Report: Harrisons Awaiting NBA Feedback Before Making Decision

HarrisonsKentucky freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison are awaiting feedback from the NBA before they decide whether or not to enter the NBA Draft, according to a report.

The deadline for declaring for the NBA Draft is April 27. The Draft is set for June 26 in New York.

“I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago,” Aaron Harrison Sr. told MyFoxHouston.com. “I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we’ll go from there.

“It’s important. You’re trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they’ll be drafted and all those things.” To read more of this story, click here

Alterique Gilbert: Ready for the Rise

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By JACK LeGWIN

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Alterique Gilbert is ready to be in the discussion as a top guard in the class of 2016.

Gilbert, the starting point guard at Miller Grove (Ga.), saw his stock rise ten-fold at the Phenom Hoop Challenge in Greensboro (N.C.) this past weekend, which included a 32 point performance, as well as the game-winner that advanced Team CP3 to the silver bracket championship game.

“It was a good tournament for me to start off,” Gilbert told SNY.tv. “It was really the first time I got to be on the court with my teammates.” To read more of this story, click here

Ahmed Hill to Virginia Tech

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By JACK LeGWIN

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New Virginia Tech Coach Buzz Williams has kept one of his prized possessions in Ahmed Hill.

The one time Marquette-commit opted to follow Williams to the ACC. The news was first reported by Evan Daniels

The No-60 ranked player in the class of 2014, Hill will join Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson to create a more-than-solid backcourt trio for the 2014-2015 season in Blacksburg.

One of the best scorers in the class of 2014 from Aquinas (Ga.), Hill will join a team that could compete with the conference’s best.

Meantime, former Marquette commit Mariol Shayok told SNY.tv he’s considering Marquette, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and Florida.

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Manhattan Commit Samson Usilo Relieved to Have Steve Masiello Returning

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NEW YORK – As Steve Masiello had, then lost the South Florida job and was placed on leave by Manhattan when it was discovered he did not have his college degree, everyone wanted answers.

With the searching and waiting for answers carrying on in Riverdale through late March and early April, 2014 recruit Samson Usilo waited patiently.

“I was just very quiet about the situation because I didn’t want to start thinking too much about what was going on,” the 6-foot-5 Nazareth Regional senior said after scoring 17 points as his white team defeated the black team, 102-99, in the Jordan Brand Classic regional game on Friday evening. “The only thing I decided to do was sit there, relax and see what happens.”

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Kassoum Yakwe: Syracuse, Villanova, Kansas Recruiting Him the Hardest

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NEW YORKKassoum Yakwe, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Our Savior New American (NY), is one of the rising prospects in the 2016 class. Yakwe played in the 2014 Jordan Brand International Game and scored 13 points and grabbed two rebounds for Team White as they defeated Team Black 74-71.

Yakwe played an efficient 19 minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field. He also displayed an improved handle and a nice outside touch, hitting 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

“I’m getting more confident,” Yakwe said when asked about his outside shot. “I’ve been working in the gym getting shots up. I’m getting better [at] it.” To read more of this story, click here

Okafor Chose Duke Thinking Parker, Hood Would Be Gone

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NEW YORK - It isn’t news that Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones wanted to go to college together.

What became news on Friday is the fact that Okafor chose Duke with the thinking that two of its best players wouldn’t be there.

Freshman phenom and projected top-3 NBA Draft pick Jabari Parker declared for the draft on Thursday. Blue Devils sophomore forward Rodney Hood followed Parker officially followed Hood out the door on Friday.  When Okafor committed to Duke head coach Mike Kryzyzewski on Nov. 15 along with Jones, he did so never expecting to count either as a teammate.

“Seeing Jabari and Rodney leave, I was really happy for them,” Okafor said after netting East MVP honors with 29 points and nine rebounds in a 158-147 win over the West at the Jordan Brand Classic. “In all honesty, when I decided to go to Duke, I wasn’t expecting Jabari to be there, or even Rodney, so it wasn’t really too surprising for me. I’m happy for those guys.

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Self to Visit Turner; Embiid, Alexander, Oubre Tried to Get Big Man to Commit to Kansas

Turner Mickey'DNEW YORK — The perception may be that Myles Turner is leaning towards Texas, but Kansas is working hard to get the 6-foot-11 Texas big man to jump across state lines.

Kansas head coach Bill Self will meet Sunday with Turner in Texas, David Turner confirmed to SNY.tv.

That meeting will come some 48 hours after Joel Embiid, the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, and the two Kansas pledges in the Jordan Brand Classic tried to get Turner to commit to Kansas while in New York.

“He says he’s just weighing out his options right now,” Kansas-bound Cliff Alexander said after getting MVP honors for the West by putting up 23 points and 8 rebounds in a 158-147 loss to the East. “Me, Kelly [Oubre] and Joel have been talking to him. Joel talked to him earlier [Friday] at the hotel trying to get him to commit. Hopefully, he does that.” To read more of this story, click here

Rodriguez Block, Carrington MVP Highlight Seton Hall Showing at Jordan Regional Game

NEW YORK -- In the closing seconds of regulation of the Jordan Regional Game, Miami commit Ja’Quan Newton let loose a jumper from the right wing that might have won the game for the Away team.

But Desi Rodriguez, a 6-foot-6 forward out of Abraham Lincoln High School, jumped up with his hand extended and blocked the shot, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra period, the Seton Hall-bound Rodriguez had 5 of his team’s 7 points, including a vicious dunk, as the Home team won, 102-99, at Barclays Center.

“I just wanted to contest the shot,” Rodriguez said after finishing with 17 points and 4 rebounds. “I know Ja’Quan is a great player. I knew he was going to take the last shot and I just had to get up and get the block.” To read more of this story, click here

Delarosa Talks Obekpa Return, St. John’s Recruits at Jordan Brand Classic

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NEW YORK - After flirting with a transfer, Chris Obekpa will return to St. John’s, which is just fine with Red Storm commit Adonis Delarosa.

“When I heard he was leaving, I was a little mad about it, just because I would’ve had someone that was there that could teach me some stuff because he was already in the system for two years,” Delarosa, who has yet to sign his National Letter of Intent said after going for 12 points and eight rebounds as his white team defeated the black team, 102-99, in the Jordan Brand Classic regional game. “I got the news he was coming back and I was just excited. Me, him and my brother Joey Delarosa can battle it out next year.”

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After Marquette Decommitment, Shayok Considering Several Options

NEW YORK -- After decommitting from Marquette in the wake of the coaching change, Marial Shayok is considering several options going forward.

“I’m still considering Marquette, still trying to see how I feel about the new coach. Virginia, Indiana and I’m getting some interest from Florida and Michigan,” the 6-foot-7 Shayok told SNY.tv after going for 12 points as the Away team lost to the Home team, 102-99, in the Jordan Regional Game at Barclays Center.

Shayok, out of Blair (N.J.) Academy and the CIA Bounce AAU outfit, has no visits planned, but hopes to decide soon. The late signing period runs April 16-May 21. To read more of this story, click here

Marcus Lee Officially Returning to Kentucky

As we reported earlier this week, freshman forward Marcus Lee will return to Kentucky for the 2014-15 season.

“I’ve really enjoyed my college experience and I’m looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player,” Lee said. “Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year.”

The 6-foot-9 forward had a 10-point, eight-rebound, two-block performance in the Elite Eight against Michigan. He finished the tournament shooting 70 percent from the field and was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team. To read more of this story, click here

Obekpa to Return to St. John’s; Big Recruiting Weekend for Johnnies (UPDATED)

St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin announced on Friday that sophomore center Chris Obekpa will return to the Red Storm team for the 2014-15 season.

The big man had been granted a release from the school to transfer on April 3. With Obekpa on the roster, the Red Storm projects to return 11 letterwinners for next year’s campaign.

Despite losing JaKarr Sampson to the NBA Draft and Orlando Sanchez to graduation, St. John’s has a strong core for next season now with Obekpa, guards Rysheed Jordan, Phil Greene, Jamal Branch and D’Angelo Harrison and wing Sir’Dominic Pointer.  To read more of this story, click here

Arizona-Bound Stanley Johnson is Ready to Compete for National Championship

 

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NEW YORK — As many of the crucial players from top-tier schools have begun to make the decision whether to return to school or enter the NBA Draft, Stanley Johnson is busy prepping to contribute right away at Arizona next season.

After Wednesday’s practice for the Jordan Brand Classic, Johnson spoke to SNY.tv about how Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson departing from Arizona for the NBA Draft would affect the team for next year.

“That’s a really personal decision for them,” he said. “They feel like they can play in the To read more of this story, click here

James Young to the NBA Draft

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James Young became the first Kentucky domino to fall as the school announced on Thursday afternoon that the freshman wing would enter the NBA Draft after just one season in Lexington.

A 6-foot-7 native of Rochester Hills, Mich., Young is the first Wildcat underclassman to declare for the draft. Fellow-freshman Julius Randle has not officially declared, but is expected to, while sophomore big man Willie Cauley-Stein announced he will return to school for his junior season. 

“He is one of the best shooters in the draft,” a veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He is To read more of this story, click here

Chase Jeter Cuts List

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Chase Jeter has cut his list to six schools.

“Kansas, Oregon, UNLV, Duke, UCLA, Arizona. Planning on a commitment before July. Thank you to all the schools who’ve recruited me,” Jeter tweeted Thursday. 

Jeter, the No. 20 ranked player in the class of 2015 by 247 sports, stands at 6-foot-10 and is one of the best big man prospects in the West. To read more of this story, click here

Poll: With Parker Declaring, Who Should be the No. 1 Pick in the NBA Draft?

Parker use thisJabari Parker officially declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday, ending any questions about whether he might return to Duke to join their loaded recruiting class for a run at the 2015 NCAA championship.

“I am now ready to take the leap to the NBA. It’s a dream come true,” Parker wrote in Sports Illustrated.

Some NBA personnel think the 6-foot-8 Parker is more prepared than fellow frosh superstars Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Julius Randle to contribute immediately at the NBA level.

“He is the most ready freshman to step in and help a team next year,” one former NBA executive told SNY.tv Thursday. To read more of this story, click here

Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker Await Harrison Twins Decision, Will Fight for Starting Roles

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NEW YORK – With Willie Cauley-Stein‘s recent decision to return to Kentucky and put off the NBA Draft for at least another year, the focus has shifted to Andrew and Aaron Harrison as they look to make their decision in the near future. Their respective decisions will affect the two guards committed to play at Kentucky next year, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker, both of whom are in town for Friday evening’s Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center.

The Harrisons started at point guard and shooting guard, respectively, this season for coach John Calipari‘s Wildcats as they made a run to the national championship game against Connecticut as the eighth seed in the Midwest Region. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Turner Will Announce April 30; Gametime Decision for Jordan Classic (UPDATED)

Turner 2NEW YORK — Myles Turner, the lone uncommitted player in the Jordan Brand Classic, will announce his college choice April 30 on ESPNU and is a gametime decision for Friday’s Jordan game with an ankle injury, his father confirmed to SNY.tv.

“I’m not sure if I’ll play yet but hopefully I do,” the 6-foot-11 Turner said Wednesday after watching practice in sweats at Basketball City in Manhattan. “Even if I don’t play its just an honor to be a part of all this.”

Turner remains undecided on college and is targeting a decision April 30.

“I’m definitely looking to announce on TV hopefully,” Turner said. “Definitely towards the end of the month after I get back home after this, I’m going to sit down with my parents and finalize everything.” To read more of this story, click here

College Transfer List

HooperBelow is a constantly fluid list of college transfers following the 2013-14 season based on various sources, interviews and media reports.

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Jordan Allen, Hofstra, 6-6, Forward

Mark Alstork, Ball State, 6-4, Guard

Ryan Anderson, Boston College, 6-8, Forward

Moses Ayegba, Georgetown, 6-9, Center

Rich Audu, Siena, 6-3, Guard

Nick Banyard, New Mexico, 6-8, Forward

Bo Barnes, Arizona State 6-4, Guard (ASU) To read more of this story, click here

2014 NBA Draft Early Entry List

Below is a constantly fluid list of Early Entrant candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft based on various sources, interviews and media reports, including DraftExpress.com. The NCAA Early Entry “Withdrawal” Deadline is April 15 and the NBA’s Early Entry eligibility deadline is April 27. The NBA will release its official list of Early Entry Draft candidates on May 2. Click on the name of the player for a link to the related story. If you have tips on other players, Tweet them to me here:     To read more of this story, click here