which three players — Brandon Austin, Damyeon Dotson and Dominic Artiswere dismissed from the team after they were named in an alleged on-campus sexual assault. Charges were never filed in the case.

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Briscoe Sidelined 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Foot

briscoeIsaiah Briscoe will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a “slight fracture” in his right foot, his father, George Briscoe, told SNY.tv Wednesday morning.

The 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard suffered the foot injury during a recent AAU trip to Las Vegas and is in a walking boot.

Briscoe won’t take any college visits for a month or so while he recovers and rests, and also won’t compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 Game set for Aug. 23 in Brooklyn, his father said.

Briscoe had a brilliant summer in which he won a gold medal with the USA U18 team in the FIBA Americas Championship and also led the Playaz Basketball Club to the Peach Jam championship where he earned ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 1st-Team honors. To read more of this story, click here

Donovan Mitchell to Trim List, Planning Visits

After a breakout July, Brewster (N.H.) Academy guard Donovan Mitchell is planning to trim his list by this weekend and also has a couple of visits on tap.

“I will be trimming my list before the weekend,” he told SNY.tv by phone, adding the he isn’t sure how many schools he will cut his list to.

The 6-foot-3 Mitchell will visit unofficially Villanova Monday (Aug. 4) and Louisville officially Thursday-Friday (Aug. 7-8).

“[Villanova first] was just how it worked out,” the Greenwich, CT, native said by phone. “There’s no reason I picked them first. It’s two hours away from where I live and I would really to go see them.” To read more of this story, click here

Thon Maker Unlikely to Reclass to 2015

2014 adidas Super 64Thon Maker is unlikely to reclass to 2015 from 2016, his guardian reiterated to SNY.tv Tuesday.

“It would be unlikely at this stage,” Ed Smith said Monday. “It depends how heavy the academic load would be. Also, Thon has to be physically prepared for college ball.”

Smith made similar comments to AllHoosiers.com last week in Las Vegas, where Maker went for 21 points and 11 rebounds in a game against Jaylen Brown’s AAU team.

The 7-foot Maker holds offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Duke and Memphis, among others.

Smith previously said he would know by January whether or not Maker would reclass, making him eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Tyus Battle’s Terrific Summer Continues As He Makes USA U17 Roster; Derryck Thornton Suffers Broken Wrist After Strong Camp

Tyus Battle’s terrific summer continues.

The 6-foot-5 2016 combo guard from Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s made the 12-man roster for the USA U17 team that will compete in the FIBA U17 World Championship next month in Dubai.

Battle has already enjoyed a strong summer in which he added offers from Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Arizona to an already impressive list.

Battle also helped lead Team Scan to the Peach Jam semifinals last week, where they lost to Isaiah Briscoe and the Playaz Basketball Club. Battle was named to the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team.

“Tyus has really improved his overall game from last year,” U17 coach Don Showalter told SNY.tv. “He is much more aggressive and plays with more confidence both on defense and offense. For us he can play multiple positions, point guard, two or three — which makes him very valuable against international teams.

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Mudiay Passed Through NCAA Clearinghouse Academically

MudiayEmmanuel Mudiay passed through the NCAA Eligibility Center on the academic front, SMU coach Larry Brown and an NCAA source told SNY.tv on Monday.

“The NCAA Clearinghouse approved his credits from Prime Prep,” Brown told SNY.tv exclusively after speaking with his compliance director earlier Monday. “I want people to know he could’ve gotten into SMU. He chose to go to China to help his family, not because of an amateur issue.”

An NCAA source confirmed to SNY.tv that the 6-foot-5 point guard was cleared on the academic front by the NCAA. The source added that the amateurism review was not completed, so it’s not clear whether or not that would have been a stumbling block. To read more of this story, click here

Matt Coleman Leads Boo Williams to Showcase Title

Matt Coleman - 1.1By JACK LeGWIN

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Matt Coleman just gets it. He realizes what it takes to win. That is why he could be a future superstar at the point guard position.

“There aren’t many of us from 2017 that get to play in the EYBL,” Coleman told SNY.tv. “I’m starting and playing minutes too, so it’s a blessing really. Not many people get this chance to play this early on the EYBL. I’ve got 2 more years, so I’m going to keep growing and keep getting better.”

The 6-foot-1, class of 2017 lefty point guard from Maury (Va.) has led Boo Williams this summer to back to back successful showings, at Peach Jam, reaching the semifinals before losing to Team Penny 77-68, and at the Super Showcase, winning it all.

“It was great to play on ESPN (at Peach Jam),” Coleman said. “You see the cameras, but when the game starts, you don’t really let that get to you, the plus is that it’s just on TV.”  To read more of this story, click here

Antonio Blakeney Lists a Top 7

BlakeneyFollowing a busy July, Antonio Blakeney wasted no time listing his top schools.

The 6-foot-4 guard Tweeted out a Top 7 of “FSU, Louisville, Mizzou, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC. No order.”

The E1T1 guard earned ZAGSBLOG Peach Jam All-First Team honors by averaging 19.7 points in six games, including a 26-point effort in a win over Athletes First and a 24-point outing in a victory over Team Takeover.

Kentucky coach John Calipari, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, FSU coach Leonard Hamilton and USC coach Andy Enfield were among the coaches tracking him in July.

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