With Briscoe About to Cut List, Lavin, Willard Talk Recruiting

Briscoe Peach Jam actionNEW YORK — St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard can’t discuss specific recruits on the record, but it was interesting to hear them talk broadly about recruiting at Big East Media Day on Wednesday.

Especially interesting given that Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe is set to cut his list to three schools on Saturday and is considering both local schools, along with Kentucky, UConn, Missouri and others.

“You gotta find the local kids,” Willard said, speaking generally about recruiting. “There’s a lot out there. You gotta find them and then you gotta get them to stay between St. John’s and us.” To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits & Tidbits

Here’s an early look at this weekend’s recruiting visits. This list will be updated throughout the weekend.

**Diamond Stone will visit Wisconsin on an official, according to Mark Miller of the Wisconsin Yearbook. The 6-foot-10 Milwaukee (WI) Dominican big man will then trip to UConn next weekend. He has already visited Maryland and Oklahoma State. Stone’s father, Robert, told ESPN.com that there is no set date for an announcement, despite previous reports he would announce Nov. 12.

**UCLA will host 2015 big men Brandon Ingram and Stephen Zimmerman. Both Ingram and Zimmerman have been at Kansas and Kentucky the previous two weekends.

**Rozelle Nix, a 7-footer from Pensacola (FL) State, visits Pittsburgh after tripping to South Carolina and Loyola Marymount. He is expected to decide next week after the Pitt visit.

**P.J. Dozier, a 6-7 shooting guard from Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley, visits South Carolina after already tripping to Michigan, Georgetown and North Carolina. He hits Louisville next weekend. To read more of this story, click here

Big East Breakdown: Harrison Says It’s a ‘Failure’ if Johnnies Don’t Make NCAAs; Willard Hopes Whitehead is One-and-Done; Coaches Expect 5-6 Teams in Big Dance Annually

St. . John's vs VillanovaNEW YORK —  St. John’s was picked third in the Big East Preseason poll behind Villanova and Georgetown, and make no mistake: The pressure is on the Johnnies to make the NCAA Tournament this season.

“If we don’t make the NCAA Tournament, it’s going to be a complete failure of the year. Hands down,” senior guard D’Angelo Harrison, a First-Team All-Big East pick, told SNY.tv Wednesday at Media Day.

The Johnnies had a chance to make the NCAAs last year despite starting the season 0-5 in the Big East, but lost to eventual Big East Tournament champion Providence in the first round of the Big East and then fell to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT.

This year the Johnnies have no excuses. To read more of this story, click here

D.J. Harvey- “Arizona Stands at the Top”

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One of the top sophomores in the nation, D.J. Harvey, has a frontrunner.

“Arizona stands at the top,” Harvey told SNY.tv. “Georgetown, Memphis, Texas, Houston, Tennessee, NC State, Miami and Xavier have offered, UCLA, Duke, Kansas, Stanford, Villanova and Louisville are all showing heavy interest.”

Harvey played a high level of basketball from a young age. Starting at Christ School (N.C.), a program that has produced Mason and Miles Plumlee, Harvey played varsity as an eighth-grader, before leaving to attend DeMatha (Md.) starting his freshman year. To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Expected to Announce Top 5

Ivan RabbIvan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 2015 big man from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, is expected to announce his top five schools soon, possibly as early as today.

Rabb met with coaches from UCLA and North Carolina on Wednesday night and is now set to release his list.

He is also considering Arizona, Cal, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky and Louisville.

He told me in August at the Elite 24 that Cal and Kentucky would definitely make his final list. UCLA is also expected to receive a visit.

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Big Man Nick Richards With ‘Kentucky-Type Talent’ Transfers to The Patrick School

The complexion of basketball in Union County and New Jersey statewide may have just changed after Nick Richards transferred to The Patrick School in Elizabeth.

The 6-foot-10 2017 big man left St. Mary’s High School on Long Island to enroll at the defending Union County champion powerhouse. He will join guards Bryce Aiken and Jamir Harris and African big men Bul Ajang and Buay Koka under coach Chris Chavannes.

“I don’t like saying this about kids early,” Chavannes told SNY.tv. “He is a stud. Future Kentucky-type player.”

While an assistant under former St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle, Chevannes coached future Kentucky players Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson.

“He’s effective in the low post, can play with his back to the basket and will force teams to double him in the post,” Patrick School assistant Damel Ling told SNY.tv. “He is really good on the boards, rebounds well in traffic and is a rim protector. He will block and change a lot of shots around the rim.”

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7-Footer Josh Sharma to Stanford

Josh Sharma, a 7-foot, 220-pound power forward from Northfield (MA) Mount Hermon, pulled the trigger for Stanford on Wednesday, choosing The Cardinal over Wisconsin and Boston College.

“I was looking for a school with great academics and high-level basketball, but also a place that would help me get to the next level,” Sharma told SNY.tv. “I think Stanford offers all of that and more.”

Sharma is the No. 24-ranked power forward in the Class of 2015 according to the 247Sports composite rankings. To read more of this story, click here