Murray Still Undecided Despite Tweets

Aaric Murray has not yet decided between West Virginia and Oklahoma State despite his Tweets over the weekend indicating he was headed to West Virginia, an adviser to Murray said Monday by phone.

The adviser requested anonymity but said Murray’s Tweets were done in a “dare-type situation and he was having fun” and they were “more of a prank than anything else.”

Over the weekend, the 6-foot-10 Murray Tweeted: “I’m the newest member of the west Virginia team!” To read more of this story, click here

Aaric Murray Weighing Options

La Salle big man Aaric Murray is weighing his options as far as where he’ll land.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Murray listed Rutgers, St. John’s, West Virginia, UConn, Oklahoma State, Texas, Florida, Kansas and Kentucky.

“No visits set and I’m still open for more schools,” the Philly native said by text. “I just got release.”

West Virginia was his second option after La Salle in 2008.

As first reported on my Twitter, Murray opted to transfer from La Salle after averaging 15.2 points last season.

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Isaiah Williams, a 6-7, 190-pound, 190-pound wing from The Robinson School, has decommitted from Iona. He will choose either Marshall or UTEP, according to Robinson…Former St. John’s wing Omari Lawrence has resurfaced at Kansas State…Former North Carolina point guard Larry Drew has enrolled at UCLA, joining former Carolina big men Travis and David Wear. He must sit out next season.

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Seton Hall Latest to Offer Coleman

Seton Hall is the latest school to offer Keith Coleman, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound senior big man from Lee Academy in Maine.

Lee coach Andrew Papaefthemiou said Coleman now holds offers from VCU, La Salle, Rutgers and Seton Hall, but that schools like Florida and Texas called since Coleman’s performance at the recent National Prep Showcase.

Coleman will sign in the spring but VCU and La Salle “are the frontrunners” for now, his coach said. To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Anderson Takes Trio of Visits

St. Anthony junior guard Kyle Anderson visited a trio of schools this week — hitting Seton Hall, La Salle and Villanova.

Anderson is the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012 and his father broke down the visits.

“All three visits went well for different reasons,” said Kyle Anderson Sr. via text. “La Salle’s visit went well because besides Coach [John] Giannini and the entire staff being hospitable on the tour of the campus and facilities, we met with the academic advisor [Christine Cahill] and she explained how she will help make Kyle a better student. She also spoke highly of [former Paterson CAtholic stars] Kimmani Barrett and the Williams twins. We could see the sincere concern in her face. It also helped that she had a Playaz football jersey hanging that Jerrell Williams gave her. To read more of this story, click here

Louisville Won't Discipline Pitino; Kyle Anderson Planning Visits; MSU's Allen Transferring

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich knows the lurid details that came to light during the trial of a woman who tried to extort millions from Rick Pitino could affect some people’s perception of the highly successful coach.

Jurich isn’t one of them.

He reiterated his support for Pitino on Thursday after a jury found Karen Cunagin Sypher guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of retaliating against a witness. To read more of this story, click here

Wade to Fairfield; Giannini Gets Extension

Desmond Wade only needed one official visit to make his college choice.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound point guard will transfer to Fairfield University after taking an official visit last week. He must sit out a year per NCAA regulations.

Wade, a three-time time All-State performer at Linden (N.J.) High School, also visited Wagner and La Salle unofficially.

“Yes, I like the coaches [at Fairfeld],” Wade said. “The coaches are like a family. It was a nice campus and everything.” To read more of this story, click here

Negedu to New Mexico; Stefan to La Salle

Emmanuel Negedu, a 6-7, 220-pound sophomore forward originally from Nigeria, has landed at New Mexico.

“Yes, Emmanuel has committed to New Mexico,” Brewster (N.H.) Academy coach Jason Smith wrote by text. “He hasn’t signed [scholarship] papers yet. He will on Monday.”

Negedu, the 2008 New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year, also visited Indiana.

He sat out last season at Tennessee after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest on Sept. 28, 2009 and having a sub-pectoral internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted in his chest on Oct. 6. Negedu remained on full scholarship, attended practices and traveled with the team. To read more of this story, click here

Barrett's Career at La Salle Likely Over

I covered Kimmani Barrett during his tenure at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic and I broke the news of his commitment to La Salle.

He was a tremendous high school player and a nice, soft-spoken kid. He was part of a pioneering recruiting class for Dr. John Giannini that tried to turn things around at the Philly school.

Now his college career is over.

The 6-foot-5 Barrett will have surgery this week because of a fractured bone in his right foot.

“Kimmani Barrett has a fracture in his foot and he’s probably out for the year,” Giannini said Monday by phone. To read more of this story, click here

Lamb to Visit UConn; Duren to La Salle; Joseph Visits Minny

Oak Hill combo guard Doron Lamb will visit UConn Nov. 15-16.

The 6-foot combo guard out of Queens, N.Y., has visited Oklahoma, Kansas and Kentucky and will now make UConn his fourth official.

He may also visit Arizona, but no date has been set.

The early signing period runs Nov. 11-18 and it remains unclear when Lamb will sign early or late.

His father, Calvin, previously said his son faced a tough choice among his leaders.

“I think it’s going to be a tough choice for him,” Calvin said. To read more of this story, click here

Bingo's Broadus Placed on Indefinite Leave

Binghamton put men’s basketball coach Kevin Broadus on an indefinite paid leave of absence Wednesday after he was found to have violated NCAA rules last week.
 
FoxSports.com reported that Broadus had spoken with two student-athletes at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep on October 6, one day after the NCAA contact period had ended.
 
This incident was the latest black eye for a Binghamton program in the midst of a national scandal after one player, Emanuel “Tiki” Mayben, was caught distributing crack cocaine and five other players, including former Rutgers guard Corey Chandler, were dismissed from the program.
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Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio received an extension through 2013-14…Robert Morris got a commitment from 6-4 athletic wing Malcolm Lemmons of D.C. Gonzaga Prep…Rutgers cancelled its “Tip-Off to Kick Off” event on Friday prior to the Pitt football game. The event was cancelled due to inclement weather…Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez took his whole team out Tuesday night for Italian dinner and a showing of LeBron’s movie “More Than a Game.” The Pirates will host Devon Collier, Kyrie Irving and 2010 commit Fuquan Edwin on Oct. 30, and are hoping to get a visit from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God forward C.J. Leslie at some point also. Leslie heads to Kentucky this weekend for “Big Blue Madness” along with Irving, Tobias Harris, Achraf Yacoubou and Michael Gilchrist…Paterson Catholic sophomore Kyle Anderson headlines the sophomores invited to the Eddie Griffin Challenge Oct. 25 in Philly…South Kent (Conn.) guard Russ Smith has offers from Houston, Baylor, St. Bonaventure and La Salle and begins an official visit to La Salle today (Thursday).