Nigerian Guard Planning Visits (UPDATED)

Maurice Aniefiok, one of the top uncommitted guards in the country, is planning some upcoming visits, including a trip to Arizona State later this month.

Joe Boncore, Aniefiok’s mentor, would like the 6-foot-5, 210-pound combo guard to visit Tempe sometime between Dec. 23-29, when Huntington (West Va.) Prep has no games scheduled.

“That’s the week he can visit,” Boncore said. “We want him to take visits.” To read more of this story, click here

West Virginia in Mix for Nigerian Point Guard; Rutgers Recruits Look Good in Openers

Now that Quinn Cook (Duke) and Myck Kabongo (Texas) are off the board, the next point guard in line may be Nigerian Maurice Aniefiok.

The 6-foot-5 Aniefiok arrived in the U.S. this fall and is a senior at Huntington (West Va.) Prep under head coach Rob Fulford.

“He’s really good,” one Division 1 assistant coach said.

West Virginia may have the inside track for Aniefiok. The Mountaineers are the only school to offer him, Fulford said. And Aniefiok visited West Virginia in mid-October for Mountaineer Madness. To read more of this story, click here

Siena Tops Vaughn Gray's List

Siena leads for St. Benedict’s Prep guard Vaughn Gray, but new players are involved in his recruitment.

After taking an official to Siena last weekend, the 6-foot-5 Gray will get a special visitor today at the Newark school.

“Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek called St. Ben’s Coach Roshown McLeod last week inquiring about Vaughn and he is flying into town on Tuesday  to watch Vaughn and the team work out,” said St. Ben’s assistant coach Billy Diamond, who is coordinating Gray’s recruitment. To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Brown Down to 5 Schools

Jabari Brown, the No. 5 shooting guard in the nation out of Oakland, is down to five schools.

The 6-foot-5 Brown is considering Washington, UConn, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Oregon, he confirmed Saturday by text.

Brown has already visited Washington and is currently on an official to UConn.

He hits Arizona State Tuesday, Oregon Oct. 2 and Georgia Tech Oct. 10.

“I just want to see everywhere,” Brown told the esteemed Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant during his visit. “Every school I could see myself going to, I just have to be able to actually go out there and experience what life would be like.” To read more of this story, click here

Carson to Arizona State

Jahii Carson, the No. 10 point guard in the Class of 2011, is off the board.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Mesa (Az.) point guard verbally committed to Arizona State.

“Yes, I did,” he said by text. “It’s my hometown school and there’s a great opportunity to come in and get great minutes.”

The news was first reported by Eric Bossi.

Carson also considered Arizona, Washington, Oregon State, UNLV and St. John’s.

Carson, who averaged 23.5 points and 7.2 assists last season at Mesa, wants to bring an uptempo style to the point guard spot.

“I’m gonna try and bring an uptempo style,” he said. “I like to push the ball and play pressure defense. That’s the type of style I like to bring.”

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Nick Johnson Narrowing List

One of the hottest prospects in the month of July was Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep guard Nick Johnson.

Johnson led the Drew Gooden Soldiers to wins at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas and at the Pumps event in Anaheim, Calif. He is ranked the No. 13 shooting guard in the Class of 2011, but can play both guard positions well.

Wherever Johnson and the Soldiers went last month, a slew of high-profile head coaches followed.

Now, Johnson is narrowing his list and a decision is coming closer.

An Arizona native, Johnson will take unofficials to Arizona and Arizona State followed by officials to Louisville and Kansas.

And he could make a decision soon after. To read more of this story, click here

Carson Has 4 Visits in Mind

Jahii Carson has four official visits in mind — and one of them is St. John’s.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Carson out of Mesa (Az.) High said he plans to take officials to Arizona, Washington, Oregon State and St. John’s.

He plans to leave one official open and said he would probably take it to Alabama or North Carolina.

He has already visited UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona and Arizona State unofficially. To read more of this story, click here

Travis Taylor Back on the Market

Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor is now back on the market and won’t attend Boston College.

I’m hearing BC wasn’t aware that Taylor had been suspended for seven games last season for “violating team rules.” Really? How do you not know that?

Anyway, the 6-foot-7 Taylor, a Union, N.J. native, will visit Xavier Tuesday and is also considering Miami, Cincinnati and Arizona State. To read more of this story, click here

Coaches Swarm to Watch Oakland Soldiers

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, a Who’s Who of college  coaches assembled in Gym 1 here at the Riverview Park Activities Center to watch the Oakland Soldiers 17U AAU team.

Sitting courtside were Roy Williams (North Carolina), Bill Self (Kansas), Gary Williams (Maryland), Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech), Ben Howland (UCLA), Fran McCaffery (Iowa), Craig Robinson (Oregon State), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Tony Barbee (Auburn), John Beilein (Michigan), Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Kevin O’Neill (USC), Mike Montgomery (Cal) and Dana Altman (Oregon), among others.

“It’s pretty good,” said Nick Johnson, a senior guard with the Soldiers and Findlay (Nev.) Prep. “Just coming from LeBron [James Skills Academy], that was the big stage. All of them were there so I kind of got used to it. It takes some getting used to, but I think I’m used to it now.” To read more of this story, click here

Remi Barry Still Waiting on NCAA

Remi Barry is waiting.

Waiting for the NCAA to decide his fate.

A French native who is enrolled at Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro High, Barry cannot make his next move until he is cleared by the NCAA.

He is considering St. John’s, UCLA and Arizona State but cannot enroll until he hears from the NCAA.

“I’m waiting on the NCAA on everything,” the 6-foot-7 Barry said Thursday night by phone.

“Basically, there’s a lot of things they don’t know. They don’t know if I’m eligible. They’re trying to figure it out.” To read more of this story, click here