By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
Four schools are working hardest to convince sophomore point guard Payton Pritchard to suit up for them, starting in the Fall of 2016.
“Virginia, Wisconsin, Villanova and Oregon are all working really hard right now,” Pritchard told SNY.tv. “I want to go to a place where I can develop as a player, but also be able to play right away. I talk to the assistant coaches mostly, sometimes the head coaches as well.”
Pritchard, a sophomore at West Linn (Ore.), has led the Lions to a 22-3 record, including a win over Jahlil Okafor and Whitney Young (Ill.), giving the team a realistic shot at a 6A State title for the second year in a row. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Adonis Delarosa knows he will announce his college choice April 18, but he says he remains wide open a little more than a month out from his announcement.
“At this point I’m really open to everyone…I’m still up in the air with all these. It’s a very hard decision and I’m just waiting to make the right one,” Delarosa told SNY.tv after going for 10 points and 15 rebounds as Christ the King beat Bishop Loughlin, 72-61, to win the New York Catholic Class AA title. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Rawle Alkins guaranteed a win in the city championship game.
And then he delivered on his promise.
With head Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin and St. John’s coach Steve Lavin among those on hand, the 6-foot 4 sophomore went off for 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocks as Christ the King defended its CHSAA Class AA title with a 72-61 victory over arch-rival Bishop Loughlin at Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym. To read more of this story, click here
Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley continued to add to his impressive 2014 recruiting class when he landed a verbal pledge Sunday from 6-foot-4 Bobby Frasco out of Prospect High in suburban Chicago.
A three-year varsity player who averaged 18.3 points and 7.1 rebounds this season while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc, Frasco also had offers from Boston University, Central Michigan, Ohio, La Salle and Chicago State.
“Coach Hurley, Coach [Nate] Oats and the whole coaching staff made me feel at home,” Frasco said of his weekend unofficial to Buffalo. “In their first year, winning the MAC East is a great accomplishment and that’s what sealed the deal. To read more of this story, click here
Villanova’s Jay Wright will be named the Big East Coach of the Year, SNY.tv has learned.
Wright led the Wildcats to a 28-3 overall record, 16-2 in the Big East. Their only two losses were to Creighton by a combined 49 points.
Villanova is in position to be a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. To read more of this story, click here
By JOHN PAVIA
Special to ZAGSBLOG
TRENTON, N.J. — With the basketball season coming down to a win-or-go-home scenario, Isaiah Briscoe propelled Roselle Catholic over Trenton Catholic in the semifinals of the New Jersey Non-Public South B bracket of the state tournament, 70-50.
With Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan on hand, Briscoe finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a very well-rounded performance. To read more of this story, click here
By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
The bracket for the 10-team Big East Tournament is finalized and when No. 5 seed St. John’s walks on to its home floor at Madison Square Garden on Thursday afternoon for its quarterfinal, it will do so while on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
Picked to finish fifth in the Big East in the preseason, the Red Storm did just that and will square off against No. 4 seed Providence on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Both sides have little room for error in their quest to get to the NCAA Tournament. The loser may have to start thinking about the NIT, while the winner would either be in good standing or should be one more win away from going dancing. To read more of this story, click here
In what may have been his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Jabari Parker put on quite a show.
The 6-foot-8 freshman scored a season-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds in the fourth-ranked Blue Devils’ 93-81 win over No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday night.
But don’t call him a freshman.
“No more freshman,” he said, according to the AP. “I don’t like getting in that category anymore because my team needs me more than just an 18-year-old. They need somebody with experience through the whole game. … It’s time to grow up.” To read more of this story, click here
Friday is a big day for Kansas hoops.
Uncommitted big man Myles Turner enjoyed his visit to Kansas, which began on Wednesday and concluded today.
“Kansas really rolled out the red carpet,” David Turner, Myles’ father, told Matt Scott of TheShiver.com.
Kansas head coach Bill Self previously told the Turners that his program might not be the best fit if Joel Embiid sticks around for another year but Embiid is widely projected as a top-three pick in the NBA Draft.
Turner heads to Duke today for tomorrow’s game with North Carolina. To read more of this story, click here
From Bob Hurley to Chris Chavannes to Dave Boff, the top high school coaches in New Jersey all agree on one thing as March Madness heats up.
This year’s New Jersey Tournament of Champions will be as wide open as perhaps it’s ever been in the 25-year history of the event.
Whereas in past years two or maybe three teams have been the heavy favorites to be the last team standing, as many as six or seven programs could win it all this year.
The Tournament of Champions features New Jersey’s four public school winners and two private school winners in one six-team event.
Several of the potential champs are in the Non-Public B bracket, which features defending champion Roselle Catholic, as well as St. Anthony, which has won the event 12 times under Hurley, and The Patrick School, which won it five times under former coach Kevin Boyle. To read more of this story, click here