Sam Cassell Jr. Is 'Blowing Up'

UConn assistants Kevin Ollie and Glen Miller will watch uncommitted 2012 shooting guard Sam Cassell Jr. today at the National Prep Invitational in Rhode Island, according to Notre Dame Prep head coach Ryan Hurd.

The 6-foot-2 Cassell Jr. went for 40 points last Friday against Winchendon and is now hearing from UConn, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, USF, UCF, Washington, Maryland and Seton Hall, Hurd and Cassell Jr. said.

“I think I can bring energy to a team along with some scoring,” Cassell Jr. told To read more of this story, click here

After Early Trash-Talking, Kilpatrick Keying Cincy's Run

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin redshirted Sean Kilpatrick two years ago because he would’ve been playing behind veteran guard Deonta Vaughn and one-and-done phenom Lance Stephenson.

Once Vaughn and Stephenson departed, it opened the doors for Kilpatrick to step into a major role with the Bearcats.

Now a sophomore, the 6-foot-4 wing is a major reason why Cincinnati (15-4 overall, 5-1 in the Big East) is off to its best start in conference play since joining the league in 2005.

He drained a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left Wednesday to lead Cincinnati to a 70-67 over No. 13 UConn at Gampel Pavilion. To read more of this story, click here

Notre Dame Prep to Add 7-footer Steven Adams

Steven Adams will be eligible for the 2012 NBA Draft.

But the 7-footer will spend next year at Notre Dame Prep after graduating from Scots College in New Zealand before heading to Pittsburgh for the 2012-13 season.

“He’s coming to our school,” Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd told by phone. “We’re excited to have him here next year.”

Hurd hasn’t seen Adams play in person, but he’s watched enough on tape to know that he’s getting a future pro. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Davis Could Announce This Week

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Notre Dame Prep guard Myles Davis could announce his college choice as early as Friday.

If the Playaz Basketball Club reaches the finals of the Nike Peach Jam here (7 p.m. Friday), Davis plans to announce on ESPNU.

“If we do make it to the TV game, I would commit on TV,” the 6-foot-1 Plainfield, N.J. native said after scoring 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting in a 90-82 victory over The Family from Detroit.

“If not I’m going to wait until the end of the month.”

Asked if he had already made up his mind, Davis said, “I’m almost there.”

Davis, who left Plainfield High School before last season for Notre Dame Prep, is down to Xavier, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. To read more of this story, click here

Ledo Decommits; Mayo Getting Visitors

Little more than a month since committing to Providence on Christmas Day, Ricardo Ledo has decommitted.

The No. 2 shooting guard in the Class of 2012 from Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep announced the move on his Twitter.

“I’m no longer a providence friar I decided to open my recruitment back up and view my other options.”

Numerous schools were involved with the 6-foot-6 Ledo prior to the commitment, including Louisville, Kansas, Syracuse, Kentucky and UConn. To read more of this story, click here

Providence Offers Mayo (UPDATED)

Providence is the latest school to offer Todd Mayo, the 6-foot-4 uncommitted senior combo guard from Notre Dame Prep and the half-brother of Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo.

“I like Providence,” Mayo said after watching the Friars shock No. 8 Villanova, 83-68. “They definitely get up and down and play. They play hard, never quit and what really surprised me was they made some guards that possibly could be in the NBA this year or next year quit. Providence never let up and it’s the second team they have knocked off this year that was highly ranked in the country.”

Half a dozen Notre Dame Prep players attended the game with head coach Ryan Hurd, including 2012 Providence commit Ricky Ledo.

Mayo is also being courted by Kansas, Baylor, Marquette, West Virginia “and maybe Pitt.” he said. To read more of this story, click here

Big East Report: Notre Dame Prep Coach Talks Prospects

In this issue of The Big East Report, Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd talks about the slew of future Division 1 and uncommitted players on his talented roster.

The Notre Dame Prep roster now includes 2012 Providence commit Ricardo Ledo, 2011 Pittsburgh signee Khem Birch, 2011 Louisville commit Angel Nunez and a pair of Fordham prospects, Fatty McMillan and Jeff Short.

Hurd’s loaded roster also features several talented uncommitted guards, 6-4 Todd Mayo, who’s being courted by Baylor, Kansas, Marquette and Oklahoma State, and 2012 guard Myles Davis, who’s looking at Xavier, Georgetown, Pitt and Villanova.


**NBA prospect Birch emerges from car crash

**Tough day for St. John’s commits at Big Apple

**Uncommitted studs at Big Apple Invite

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A Potential Draft Pick, Birch Emerges from Car Crash

NEW YORK — Khem Birch was sitting in the front seat of a 2011 Dodge Journey alongside Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd Saturday afternoon as they traveled on I-95 to New York City.

Hurd’s car was the first of three Notre Dame Prep vehicles taking the basketball team from Fitchburg, Mass., to face South Kent (Conn.) for a 3:30 tip-off at the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College.

All of a sudden, while they were in Norwalk, Conn., another vehicle cut across two lanes of traffic, causing an accident about six cars in front of them.

Hurd managed to stop the car, only to be rear-ended, causing the Dodge to smash into the car in front of them.

“We just crashed,” said the 6-foot-9, 210-pound Birch, a Montreal native. “It was scary. Everything went through my mind. I don’t even know what happened. I was scared.” To read more of this story, click here