Kentucky, St. John's, Arizona, Texas Recruits on ESPN; Worldwide Leader High School Schedule

If you’re a Kentucky fan, be sure to check out 2011 commit Anthony Davis of Chicago Perspectives Thursday at 5 o’clock EST on ESPNU.

St. John’s, Arizona and Texas fans can watch Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep against Yates (Texas) Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

Findlay features Amir Garrett, who has signed with St. John’s, Arizona commit Nick Johnson and Texas commit Myck Kabongo.

The Pilots are 14-1 on the season and currently ranked No. 4 by ESPN Rise and No. 5 by USA Today.   Yates is riding a 66-game win streak.

Also, Duke and Kentucky fans — and hoopsters in general — should circle Jan. 14 when Duke-bound Austin Rivers and Winter Park (Fla.) hosts Kentucky commit Michael Gilchrist and Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick. These two were scheduled to meet in August in Orlando, but Gilchrist went on vacation with his family.

Here’s the complete ESPN high school schedule for the coming season: To read more of this story, click here

Elite High School Hoops Tourneys

Every year I try to compile a list of some of the most high-profile high schools hoops tourneys. These events feature some of the top recruits and coaches in the nation and are great stops to see future Big East and other college standouts.

Here is a preliminary list; click on the name of the event for schedule and details.

If I’ve missed anything, shoot me an email at zagoria@hotmail with the tourney info and link.

CITY OF PALMS CLASSIC, Dec. 17-22, Fort Meyers, Fla.

KREUL CLASSIC, Dec. 17-21, Coral Springs, Fla.

BIG APPLE BASKETBALL CHALLENGE, Dec. 18, Baruch College (Manhattan)

HOOP GROUP TIP-OFF, Dec. 18-19, Plainfield, N.J./ South Orange, N.J. To read more of this story, click here

O'Koren, Spanarkel Highlight Hudson Catholic Event

The Hudson Catholic Boys Basketball Program has announced it will host a Tip-off Basketball Beefsteak Dinner on Friday evening, November 19, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. This inaugural event will take place @ the Hudson Catholic Gymnasium, 790 Bergen Ave., Jersey City, NJ.

Dinner tickets are still available and proceeds from the evening dinner will benefit the Hudson Catholic boys basketball program. All friends and alumni are invited to attend.

The dinner will have an added excitement, as we will honor two all-time Hudson Catholic greats – Jim Spanarkel (’75) and Michael O’Koren (’76). To read more of this story, click here

Eddie Griffin Challenge Rosters

The Eddie Griffin Challenge will take place Sunday at Trenton Catholic. The address is 175 Leonard Ave., Trenton, N.J. 

Here are the game times and rosters:

Sophomore Game – 3 p.m.

Junior Game – 4:30 p.m.

Senior Game – 6 p.m.

New Jersey Seniors

LaQuinton Ross     Life Center Academy (Ohio State)

Myles Mack           St Anthony (Rutgers)

Sterling Gibbs        Seton Hall Prep (Maryland) To read more of this story, click here

St. Mark's Duo Murphy, Tarczewski Draw a Crowd

Jay Murphy has one son at Florida and another in the thick of the recruiting process.

But even he has never seen anything like the turnout for Sunday’s open gym at the St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass.

According to the New England Recruiting Report, the head coaches who turned out combined to win the last 11 NCAA championships.

Mike Krzyzewski of Duke (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010), Roy Williams of North Carolina (2005 & 2009), Bill Self of Kansas (2008), Billy Donovan of Florida (2006 & 2007), and Jim Calhoun of UConn (1999 & 2004) were all in the gym. To read more of this story, click here

Golden Hoops Tips Saturday in Brooklyn

After a 15-year hiatus, the Golden Hoops basketball tournament returns Saturday to Edmond’s Playground in Fort Greene, Brooklyn from noon to 8 p.m.
Among those expected to participate are NYC basketball legend and Queens native Kenny Anderson (Team NYC), Brevin Knight (Team Jersey), John Wallace (Team Empire State), Kyle Lowery (Team Philly) and Cappie Pondexter (Girls Team NYC).

“Golden Hoops was a tournament I looked forward to playing in every summer,” Anderson said. “It brought together all the best players from the New York City metropolitan area for a great competition in a great atmosphere. I am excited Golden Hoops is coming back and I look forward to being a part of it this summer as an Honorary Coach.”

THE MATCHUPS

Noon Team NYC vs.Team Philly 2 p.m.

Team Jersey vs. Team Empire 4 p.m.

Team NYC vs.Team Jersey (girls) 6 p.m. To read more of this story, click here

Texas Hoops Star is an Impostor

By The Associated Press

ODESSA, Texas – A West Texas student who led his high school basketball team to the state playoffs last season was actually a 22-year-old man, police said Tuesday.

Police say the basketball star was really Guerdwich Montimere, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti who school officials say was recognized last month by Florida coaches as having been a star high school player in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a few years ago.

Ector County school district officials said the man posed as 16-year-old Jerry Joseph and enrolled at Permian High School in Odessa for the 2009-2010 academic year. He also presented himself as homeless to the school’s basketball coach, Danny Wright, who took the boy in last summer, the coach said. To read more of this story, click here