Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman are back with a new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting and the NBA for SNY.tv.
First up, former Manhattan and St. John’s coach and current ESPN Analyst Fran Fraschilla calls in to talk St. John’s and all the news out of the Elite 24. Then, Brad Johnstin, advisor to Kentucky signee Issac Humphries, chats about Humphries’ commitment. Later, Adam and Josh deliver a full recruiting round up, and head north for some news regarding Jamal Murray and Team Canada.
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1st Quarter: Fran Fraschilla (01:15)
2nd Quarter: Brad Johnstin (14:25)
3rd Quarter: Recruiting Round Up (19:55)
4th Quarter: Oh Canada (28:40)
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D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera considered putting his name into the NBA Draft after Georgetown’s disappointing loss to Utah in last year’s NCAA Tournament.
But when he had time to settle down and think it over, the 6-foot-3 guard reversed course and opted to return to Georgetown for his senior season.
“I considered it a lot,” Smith-Rivera, who averaged 16.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season, told SNY.tv by phone on Thursday. “It was a big decision that boiled down to myself and what I felt was best for me. And I think at the end of the day I made the right decision based off of getting my degree and being a with a great group of guys, a special group that I think could very well turn that corner that everyone seems to talk about.” To read more of this story, click here
By JACK LeGWIN
Payton Pritchard, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2016, has committed to Oregon.
Reggie Rankin of ESPN was the first to report the news.
Oregon is getting the No. 48 ranked player in the nation by 247 Sports, and the No. 8 overall point guard. He initially committed to Oklahoma, but reopened his recruitment in July.
“[I] wanted to stay and play for my state and I have a really good relationship with coach [Dana] Altman,” Pritchard, who also considered Michigan, Arizona State, Cal, Wisconsin, and Villanova, told Scout. To read more of this story, click here
In between appearances this month in the Big Strick Classic and the Under Armour Elite 24 Game, Billy Preston took an unofficial visit to Maryland.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward from Los Angeles was one of several high-profile visitors to Maryland this month, along with Josh Jackson, Taurean Thompson and Trevon Duval.
“The visit at Maryland was great, I loved it,” Preston told SNY.tv on Friday by phone from California. “The coaches showed me around the whole campus. The basketball facility was nice, the campus was nice. The educational part was nice. Everything was nice about it. To read more of this story, click here
Malik Monk has cut his college list but has yet to announce it to the basketball world.
He is expected to do so next week on his brother Marcus Monk’s radio program.
“I got my list cut down but my brother hasn’t released it yet,” the 6-foot-3 Malik Monk out of Bentonville (AR) told Scout.com during the recent Nike Select Team event in the Bahamas. “I think whenever him and my mom talk, and me too, and we feel comfortable, we’ll just release it.”
Monk was named Tournament MVP at the Nike Global Challenge in July and is ranked No. 6 in the Class of 2016 by Scout.com and No. 5 by ESPN.com. To read more of this story, click here
Myles Powell, who recently transferred to South Kent (CT) from Trenton (N.J.) Catholic, has cut his list to five schools, a source told SNY.tv.
The 6-2 Powell is considering UConn, Pittsburgh, VCU, Seton Hall and DePaul. He cut Georgetown, Georgia Tech and St. Joe’s from his list. Visits are expected to begin “immediately,” the source said.
“Myles is one of the top long-range shooters in the country,” South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson recently told SNY.tv. “He can stretch the defense with his range but he has a good IQ and feel for the game. He can pass and crease easy baskets for his teammates.”
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Dylan Painter, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward from Hershey (PA) High School, enjoyed his official visit to Villanova this week and will next gear up for an official to Penn State next month.
“It was pretty good, I really enjoyed it,” Painter told SNY.tv of his Villanova trip. “It was very informative, I learned a lot about the program and I had a good time with the players and the staff.”
Painter knows incoming Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo through the Team Final AAU program. He is being recruited by assistant coach Baker Dunleavy. To read more of this story, click here
By JOSH NEWMAN
If nothing else this week, the Canadian National Team proved at the Tuto Marchand Cup that it will be a major threat beginning next week at the FIBA Americas Championships.
Canada finished off a perfect 4-0 week, outlasting hosting Puerto Rico, 78-72, on Wednesday evening to win its first Tuto Marchand Cup. The 5-team exhibition event also included Argentina, Brazil and the Dominican Republic. All five teams will be in action beginning Aug. 31 at FIBA Americas. The top two teams from that 10-team event are through to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I thought it was a hard-fought game – very, very scrappy,” Canada head coach Jay Triano said in a Canada Basketball release. “I thought Puerto Rico played extremely well, won a lot of the battles, the 50-50 balls and caused problems for us with their size and speed. In the end, it was a good win for us, we were able to move the basketball well, we played unselfishly and we really defended when we needed to.”
Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins finished a strong week Wednesday with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and the ferocious dunk seen below.
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