Isaiah Briscoe Trims to 3 Schools

"2014 Under Armour Elite 24"Isaiah Briscoe is down to three schools now.

The 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard cut his list Saturday to St. John’s, Kentucky and UConn. ESPN.com first reported the news.

Missouri and Seton Hall were among the schools cut.

Briscoe had also previously considered Arizona, Rutgers, Louisville, Villanova and others.

Briscoe recently took official visits to UConn, Kentucky and St. John’s.

Kentucky became involved late in Briscoe’s recruitment but he seems impressed by John Calipari’s track record in sending players to the NBA. To read more of this story, click here

Spurs Sign Seton Hall’s Fuquan Edwin

FuquanFormer Seton Hall wing Fuquan Edwin signed with the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for Fuquan,” Pirates coach Kevin Willard told SNY.tv. “He is with a tremendous organization and it shows what can happen when you work hard every day.”

The Spurs now have two former Paterson (N.J.) Catholic players on their roster, having drafted Kyle Anderson with the No. 30 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Anderson spent two years playing alongside Edwin at PC before finishing up at St. Anthony after PC closed for financial reasons.

Edwin becomes the first former Pirate to sign an NBA contract out of college since Andre Barrett signed with the Houston Rockets in 2004. He also becomes the second active Seton Hall alum in the NBA joining the Knicks’ Samuel Dalembert. To read more of this story, click here

With Steve Nash Gone (Maybe for Good), Who’s Next for Canada?

NashJay Triano, the head coach of the Canadian National basketball team, spoke with Steve Nash on Thursday and said the Hall-of-Fame-bound point guard is “frustrated” that he will have to miss the 2014-15 season because of recurring nerve damage in his back.

“He was frustrated more than anything that he can be the best player on the floor for a couple of days and then for a week or two weeks, he has try to to get healthy,” Triano told SNY.tv by phone Friday. “He said that part of it was frustrating.

“Even last year it took him two or three days to get ready for a game and in the NBA that’s tough to do because there aren’t two or three days between games.” To read more of this story, click here

NBA Scout: UConn is ‘Better Than You Think’ & Loaded With NBA Prospects

BrimahA veteran NBA scout who recently visited UConn’s practice told SNY.tv that the Huskies are “better than you think” and are loaded with NBA prospects.

“I was shocked at how good they were,” the scout said. “I never expected them to be like this.”

The reigning NCAA champions lost several key players, including star point guard Shabazz Napier and athletic forward DeAndre Daniels, but the scout counts Amida Brimah, Daniel Hamilton and Ryan Boatright as potential future pros.

The scout also counted Sam Cassell Jr., Rodney Purvis, Omar Calhoun and Phillip Nolan as prospects to watch.

Here’s the scout’s breakdown of a few guys: To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Announces Top 5; Will Visit Kentucky

Ivan RabbIvan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 2015 big man from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, has cut his list to a top five, as SNY.tv first reported he would.

Rabb is down to Arizona California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA, he told ESPN.com.

He is expected to take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend, O’Dowd coach Lou Richie confirmed to SNY.tv.

Rabb met with coaches from UCLA and North Carolina on Wednesday night, but UNC didn’t make the cut.

He also considered  Duke, Georgetown  and Louisville.

He told me in August at the Elite 24 that Cal and Kentucky would definitely make his final list. UCLA is also expected to receive a visit.

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Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits & Tidbits

Here’s an early look at this weekend’s recruiting visits. This list will be updated throughout the weekend.

**Diamond Stone will visit Wisconsin on an official, according to Mark Miller of the Wisconsin Yearbook. The 6-foot-10 Milwaukee (WI) Dominican big man will then trip to UConn next weekend. He has already visited Maryland and Oklahoma State. Stone’s father, Robert, told ESPN.com that there is no set date for an announcement, despite previous reports he would announce Nov. 12.

**UCLA will host 2015 big men Brandon Ingram and Stephen Zimmerman. Both Ingram and Zimmerman have been at Kansas and Kentucky the previous two weekends.

**Indiana will host an impressive group for Hoosier Hysteria, including 6-10 Huntington (W.V.) Prep big man Thomas Bryant for a second consecutive weekend, according to Inside the Hall and other reports. Bryant was at Indiana last weekend after previously visiting Syracuse and Mizzou. Indiana will also host Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones of Huntington Prep, according to Inside the Hall, while Queens (N.Y.) Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins is also expected. The 6-5 Alkins will visit Villanova Friday night and Indiana Saturday. To read more of this story, click here

Tom Crean Says Mike Rice Will Be a Good Comeback Story

Mike Rice, James BeattyIndiana coach Tom Crean is among those rooting for former Rutgers coach Mike Rice to make a comeback.

“Everyone wants to cast judgment so fast,” Crean, the Indiana coach, told Bleacher Report. “It’s not our place to cast the blame or to press the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ button, especially on things we don’t know much about or have only seen parts of. That’s up to the people that are involved in it.

“Mike is a very talented coach. He has an edge to him. I would bet that he’s going to be a very strong comeback story.” To read more of this story, click here

Tobias Harris Gets Nike Upgrade if He Lands in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles

Tobias harrisBy JOSH NEWMAN

Tobias Harris has a very good reason to opt for restricted free agency next summer instead of signing a long-term extension with the Orlando Magic before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Confirming a Chris Broussard tweet from earlier Friday, sources told SNY.tv that Harris gets an upgrade in his Nike contract if he plays in either New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.

“He does have a nice upgrade if he plays in Chi, LA and NY,” a source told SNY.tv on Friday afternoon.

Harris, the 19th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and a former star at both Half Hollow Hills (N.Y.) West and Long Island Lutheran High Schools, is entering the final year of his 4-year, $6.8 million rookie deal after spending one season at the University of Tennessee.

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Kerwin Roach to Texas

Kerwin Roach, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Houston (TX) North Shore, is off the board to Texas.

Roach, ranked the No. 21 shooting guard in the Class of 2015 in 247Sports composite rankings, also considered Cal and Wichita State.

“Roach is very talented,” one D-1 assistant involved in his recruitment said. “Can get his own shot. Very thin, needs weight. Envisions himself a point guard, but I doubt he is.”

Roach joins Michigan combo guard Eric Davis in Texas’ 2015 class. The two could have major roles in the team’s backcourt beginning then.

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Desure Buie to Hofstra

Desure Buie, a 6-foot, 145-pound point guard from Wings Academy in New York, committed to Hofstra on Friday.

He also considered Manhattan but chose Hofstra “because I like the facilities, they have a great coaching staff and they did a great job recruiting me.”

Buie will pair with shooting guard Justin Wright-Foreman to form Hofstra’s backcourt of the future. The 6-1 Wright-Foreman committed earlier this month.

“We can be really good,” he told SNY.tv. “[I will be] running the show, bringing leadership and the ability to create for others as well as myself.”

Said Wings coach Billy Turnage: “He brings the ability to create shots for others as himself and he has an incredible basketball IQ.”

Hofstra has two scholarships left for 2015.

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