Chris Clarke Down to 7, Set for UConn Visit

Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School, is down to seven schools and will next visit UConn Sept. 5-7.

Along with UConn, Clarke is considering, Florida, Iowa State, Tennessee, Creighton, Minnesota and Virginia Tech.

Clarke averaged 12.5 points this summer with Boo Williams on the Nike EYBL circuit, and 14.7 points at the Peach Jam. He made the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team after leading Boo to the semifinals.

Reigning national champion UConn is his first visit.

“He likes the academic side of it,” Cape Henry Collegiate coach Mark Hall told SNY.tv by phone Friday. “Obviously, he likes Kevin Ollie. A great coaching staff. Glen Miller is out there as well. The whole coaching staff is from UConn, they’ve won multiple national championships. To read more of this story, click here

Former Arizona Commit Tyler Dorsey Has a Final 6

After recently “trimming” his list to 10, former Arizona commit Tyler Dorsey now has a final six.

“Final 6 are (in alpha order): AZ State, Cal, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon & UNLV. Will visit 1st 5 officially and UNLV unofficially,” he Tweeted.

The 6-foot-5 2015 lead guard will visit Oregon Sept. 5-7, Colorado Sept. 19-21, Kansas for “Late Night in the Phog” Oct. 10-12 and Arizona State Oct. 17-19.

He cut St. John’s, along with Georgetown, Louisville and UConn.

Johnnies coach Steve Lavin had targeted Dorsey, along with Isaiah BRiscoe and Brandon Sampson, among high school guards in the Class of 2015. To read more of this story, click here

Esa Ahmad Names a Final 5

Four-star power forward Esa Ahmad has a final five, his father told SNY.tv Thursday.

The 6-foot-7 power forward from Cleveland (OH) Shaker Height is down to Ohio State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Maryland and Oregon.

“Esa wanted to play in either the Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac-12,” Ibby Ahmad told SNY.tv.

He kicks off his visits with a trip to Maryland this weekend.

Other visits are “in the works,” his dad said.

“I want to make sure I pick the right school for me, the right fit and coming in to have an impact as a freshman,” Ahmad recently told SNY.tv.

Ahmad closed his excellent summer with a top performance at the Nike Global Challenge. Ahmad showed great chemistry with top guards and used his versatility. He went 8-for-9 for Team USA Midwest in the third place game.

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Diamond Stone Names a Top 5; Package Deal in Question

Diamond Stone, the 6-foot-10 big man from Milwaukee Dominican, announced his top five schools on Thursday, according to reports.

Stone listed Duke, Maryland, Oklahoma State, UConn and Wisconsin, with Kentucky among those not making the list.

Stone will announce his college choice Nov. 12, the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

He and 6-4 point guard Malik Newman have talked about a package deal. To read more of this story, click here

Auburn Continues Recruiting Roll With Addition of 7-Footer Trayvon Reed

Coming of his show-cause penalty, Auburn coach Bruce Pearl continued his tremendous recruiting roll Thursday with the addition of former Maryland big man Trayvon Reed for this coming season.

The 7-foot-1 Reed is headed to the SEC school and will reportedly suit up beginning in the second semester after spending the first semester at Elevate Prep School in Delray Beach, Fla., according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Reed wasn’t allowed to enroll at Maryland following his arrest for second-degree assault, second degree assault of a police officer, theft under $100 and resisting arrest.

Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 9 center and No. 77 prospect in the 2014 class, Reed is the latest addition to Pearl’s recruiting haul. To read more of this story, click here

JUCO Guard Efianayi to Visit St. John’s, Arizona State

Tanksley Efianayi, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward from Daytona State, will visit St. John’s and Arizona State next month, but is still considering several other options, his junior college coach told SNY.tv Thursday morning.

“He’s not down to those two schools, those are the two he’s going to visit in the fall,” Daytona coach Ryan Ridder said. “Coach [Steve] Lavin and Coach [Herb] Sendek, their assistants have done a really good job recruiting him and have built the best relationships. So he’s going to visit those two, I’m not sure when he’s going to make his decision, fall or spring.” To read more of this story, click here

Henry Ellenson Cuts List to 3; Has 2 Visits Set

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By JACK LeGWIN

Henry Ellenson has cut his list to Kentucky, Marquette and Michigan State.

Reggie Rankin from ESPN was the first to report the news.

Bob Bradovich of Wisconsin WQOW News 18 reported Ellenson will visit Michigan State Sept. 20, Marquette Sept. 26 but he has not set date to visit Kentucky.

Ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports, Ellenson averaged 18 points per game for Wisconsin Playground this summer on the EYBL Circuit. To read more of this story, click here

Markus Howard Commits to Arizona State

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By JACK LeGWIN

Markus Howard, one of the top players in the Class of 2017, has committed to Arizona State.

“Blessed beyond belief to be a Sun Devil thank you to everyone who’s supported me in this process,” Howard tweeted.

Howard is ranked No. 52 in the new Class of 2017 rankings by 247 sports.

Electric off of the bounce, Howard dominated competition in his freshman year, averaging 23 points per game for Perry (Az.). He was a Max-Preps Second-Team All- Freshman selection nationally.

“Right now, I’m doing everything that I can to get ready for the next level,” Howard told SNY.tv in an interview back in May. “Even when I was younger, I’d always play an age group or two up, so I could get that experience.”

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Barry Brown to Kansas State

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By JACK LeGWIN

Barry Brown, one of the top guards in Florida, has committed to Kansas State.

“My recruitment is over I have officially committed to KANSAS STATE,” Brown tweeted.

Listed at 6-foot-2, Brown 20.5 points per game for Gibbs (Fla.) in his junior year, leading them to an 18-9 record.

A strong and athletic guard, Brown fits the mold that Kansas State often looks for in a player that can play both on and off ball. Brown was a key bench player for E1T1 Elite in their run to the Elite 8 at Peach Jam.

Brown chose Kansas State over Houston, Texas A&M and Wichita State.

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Antonio Blakeney Visiting Louisville Starting Sunday

Antonio Blakeney will take his official visit to Louisville from Sunday-Tuesday and will attend Monday’s football game with Miami, Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

The visit was first reported by Scout.com.

“He’s just excited about going up there and visiting, and he’s enjoying the process,” coach Alex Jackson of Oak Ridge (FL) High School told Jones.

Jackson added: “We play a very similar style to (U of L), so I think it could be a smooth transition as a place he (could decide to attend).… We’re an up-tempo team. We press full-court and do things they do similarly. We just do it on a high school level, so you can see the fit that would be there based off of that. But (Blakeney’s recruitment) is wide-open thing, and he’s just enjoying this time, which he deserves to do.” To read more of this story, click here