St. John’s Recruiting Italian Guard, Former Oregon Pledge

MussiniSt. John’s coach Steve Lavin is headed to Milan this weekend to recruit 2015 guard Federico Mussini.

If Mussini doesn’t sign a big contract overseas and opts for college, he could wind up on the Johnnies roster like fellow Rome native Amar Alibegovic, a 6-foot-9 stretch forward now on the team.

The 6-foot, 160-pound Mussini is ranked No. 13 in the 1996 European age group by Eurohoops and No. 7 by DraftExpress.com. He averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in the 2012 U16 European Championship Men’s Division. To read more of this story, click here

NBA Scout: UConn is ‘Better Than You Think’ & Loaded With NBA Prospects

BrimahA veteran NBA scout who recently visited UConn’s practice told SNY.tv that the Huskies are “better than you think” and are loaded with NBA prospects.

“I was shocked at how good they were,” the scout said. “I never expected them to be like this.”

The reigning NCAA champions lost several key players, including star point guard Shabazz Napier and athletic forward DeAndre Daniels, but the scout counts Amida Brimah, Daniel Hamilton and Ryan Boatright as potential future pros.

The scout also counted Sam Cassell Jr., Rodney Purvis, Omar Calhoun and Phillip Nolan as prospects to watch.

Here’s the scout’s breakdown of a few guys: To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s, Arizona, USC, SMU Among Those Recruiting JUCO Forward Luis Montero

MonteroBy ZACH SMART

Special to ZAGSBLOG

A late growth spurt and a new, more prominent role involving an uptick in ball handling and a score-first mentality has shaped Westchester Community College’s Luis Montero into one of the nation’s fastest-rising recruits.

The ceiling on Montero, a transcendent 6-foot-9 guard/forward, is still unknown. The St. John’s target has played only half a season of JUCO ball, attracting a full menu of Division-I interest from across the country.

After practicing with the Dominican national team this summer, the hounding intensified. To read more of this story, click here

D.J. Harvey: ‘Arizona Stands at the Top’

4_2970853By JACK LeGWIN

One of the top sophomores in the nation, D.J. Harvey, has a frontrunner.

“Arizona stands at the top,” Harvey told SNY.tv. “Georgetown, Memphis, Texas, Houston, Tennessee, NC State, Miami and Xavier have offered, UCLA, Duke, Kansas, Stanford, Villanova and Louisville are all showing heavy interest.”

Harvey played a high level of basketball from a young age. Starting at Christ School (N.C.), a program that has produced Mason and Miles Plumlee, Harvey played varsity as an eighth-grader, before leaving to attend DeMatha (Md.) starting his freshman year. To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Announces Top 5; Will Visit Kentucky

Ivan RabbIvan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 2015 big man from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, has cut his list to a top five, as SNY.tv first reported he would.

Rabb is down to Arizona California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA, he told ESPN.com.

He is expected to take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend, O’Dowd coach Lou Richie confirmed to SNY.tv.

Rabb met with coaches from UCLA and North Carolina on Wednesday night, but UNC didn’t make the cut.

He also considered  Duke, Georgetown  and Louisville.

He told me in August at the Elite 24 that Cal and Kentucky would definitely make his final list. UCLA is also expected to receive a visit.

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Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits & Tidbits

Here’s an early look at this weekend’s recruiting visits. This list will be updated throughout the weekend.

**Diamond Stone will visit Wisconsin on an official, according to Mark Miller of the Wisconsin Yearbook. The 6-foot-10 Milwaukee (WI) Dominican big man will then trip to UConn next weekend. He has already visited Maryland and Oklahoma State. Stone’s father, Robert, told ESPN.com that there is no set date for an announcement, despite previous reports he would announce Nov. 12.

**UCLA will host 2015 big men Brandon Ingram and Stephen Zimmerman. Both Ingram and Zimmerman have been at Kansas and Kentucky the previous two weekends.

**Indiana will host an impressive group for Hoosier Hysteria, including 6-10 Huntington (W.V.) Prep big man Thomas Bryant for a second consecutive weekend, according to Inside the Hall and other reports. Bryant was at Indiana last weekend after previously visiting Syracuse and Mizzou. Indiana will also host Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones of Huntington Prep, according to Inside the Hall, while Queens (N.Y.) Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins is also expected. The 6-5 Alkins will visit Villanova Friday night and Indiana Saturday. To read more of this story, click here