Matt Farrell to Boston College

Matt Farrell, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.), verbally pledged to Boston College over Monmouth and Dartmouth on Tuesday.

“I wanna be challenged and I wanna see if I can play at the highest level,” Farrell said, according to Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press.

Farrell is the second Point Pleasant player to pledge to a Division 1 school in recent weeks, following 6-8 forward Dom Uhl, who committed to Iowa on SNY,tv. He is BC’s first pledge in 2014.

“Matt is a highly skilled point guard who can shoot it and has a great feel for the game,” Point Pleasant Beach coach Nick Catania told SNY.tv. “He is super quick with the ball and makes his teammates around him better.

“However, the reason he will succeed at Boston College is because of his competitive spirit. He hates to lose.”

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Garland Owens to BC; Dwayne Daniel to Iona; Torren Jones to Mizzou

Garland Owens, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound small forward from Massanutten (Va.) Military Academy, pledged to Boston College Sunday, choosing the ACC school over Seton Hall after visiting the Pirates this weekend.

“The coaching staff made me feel like I was a part of the family,” Owens, a Maryland native, told SNY.tv after it was previously reported by several outlets.

“They have something special in store for me. And it’s in the ACC, arguably the best conference in the world.”

Asked what skillset he will bring, Owens said, “Just my athleticism and my energy to make momentum-changing plays whether it be a dunk or a block, just big play-making ability.” To read more of this story, click here

Garrett Says St. John's, Oregon Top List

Amir Garrett, a four-star wing from Las Vegas, says St. John’s and Oregon top his recruiting list right now.

“I’m considering St. John’s and Oregon,” the 6-foot-6, 194-pound Garrett said by phone from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif. “They’re at the top right now.”

The No. 16 small forward in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals, Garrett is also considering Boston College, Kansas and Miami.

Garrett, who will play at national power Findlay Prep in Las Vegas this season, said  he’s still planning out his schedule of official visits with his father

“I’m gonna visit Kansas for sure, and Miami,” he said. “I took an unofficial to Boston College already. I might try to take an official there.” To read more of this story, click here

Baylor Lands 7-Footer Austin

The Top 3 players in the Rivals Class of 2012 are all centers.

Now one of them is off the board.

Isaiah Austin, a 7-footer from Burleson (Texas) Grace Prep, committed to Baylor during the Adidas Nations Global Experience Monday night on CBS College Sports.

Austin is ranked No. 2 nationally by Rivals.

Baylor reached the NCAA regional finals last season before losing to eventual national champion Duke.

The other two big men in the Class of 2012 are 6-9 Andre Drummond of St. Thomas More (Conn.), who said he may announce his list this month, and 6-10 DaJuan Coleman of Jamesville-DeWitt, who lists Syracuse, Ohio State, Kentucky, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Louisville, UConn, Florida and North Carolina.

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Indiana also landed a commitment from 6-11 rising junior center Peter Jurkin of United Faith Christian Academy (N.C.) and the Indiana Elite travel team, according to reports. Jurkin, a native of the Sudan, also considered North Carolina, Tennessee and Clemson…6-11 junior big Kyle Caudill of Bera (Calif.) Olinda committed to Boston College, per Scout.com.

Amir Garrett Planning Visits

Amir Garrett is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2011 and he’s currently planning out his schedule of visits.

“He’s going to officially visit Kansas, Miami and Boston College,” Garrett’s coach, Matt Goren, said Wednesday by phone.

The 6-foot-6 Garrett has already visited St. John’s and Boston College unofficially.

Goren said Oregon, Wake Forest, Arizona State, Seattle and San Diego State were also involved.

“But right now I’m open,” Garrett recently told Wildcat Sports Report. “I want to listen to what the college coaches have to say.” To read more of this story, click here

Jabarie Hinds to Cut List in August

Mount Vernon (N.Y.) has churned out a slew of Division 1 players in recent years, from Jonathan Mitchell to Mike Coburn to Kevin Jones to Sherrod Wright.

The latest is rising senior point guard Jabarie Hinds, ranked No. 23 at his position nationally by Rivals.

Hinds recently added Boston College to a long list of suitors that also includes Cincinnati, Florida State, Iona, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, St. John’s, UConn, UNLV, Villanova, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

“He’s just taking everything in,” Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said. “He will chop the list the first week in August and make plans for official visits.”

Hinds will be in Orlando beginning Friday with the Westchester Hawks for the AAU Nationals.

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Travis Taylor Back on the Market

Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor is now back on the market and won’t attend Boston College.

I’m hearing BC wasn’t aware that Taylor had been suspended for seven games last season for “violating team rules.” Really? How do you not know that?

Anyway, the 6-foot-7 Taylor, a Union, N.J. native, will visit Xavier Tuesday and is also considering Miami, Cincinnati and Arizona State. To read more of this story, click here

Taylor to Boston College; Fields on The Move

A couple of high-profile college transfers are on the move…

Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor has opted to transfer to Boston College and play for former Cornell coach Steve Donahue. Taylor chose the Eagles over Seton Hall and Temple.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Union, N.J., averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last season

“This was an extremely tough choice for Travis and multiple factors played into his decision making process,” said Bill Diamond, the Taylor family adviser. “It was well thought out and he and his family asked all of the right questions. Travis loved the campus, the academic reputation and the coaching staff.  He has an opportunity to earn immediate playing time in one of the best conferences in the country. Steve Donahue is a proven coach and will do a tremendous job in Travis’s maturation process on and off the court.” To read more of this story, click here

Rice Reeling in Rutgers Recruiting Visits; Tyler Harris Talks Carolina, N.C. State

When 6-foot-8 rising senior forward Tyler Harris takes an unofficial visit Thursday to Rutgers, he will be the latest in a list of high-profile recruits to check out the campus in recent weeks.

Consider that in the last two weeks, Mike Rice’s staff has brought in Naadir Tharpe, Jordan Goodman, Jaron Sina, Tyrone Johnson, Myles Mack, Derrick Randall and Kadeem Jack on visits. Baylor transfer Givon Crump also came to Piscataway.

The 6-8 Goodman, considered one of the top players in the Class of 2012, ended up committing after his visit.

Still more recruits — including Mike Taylor, a sweet-shooting 2011 off guard from Brooklyn Boys & Girls — are due to visit in the coming days. To read more of this story, click here

Taylor Mulling Options; FDU Lands Duo; Rutgers to Hire Eric Murdock

Monmouth transfer Travis Taylor has taken two visits so far.

He saw Seton Hall last Saturday and Boston College last Sunday and Monday. The 6-foot-7 Taylor is scheduled to visit Temple on Sunday and Monday.

“Right now that’s all the visits the Taylors have set up,” said Bill Diamond, Taylor’s mentor.

“I will sit down with Travis and his parents next week after the Temple visit and get a feel if they would like to utilize the remaining three visits (Seton Hall was an unofficial). Tennesse, Clemson and Fordham have expressed an interest to me and are under consideration. We wanted to wait until the Temple visit before we sat down and met again, so we can compare the three visits he’s taken. This is an extremely important decision for Travis and he and his parents want to explore all of their options and do their homework and research before making a well thought out and informed decision.” To read more of this story, click here