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

Desmond Hubert Likes 'Nova, Pittsburgh; Jerome Smart Takes Over at Teaneck

NEW YORK — Desmond Hubert is a long way from cutting his list of schools, but he says two should make his top five.

“‘Nova and Pitt,” the 6-foot-9, 205-pound Hubert said Friday night at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham. “Great programs, I like the head coaches.”

As for Villanova, Hubert said he liked head coach Jay Wright and the whole program.

“Jay Wright, he’s just a cool dude,” he said. “I talk to him a lot. He’s a real cool guy to sit down and just talk with. I really like the way he coaches and the way he carries himself. He’s one of my favorite coaches.” To read more of this story, click here

Mike Poole to Decide Soon

Mike Poole spent Wednesday on an unofficial visit to Rutgers and hopes to make a college decision relatively soon.

“It was nice,” the 6-foot-6, 184-pound wing from Queens and St. Benedict’s Prep said. “I got to see the campus for the first time. I’ve been up there a lot but never got to see the whole campus.”

Poole said he had a nice talk with new head coach Mike Rice as well as assistant coaches Jimmy Martelli and Jimmy Carr.

“I got to speak to Coach [Rice], Coach Martelli and Coach Carr,” he said. “They told me they would love to have me. He needs players and I’m one of his top recruits.”

Poole averaged 10.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 49.7 percent this past season at St. Benedict’s, which finished 20-1 on the season under former coach Dan Hurley. To read more of this story, click here

Poole Will Visit Rutgers Starting Wednesday

Mike Poole, a 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing from St. Benedict’s Prep, has been offered a scholarship by new Rutgers head coach Mike Rice and will visit the campus Wednesday and Thursday.

Rice will also host Notre Dame Prep players Cleveland Melvin and Antoine Myers this week.

“[Poole] will take an unofficial to Rutgers [Wednesday] and then he will be visiting Boston College and Seton Hall,” said Nate Blue, Poole’s mentor.

Blue said no official visit was necessary because “we know what Rutgers has to offer.” To read more of this story, click here

Coaching Carousel Running Wild: Purnell to DePaul, Donahue to Boston College

INDIANAPOLIS – The men’s college basketball season is officially over, but the Coaching Carousel is running wild. Here are the highlights:

**Former Clemson coach Oliver Purnell (pictured) has agreed to a seven-year deal to take over DePaul. The Blue Demons have gone 1-35 in Big East play over the last two years.

**Steve Donahue is moving to Boston College from Cornell. Donahue, who did not immediately answer a text message, will be introduced at a Wednesday news conference.

**Tony Chiles will join Steve Lavin’s staff at St. John’s, a Drexel official confirmed to me.

**Manhattan coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen told Lavin he would not join the staff, a source said.

**Dan Hurley will be introduced as the new Wagner coach at a Wednesday presser. St. Benedict’s Prep now begins a search to replace him. That is a highly coveted job and headmaster Father Edwin Leahy is already being overwhelmed by college assistants and high school coaches looking to succeed Hurley.

**Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim was named the Naismith Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

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Tim Welsh to Hofstra; Mickey D's Game, 'The Street Stops Here' on TV Tonight

Tim WelshHofstra has moved quickly to hire former Providence coach Tim Welsh as its new coach.

The former Providence and Iona coach replaces Tom Pecora, who last week took the Fordham job.

Welsh, a former SNY analyst, will get a five year deal and will be introduced Thursday at a press conference.

“We have hired Tim Welsh as our new coach,” a Hofstra source said.

Welsh spent 10 years at Providence but was fired after the Friars went 15-16 in 2007-08, with starting point guard Sharaud Curry limited to one game because of injury. To read more of this story, click here

Coaching Carousel: Greenberg Out, Skinner Next?; Hofstra Seeks Right Fit

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Coaching Carousel continues to move and St. John’s continues to search for a coach.

Numerous reports indicate that Boston College coach Al Skinner, a Malverne, N.Y. native, met Friday with St. John’s AD Chris Monasch at the Queens school.

Against this backdrop, Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg agreed to a two-year extension, meaning he is not a candidate for the St. John’s job.

“I am excited to be afforded the opportunity to continue to build the basketball program at Virginia Tech,” Greenberg said. “What makes Virginia Tech so special is the people and their passion for the University. My family has embraced all that the University stands for and I feel this is where I belong.” To read more of this story, click here

Bryon Allen Looking at 4 Schools

Point guard Bryon Allen of Upper Marlboro, Md. is looking at four schools for next year.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Allen is considering Siena, Oregon, Boston College and Providence.

“I’m signing in April,” Allen said Sunday by phone, referring to the NCAA late signing period.

Allen initially committed to West Virginia but lost his scholarship opportunity when Joe Mazzulla was granted a medical redshirt. Mazzulla will be back with the Mountaineers in 2010-11.

Allen spent two years at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy but is spending his senior season playing for Jere Quinn at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Conn. Allen said he chose St. Thomas More because the New England schools play in a league with a shot clock. To read more of this story, click here

Georgetown Offers Johnson; Harris Visits BC; Gibbs Misses Maryland Game

Tyrone Johnson, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound junior point guard from Plainfield (N.J.) High, has long been a target of the Georgetown Hoyas.

Coach John Thompson III’s staff was among the first teams involved with the powerful and skilled floor general.

But it wasn’t until last week that the Hoyas actually offered him a scholarship.

“They’ve been on him for a while. JT3 made it official this week,” Derrick Bobbitt, Johnson’s AAU coach, said Saturday.

The No. 46 prospect in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals, Johnson also holds offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and interest from Kentucky, Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Indiana, Virginia, Temple and UNLV. To read more of this story, click here