Derrick Jones Adds SMU Offer, Planning August Visits

Derrick JonesBURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.Derrick Jones was invited to the USA U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO, this week, but instead of competing against Malik Newman, Tyus Battle and Malik Monk he’s here in central New Jersey helping to support his father’s AAU team and a startup AAU event, Battle of the Borders.

“I wanted to go but I stayed back because it’s my father’s team,” the 6-foot-7 Jones told SNY.tv Thursday afternoon at Life Center Academy. “I already got the [recruiting] looks so I knew if I would’ve played in this tournament a couple college coaches would’ve came to my games, so I wanted…[my teammates] to get the looks, too.”

Jones certainly doesn’t need much help in his own recruitment. To read more of this story, click here

Skal Labissiere Considering Following Mudiay Overseas

Apparently Emmanuel Mudiay isn’t the only foreign-born American high school player considering taking his talents overseas.

Skal Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 center from Memphis, says he too may play professionally overseas after learning that Mudiay signed a $1.2 million deal to play in China instead of attending SMU.

“Overseas is an option,” Labissiere told Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com at the Las Vegas Classic. “I don’t know yet for sure. We’ll see. But that is a lot of money.”

The news was a bit of a bombshell for the schools recruiting him.

One coach recruiting Labissiere told SNY.tv , “It’s possible” that Labissiere could go overseas. To read more of this story, click here

Houston Power Forward Samir Sehic Among Fastest-rising Prospects This July

By NICK MEDLINE

Special to ZAGSBLOG

This past weekend, Samir Sehic and his dad counted: The Cypress (TX) prospect played 29 games over a 19-day span to open July.

It certainly yielded something. Sehic picked up new offers including Notre Dame, Nebraska, Penn State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

In the process, the 6-foot-9 power forward earned his spot among the fastest rising players this evaluation period. To read more of this story, click here

Edrice “Bam” Adebayo: Showing That Killer Instinct

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Special to ZAGSBLOG

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Built like a full grown man, Edrice “Bam” Adebayo has shown over the past two weeks that he belongs in that group of top players in the class of 2016.

“Peach Jam went really well,” Adebayo told SNY.tv. “There’s nothing like Peach Jam. If you want exposure you have to go there. If you want to win, you have to come with the best team.”

Boo Williams reached the semifinals, before losing to Team Penny 77-68. To read more of this story, click here

Bruce Brown: Stock Rising for Vermont Academy Guard

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Special to ZAGSBLOG

LOUISVILLE, Ky.- After a solid Peach Jam performance, Bruce Brown has seen interest rise considerably over the past couple days.

“It was great to make a good impression in front of those coaches,” Brown told SNY.tv. “I had never played in front of Coach K before, and I had 24 that game. Providence, Auburn, Oregon State, Iowa State, Texas Tech have all come on recently.”

Brown says that there are three schools that are clearly working the hardest at the moment however.

“Xavier, Miami, Minnesota,” Brown said. To read more of this story, click here

Head Coaches Turn Out for Briscoe at Live in AC

Briscoe Peach Jam actionBy ARI ROSENFELD & ADAM ZAGORIA

GALLOWAY, N.J.Isaiah Briscoe has entered the final live period of his high school career, and his suitors are putting on the fullcourt press.

Steve Lavin returned from his Bosnian recruiting trip to watch Briscoe go for 17 points in a 79-54 beatdown of  Maryland 3D in the Live in AC event at Richard Stockton College on Wednesday night.

Lavin was joined by Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan, Villanova head coach Jay Wright, Seton Hall assistant Fred Hill and Arizona assistant Book Richardson. To read more of this story, click here

D.J. Hogg Set to Cut List; Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M Working Hardest

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a fantastic performance at Peach Jam, D.J. Hogg is looking to build on a recruitment that has multiple high-major schools showing interest.

“I’m looking to cut my list sometime after Peach Jam,” Hogg told SNY.tv. “Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M are probably the schools that are working the hardest right now, texting me everyday.” To read more of this story, click here

Trevon Duval: Future Star In The Making at St. Benedict’s Prep

By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trevon Duval is priming himself to be a superstar.

Averaging 7.5 points on the Nike EYBL circuit as a rising sophomore, including a 20-point performance against the Kentucky Travelers, Duval teamed up with ZAGSBLOG First Team All-Peach Jam Selection Isaiah Briscoe and Second Team Selection T.J. Gibbs Jr, to create a trio that was matched by few. Duval says that learning from older players on a Peach Jam-winning team will get him set for the rest of his career on the circuit.

“It’s a great experience,” Duval told SNY.tv. “Watching the older players on my team, especially Isaiah, I just learn from all of them and I just have get ready for the next two years.” To read more of this story, click here

USA Basketball U17 Trials to Draw Players, Coaches Away from AAU Events; Serves as Incubator for Potential Package Talk

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College basketball coaches across America will head out on Wednesday for the third of three NCAA sanctioned recruiting weekends in the month of July.

While coaches will flock to events in Las Vegas, Louisville, New Jersey and elsewhere in hopes of securing future players, the single greatest concentration of talent might be taking place at the USA Basketball U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO.

Several hundred coaches are expected in Colorado Springs on Friday – the one day the trials are open to college coaches — many of them stopping through on their way to or from Vegas to scout the talent.

Talent that won’t be in Louisville for AAU Nationals or in New Jersey at Live in AC or the Battle of Borders or at any other event across America. To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Could Package With Newman & Stone at Kansas or Kentucky

RabbNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Malik Newman and Diamond Stone aren’t the only ones talking about going to the same school together next year.

Ivan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 forward from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, told SNY.tv he wants to join up with Newman and Stone, too.

“Me, Diamond and Malik, we’re all planning to kind of go to school together,” Rabb said at the Peach Jam.

“But I’m not really 100 percent. They’re more serious than I am because we all have different schools  that we’re looking at…so I make my own decisions at the end of the day because I’m my own man. But if the opportunity is right and I think it’s a good decision, then maybe that might happen.” To read more of this story, click here