Pinkston’s Epic Block Keys Villanova’s Win Over Michigan in Legends Classic Final

NEW YORK -- JayVaughn Pinkston was actually in the wrong place on the epic block that helped insure Villanova would enjoy a happy Thanksgiving.

“I kind of messed up on the play,” the Brooklyn native explained. “I didn’t take away the middle, so I just tried to make a play on the ball. I saw somebody fell and I just went up and made the block.”

With 4 seconds left and No. 12 Villanova clinging to a 1-point lead over No. 19 Michigan, the 6-foot-7 Pinkston turned and came out of nowhere on the baseline to get all ball on Michigan’s Zak Irvin on an entry pass from Spike Albrecht.

It was clean as can be. And you will for sure see it on SportsCenter. To read more of this story, click here

Linda Bryant Says Kentucky is ‘Not the Right Place’ For Her Son; BBN, Twitter Chime In

Linda Bryant, the mother of four-star Huntington (W.V.) Prep center Thomas Bryant, says her son is down to two schools, and really just one.

“Really it’s down to two,” Linda Bryant told Syracuse.com from her home in Rochester, N.Y. “Syracuse and Indiana. And it might be down to one soon. Thomas has always told me that Syracuse was the leader.”

Thomas Bryant has kept a low profile on his own recruitment, and was not immediately available for comment. He plans to sign in the spring.

The 6-foot-10 big man visited Kentucky this past weekend with 2016 teammates Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones for Kentucky’s win over Boston University, but Linda Bryant said Kentucky isn’t a good fit for her son. To read more of this story, click here

ESPN Announces High School Hoops Schedule

LR- Jaylen Brown - Adidas Gauntlet Indy (Day 1)-1ESPN has announced its high school basketball schedule.

ESPNU, ESPN, and ESPN2 will televise 11 premier games in the 2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase beginning Monday, Dec. 8 with Lancaster, Texas vs. No. 5 Plano West in Garland, Texas.

Two appearances by ESPN 100’s No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons (Montverde, Fla.) highlights a slate involving 11 ranked teams, 14 states, 36 players in the ESPN rankings, and 20 recruits who have committed to Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNLV, and Wake Forest.

2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase Highlights:
Number 1: No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, who plays for No. 1 Montverde, Fla., will be televised twice: Friday, Dec. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and January 19 (3 p.m. on ESPNU). To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s Can Build NCAA Tourney Resume at Preseason NIT

Before the season began, St. John’s senior guard D’Angelo Harrison told me it would be a “complete failure” if the Johnnies didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament this year.

With the NIT Season Tip-Off  set to begin Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, the Red Storm has a golden opportunity to notch some significant non-conference wins that could be critical come March.

St. John’s (3-0) will face Minnesota (3-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in one semifinal, with Georgia set to take on No. 10 Gonzaga in the nightcap. The winners will meet in Friday’s championship game, while the losers will square off in the consolation game.

Minnesota, of course, won the postseason NIT championship last April by taking down Larry Brown and SMU. To read more of this story, click here

In Return to Brooklyn, Pinkston Leads Villanova to Legends Classic Championship

By CHRIS RUSSELL

NCAA Basketball: Legends Classic-Villanova vs VCUNEW YORK —  JayVaughn Pinkston made the most of his homecoming.

In his return to Brooklyn, the 6-foot-7 redshirt senior forward went for 15 points and seven rebounds as No. 12 Villanova handled No. 14 VCU, 77-53, in the semifinals of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center.

“Coach [Jay Wright] and I talked about me coming up to play in New York, and play in front of my family,” said Pinkston. “Remember to focus on defense and that’s what I did the first couple of plays.” To read more of this story, click here

2016 Point Guard Ty Graves Transfers to Montverde Academy


Josh Level Classic 2014-72By JACK LeGWIN

MONTVERDE, Fla. — Ty Graves, one of the top point guards in the class of 2016, has transferred to Montverde Academy.

Montverde’s next game is Friday, but it remains unclear when Graves will make his debut, sources told SNY.tv.

One of the best pure shooters in the nation regardless of class, Graves will bring a new dynamic for this new edition of Montverde, the ability to take attention off of their big men, Ben Simmons (LSU), Doral Moore (Wake Forest), Jean Marc Christ Koumadje (FSU) and Noah Dickerson (Florida), who team up to create one of the best front courts in the nation.

“Ben and the big guys draw a lot of double teams, so they can kick out to me and I can knock it down from outside,” Graves told SNY.tv. “It’s really a blessing.” To read more of this story, click here

NBA Prospect LeVert Leads No. 19 Michigan Past Oregon

NCAA Basketball: Legends Classic-Michigan vs OregonBy CHRIS RUSSELL

NEW YORK — In a match-up between two high-powered offenses, No. 19 Michigan and Oregon squared off in the second game of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center Monday night.

In a tight contest in which Michigan never trailed, the Wolverines converted on their free throws late in the game to hold on to win, 70-63.

Michigan (4-0) will face Villanova (4-0) in Tuesday’s championship game (10 p.m., ESPN2). The game will follow the consolation game between Oregon and VCU (7:30, ESPNU).

“I have to applaud Oregon. They played so hard, they did a great job,” said Michigan coach John Beilein. “Few times you will see someone give up 18 offensive rebounds and still get a W. We did enough things to win the game.”

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