Allonzo Trier Hopes to Lead Arizona Back to a Final Four

CC4dYMlUMAE9HIk.jpg-largeNEW YORKAllonzo Trier will bring instant offense to Arizona next season, but he hopes to bring a run to the Final Four, too.

In Coach Sean Miller’s six years at Arizona, the Wildcats have been to three Elite Eights and one Sweet 16, but never a Final Four.

“Most definitely, I know how important it is to Coach Miller and the Arizona program to get to the Final Four after going to the Elite Eight for so many times in a row and falling short, so that’s definitely going to be a goal of mine and my teammates to try to come in there and take that next step,” Trier told this week at the Jordan Brand Classic.

The 6-foot-4 Trier knows about performing big in crunch time. To read more of this story, click here

Jessie Govan Plans to Continue Winning Ways at Georgetown

H_v3lxl5_400x400NEW YORK — Jessie Govan plans to be on Georgetown’s campus by May 30 and hopes to continue his winning ways beginning with the Hoyas’ exhibition trip to Italy in August.

“The plan is to leave May 30th and go down there for some summer classes. They want me to get some credits in because we go to Italy in August,” the 6-foot-11 Govan told after going for 10 points and 7 rebounds Friday night when the Away Team beat the Home Team, 125-112, in the Jordan Classic Regional Game at Barclays Center.

Govan has done nothing but win in recent weeks — and he should make an immediate impact upon stepping onto the Georgetown campus. To read more of this story, click here

John Calipari Recruiting in Canada

1428798253As we reported earlier today, Kentucky coach John Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne are in Canada recruiting.

The Kentucky coaches were spotted in Drake’s seats at Game 1 of the Wizards-Raptors playoff series, won by the Wizards, 93-86.

As first reported by Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal, Calipari and Payne are recruiting the Orangeville Prep duo of Thon Maker and Jamal Murray. Both are considering reclassifying to 2015 from 2016 and Kentucky is targeting both players. To read more of this story, click here

Charlotte Transfer Mike Thorne to Illinois

Charlotte transfer Mike Thorne committed to Illinois on his official visit, according to Jon Rothstein of

The 6-foot-11 Thorne averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game this past season for Charlotte (14-18 , 7-11 Conference USA). He will graduate in May and will be immediately eligible.

Thorne told that Kentucky had offered him and he had planned to visit both Kentucky and Kansas. Now neither is necessary.

Thorne previously told he was considering Arizona, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Pittsburgh and “possibly N.C. State.”

Meantime, Kansas head coach Bill Self met late Friday night with Cheick Diallo after the 6-9 Diallo went for 26 points and 11 rebounds en route to MVP honors in a losing effort in the Jordan Brand Classic. Evan Daniels of Scout reported the Self visit.

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Cheick Diallo Wins MVP in Losing Cause at Jordan Classic, Kentucky Signees Recruiting Him to Lexington

Diallo MVPNEW YORK — It’s been quite an exciting few weeks for Cheick Diallo.

The 6-foot-9 forward from Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American won MVP honors last month at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago. Just last week he helped the World Team win the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.

And on Friday night, Diallo put on a show in front of Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Victor Oladipo, Victor Cruz, Worldwide Wes, more than 300 fans from his high school and a capacity crowd in the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center.

Diallo went for 26 points on 12-for-16 shooting and 11 rebounds in a losing effort as the West beat the East, 118-116. Arizona-bound guard Allonzo Trier poured in 28 points on 11-for-16 shooting for the West. To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits & Tidbits

tyus-battle1With the NCAA contact period kicking off today, here’s an early look at this weekend’s recruiting visits. This list was compiled via sources and reports from Jon Rothstein of and Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop. It will be updated throughout the weekend.

**Tyus Battle, the 2016 combo guard from Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s, takes official visits to Duke April 17-19 and to Louisville April 19-21. More here.

**Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American is tentatively slated to have home visits this weekend with Kansas coach Bill Self and St. John’s coach Chris Mullin, per sources.

**Brandon Ingram of Kinston (N.C.) met with Duke coaches Friday morning and will meet with Kentucky coaches Friday night, according to Ben Roberts. He’s also scheduled to host Kansas (Saturday), N.C. State (Monday) and North Carolina (Wednesday) next, per Roberts.

**Drexel transfer Damion Lee visits Arizona April 17-19 and Louisville April 19-21. More here.

**Arizona also hosts San Francisco grad transfer Mark Tollefsen.

**College of Southern Idaho power forward Ray Kasongo visits Mississippi State beginning Friday. More here.

**Mike Thorne, the 6-11 Charlotte transfer, visits Illinois this weekend and will also see Kentucky and Kansas. More here.

**Alabama transfer Ricky Tarrant visits Memphis, sources confirmed.

**Rutgers transfer Junior Etou and Robert Morris transfer Marcquise Reed visit Tulsa, sources confirmed.

**T.J. Gibbs, the 2016 Seton Hall Prep shooting guard, visits Oklahoma beginning Friday.

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Malik Newman Won’t Sign an NLI, Weighing 6 Schools

Malik Newman actionNEW YORK –In what may be a growing trend among elite college basketball prospects, Malik Newman doesn’t plan on signing a National Letter of Intent after he picks his college.

“No, I don’t plan on signing one,” the 6-foot-4 guard from Jackson (MS) Callaway told Wednesday morning at the Jordan Brand Classic practice. “I just feel like it’s not really a need to sign one, so I don’t want to stress myself about signing.”

Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-footer from Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman, has also said he won’t sign an NLI, and Cal-bound big man Ivan Rabb has yet to sign his NLI as well.

Wednesday is the first day of the NCAA late signing period, but Newman, who is considering six schools, has no timetable on making a decision.

“Whenever it feels right,” he said. To read more of this story, click here

The 4 Quarters Podcast: Jonathan Givony, Joe Arbitello, Rawle Alkins and more

Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver another episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops and recruiting for First up, Jonathan Givony from calls in to talk about the big names in the upcoming NBA Draft, and then Adam and Josh take a spin on the coaching carousel. Later, the guys cover all the prospects in this week’s Jordan Brand Classic, and then talk to Christ the King head coach Joe Arbitello and star guard Rawle Alkins about recruiting and St. John’s.

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2nd Quarter: The Coaching Carousel (22:50)
3rd Quarter: Jordan Brand Classic (27:45)
4th Quarter: Joe Arbitello & Rawle Alkins (35:35)
Overtime: St. John’s (43:00)

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UConn Lands Cornell Transfer Shonn Miller

hc-uconn-men-notebook-shonn-miller-0410-201504-001UConn has landed Cornell transfer Shonn Miller and he will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer, according to The Hartford Courant and other outlets.

The 6-foot-7 Miller averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds last season and was selected first-team All-Ivy League.

Miller missed his junior season after offseason shoulder surgery.

“I just felt accepted from the first moment I stepped up here,” Miller told The Courant. “I felt like part of the family. I just got a good vibe from the whole situation.”

UConn also had 6-1 2016 guard Alterique Gilbert of Lithonia, Ga., on campus this weekend.

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Brewster Academy Teammates Jalen Adams, Donovan Mitchell Win MVPs at Jordan Classic Regional Game

CC1PETDUgAAkkmu.jpg-largeNEW YORK — On their train ride from Boston to New York for the Jordan Brand Regional Game, Brewster (N.H.) Academy teammates Donovan Mitchell and Jalen Adams talked about putting their school on the map.

They weren’t sure how many fans at Barclays Center knew about the New Hampshire prep school and they were prepared to do their talking on the court.

“A lot of people don’t know Brewster Academy so we were just talking about going out and putting Brewster on the map in a bigger way,” Mitchell said. “We just said to ourselves that we were going to go out and impact the game in different ways.”

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Syracuse Commit Richardson Not Convinced Boeheim is Done in Three Years

Malachi RichardsonBy JOSH NEWMAN

NEW YORK – In the face of NCAA sanctions, Syracuse announced on March 18 that Jim Boeheim will retire in three years.

At the age of 70 and entering his 40th season at the helm, maybe Boeheim retires after one or two more years instead of going the full three. At least one incoming recruit isn’t convinced the Hall of Famer is done in three years.

“We definitely want to send him out as a winner, but I don’t know if he’s gonna go in three years,” Trenton Catholic standout and four-star recruit Malachi Richardson told after scoring three points for the East in a 118-116 loss at the Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center. “That’s just my opinion. Coach Boeheim loves basketball, so him walking away from it? I just don’t see it.

“I’ve learned to know him. He’s a great coach and he really does love basketball. He loves Syracuse and I just don’t know if he can walk away from it that soon.”

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