Villanova Suspends JayVaughn Pinkston

Villanova has suspended freshman forward JayVaughn Pinkston for the rest of the season after he was charged with assault.

School officials on Monday announced that Pinkston will be able to rejoin the school and the team in June. He still has to reapply to school next summer to regain student in good standing status.

“I am sorry,” Pinkston said in a statement. “This situation is my responsibility and I have learned from it. I am going to work extremely hard so that I can return to the Villanova family in June.”

Upper Merion Township police charged Pinkston with simple assault and harassment in November following an off-campus altercation. The top recruit had been held out of all Villanova’s games this season.

“This is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved,” said Kimani Young, Pinkston’s mentor with the New Heights AAU program. To read more of this story, click here

Kabongo Recruiting Joseph to Texas; Gilchrist, Pinkston Visit Villanova

UNION, N.J. — Two schools in hot pursuit of Cory Joseph squared off on ESPN’s “Big Monday,” with UConn knocking off No. 3 Villanova, 84-75, at the Wachovia Center.

Joseph, a 6-foot-3 senior guard from Findlay (Nev.) Prep ranked No. 3 among point guards in 2010, was not at the game but he is considering both UConn and Villanova, along with Texas, Minnesota and UNLV.

“[I'm just gonna commit] whenever I feel 100 percent. . . . I am not sure if I am gonna pick out of the [full list of] five. I have no set time,” Joseph told Alex Schwartz of Rivals.com while playing this past weekend at the Primetime Shootout in Trenton, N.J.

Also at the Primetime was Joseph’s friend and fellow Canadian, Myck Kabongo, a junior guard at St. Benedict’s Prep. To read more of this story, click here

PrimeTime Shootout Recruiting Rundown: Doron Lamb, LaQuinton Ross, Tyler Harris & More

By Alex Kline

BoxofMess.com

Special to ZAGSBLOG.COM

TRENTON, N.J. -- Here’s a complete rundown on Saturday and Sunday”s action at the PrimeTime Shootout at the Sun National Bank Center…

In the last game Saturday night, Doron Lamb scored 49 points — three shy of LeBron James‘ 2003 tournament-record 52 — on 21 of 29 shooting but Oak Hill Academy fell to St. Peter’s Prep, 84-81.

Lamb’s college list now includes five schools: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, UConn and West Virginia. West Virginia assistant Larry Harrison was in the house.

“Coach [Jim] Calhoun’s leave of absence got me a little worried, but now he is back so I am not concerned,” Lamb said of his decision to add UConn to his list. To read more of this story, click here

Mickey D's All-Americans Named

The McDonald’s All-American rosters are out and, as first reported by ZAGSBLOG.com, four players with New York ties have been invited.

Villanova-bound forward JayVaughn Pinkston of Bishop Loughlin, Tennessee commit Tobias Harris of Half Hollow Hills West, Duke-bound guard Kyrie Irving of St. Patrick and Queens native Doron Lamb of Oak Hill Academy will play in the game March 31 at the Value City Arena in Columbia, Ohio.

“I’m the first [player] from my school to make the McDonald’s game; that’s big,” the 6-foot-5 Pinkston told Chris Lawlor of ESPN.com. “In the end, it’s not about individual stuff but getting the ‘W.’ You take nothing for granted; I did my talking on the court.”

Pinkston and Harris played against one another last month at the Big Apple Invitational, with Harris’ team coming out on top, 75-72 in OT. Pinkston poured in 34 points and grabbed 14 points in the game, while Harris had 19 and 7 before fouling out. To read more of this story, click here

McDonald's Game to Have New York Flavor

The New York metropolitan area will be well represented in this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game.

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.

The official list won’t be released until Feb. 11 on ESPNU. To read more of this story, click here

JayVaughn Wins Battle, Tobias Wins the War; Harris Remains Committed to UT

NEW YORK – JayVaughn Pinkston vs. Tobias Harris.

It was a showcase matchup between the two players who will likely vie for New York State Player of the Year honors.

A showdown between two elite players whose recruitments intersected in fascinating fashion.

Yet even after Harris and Half Hollow Hills West prevailed, 75-72, over Bishop Loughlin in overtime in the final game of the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College, Pinkston proclaimed himself the best high school player in the state.

“Yes, hands down. Nobody’s better than me,” the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Villanova commit said after dominating for a game-high 34 points and 14 rebounds, including a thrilling 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer that forced the extra period.

Read the full story plus recruiting notes here.

**In Paterson, N.J. Myles Mack poured in 28 points and Seton Hall-bound Fuquan Edwin had 25 to lead unbeaten Paterson Catholic over Shaquille Thomas and NIA Prep.

**And here’s a good story about how talented the teams in North Jersey are, with St. Patrick, Paterson Catholic and St. Benedict’s all ranked among the top 12 in the nation.

(Photo courtesy Big Apple Basketball)

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'Nova's Reynolds Not Getting Enough Respect; Wildcat Recruits on Display in Big Apple

Is it time to start talking about Scottie Reynolds as a potential Big East Player of the Year yet?

Reynolds scored 27 points Sunday when No. 4 Villanova beat No. 11 Georgetown, 82-77, at home.

Coming off a 36-point game against Louisville, Reynolds scored 12 of Villanova’s first 16 points in the game.

Down the stretch, he drove the lane and put the Wildcats up for good at 71-69. He was fouled and missed the free throw,  but the play displayed what makes him so tough.

Hoyas coach John Thompson III said Reynolds “can’t be contained.”

“He’s too good of an offensive player,” he said. “When they need a basket they get him the ball and he’s been doing it for four years.” To read more of this story, click here

Tobias vs. JayVaughn, St. Pat's-Findlay On Tap

This holiday weekend is a huge one for high-level high school hoops, with prestigious events at the Hoophall Classic, the Dan Finn Classic, the Big Apple Basketball Invitational and the Freedom Fighters Challenge.

I’ve linked the schedules to all four events at the bottom of this post.

I’m going to head over to Jason Curry’s Big Apple Basketball Invitational Saturday and Monday. It’s about a 15-block walk from my apartment and Jen and I are going to see ‘Avatar’ Saturday night after the games. Jason always puts on a first-class event and this year is no exception.

This year’s event features Tobias Harris, Jayvaughn Pinkston, Dion Waiters, C.J. Aiken, Jason Morris, Rakeem Christmas, Angel Nunez, LaQuinton Ross, Achraf Yacoubou and Maurice Harkless.

Personally, I’m looking forward to the Monday night game between the Tennessee-bound Harris and Half Hollow Hills West and the Villanova-bound Pinkston and Bishop Loughlin. To read more of this story, click here