By JACK LeGWIN
COLUMBIA, S.C.- Jalek Felton will take visits in January to five schools — Arizona, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky and Wichita State — he told SNY.tv after a 22-point performance in front of Roy Williams in an 83-62 loss to Keenan (S.C.).
Felton, the No. 5-ranked player in the Class of 2017 by 247 Sports and the nephew of Dallas Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton, says that while North Carolina is the frontrunner, he is going to give all schools a chance.
“They’re always No. 1,” Felton told SNY.tv in reference to his uncle’s tenure at the school. “But I’m going to look around at the other schools and see what all of my options are.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Tyler Ennis didn’t play at all on Saturday afternoon when the Phoenix Suns visited the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
About 100 miles South, his brother Dylan Ennis played 32 minutes in Villanova’s 82-77 OT win over Syracuse in Philadelphia.
It was an odd moment, to be sure. If Tyler were in the college game (where his parents went to support Dylan), he surely would have been a factor.
“It’s kind of weird watching [Syracuse] because I felt like I was just in practice with those guys a couple weeks ago,” Ennis told SNY.tv.
“The first game I watched, I wondered how different this would be if me and Jerami [Grant] were still there. But I don’t regret any decision I made in the past year.” To read more of this story, click here
Coming off a 53-47 come-from-behind win over St. Mary’s, St. John’s (9-1) moved up to No. 17 in the latest AP Poll.
The Johnnies play Long Beach State Monday and Tulane Dec. 28 before a highly anticipated Big East opener against Seton Hall (9-2) on Dec. 31.
Kentucky remained the unanimous No. 1 in the poll for the third straight week, followed by Duke, Arizona, Louisville, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Villanova chimed in at No. 7.
Record Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (65) 12-0 1,625 1
2. Duke 10-0 1,548 2
3. Arizona 12-0 1,502 3
4. Louisville 10-0 1,344 4
5. Virginia 11-0 1,336 6 To read more of this story, click here
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — It was hard to miss Nick Richards during St. Patrick’s 55-40 victory over Bergen Catholic Sunday at the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase.
He was the 6-foot-11 gazelle ripping down rebounds, altering shots and showing some nice footwork and touch around the basket. He finished with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in the win.
“It feels good,” Richards told SNY.tv. Asked what he wants to work on, he said, “Mostly face-ups, a little bit back-to-the basket, jump hooks, all the little tricks. If my guards don’t give it to me, I try my best to get it off the rebound.” To read more of this story, click here
WEST ORANGE, N.J. — It wasn’t so much a basketball game as it was a demonstration of New Jersey’s version of Dunk City.
Kentucky-bound Isaiah Briscoe and his Roselle (N.J.) Catholic teammates spent the better part of Sunday evening running up and down the court hitting 3-pointers, flushing dunks and throwing alley-oop lob passes en route to a 78-46 dismantling of Blair Academy in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase at West Orange High School.
The 6-foot-3 Briscoe earned game MVP honors after putting up 23 points, including two dunks and two 3-pointers, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in just three quarters of play. To read more of this story, click here
Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton is unlikely to reclass to 2015 but is planning visits to Kentucky, Louisville Arizona and Duke in the New Year, his father told SNY.tv Monday.
“Louisville talked to us about it, but right now it makes more sense for him to stay put in 2016,” Tank Thornton said.
He added: “We’re still thinking about it.”
Louisville head coach Pitino met with the 6-foot Thornton last week and broached the possibility of the 2016 point guard joining the program next season. Louisville has already missed out on guards Antonio Blakeney and P.J. Dozier and will need a floor general to replace the departing Chris Jones. To read more of this story, click here
Shamorie Ponds, a 6-foot 2016 point guard from Brooklyn Thomas Jefferson, is wowing coaches and piling up offers.
In recent days, Ponds has added offers from Minnesota, St. John’s, Miami, Seton Hall, Oklahoma, Iona and Fordham.
South Carolina and West Virginia are also due in to see him soon.
“It’s exciting,” Ponds told SNY.tv Monday. “I’m looking to add more offers.” To read more of this story, click here
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Braxton Blackwell is adding high-major offers at a steady rate but is not close to cutting his list anytime soon.
The 6-foot-8 2016 small forward from Nashville (TN) Christ Presbyterian recently added a Louisville offer and also holds offers from Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ohio State and Kansas.
“He has no order of schools and no list yet,” CPA coach Drew Maddux told SNY.tv. “He is wide open.”
Blackwell is a special talent who should have his pick of schools.
“He has a unique skill set for his size and a great feel for game,” Maddux said. “He has a high IQ and vision. As a defender, he’s capable of guarding anyone on the floor.”
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