Minnesota Assistant Kimani Young Getting it Done on Recruiting Trail

NEW YORK — When New York City guard Dupree McBrayer picked a college this past August, one of his primary reasons for choosing Minnesota over both Seton Hall and St. John’s was his relationship with Gophers assistant Kimani Young.

“[It was] very important,” the 6-foot-4 McBrayer told SNY.tv. “He was a straightforward person with me. We had a close bond from the beginning, from when he first started recruiting me. The fact that my mother and grandmother loved him was important, too.”

A Queens native who joined the Minnesota staff in 2013, Young not only helped land McBrayer, who is spending a postgraduate season at Sunrise (KS) Christian, but Maryland point guard Kevin Dorsey and New York big man Jonathan Nwankwo as well. To read more of this story, click here

Markus Howard Commits to Arizona State

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By JACK LeGWIN

Markus Howard, one of the top players in the Class of 2017, has committed to Arizona State.

“Blessed beyond belief to be a Sun Devil thank you to everyone who’s supported me in this process,” Howard tweeted.

Howard is ranked No. 52 in the new Class of 2017 rankings by 247 sports.

Electric off of the bounce, Howard dominated competition in his freshman year, averaging 23 points per game for Perry (Az.). He was a Max-Preps Second-Team All- Freshman selection nationally.

“Right now, I’m doing everything that I can to get ready for the next level,” Howard told SNY.tv in an interview back in May. “Even when I was younger, I’d always play an age group or two up, so I could get that experience.”

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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.”

FREE THROWS

6-foot point guard Marcus Burton from Charlotte (NC) Butler committed to Dan Hurley and Wagner…Ky Madden, No. 4 PG in 2011 from Arkansas, will visit UConn Oct. 8-10…Former Michigan State guard Chris Allen transferred to Iowa State….Team New York beat Team New Jersey, 109-104, at the Golden Hoops event in Brooklyn. Omar Calhoun (19 points) and Kamari Murphy (13 pts, 11 rebs) were named Co-MVPs….Queens beat The Bronx, 76-74 in OT, in the Battle of the Boroughs final at the Gauchos Gym. Kadeem Jack scored 16 points, Jordan Washington 14 and Jevon Thomas 12.

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