Report: Duke-St. John’s to Resume Rivalry

Duke will visit St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31, 2015, according to Sammy Albano.

The two teams last met Jan. 28, 2012 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with Duke holding off the Johnnies, 83-76, despite 30 points from Maurice Harkless, now with the Orlando Magic.

“Discussions are taking place with several high-profile non-conference opponents for 2014-15,” St. John’s spokesman Mark Fratto told SNY.tv, “but nothing has been finalized at this time.”

St. John’s also has a two-year deal with former Big East powerhouse Syracuse that will take them this season to the Carrier Dome. To read more of this story, click here

Weekend Recruiting Rundown: Houston, Arizona State, UNLV, Indiana, Alabama, Michigan Add Late Commits

GoodmanSeveral schools scored commitments this holiday weekend. Here’s a quick breakdown:

**As we reported here, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson landed a pledge from 6-foot-4 Chipola (FL) College guard Torian Graham.

**Former UNLV forward Savon Goodman committed to Arizona State, according to ASUDevils.com. Goodman will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season while taking classes at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Goodman left UNLV last October after he was charged in Las Vegas Township Justice Court with conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and grand larceny.

“This opportunity I don’t take for granted for one second,” Goodman told ASUDevils.com. “I know how it felt to sit out for a year and not play because you made a stupid decision. From this point, everyone makes mistakes and I’m not looking back on mine and I’m ready to just get out there and play basketball again and make good decisions.” To read more of this story, click here

Keith Thomas to Visit St. John’s, USF; Arizona Showing Interest

Keith ThomasBy ZACH SMART

Special to ZAGSBLOG

St. John’s and Fordham are both recruiting Westchester Community College forward Keith Thomas as aggressively as any other potential Division-I suitor.

Now, New York area recruiting ace Emmanuel “Book” Richardson and Arizona have jumped in on the ever-growing KT Sweepstakes.

“He’s going to visit St. John’s on Monday and Tuesday, South Florida on Wednesday and Thursday, and Arizona just knocked on the door,” said Vikings head coach Tyrone Mushatt, who helped nurture the 23-year-old Thomas’ basketball resurrection following a sabbatical.

“St. John’s and Fordham are both showing interest in Keith and Giovanni (McLean). We’ve got schools 500 miles away, now all of a sudden we’ve got schools 15 miles away.” To read more of this story, click here

Aquille Carr Declares for the NBA Draft

Onetime Seton Hall commit Aquille Carr has officially declared for the NBA Draft.

“Aquille is excited about this next chapter in his career and is excited to fulfill his lifelong dream,” his agent, Daniel Hazan, told SNY.tv.

The 5-foot-6 Carr is not listed on the DraftExpress.com Mock Draft and is not projected to be drafted.

In a recent interview with Dime Magazine, Carr said he stays in touch with NBA guards John Wall and Brandon Jennings, who tell him to keep a positive outlook.

“I talk to a lot of people that are in the NBA,” he said. “Really they just tell me “Keep working, it’s not over. Just don’t give up. Don’t fall to the wrong people. Surround yourself with great people that are trying to do what you’re trying to do or make it to where you’re trying to make it to.’”

Carr was waived in January by the Delaware 87ers, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. He was averaging 10.7 points and 1.9 assists. To read more of this story, click here

Torian Graham to Houston

TorianNew Houston coach Kelvin Sampson picked up one of the most talented players left on the board when he signed Chipola (FL) College guard Torian Graham.

“Just signed to the university of Houston truly blessed #R.I.P MOM,” Graham Tweeted.

Asked what skillset he will bring, Graham added by text, “A killer mentality every second for me and my teammates, family, coach, etc.”

A onetime N.C. State commit, the 6-foot-4 Graham averaged 12.9 points this season at Chipola. He was suspended for several games after he and two teammates were arrested for ingesting marijuana after police stopped them. To read more of this story, click here

Kareem Canty Will Visit USF, Hasn’t Committed to Auburn

CantyDespite a report to the contrary, Marshall transfer Kareem Canty has not committed to Auburn and will visit South Florida May 2-4, his former AAU coach told SNY.tv.

“He needs to look to at something at else to see if Auburn is what he wants or if there’s something else that he likes,” Thurgood Marshall coach Abdu Allah Torrence told SNY.tv.

“I wanna thank Auburn for a great time but I wanna make sure I’m 110% sure my next move is my best one and take the rest of my visits !” Canty Tweeted.

Canty visited Auburn over the weekend and liked the visit to coach Bruce Pearl’s new program, but will keep his options going forward.

“Somebody asked him if he loved it and he said, ‘I really love it. I really like the school. I can see myself here,’” Torrence said. To read more of this story, click here

Daniel Hamilton Wants DeAndre Daniels Back at UConn, Plans to Sign His Letter of Intent

NEW YORK — UConn recruit Daniel Hamilton believes the Huskies could make a run toward defending their NCAA championship if his friend DeAndre Daniels returns for his senior season.

“We’ll be able to have another chance at a run if he comes back,” the 6-foot-7 Hamilton said after going for 10 points in 11 minutes for the West team in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center. “We’ll be that much better, because he’s a force. A lot of power forwards can’t guard him at that position, because he can put it on the floor and he can shoot, so it’s hard to guard him.”

Daniels helped his NBA stock during UConn’s title run, but is still projected as a 2015 pick by DraftExpress.com. UConn coach Kevin Ollie met with Daniels last week, but no decision has been announced. To read more of this story, click here

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

Special to ZAGSBLOG

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

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

College Transfer List

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

If you have tips on other players, Tweet them to me here:

Kale Abrahamson, 6-7 So. F, Northwestern (DRAKE)

Musa Abdul-Aleem, 6-5 Jr. G, South Florida

Jordan Allen, 6-6 RS So F (Graduate transfer)

Tyler Alderman, 6-9 So. C, Jacksonville

Mark Alstork, 6-4 Fr. G, Ball State 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

Hill, Pierce Follow Buzz Williams to Virginia Tech

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

New Virginia Tech Coach Buzz Williams will keep two of his prized possessions in Ahmed Hill and Satchel Pierce.

The former Marquette commits opted to follow Williams to the ACC after taking official visits on Saturday.

The No-61 ranked player in the class of 2014 according to 247 Sports, Hill will join Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson to create a more-than-solid backcourt trio for the 2014-15 season in Blacksburg. To read more of this story, click here