Veer Singh, one of the most talented and mysterious players in the New York metropolitan area, has committed to Seton Hall in the Class of 2015, his mother told SNY.tv Monday morning by phone.
Singh was originally Class of 2016 but has enough classes to come out in 2015, sources said.
“He’s going to commit to Seton Hall,” Renee Singh said by phone. “He’ll be going 2015.
“I think we are happy with the decision. It was more of wanting him to stay close by since I moved here for him. I like the program and I think he’ll be a good fit there.” To read more of this story, click here
The latest bracketology from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi shows good news for the Big East.
Villanova (27-2) has replaced Gonzaga as a No. 1 seed, along with Kentucky, Virginia and Duke.
Paced by projected Big East Player of the Year Darrun Hilliard, the Wildcats are now positioned as the 1 seed in the West where they could face another set of Wildcats, No. 2 Arizona, in the Regional Final at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Six Big East teams are currently safely into the field, per Lunardi, meaning 60 percent of the league would go dancing. To read more of this story, click here
By CHRIS RUSSELL
After helping push St. John’s to the brink of their first NCAA Tournament since 2011, senior forward Sir’Dominic Pointer has been named the ZAGSBLOG National Player of the Week.
For the first time since 2000, St. John’s has reached the 20-win column in back-to-back seasons. If the NCAA Tournament began today, St. John’s would be an 8 seed, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
The Johnnies’ success can largely be attributed to the play of the 6-foot-6 Detroit native, who appears to be a virtual lock for All-Big East First-Team honors. To read more of this story, click here
Burlington (N.J.) Life Center point guard Traci Carter enjoyed his first official visit to Xavier this weekend and has several other visits coming up.
“The visit was great,” his mentor Donnie Carr told SNY.tv on Sunday. “Xavier showed Traci a great time. They really let Traci know how bad they want and need him. He loved it.”
Carter and Carr saw Villanova beat Xavier, 78-66, on Saturday at the Cintas Center.
The 6-foot Carter will also visit Marquette March 7 and has tentative dates set to visit UConn and Memphis, Carr said, without revealing the dates.
“It’s Memphis and UConn for his next two visits,” he said.
Carter is in the process of trimming his list to five schools.
Carter has seen his stock rise dramatically this winter with his strong play and is being courted by UConn, Memphis, Cal, Boston College, N.C. State, Seton Hall, Creighton, Penn State, Temple, La Salle, UMass and George Mason.
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Davon Dillard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American, has committed to California following an official visit this weekend.
“I’m officially a cal Bear,” he Tweeted.
An athletic wing player who can stroke it from beyond the arc, Dillard had recently trimmed his list to Cal, Creighton, Indiana, Pitt and Purdue.
Dillard is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals and No. 132 overall in the 2015 class.
“He’s a terrific athlete, shoots the 3,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv. “Not fully a skilled three-man yet, but very athletic and that’s a good get for them.
“He’s a big-time athlete, he has a BCS body and he’s gotta continue to elevate his skill level. When I first saw him I thought he was more of an under-sized four, but he’s an effort guy, a guy who does play hard. His problem is not focus, he’s gotta flesh out his perimeter skill set.” To read more of this story, click here
Minnesota assistant Kimani Young, UConn assistant Glen Miller and Villanova assistant Kyle Neptune all tripped this weekend to watch the Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy duo of Hamidou Diallo and Mamadou Diarra.
The 6-4 Diallo (pictured) is a 2017 shooting guard ranked No. 38 in that class by Rivals with offers from UConn and Minnesota, among others.
“Hamidou has a great feel for the game which allows him to execute at a high level on the floor,” New York Jayhawks coach Jay David, also an assistant at Long Island Lutheran, told SNY.tv. “His ability to score and pass at such a high level is what I think makes him special.” To read more of this story, click here
With his improved play in recent games, Kentucky freshman Trey Lyles is ascending in the eyes of NBA scouts.
Some 20 NBA personnel — including Knicks’ President Phil Jackson — watched Kentucky crush Arkansas, 84-67, on Saturday to improve to 29-0.
The 6-foot-10 freshman went for 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and 4 rebounds in the win after putting up 18 and 6 in Wednesday’s win over Mississippi State. On the season, he’s averaging 8.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in under 22 minutes per game.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has been calling Lyles the “X-factor” of late. To read more of this story, click here
By JAS GREWAL
UNIONVILLE, ONTARIO — Thon Maker wasn’t able to attend Kansas’ 69-64 victory over Texas on Saturday because he was busy playing in the Bill Crothers Invitational Showcase here.
The 7-foot Maker went for 16 points in Orangeville Prep’s 74-59 win over Thetford Academy (Quebec).
“We were going to visit Kansas today but we had already made the commitment to play in this tournament, so that got postponed,” Maker told OnPointBasketball.com and SNY.tv. “Indiana is another school that I plan on visiting soon.”
Maker, who said he is “pushing toward” reclassing to 2015 from 2016, plans on taking more visits down the road. To read more of this story, click here
Bill Murray watched surging Rhode Island win again on Saturday.
So they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
The legendary actor, who was recently ranked No. 6 by Rolling Stone on the all-time list of Saturday Night Live cast members, was courtside for Rhody’s 59-56 win over La Salle at Gola Arena.
Murray is the father of Rhody assistant Luke Murray. To read more of this story, click here
By JOSH NEWMAN
Emmanuel Mudiay hadn’t played a game for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Guangdong Southern Tigers since Nov. 23, but that didn’t matter much on Sunday morning.
With Guangdong trailing Stephon Marbury and Beijing Ducks, 2-0, in a best-of-5 CBA semifinal series, Chinese online media company Sina.com reported Guangdong was reactivating Mudiay in an effort to save the season.
The move panned out on Sunday as Mudiay scored 24 points on 8-for-19 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 110-99 Guangdong win.
Mudiay, a 6-foot-5 Congolese-American point guard out of controversial Dallas charter school Prime Prep, decided to forego a scholarship to SMU in favor of signing for $1.2 million with Guangdong. He played in 10 games, 17.7 points, six rebounds and six assists before suffering a sprained ankle. He was replaced on Guangdong by veteran NBA guard Will Bynum, who is coincidentally being paired with in an effort to save the season.
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By JACK LeGWIN
LAKELAND, Fla.- Before the week started, many knew the name Trent Frazier, but not many had seen what he was capable of.
The sophomore point guard from Wellington (Fla.) hit the game winning FT with .4 seconds left to win the 8A State Championship, 57-56 over Hagerty, giving the Wolverines their first state championship in school history. He finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. In the previous win over the favorite in 8A McArthur, Frazier had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists.
“That’s what we wanted,” Frazier told SNY.tv. “We wanted to have the ball in my hands for the last shot to get the win. Coach likes the ball in my hands because I make plays. I’m the quarterback on the floor, last shot, he wanted it in my hands to knock it down.” To read more of this story, click here