Jamal Murray Planning More Visits, Wants to Be No. 1 Pick in 2016

Jamal Murray actionAfter taking an official visit to Kentucky last weekend, Canadian point guard Jamal Murray plans to take more visits and is still undecided about whether to remain in the Class of 2016 or reclass to 2015.

“I like what [Kentucky] has to offer,” the 6-foot-5 Murray out of Athlete Institute (Ontario) told SNY.tv by phone on Friday evening. “They get guys to the NBA quick and they really develop each individual to the best of their abilities.”

Kentucky already has two point guards for next season in rising sophomore Tyler Ulis and incoming freshman Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic.

Asked how Kentucky would manage three point guards, Murray said, “We didn’t really discuss that. We’ll be good in the backcourt. I would complement them. We’ll complement each other.” To read more of this story, click here


North Carolina Receives Notice of Allegations

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams talks to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Saturday, March 14, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA. The news was first reported by Scout.com. Here’s the University’s statement:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today announced the campus had received a notice of allegations from the NCAA as the next phase in its investigation of academic irregularities and possible bylaw infractions.

In a joint statement, Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said the University had begun reviewing the NCAA’s notice.

“We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA’s 90-day deadline,” the statement said. “The University will publicly release the NCAA’s notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA’s allegations, we will follow this same release process.

“Consistent with NCAA protocols, the University cannot comment on details of the investigation until it is completed.”

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Noah Dickerson to Visit Cal, Texas and Washington

4_2916712After obtaining his release from Florida, Noah Dickerson will take official visits to Cal, Texas and Washington, and possibly LSU, he confirmed to SNY.tv.

“They should be finalized in the next couple days,” the 6-foot-8 power forward from Montverde (FL) Academy said by phone of his visits to the first three schools.

“[I’m looking] for a school that plays inside-out, where the post players basically run the team. They go inside and they let the post players make the plays.” To read more of this story, click here


Mamadou Diarra to UConn

Mamadou Diarra
, a 6-8 2016 power forward from Woodstock (CT) Academy, committed to UConn over VCU on Friday at his school.

He has visited both schools, neither of which had a 2016 pledge yet.

“They recruited me hard and I just felt like that was the place I wanted to be,” he said by phone.

“I will bring a lot of energy and rebounds. [Coach Kevin Ollie] said that what I do, my game, they don’t have in their program right now and I’ll be a big piece to the puzzle.”

“Mamadou has unmatched energy and relentlessness,” NY Jayhawks coach Jay David told SNY.tv. “He chases rebounds outside of his area and he accepts all of the contact. He’s not afraid of it. He has a knack for blocking shots at his height. He’s young and hasn’t scratched his ceiling yet as far as his skill set.”

He and teammate Hamadou Diallo, a 2017 guard, will play this week at the Under Armour stop in Ardsley, N.Y.

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Maryland is the New Favorite to Win the NCAA Championship

DEOQYQSKXZPSTTT.20140723153241Maryland is the new favorite to win the 2015-16 NCAA championship at odds of 9/1, according to Bovada.

With a lineup that will feature Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon along with Melo Trimble, Jared Nickens, Diamond Stone and Robert Carter, Maryland figures to be the preseason No. 1 team in many polls.

Defending NCAA champion Duke, along with Kentucky and North Carolina, chime in at 10/1 odds to win the title, with Kansas and Michigan State at 16/1.

Last month, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina were all at 10/1.

Odds to win the 2015-16 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

Maryland 9/1

Duke 10/1

Kentucky 10/1

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Thon Maker, Josh Jackson, Naz Reid Highlight Under Armour Event in Ardsley, N.Y.

thon_maker_dunkThon Maker, Josh Jackson and Naz Reid are among the players who will be on display this weekend at the Under Armour Association stop at the House of Sports in Ardsley, N.Y.

The event, which runs Friday-Sunday, will also include North Carolina commit Jalek Felton (Team Felton), UNLV commit Justin Jackson (Canada Elite), Matur Maker (Canada Elite), Josh Jackson (1 Nation), DeAndre Ayton (Supreme Court), Terrance Ferguson (Mo Williams Academy), Dewan Huell (Team Breakdown), Trevon Duval (We R 1), Seventh Woods (Carolina Wolves), Billy Preston (Mo Williams Academy), Markelle Fultz (DC Blue Devils), Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs (Indy Hoosiers), Hamidou Diallo (NY Jayahwks) and J.J. Caldwell and Kam McGusty (Houston Defenders).

Here’s the full schedule for the weekend.

Check back on ZAGSBLOG throughout the weekend for recruiting updates on these guys.

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The 4 Quarters Podcast: Sterling Gibbs, Fran Fraschilla, Draft Lottery and the Recruiting Round Up

Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman are back with another episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops and recruiting for SNY.tv. First up, Sterling Gibbs calls in to talk about his transfer from Seton Hall to UConn. Then, former Manhattan and St. John’s coach and current ESPN Analyst Fran Fraschilla returns to the show to talk all about the NBA Draft. Later, Adam and Josh sort through the chaos that is the New York Knicks, and then wrap it all up with a recruiting roundup.

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1st Quarter: Sterling Gibbs (01:15)
2nd Quarter: Fran Fraschilla (08:00)
3rd Quarter: The Knicks (32:00)
4th Quarter: Recruiting Roundup (38:15)

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Rutgers Adds Bradley Transfer Grier, Loses Johnson

PSLIPFCGBJHVVSK.20130910135031Rutgers is adding one player and losing another.

Omari Grier, a 6-foot-4 graduate transfer from Bradley and a native of Erial, N.J., will transfer to Rutgers from Bradley and be immediately eligible.

Grier averaged 7.9 points and 1.8 rebounds last season.

Grier could start in a lineup that includes incoming freshman point guard Corey Sanders, returning guard Mike Williams, junior college wing Deshawn Williams and big man Greg Lewis.

Rutgers will also lose freshman wing Ryan Johnson, who told SNY.tv he has no list yet.

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Georgia Tech Adds Graduate Transfer James White

YQEOPYCDGKBJOSD.20140807152904James White, a 6-foot-8, 223-pound graduate transfer from Arkansas-Little Rock, committed to Georgia Tech and will be immediately eligible.

“The reason I chose Georgia Tech, with the team they have all they need is just one more piece,” White told SNY.tv by phone. “The games that they lost, they lost a lot of close games by two points, a lot of close games. So I just thought it was experience. And so for next year, I think they have the mindset of winning. And I just want to be a part of something like that.”

White, who plays both forward spots, also considered Georgia, Oklahoma State, Alabama and Boston College. To read more of this story, click here


LSU Reveals Marketing Campaign Focusing on Ben Simmons


LSU isn’t exactly being shy with its new season ticket summer sales campaign.

The school revealed on Wednesday its new marketing campaign, which is built around the arrival of the nation’s top recruit, Ben Simmons, and his chosen jersey number, 25.

According to LSU. the school’s official slogan is ’25 is coming.’ The campaign will be featured throughout the Baton Rouge community via print, billboard, online and social media advertising.

The picture above, which appears on the school’s LSUSports.net, does not actually mention Simmons or his number, but it should be pretty obvious who the school is talking about.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, LSU received permission from Simmons to market him like this and that the school’s compliance department approved it.

Hope are high in Baton Rouge next winter as Simmons headlines a recruiting class that includes five-star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney and onetime St. John’s commit Brandon Sampson.

Simmons, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Montverde Academy, is projected as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.

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