Recruiting Roundup: Wake Signs Greek Big Man; Bragg to Visit Kansas; Kentucky Offers Swanigan; Carolina Offers Monk, Labissiere; Mitchell Adds Offers; Diallo Sidelined

Here’s a quick roundup of some recent recruiting news:

**Greek forward Konstantinos Mitoglou has signed with Wake Forest beginning with the 2014-15 season.

“We are excited to welcome Dinos into the fold,” said head coach Danny Manning. “He is a skilled big man who is just scratching the surface of his potential. He comes from a wonderful family, and he has been well-coached throughout his young career. We are looking forward to getting him on campus and integrating him into our team.”

The 6-10, 225-pound Mitoglou (nicknamed “Dinos”) is one of the top young players in Greece and will suit up for the country’s U18 national team in this month’s U18 European Championship July 24 through Aug. 3 in Konya, Turkey. To read more of this story, click here

ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam Teams


NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- After watching all five days of the Peach Jam, here are the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam teams comprised by a small panel of writers and recruiting experts who were on hand.

This is based not on their reputations, not on their potential and not a single-game’s performance, but on how they played in total there and who went furthest in the tournament based on the five days of play.

To the victors go the spoils, hence the three members of the Playaz Basketball Club on the two teams.

We picked a Baker’s Dozen of 13 players, six on the First Team and seven on the Second Team. To read more of this story, click here

Dillon Brooks Talks Recruiting, Team Canada


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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Dillon Brooks has become a hot name quickly in the basketball world.

The 6-foot-6 Brooks out of CIA Bounce and Findlay Prep averaged 19.5 points in his first two games at Peach Jam, in a 64-60 loss to Each 1 Teach 1, and a 65-62 overtime win over Athletes First.

“Iowa State, Rhode Island, Illinois, Duquesne and New Mexico State have offered,” Brooks said. “I’m getting interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, Washington State.” To read more of this story, click here

Isaiah Briscoe leads New Jersey Playaz to Peach Jam Championship


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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.Isaiah Briscoe scored the final two points of the 2014 Peach Jam from the foul line after a controversial technical foul call with 3.8 seconds left and the Playaz Basketball Club held on for an 85-83 victory over Team Penny on Sunday afternoon.

It was the first Peach Jam title for coach Jimmy Salmon and the Playaz.

“Coming into this year at the beginning of the season, I told coach that we could win Peach Jam,” Briscoe, a 6-foot-3 rising senior out of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic who finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, told after the win. “We all bought into what we had to do, and as you can see, we came out on top.” To read more of this story, click here

Ray Spalding to Louisville

Raymond Spalding, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Louisville Trinity, verbally committed to Louisville on Sunday, sources confirmed to

Indiana, Duke, Tennessee and Xavier also offered.

“Louisville (the area) made me pick Louisville (the University),” he said. “There’s nothing like being a hometown player. I feel that Louisville will develop me into the player that first their program and I like that.”

He added: “I will fit in great with Louisville’s program. I’m long and athletic and have a fundamental skillset.”

Spalding is Louisville’s second 2015 commit, following 6-7 forward Deng Adel, who committed last week.

Louisville is also focusing on 2015 Brewster (N.H.) Academy guard Donovan Mitchell, Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe and Sarasota (FL) Oak Ridge guard Antonio Blakeney.

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Livingston, Jones, WE-R1 Win Under Armour Title Over Sports U

2014 Under Armour Association FinalsBy JASON MORROW

SUWANNEE, Ga. — Going into Saturday’s 17U title game the feature players were We R 1’s Derrick Jones and Sports U’s Chris Silva, but it was an entirely different player that stole the spotlight at the Under Armour Finals.

Otis Livingston Jr. finished with 19 points and four assists, leading his WE-R1 squad to an easy 66-48 win over Sports U for the UAA Finals championship.

Livingston only missed two shots in the game, going 4-for-5 from the field and 10-for-11 at the free-throw line.

Early on, the two teams were locked up in a battle but a 19-3 run gave WE-R1 a double-digit lead that they would not relinquish, jumping out to a 38-22 halftime lead.

Jones, who holds offers from Kentucky, UConn and Syracuse, among others, was a key part of maintaining the lead for WE-R1 in the second half, finishing with nine points and five rebounds, and two monstrous dunks as exclamation points.

Despite the loss, Silva played well and finished in double digits, scoring 12 points and grabbing two rebounds.
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Dedric Lawson to Memphis

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Dedric Lawson confirmed the worst-kept secret in college basketball: He will be heading to Memphis.

“The thing about Memphis is that they have a great environment,” Lawson said after he scored 7 points and added 10 rebounds in a 77-68 win over Boo Williams as Team Penny advanced to the Peach Jam championship game later Sunday. “It’s a great feel playing in front of your home crowd.”

When he was asked if the decision was made to go to Memphis, Lawson replied quickly, “Yeah, definitely.”

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Peach Jam Semis Set With Two Northeast & Two Southern Teams

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — The Peach Jam semifinals are set for Sunday morning and will feature two teams from the Northeast and two from the South.

Team Penny, coached by Penny Hardaway and featuring Memphis-bound forward K.J. Lawson and his brother Dedric Lawson, who is expected to announce later Sunday for Memphis, and Florida commit Kevaughn Allen, will face Boo Williams in the first semifinal at 9 a.m.

Isaiah Briscoe and the New Jersey-based Playaz Basketball Club will face Tyus Battle and New York’s Team Scan in the second semifinal at 10:30 a.m on ESPNU.

The winners will meet at 3 p.m. for the championship on ESPNU. To read more of this story, click here

Esa Ahmad to Cut List At End of July

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.Esa Ahmad will cut his list to “seven or eight” schools at the end of July, his father told

Ibby Ahmad said Ohio State, Maryland and West Virginia are “definitely on the list” for his son, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Cleveland (OH) Shaker Heights.

Ibby said his son is also looking at taking visits soon to Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

UConn, UNLV and Iowa State are among those also in the mix.

“I’m real open right now so it’s up in the air,” Esa said. To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky, Louisville, Carolina Among Those in Pursuit of Antonio Blakeney

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Kentucky’s John Calipari, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and North Carolina’s Roy Williams were among the head coaches in hot pursuit of shooting guard Antonio Blakeney here at the Peach Jam Saturday morning.

Continuing to show an ability to get to the rim and score in a variety of ways in the mid-range, Blakeney  went for 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting as E1T1 rebounded from a tough Friday night loss to the Playaz by downing Team Takeover, 86-61.

“When I play, I don’t pay attention to the coaches that’s over there,” the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Blakeney out of Sarasota (FL) Oak Ridge told following the game. “I find out after the game.” To read more of this story, click here