Head Coaches Turn Out for Briscoe at Live in AC

Briscoe Peach Jam actionBy ARI ROSENFELD & ADAM ZAGORIA

GALLOWAY, N.J.Isaiah Briscoe has entered the final live period of his high school career, and his suitors are putting on the fullcourt press.

Steve Lavin returned from his Bosnian recruiting trip to watch Briscoe go for 17 points in a 79-54 beatdown of  Maryland 3D in the Live in AC event at Richard Stockton College on Wednesday night.

Lavin was joined by Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard, Villanova head coach Jay Wright and Arizona assistant Book Richardson. To read more of this story, click here

Trevon Duval: Future Star In The Making at St. Benedict’s Prep

By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trevon Duval is priming himself to be a superstar.

Averaging 7.5 points on the Nike EYBL circuit as a rising sophomore, including a 20-point performance against the Kentucky Travelers, Duval teamed up with ZAGSBLOG First Team All-Peach Jam Selection Isaiah Briscoe and Second Team Selection T.J. Gibbs Jr, to create a trio that was matched by few. Duval says that learning from older players on a Peach Jam-winning team will get him set for the rest of his career on the circuit.

“It’s a great experience,” Duval told SNY.tv. “Watching the older players on my team, especially Isaiah, I just learn from all of them and I just have get ready for the next two years.” To read more of this story, click here

USA Basketball U17 Trials to Draw Players, Coaches Away from AAU Events; Serves as Incubator for Potential Package Talk

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College basketball coaches across America will head out on Wednesday for the third of three NCAA sanctioned recruiting weekends in the month of July.

While coaches will flock to events in Las Vegas, Louisville, New Jersey and elsewhere in hopes of securing future players, the single greatest concentration of talent might be taking place at the USA Basketball U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO.

Several hundred coaches are expected in Colorado Springs on Friday – the one day the trials are open to college coaches — many of them stopping through on their way to or from Vegas to scout the talent.

Talent that won’t be in Louisville for AAU Nationals or in New Jersey at Live in AC or the Battle of Borders or at any other event across America. To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Could Package With Newman & Stone at Kansas or Kentucky

RabbNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Malik Newman and Diamond Stone aren’t the only ones talking about going to the same school together next year.

Ivan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 forward from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, told SNY.tv he wants to join up with Newman and Stone, too.

“Me, Diamond and Malik, we’re all planning to kind of go to school together,” Rabb said at the Peach Jam.

“But I’m not really 100 percent. They’re more serious than I am because we all have different schools  that we’re looking at…so I make my own decisions at the end of the day because I’m my own man. But if the opportunity is right and I think it’s a good decision, then maybe that might happen.” To read more of this story, click here

ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam Teams

SimmonsBy TOM KONCHALSKI, JACK LEGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- After watching all five days of the Peach Jam, here are the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam teams comprised by a small panel of writers and recruiting experts who were on hand.

This is based not on their reputations, not on their potential and not a single-game’s performance, but on how they played in total there and who went furthest in the tournament based on the five days of play.

To the victors go the spoils, hence the three members of the Playaz Basketball Club on the two teams.

We picked a Baker’s Dozen of 13 players, six on the First Team and seven on the Second Team. To read more of this story, click here

D.J. Hogg Set to Cut List; Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M Working Hardest

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a fantastic performance at Peach Jam, D.J. Hogg is looking to build on a recruitment that has multiple high-major schools showing interest.

“I’m looking to cut my list sometime after Peach Jam,” Hogg told SNY.tv. “Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M are probably the schools that are working the hardest right now, texting me everyday.” To read more of this story, click here

Cheick Diallo Sets St. John’s, Iowa State Visits

Cheick Diallo, the 6-foot-9 big man from Our Savior New American and Team Scan, has set two official visits.

Diallo will visit Iowa State Sept. 26 and St. John’s Oct 18, his guardian told SNY.tv. He is also planning a visit to Kansas, but no date is set.

Diallo has already been to Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Kentucky. Kansas in also among his top five.

He will sit out the rest of July on the AAU circuit in order to rest and rehab his back.

Coaches from all five schools watched  him at the Peach Jam last week, where he averaged 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in seven games.

Team Scan reached the semifinals on Sunday morning before losing to Isaiah Briscoe and the Playaz.

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Knicks’ Hardaway Jr., Nets’ Plumlee Chosen for USA Select Team

HardawayKnicks’ guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nets’ big man Mason Plumlee were among the 13 players named by USA Basketball Tuesday to the Select Team that will practice against Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Championship in Spain.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be able to have such a wonderful opportunity playing with the USA Select Team,” Hardaway Jr. wrote on Instagram.  “Dreams are becoming a reality. Thank you all for the support along the way.”

Also named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad were: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets). To read more of this story, click here

Emmanuel Mudiay Signs in China For $1.2 Million

Former SMU pledge Emmanuel Mudiay has signed with Chinese club Guangdong, according to a report from Sportsando.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the one-year deal is worth $1.2 million.

The 6-foot-5 Mudiay opted to play overseas instead of attending SMU amid reports both that he wanted to support his family and was uncertain whether he would pass through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

In China, Mudiay will be out of sight and out of mind, but one NBA scout said he could still be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Recruiting Roundup: Wake Signs Greek Big Man; Bragg to Visit Kansas; Kentucky Offers Swanigan; Carolina Offers Monk, Labissiere; Mitchell Adds Offers; Diallo Sidelined

Here’s a quick roundup of some recent recruiting news:

**Greek forward Konstantinos Mitoglou has signed with Wake Forest beginning with the 2014-15 season.

“We are excited to welcome Dinos into the fold,” said head coach Danny Manning. “He is a skilled big man who is just scratching the surface of his potential. He comes from a wonderful family, and he has been well-coached throughout his young career. We are looking forward to getting him on campus and integrating him into our team.”

The 6-10, 225-pound Mitoglou (nicknamed “Dinos”) is one of the top young players in Greece and will suit up for the country’s U18 national team in this month’s U18 European Championship July 24 through Aug. 3 in Konya, Turkey. To read more of this story, click here

Diamond Stone Announcing Nov. 12; Malik Newman Has No Date

Diamond Stone, the 6-foot-10 big man from Milwaukee Dominican, will announce his college choice Nov. 12, the first day of the NCAA early signing period, he told Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Stone is considering Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn, Kansas, Duke and UCLA, among others.

He and point guard Malik Newman have talked about a package deal, with UConn and Kansas thought to be the most likely landing spots for the combo package.

But the 6-4 Newman told SNY.tv Monday night that he doesn’t have a date set for his announcement, and will likely announce on a different date from Stone.

“My boy committing before me…wish him the best of luck… @Diamond_Stone33 don’t mean that’s the school I’m going to tho…,” he Tweeted.

Newman has insisted all along that he and the 6-foot-10 Stone will be a package deal in college, telling Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal, “I think that team [that gets us] is going to win the NCAA championship.” To read more of this story, click here