The 4 Quarters Podcast: Mike Brey, Jim Hart, July Recruiting and Summer League

Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman dish out another round of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for First up, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey calls in to talk about the Irish, the ACC, and new Knicks point guard Jerian Grant.

Later, Director of the Albany City Rocks AAU program Jim Hart joins the show to discuss his big prospects and their recent Kentucky-style combine. Then, Adam and Josh cover the latest news from the July Live Period for recruiting, and also check in on the Pan Am Games and the NBA Summer League.

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1st Quarter: Mike Brey (01:25)
2nd Quarter: Jim Hart (12:10)
3rd Quarter: July Recruiting and High School Transfers (21:40)
4th Quarter: Pan Am Games and NBA Summer League (32:05)

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Dennis Smith Still Talking Package With Tatum, Giles

4damxdfd_400x400Dennis Smith Jr. recently cut his list to six schools — Kentucky, Duke, Louisville, N.C. State, Wake Forest and North Carolina — but is still actively talking about a package with Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles.

Since Tatum has already committed to Duke, the package could only happen with the reigning NCAA champs. Duke went three deep for Smith Jr. this month in Georgia, but also kept tabs on 2016 point guard Frank Jackson.

“Of course y’all know that I’ve talked in my blog about me, Jay and Harry (Giles) teaming up in college and that hasn’t changed,” he wrote in his USA Today blog. “It’s definitely something that we all still talk about and I’d say there’s still a great chance of it.

“At the end of the day, I’ve gotta do what’s best for me, but, again, it’s something we still all talk about and it’s definitely the most serious package deal I have with anyone in my class.”

Smith Jr. recently picked up a Kentucky offer and also talked about that.

“I was definitely excited to get the offer for sure. It doesn’t matter that they’re just offering me now; they’re a team I’m considering as much as anyone.

“Coach Cal mostly talks with me and my dad on three-way and we’re building our relationship pretty fast. It’s been cool.”


Mohamed Bamba Adds Duke Offer

Mohammed BambaMohamed Bamba wanted a Duke offer — and now he has one.

The 6-foot-11 2017 star out of Westtown (Pa.) School and the PSA Cardinals has picked up an offer from the reigning NCAA champions, his AAU director, Terrance “Munch” Williams confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein first reported the offer.

“I want that offer as much as I have any other offer,” Bamba told Josh Newman last week in New Jersey. “Although they do have a really great program, it’s sort of, not a finishing point, but it would be a great accomplishment if I get that offer.”

Bamba also said he likes what Kentucky does with athletic big men. To read more of this story, click here


Duke, Kansas, Kentucky Offer Wenyen Gabriel

Wenyen Gabriel, a 6-foot-10, 195-pound Class of 2016 forward from the Mass Rivals AAU program and Wilbraham & Monson, has had quite a week, adding offers from Duke, Kansas and Kentucky.

Gabriel also holds offers from Maryland, UConn, Providence, Notre Dame, Texas, Auburn and Miami, among others.

“He’s 6-10, highly skilled, inside and out with a high motor,” Mass Rivals coach Vin Pastore told “That translates all the way to the top.”

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Fresh Off Silver Medal in Pan Am Games, Jamal Murray Skyrockets to No. 6 in 2016 Mock Draft

Fresh off leading Canada to a silver medal in the Pan American Games, incoming Kentucky point guard Jamal Murray has skyrocketed to No. 6 in the 2016 mock draft.

The 6-foot-5 Murray had recently been No. 16 and before that was No. 21.

The top five players ahead of Murray include fellow Kentucky pledge Skal Labissiere at No. 1; LSU freshman Ben Simmons at No. 2; Cal wing Jaylen Brown at No. 3; Duke small forward Brandon Ingram at No. 4; and European big man Dragan Bender at No. 5.

Incoming Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe is No. 19, meaning Kentucky has three of the top 19 projected picks, plus Marcus Lee at No. 30 and Alex Poythress at No. 57.

Murray scored 12 points on Saturday when Canada lost to Brazil in the gold-medal game. He was coming off a monster game in the semifinals against the United States where he scored all of his 22 points between the fourth quarter and overtime. 


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Harry Giles Calls Jayson Tatum His ‘Best Friend,’ Breaks Down All 5 Schools

gilesJPGIn an interview with, Harry Giles calls Duke commit Jayson Tatum his “best friend” but says he will have to make the “right decision for me.”

The 6-foot-8 Tatum committed to Duke at the Peach Jam and immediately said he would begin recruiting his close friend Giles to join him.

“I mean, that’s my best friend,” Giles told Scout. “So it’s going to impact me a little bit, but at the same time I have to make the best decision for me. Regardless if he went to Duke or not, if he didn’t go there, I would still consider Duke just as much. At the same time, I have to make the right decision for me. If the right decision is we are both at the same school, it is what it is.”

Duke appears to have tremendous recruiting momentum now with the addition of Tatum and the perception that they can also add Giles to their 2016 class. The Blue Devils are also in strong for 2016 point guard Frank Jackson, as well as 2017 targets Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr., as well as Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. Both pairings have discussed package deals. To read more of this story, click here


Under Armour Elite 24 Invites Going Out

2014 Under Armour Elite 24The Under Armour Elite 24 returns to Brooklyn on Aug. 22, and invitations have already begun to go out via the Under Armour Twitter page.

This is a list of 10 invited players, not all of whom have confirmed they will attend, sources told Official rosters comprising 24 players will be finalized late next week. To read more of this story, click here


Virginia Lands Memphis Transfer Austin Nichols

635720432622401281-USATSI-8392229Memphis transfer Austin Nichols is headed to Virginia and will sit next year as per NCAA transfer regulations.

The 6-foot-9 Nichols Tweeted it out on Sunday.

Nichols averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this past season. He becomes the fourth Memphis player in their 2013 recruiting class to transfer, following Nick King (Alabama), Pookie Powell (La Salle) and Kuran Iverson (Rhode Island).

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