Henry Ellenson Cuts List to 3

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By JACK LeGWIN

Henry Ellenson has cut his list to Kentucky, Marquette and Michigan State.

Reggie Rankin from ESPN was the first to report the news.

Ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports, Ellenson averaged 18 points per game for Wisconsin Playground this summer on the EYBL Circuit. To read more of this story, click here

Markus Howard Commits to Arizona State

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By JACK LeGWIN

Markus Howard, one of the top players in the Class of 2017, has committed to Arizona State.

“Blessed beyond belief to be a Sun Devil thank you to everyone who’s supported me in this process,” Howard tweeted.

Howard is ranked No. 52 in the new Class of 2017 rankings by 247 sports.

Electric off of the bounce, Howard dominated competition in his freshman year, averaging 23 points per game for Perry (Az.). He was a Max-Preps Second-Team All- Freshman selection nationally.

“Right now, I’m doing everything that I can to get ready for the next level,” Howard told SNY.tv in an interview back in May. “Even when I was younger, I’d always play an age group or two up, so I could get that experience.”

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Barry Brown to Kansas State

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By JACK LeGWIN

Barry Brown, one of the top guards in Florida, has committed to Kansas State.

“My recruitment is over I have officially committed to KANSAS STATE,” Brown tweeted.

Listed at 6-foot-2, Brown 20.5 points per game for Gibbs (Fla.) in his junior year, leading them to an 18-9 record.

A strong and athletic guard, Brown fits the mold that Kansas State often looks for in a player that can play both on and off ball. Brown was a key bench player for E1T1 Elite in their run to the Elite 8 at Peach Jam.

Brown chose Kansas State over Houston, Texas A&M and Wichita State.

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Antonio Blakeney Visiting Louisville Starting Sunday

Antonio Blakeney will take his official visit to Louisville from Sunday-Tuesday and will attend Monday’s football game with Miami, Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

The visit was first reported by Scout.com.

“He’s just excited about going up there and visiting, and he’s enjoying the process,” coach Alex Jackson of Oak Ridge (FL) High School told Jones.

Jackson added: “We play a very similar style to (U of L), so I think it could be a smooth transition as a place he (could decide to attend).… We’re an up-tempo team. We press full-court and do things they do similarly. We just do it on a high school level, so you can see the fit that would be there based off of that. But (Blakeney’s recruitment) is wide-open thing, and he’s just enjoying this time, which he deserves to do.” To read more of this story, click here

Power Forward Ernest Aflakpui Taking Visits, Targeting Decision

Ernest Aflakpui, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, begins a stretch of four official visits today when he trips to St. Joe’s.

A rebounder/defender who is still polishing his offensive game, Aflakpui will be at St. Joe’s through Friday. He then trips to Temple Sept. 5-7, VCU Sept. 19-21 and Rhode Island Sept. 26-28.

“Ernest has unlimited potential as evidenced by his improvement his first two years here in the states,” Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk told SNY.tv. “His work ethic and willingness to learn are second to none. He is a wonderful young man with a very bright future.”

Romanczuk said Aflkapui has “no real timetable” on a decision but it will likely occur “not long after those four visits.”

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Chris Silva Taking Visits, Targeting September Decision

Isaiah Briscoe isn’t the only Roselle (N.J.) Catholic senior who is in high demand.

Chris Silva, the 6-foot-9 2015 power forward from RC, is also being heavily recruited.

Silva will begin an official visit to Seton Hall today (Wednesday) and will then trip to Rhode Island Sept. 3-4, South Carolina Sept. 12-14. He will also visit Kansas State, RC coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv.

Silva recently cut his list to those four plus Villanova. Boff said Silva is targeting a decision in September.

“I think Chris will make a decision by late September,” Boff said. “He’s excited to go through this process and find the school that is the best fit.

“His upside/potential is through the roof and his best basketball is ahead of him. When you think about where his game was and that this is his third year of organized basketball, he can end up as a very special player.”

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Nick Marshall to Memphis

Nick Marshall, a 6-foot-10 center from Lexington (TN), committed to Memphis Tuesday.

“I am committing to [be a ] student athlete at the university of Memphis,” he Tweeted.

Marshall also considered Auburn, UConn, Indiana, Tennesse, South Carolina and Mississippi State.

He will reportedly do a year of prep school and will join the 2016 recruiting class, which now includes 6-8 power forward Dedric Lawson.

Keelon Lawson, a 2015 small forward, has also committed to the Tigers.

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Jayson Tatum Planning to Cut List, Take Visits

NEW YORK — Jayson Tatum, the No. 4 player in the 2016 Class according to 247 Sports, says he plans to cut his list soon and also take some visits this fall.

“I think I’m going to cut it down pretty soon, within the next week or so,” the 6-foot-9 Tatum told SNY.tv in the above video taken last week at the Under Armour Elite 24.

“I think I have 18 scholarship offers, I’m going to cut it down to eight or nine.”

Tatum, out of St. Louis Chaminade, listed Duke, St. Louis, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State, UConn, North Carolina and Wake Forest among those recruiting him. To read more of this story, click here

Isaiah Briscoe Plans to Wait Until the Spring to Announce

NEW YORK — Isaiah Briscoe doesn’t plan on announcing his college choice anytime soon, which could mean that his list will change and fluctuate in the coming weeks and months.

“I’m going to decide as late as possible,” the 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard told me at the Elite 24. “l just want to sit back and just see who’s going to the NBA and things like that.”

Briscoe is considering St. John’s, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Arizona, Louisville and Villanova, but it’s possible more schools could enter the mix if he doesn’t announce until next spring. To read more of this story, click here

Harry Giles Discusses Recovery, Shows Out in Elite 24 Game

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NEW YORK – The road back from a serious knee injury has been a long one for Harry Giles, but lately he has shown signs of returning to the form that had him rated as the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016 by some media outlets like 247 Sports.

Giles, a 6-foot-10 forward who plays at Wesleyan Christian Academy (N.C.), finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds on Saturday for Team Freedom in the Under Armour Elite 24 game in Brooklyn. He shot an efficient 8-for-16 from the field and also grabbed seven offensive rebounds.

Giles tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus while playing for the USA Under-16 team last summer and missed his sophomore season of high school basketball. He finally returned to the court this May after 11 months of rehab and recovery. Giles has shown some signs of rust which is natural when returning from an injury of that nature, but in similar fashion to his performance in New York on Saturday, Giles has begun to display the kinds of performances that have the bluebloods of college basketball very interesting in gaining a player of his ilk.  To read more of this story, click here