Julius Randle to Announce NBA Draft Plans Tuesday

RandleKentucky freshman forward Julius Randle is expected to announce his plans to enter the NBA Draft during a press conference slated for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 Randle is projected as the No. 4 pick in the Draft by DraftExpress.com. The three freshmen projected ahead of him — Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker — have all declared for the draft.

One veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv NBA personnel think higher of Randle based on his strong play in the NCAA Tournament, where he helped lead the Wildcats to the championship game against UConn.

Randle averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds on the season, and 14.8 points and 9.8 rebounds in the NCAAs. He was limited to 10 points and 6 rebounds in the final when he was reportedly struggling with leg cramps. To read more of this story, click here

Report: Duke-St. John’s to Resume Rivalry

Duke will visit St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31, 2015, according to Sammy Albano.

The two teams last met Jan. 28, 2012 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with Duke holding off the Johnnies, 83-76, despite 30 points from Maurice Harkless, now with the Orlando Magic.

“Discussions are taking place with several high-profile non-conference opponents for 2014-15,” St. John’s spokesman Mark Fratto told SNY.tv, “but nothing has been finalized at this time.”

St. John’s also has a two-year deal with former Big East powerhouse Syracuse that will take them this season to the Carrier Dome. To read more of this story, click here

Weekend Recruiting Rundown: Houston, Arizona State, UNLV, Indiana, Alabama, Michigan Add Late Commits

GoodmanSeveral schools scored commitments this holiday weekend. Here’s a quick breakdown:

**As we reported here, Houston coach Kelvin Sampson landed a pledge from 6-foot-4 Chipola (FL) College guard Torian Graham.

**Former UNLV forward Savon Goodman committed to Arizona State, according to ASUDevils.com. Goodman will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season while taking classes at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Goodman left UNLV last October after he was charged in Las Vegas Township Justice Court with conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary and grand larceny.

“This opportunity I don’t take for granted for one second,” Goodman told ASUDevils.com. “I know how it felt to sit out for a year and not play because you made a stupid decision. From this point, everyone makes mistakes and I’m not looking back on mine and I’m ready to just get out there and play basketball again and make good decisions.” To read more of this story, click here

Aquille Carr Declares for the NBA Draft

Onetime Seton Hall commit Aquille Carr has officially declared for the NBA Draft.

“Aquille is excited about this next chapter in his career and is excited to fulfill his lifelong dream,” his agent, Daniel Hazan, told SNY.tv.

The 5-foot-6 Carr is not listed on the DraftExpress.com Mock Draft and is not projected to be drafted.

In a recent interview with Dime Magazine, Carr said he stays in touch with NBA guards John Wall and Brandon Jennings, who tell him to keep a positive outlook.

“I talk to a lot of people that are in the NBA,” he said. “Really they just tell me “Keep working, it’s not over. Just don’t give up. Don’t fall to the wrong people. Surround yourself with great people that are trying to do what you’re trying to do or make it to where you’re trying to make it to.’”

Carr was waived in January by the Delaware 87ers, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. He was averaging 10.7 points and 1.9 assists. To read more of this story, click here

Torian Graham to Houston

TorianNew Houston coach Kelvin Sampson picked up one of the most talented players left on the board when he signed Chipola (FL) College guard Torian Graham.

“Just signed to the university of Houston truly blessed #R.I.P MOM,” Graham Tweeted.

Asked what skillset he will bring, Graham added by text, “A killer mentality every second for me and my teammates, family, coach, etc.”

A onetime N.C. State commit, the 6-foot-4 Graham averaged 12.9 points this season at Chipola. He was suspended for several games after he and two teammates were arrested for ingesting marijuana after police stopped them. To read more of this story, click here

Kareem Canty Will Visit USF, Hasn’t Committed to Auburn

CantyDespite a report to the contrary, Marshall transfer Kareem Canty has not committed to Auburn and will visit South Florida May 2-4, his former AAU coach told SNY.tv.

“He needs to look to at something at else to see if Auburn is what he wants or if there’s something else that he likes,” Thurgood Marshall coach Abdu Allah Torrence told SNY.tv.

“I wanna thank Auburn for a great time but I wanna make sure I’m 110% sure my next move is my best one and take the rest of my visits !” Canty Tweeted.

Canty visited Auburn over the weekend and liked the visit to coach Bruce Pearl’s new program, but will keep his options going forward.

“Somebody asked him if he loved it and he said, ‘I really love it. I really like the school. I can see myself here,’” Torrence said. To read more of this story, click here

Daniel Hamilton Wants DeAndre Daniels Back at UConn, Plans to Sign His Letter of Intent

NEW YORK — UConn recruit Daniel Hamilton believes the Huskies could make a run toward defending their NCAA championship if his friend DeAndre Daniels returns for his senior season.

“We’ll be able to have another chance at a run if he comes back,” the 6-foot-7 Hamilton said after going for 10 points in 11 minutes for the West team in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center. “We’ll be that much better, because he’s a force. A lot of power forwards can’t guard him at that position, because he can put it on the floor and he can shoot, so it’s hard to guard him.”

Daniels helped his NBA stock during UConn’s title run, but is still projected as a 2015 pick by DraftExpress.com. UConn coach Kevin Ollie met with Daniels last week, but no decision has been announced. To read more of this story, click here

Report: Harrisons Awaiting NBA Feedback Before Making Decision

HarrisonsKentucky freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison are awaiting feedback from the NBA before they decide whether or not to enter the NBA Draft, according to a report.

The deadline for declaring for the NBA Draft is April 27. The Draft is set for June 26 in New York.

“I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago,” Aaron Harrison Sr. told MyFoxHouston.com. “I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we’ll go from there.

“It’s important. You’re trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they’ll be drafted and all those things.” To read more of this story, click here

Alterique Gilbert: Ready for the Rise

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Alterique Gilbert is ready to be in the discussion as a top guard in the class of 2016.

Gilbert, the starting point guard at Miller Grove (Ga.), saw his stock rise ten-fold at the Phenom Hoop Challenge in Greensboro (N.C.) this past weekend, which included a 32 point performance, as well as the game-winner that advanced Team CP3 to the silver bracket championship game.

“It was a good tournament for me to start off,” Gilbert told SNY.tv. “It was really the first time I got to be on the court with my teammates.” To read more of this story, click here

Hill, Pierce Follow Buzz Williams to Virginia Tech

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

New Virginia Tech Coach Buzz Williams will keep two of his prized possessions in Ahmed Hill and Satchel Pierce.

The former Marquette commits opted to follow Williams to the ACC after taking official visits on Saturday.

The No-61 ranked player in the class of 2014 according to 247 Sports, Hill will join Justin Bibbs and Jalen Hudson to create a more-than-solid backcourt trio for the 2014-15 season in Blacksburg. To read more of this story, click here