Davon Dillard to California

635585074666911696-AllStar-Boys-01Davon Dillard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American, has committed to California following an official visit this weekend.

“I’m officially a cal Bear,” he Tweeted.

An athletic wing player who can stroke it from beyond the arc, Dillard had recently trimmed his list to Cal, Creighton, Indiana, Pitt and Purdue.

Dillard is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals and No. 132 overall in the 2015 class.

Dillard tripped to Cal this weekend along with bigs Ivan Rabb and Caleb Swanigan, two elite players who are considering Cal along with other schools.

The 6-10 Rabb is also considering Arizona, UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas, while the 6-8 Swanigan is being courted by Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky, Arizona and others.

If head coach Cuonzo Martin and assistant Yanni Hufnagel can land either or both to pair with Dillard, the Golden Bears will have the makings of a tremendous class.

Rabb and Swanigan are close and have discussed playing together, sources said.

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Recruiting Roundup: Minnesota, UConn, Villanova Watch Diallo, Diarra; Indiana Pursuing Yakwe

HAMIDOU-DIALLO200-11-22Minnesota assistant Kimani Young, UConn assistant Glen Miller and Villanova assistant Kyle Neptune all tripped this weekend to watch the Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy duo of Hamidou Diallo and Mamadou Diarra.

The 6-4 Diallo (pictured) is a 2017 shooting guard ranked No. 38 in that class by Rivals with offers from UConn and Minnesota, among others.

“Hamidou has a great feel for the game which allows him to execute at a high level on the floor,” New York Jayhawks coach Jay David, also an assistant at Long Island Lutheran, told SNY.tv. “His ability to score and pass at such a high level is what I think makes him special.” To read more of this story, click here

Trey Lyles’ Draft Stock Improving, Impressed That Phil Jackson Came to Watch

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas at KentuckyWith his improved play in recent games, Kentucky freshman Trey Lyles is ascending in the eyes of NBA scouts.

Some 20 NBA personnel — including Knicks’ President Phil Jackson — watched Kentucky crush Arkansas, 84-67, on Saturday to improve to 29-0.

The 6-foot-10 freshman went for 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and 4 rebounds in the win after putting up 18 and 6 in Wednesday’s win over Mississippi State. On the season, he’s averaging 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in under 22 minutes per game.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has been calling Lyles the “X-factor” of late. To read more of this story, click here

Thon Maker Postpones Kansas Visit, Wants to See Indiana, Other Schools

By JAS GREWAL

UNIONVILLE, ONTARIO — Thon Maker wasn’t able to attend Kansas’ 69-64 victory over Texas on Saturday because he was busy playing in the Bill Crothers Invitational Showcase here.

The 7-foot Maker went for 16 points in Orangeville Prep’s 74-59 win over Thetford Academy (Quebec).

“We were going to visit Kansas today but we had already made the commitment to play in this tournament, so that got postponed,” Maker told OnPointBasketball.com and SNY.tv. “Indiana is another school that I plan on visiting soon.”

Maker, who said he is “pushing toward” reclassing to 2015 from 2016, plans on taking more visits down the  road. To read more of this story, click here

Mudiay Reactivated By Guangdong, Spearheads Game 3 Win

MudiayBy JOSH NEWMAN

Emmanuel Mudiay hadn’t played a game for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Guangdong Southern Tigers since Nov. 23, but that didn’t matter much on Sunday morning.

With Guangdong trailing Stephon Marbury and Beijing Ducks, 2-0, in a best-of-5 CBA semifinal series, Chinese online media company Sina.com reported Guangdong was reactivating Mudiay in an effort to save the season.

The move panned out on Sunday as Mudiay scored 24 points on 8-for-19 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 110-99 Guangdong win.

Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 Congolese-American point guard out of controversial Dallas charter school Prime Prep, decided to forego a scholarship to SMU in favor of signing for $1.2 million with Guangdong. He played in 10 games, 17.7 points, six rebounds and six assists before suffering a sprained ankle. He was replaced on Guangdong by veteran NBA guard Will Bynum, who is coincidentally being paired with in an effort to save the season.

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Harvard Defeats Columbia, Will Face Yale For Ivy League Title

Harvard

By CHRIS RUSSELL

NEW YORK — After surrendering a stunning defeat to Cornell on Friday, Harvard  entered Saturday’s contest in need of a victory against Columbia in Levien Gym.

With little time to recover from Friday’s defeat, Harvard came out of the gates on fire, shooting 65 percent from the field in the first half.  Harvard continued its hot shooting, eventually pulling away the Lions, 80-70.

“We wanted to come out and feel better about our performance,” said Harvard guard Wesley Saunders, who went for 21 points and five assists. “We know that last night against Cornell, we didn’t feel well about the way we played.  We just wanted to come out tonight and regroup and make a statement.” To read more of this story, click here

GEICO SportsNite: St John’s wins No. 20

GEICO SportsNite catches up with St. John’s coach Steve Lavin to discuss his team’s big 81-70 win over Georgetown on Senior Day, giving the Johnnies 20 wins on the season.