Player Blog: Elijah Burns Planning Notre Dame Visit

Elijah Burns is one of the top small forwards in the Northeast in the Class of 2015. He will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG going forward. Here is his second Player Blog.

Since the first weekend of the EYBL has come to an end I will give an update on my recruitment and my trip to Germany. For starters I was not in Sac-town last weekend, I was in Mannheim, Germany representing my country at the Albert Schweitzer games.  To read more of this story, click here

Player Blog: Matt Ryan Talks Carolina, Duke Visits

Matt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2015.

He is being recruited at the highest levels, including by Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

Here’s his third player blog for ZAGSBLOG:

Back again. Within the last week I took unofficial visits to both UNC and Duke.

My experience at UNC was an all-day visit with the coaching staff accompanied by my mother and little brother. Coach [Hubert] Davis is my To read more of this story, click here

Player Blog: Matt Ryan Planning Carolina, Duke Visits

Matt RyanMatt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2015.

He is being recruited at the highest levels, including by Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

Here’s his second player blog for ZAGSBLOG:

What’s up, everybody?

This is my second blog just to recap what I’ve been going through and what I’ve experienced that last few months.

With many new schools entering my recruitment in the fall I thought it was important to get to see these teams play whenever possible. I got to take in UNC play Louisville at Mohegan Sun in that tournament championship game. I then got to see Duke at MSG play Alabama, and also Notre Dame play Ohio State at MSG. These were all great games and very convenient distance-wise. To read more of this story, click here

Eli Cain’s Player Blog

Eli Cain is a shooting guard at St. Benedict’s Prep who is receiving increasing interest and offers from Division 1 schools. He will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG. Here’s his first entry:

What’s good, everybody?

My name is Eli Cain and I was born and raised in Willingboro, N.J., which is a small town in South Jersey.

Last year I attended Medford Tech High School in Medford, N.J., where my teammates and I had a great season but took a tough loss in the state finals. During the summer I play AAU ball with the best squad out, the New Jersey Playaz! To read more of this story, click here

Elijah Burns’ Player Blog

Elijah BurnsElijah Burns is one of the top small forwards in the Northeast in the Class of 2015. He will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG going forward. Here is his first Player Blog.

Hey, what’s up, everybody?

My name is Elijah Burns. I was born and raised in Troy, N.Y., which is small city in upstate New York. I attend school at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., and I am in the class of 2015. For the past few summers I have played on the Nike circuit with the Albany City Rocks.

This past summer was very eventful because I reclassed and that brought more schools into the mix of my recruitment. Before I reclassed I had offers from Siena, Holy Cross, JMU, Boston U, and Albany and interest from other mid-major schools. Once I got to Blair I started to here from the likes of Temple, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Georgetown, Kansas State, and more. Recently, I have received offers from Seton Hall and Boston College.  To read more of this story, click here

Bryce Aiken’s Player Blog

Bryce Aiken of The Patrick School in Elizabeth, N.J., is one of the top point guards in the Class of 2016. He will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG going forward. Here is his first Player Blog.

Hey, what’s up?

So far the season has been going well even though we got off to a rough start. During Christmas Break, we traveled to California to play in the Torrey Pines Tournament. We battled some of the top teams in the country and we were able to hold our own. We, as a team, spent a lot of time together in California which has helped our team chemistry and it definitely shows on the court.

We’ve added a few pieces with [Seton Hall signee] Angel Delgado and Dupree McBrayer and they are both terrific To read more of this story, click here

Melvin Swift’s Player Blog

Melvin Swift is a 6-foot-7 power forward from Houston Yates High School who has recently narrowed his college list and will sign in the spring.

This is his first Player Blog for ZAGSBLOG.

Hey basketball fans.

My name is Melvin Swift. I live in Houston, TX. I currently attend Jack Yates High School in the Third Ward area of Houston. I played AAU with Houston Select and the Houston Defenders in the past couple of summers. I’m writing this blog to let you guys know what acceptance to attend different colleges has been like. To read more of this story, click here

Player Blog: Matt Ryan Talks Recruiting, Coach K

Matt RyanMatt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2015.

He is being recruited at the highest levels, including by Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Here’s his first player blog:

What’s up, basketball world?

My name is Matt Ryan. I live in the small town of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. I attend Iona Prep in New Rochelle and played AAU with New Heights NYC on the Adidas circuit the last two springs and summers. I’m writing this blog to let people know what my recruitment has been like and what it has become. To read more of this story, click here

Johnson Recruiting Robinson, Okonoboh to Indiana

Robert Johnson of Chesterfield (Va.) Benedictine committed to Indiana on Friday. In this Player Blog for ZAGSBLOG Johnson said he’s working on getting a few other recruits — Devin Robinson and Goodluck Okonoboh -- to join him.

What’s up, everybody?

This is Robert Johnson and this is my blog. I am very happy to say I am now a future Indiana Hoosier!

I thank God for everything he has done in my life. The recruiting process has been long and tiring and I’m glad it’s all over. To read more of this story, click here

Jeff Newberry to Oklahoma State

Jeff Newberry of New Mexico Junior College is one of the top junior college point guards in the nation. In his latest Player Blog for ZAGSBLOG, the 6-foot-2 Newberry unveils his college choice after narrowing his list to three — Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and UConn — in his last blog.

The wait is finally over.

I have chosen to continue my collegiate career after this last year of Junior College at Oklahoma State University.

I couldn’t be more happy and confident in my decision. Coach [Travis] Ford is a great coach and I can’t wait to get on campus in Stillwater next Fall but first I have to take care of my business in Hobbs, N.M.

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