Four players from New York and New Jersey will play in the prestigious game March 31 in Columbus, Ohio.
Duke-bound guard Kyrie Irving of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick; Tennessee-bound forward Tobias Harris of Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West; Villanova-bound JayVaughn Pinkston of Brookyn Bishop Loughlin; and uncommitted guard and Queens, N.Y. native Doron Lamb of Oak Hill Academy have all been invited. Harris, on left, and Pinkston are pictured at left during their recent battle at the Big Apple Invitational.
Tristan Thompson, a forward who has signed with Texas and plays at Findlay (Nev.) Prep, was also selected. Thompson previously played at Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s Prep.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — With his team trailing by nearly 30 points in the second half before a listless crowd at the Rutgers Athletic Center, Mike Rosario fired up a 3-pointer while his former St. Anthony teammate, Dominic Cheek, extended a long, lanky arm in his face and deflected the ball.
Rosario’s shot failed to touch the rim and Cheek and his Villanova teammates raced the other way on offense.
“I got a piece of it because me and Mike played in high school together and I know how Mike plays already,” said Cheek, a 6-foot-5 freshman who scored a career-high 17 points to lift the No. 4 Wildcats to their eighth straight victory, 94-68, over Rosario and Rutgers.
The 6-foot-5 senior wing from Long Island visited Providence last week and will hit Pittsburgh on Tuesday and potentially St. John’s on Thursday.
“I think J.J. was really impressed with the new coach [at Providence, Keno Davis] and what they’re trying to build over there and he’s also impressed with the financial investment that the school and community has invested into making the program top notch,” said Hunt Bresky, Moore’s advisor who is making the trips with him.
**Note: The game will be rebroadcast Wednesday on sportswebnet.com beginning at noon.
JERSEY CITY – Achraf Yocoubou scored a game-high 23 points and Long Island Lutheran went into New Jersey and handed St. Anthony its first home loss in six years.
With a large contingent of Long Island fans in the CERC gym, LuHi downed the Friars 60-58 after junior forward Tobias Harris blocked a shot attempt by Derrick Williams in the final seconds. To read more of this story, click here
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Bob Hurley was prowling the sidelines in the gym at Springfield College, yelling at players so loudly his voice could easily be heard above the crowd.”
“You’re supposed to guard him,” Hurley shouted at his star player, Dominic Cheek, after the opposing team’s star, Xavier Henry, scored a basket. “Where were you?”
Dressed in tan slacks, a short-sleeved maroon shirt and a black Reebok vest with “St. Anthony Friars Basketball” emblazoned on it, Hurley, 61, had to periodically sit down and towel dry his head because of all the sweat he generated.
With Kansas head coach Bill Self looking on courtside, Lance Stephenson scored a game-high 32 points but the Lincoln Railsplitters came up on the losing end, 77-57, against Duncanville (Texas) in the Old Spice Classic on ESPN.
After repeatedly powering his way to the basket and also showing his long-range shooting skills by draining a 3-pointer from two feet behind the line, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Stephenson was named MVP of the game upon making 13 of 21 from the field. He entered averaging 34.3 points per game.
“He’s got the God-given body, and he’s blessed with quickness to go with it,” Duncanville coach Phil McNeelytold the Dallas Morning News prior to the game. “That’s a deadly combination.”
Coach Self sat courtside with a Diet Coke. Stephenson says he is considering Kansas, Memphis, USC and St. John’s, and Self is clearly interested. Stephenson told the Star-Telegram he intended to attend college and not play overseas like Brandon Jennings.
“That’s not an option,” Stephenson said. “I’m just taking my time, and I will decide after the season in April.”
Dominic Cheek will choose between Kansas and Villanova and will announce his decision Friday at a 6 o’clock press conference at the Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, according to a report in the Jersey Journal.
“For six months I thought it was going to be Villanova or Kansas and I don’t think anything has changed,” St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley said Wednesday by phone. “The decision is being made by this kid.”
The 6-foot-5 Cheek, the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2009, had initially included Memphis, Pittsburgh and Rutgers on his list but has apparently cut them.