SNY Feature on West Virginia-Bound Jabarie Hinds

Great feature here on West Virginia-bound point guard Jabarie Hinds of Mount Vernon, with sound from Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon.

The Knights play St. Anthony in the SNY Invitational Friday night at 8. Rice meets Boys & Girls in the first game.

The winners square off Saturday at 4 p.m. for the title.


**Jim Laise of talks West Virginia hoops

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Gilchrist Leads St. Pat's Into City of Palms Final; McLemore, Cook Pace Oak Hill to Hawaii Title; Jordan Classic Moving to North Carolina

Basketball fans hoping to see a Michael Gilchrist-Austin Rivers showdown Wednesday night on ESPNU won’t get their wish.

Gilchrist, the 6-foot-7 Kentucky signee, held up his end of the bargain by dropping a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds as Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick downed Mater Dei, 71-61, in the semifinals of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Meyers, Fla.

But Duke-bound Rivers and Winter Park came up short, 63-62, to Milton (Ga.) in the other semi.

St. Patrick, ranked No. 11 by USA Today, will face No. 15 Milton at 9:30 on ESPNU. To read more of this story, click here

St. Pat's, Oak Hill, Mount Vernon Reach Holiday Semis

Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, Oak Hill (Va.) Academy and Mount Vernon all advanced to the semifinals of prestigious holiday tournaments Saturday.

St. Patrick, ranked No. 11 by USA Today, beat Chicago Whitney Young, 92-68, in the quarterfinals of the City of Palms Classic behind 37 points from Western Kentucky signee Derrick Gordon.

St. Pat’s on Tuesday will face the winner of Monday’s game between Mater Dei (Calif.) and Christ School (N.C.).

Gordon’s made 12 of 20 shots, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, to go with three steals. To read more of this story, click here

Hinds, Mount Vernon Head to Hawaii

MOUNT VERNON -- As Jabarie Hinds stood in the lobby of Mount Vernon High School Monday afternoon, he received a special request from school safety officer Debbie Thompson.

Thompson asked Hinds, the 6-foot, 170-pound West Virginia-bound point guard, to autograph her glossy new Mount Vernon basketball calendar.

“Jabarie’s the man,” Thompson said. “He’s a smart kid. He has an ambition. He knows what he wants and he’s going for it. That’s a great thing.”

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Jones is the Face of the Mountaineers

NEW YORK — Mount Vernon (N.Y.) senior point guard Jabarie Hinds was recently on an official visit to West Virginia, where he traveled across campus with his former high school teammate, Kevin Jones.

Hinds was so impressed with the reception Jones received, he compared his popularity to that of LeBron James.

“Everywhere he goes, he’s getting stopped, signing his signature,” said Hinds, who committed to West Virginia on

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SNY Exclusive: Jabarie Hinds Makes the Call

NEW YORK — Mount Vernon point guard Jabarie Hinds made his college announcement Tuesday in the studio in Manhattan.

“I made my final decision and I’ll be heading to West Virginia University, the Mountaineers,” said the 6-foot, 170-pound Hinds, the No. 26 point guard in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals.

Hinds, who averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 steals and 4.0 rebounds last season and has scored more than 1,000 points in his Mount Vernon career, chose the Mountaineers over UConn, UNLV and UCLA. To read more of this story, click here

Pitino Watches Hinds; Allen to Visit Siena; Maryland's Pankey Rehabbing from Surgery

Here are a couple of quick, but interesting recruiting notes for Tuesday morning…

**Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was on hand Monday night to watch Mount Vernon junior point guard Jabarie Hinds in his team’s final regular season game. Hinds dropped 13 points in a 77-67 loss.

The top six schools showing interest in Hinds are Louisville, Virginia, Wake Forest, St. John’s, UNLV and Seton Hall, coach Bob Cimmino said.

As I wrote Monday, Cimmino and Hinds will meet in July to cut the list and focus on certain schools. To read more of this story, click here

Bulked-up Jones Making Impact at West Virginia

NEW YORK -- One morning in the summer of 2008, Andy Kettler looked at his watch and noticed that it was five minutes before 10 and Kevin Jones had still not turned up for his appointed workout in the West Virginia weight room.

“[Shoot], Kevin’s normally here by now,” Kettler, West Virginia’s strength and conditioning coach, thought to himself.

“All of a sudden I see Kevin running in in a warmup suit sweating his [butt] off. He ran maybe 20 minutes with a backpack and everything on and apologized to me three or four times,” Kettler recalled.

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Top 6 Schools Recruiting Mount Vernon's Hinds

From Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon to Rutgers players Jonathan Mitchell and Mike Coburn to West Virginia sophomore Kevin Jones, Mount Vernon High School coach Bob Cimmino has turned out one star after another.

The next in that line is junior point guard Jabarie Hinds.

The 6-foot, 166-pound Hinds is ranked No. 18 among point guards in the Class of 2011 and No. 77 overall.

He’s averaging 25 points, 4.5 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals for a team that is 12-5 and plays its final regular season game Monday.

“He’ll be a point guard that understands the flow of the game. He’ll get the ball to the players he’s supposed to get it to. He can score when he needs to score and he loves to play defense,” Cimmino said when asked to describe what Hinds will contribute at the next level.

It’s still early but Cimmino says half a dozen schools are working the hardest on landing Hinds. To read more of this story, click here