By JACK LeGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA
Dupree McBrayer has committed to Minnesota and will likely prep this year at Vermont Academy, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.
Evan Daniels of Scout.com was the first to report the news.
McBrayer also considered Seton Hall, St. John’s and Creighton, among others.
The 6-foot-4 left-handed guard from The Patrick School (N.J.) visited Minnesota in June and enjoyed it.
“The campus was great, the facilities was nice even though it was getting worked on, it was real nice and the weather was good, too,” McBrayer told SNY.tv then. “You hear a lot about Minnesota, you think it’s cold, but it was real hot out there….You thinking of cold all the way.” To read more of this story, click here
While coaches across America are out recruiting, Minnesota has landed a pledge.
Kevin Dorsey, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound point guard from Waldorf (MD) Paul VI Catholic, committed to Minnesota Saturday over Maryland and Nebraska.
Dorsey is the No. 17-rated point guard in the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.
‘Kevin brings pure speed and toughness and plays fearlessly,” Paul VI coach Glen Farello told SNY.tv. “He is explosive and competes every possession.” To read more of this story, click here
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By JOHN PAVIA
Special to ZAGSBLOG
Sunrise Christian Prep center Bakary Konate committed to the University of Minnesota on Wednesday to become their fifth commitment to play under coach Richard Pitino next season.
Konate’s Sunrise Christian Prep coach, Luke Barnwell, offered his take to SNY.tv on what Konate will bring to the Golden Gophers next season.
“He’s a legit 6-11 guy,” he said. “He’s very long, a defensive presence at the rim and a pretty good shot blocker. He moves pretty well and gets up and down the floor. He’s fairly skilled and can make perimeter shots for a big guy. He will be a defensive presence right away at Minnesota, but offensively, he may need to develop a little bit more.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Thursday’s NIT championship game will pit one former Knicks coach against the son of another former Knicks coach.
Larry Brown vs. Richard Pitino on the Madison Square Garden floor.
And Rick Pitino will be sitting behind his son’s bench when Minnesota (24-13) faces SMU (27-9) at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.
“I know they got the Knick dressing room, so what does that tell you?” Brown joked Wednesday on a conference call.
Brown coached the Knicks for one ill-fated season in 2005-6, while the elder Pitino led the Knicks from 1987-89. To read more of this story, click here
Josh Martin is headed to the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward out of Bothell (WA) committed to Minnesota on Monday, choosing the Gophers over Pitt and Florida State.
“Officially committing I the university of Minnesota,” he Tweeted.
He visited Minnesota two weeks ago.
“It was an easy decision in my mind,” Martin told the Star Tribune. “It was actually not as hard as most people think. It was hard to evaluate and whatnot, but when I was down there, everything just clicked. To read more of this story, click here
BLAIRSTOWN, N.J. — Richard Pitino wants to pump the brakes on his dad’s suggestion that Louisville and Minnesota should meet in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
“He’s going to have to be an executive at ESPN to decide,” the Minnesota coach told SNY.tv of his father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, during a recent recruiting trip to Blair Academy.
“I think he just won the national championship but he doesn’t make those decisions. ESPN does.”
Speaking at his recent Hall of Fame induction, Rick Pitino said he’d like to see the matchup happen. To read more of this story, click here
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Everywhere Minnesota’s “Big 3″ go this summer, Richard Pitino and his staff will be there.
The Minnesota coach knows that if he can land some combination of Tyus Jones, Reid Travis and Rashad Vaughn, it will not only be seen as a huge recruiting victory going forward, but it will also translate into winning basketball games on the court in the Big Ten Conference.
And that, after all, is what it’s all about.
So there Pitino was this past weekend, dutifully sitting in the stands watching Jones, Travis and Vaughn compete in the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity Washington University. To read more of this story, click here
PHILADELPHIA — One year ago, top basketball recruits in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia corridor weren’t talking about Minnesota as a possible destination.
Not even a little bit.
Now, it’s hard to find a top recruit in this area who isn’t mentioning Minnesota and new coach Richard Pitino among the schools working the hardest for their services.
“He came at me with a great recruitment,” 2014 Brooklyn Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead said of Pitino Sunday at the Mary Kline Classic. To read more of this story, click here
After a long July on the recruiting circuit with the New England Playaz, Naadir Tharpe has a list of schools in mind but plans to wait until he gets back to Brewster (N.H.) Academy to cut his list.
“I don’t have any top schools,” Tharpe, who previously decommitted from Providence, said Monday morning. “I’m basically looking at everybody until I get back to school and talk to my coach [Jason Smith] about what schools fit me the best.”
The 6-foot, 170-pound Tharpe listed St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Minnesota, Iowa State, Marquette, Providence and Oklahoma. To read more of this story, click here
J.P. Tokoto had just returned from seeing “Karate Kid” with his friends late Tuesday night, when his phone rang at 12:01 a.m. Wisconsin time
“It was Coach [Roy] Williams,” Tokoto said by phone from the NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va.
The 6-foot-6 Tokoto had spoken to the North Carolina coach numerous times but this call was different. Tuesday marked the first day college coaches could call members of the Class of 2012.
“I was very excited,” Tokoto said. “It wasn’t my first time talking to him so at first I thought it was just another phonecall with coach Roy. I was not expecting at the end of the conversation to get an offer, which took me by surprise and left me speechless.” To read more of this story, click here