Houston Power Forward Samir Sehic Among Fastest-rising Prospects This July


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This past weekend, Samir Sehic and his dad counted: The Cypress (TX) prospect played 29 games over a 19-day span to open July.

It certainly yielded something. Sehic picked up new offers including Notre Dame, Nebraska, Penn State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

In the process, the 6-foot-9 power forward earned his spot among the fastest rising players this evaluation period. To read more of this story, click here

Head Coaches Turn Out for Briscoe at Live in AC

Briscoe Peach Jam actionBy ARI ROSENFELD & ADAM ZAGORIA

GALLOWAY, N.J.Isaiah Briscoe has entered the final live period of his high school career, and his suitors are putting on the fullcourt press.

Steve Lavin returned from his Bosnian recruiting trip to watch Briscoe go for 17 points in a 79-54 beatdown of  Maryland 3D in the Live in AC event at Richard Stockton College on Wednesday night.

Lavin was joined by Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan, Villanova head coach Jay Wright, Seton Hall assistant Fred Hill and Arizona assistant Book Richardson. To read more of this story, click here

D.J. Hogg Set to Cut List; Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M Working Hardest



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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a fantastic performance at Peach Jam, D.J. Hogg is looking to build on a recruitment that has multiple high-major schools showing interest.

“I’m looking to cut my list sometime after Peach Jam,” Hogg told SNY.tv. “Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M are probably the schools that are working the hardest right now, texting me everyday.” To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Could Package With Newman & Stone at Kansas or Kentucky

RabbNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Malik Newman and Diamond Stone aren’t the only ones talking about going to the same school together next year.

Ivan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 forward from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, told SNY.tv he wants to join up with Newman and Stone, too.

“Me, Diamond and Malik, we’re all planning to kind of go to school together,” Rabb said at the Peach Jam.

“But I’m not really 100 percent. They’re more serious than I am because we all have different schools  that we’re looking at…so I make my own decisions at the end of the day because I’m my own man. But if the opportunity is right and I think it’s a good decision, then maybe that might happen.” To read more of this story, click here

Cheick Diallo Sets St. John’s, Iowa State Visits

Cheick Diallo, the 6-foot-9 big man from Our Savior New American and Team Scan, has set two official visits.

Diallo will visit Iowa State Sept. 26 and St. John’s Oct 18, his guardian told SNY.tv. St. John’s Midnight Madness is Oct. 17.

He is also planning a visit to Kansas, but no date is set.

Diallo has already been to Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Kentucky. Kansas in also among his top five.

He will sit out the rest of July on the AAU circuit in order to rest and rehab his back.

Coaches from all five schools watched  him at the Peach Jam last week, where he averaged 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in seven games.

Team Scan reached the semifinals on Sunday morning before losing to Isaiah Briscoe and the Playaz.

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Diamond Stone Announcing Nov. 12; Malik Newman Has No Date

Diamond Stone, the 6-foot-10 big man from Milwaukee Dominican, will announce his college choice Nov. 12, the first day of the NCAA early signing period, he told Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Stone is considering Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn, Kansas, Duke and UCLA, among others.

He and point guard Malik Newman have talked about a package deal, with UConn and Kansas thought to be the most likely landing spots for the combo package.

But the 6-4 Newman told SNY.tv Monday night that he doesn’t have a date set for his announcement, and will likely announce on a different date from Stone.

“My boy committing before me…wish him the best of luck… @Diamond_Stone33 don’t mean that’s the school I’m going to tho…,” he Tweeted.

Newman has insisted all along that he and the 6-foot-10 Stone will be a package deal in college, telling Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal, “I think that team [that gets us] is going to win the NCAA championship.” To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Says St. John’s, Arizona, Rutgers Call Him the Most

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — The Isaiah Briscoe Sweepstakes is red hot.

Coaches from all the schools recruiting the 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard watched him lead the Playaz Basketball Club to the Nike Peach Jam championship on Sunday afternoon as Briscoe was named to the ZAGSBLOG Peach Jam All-1st Team.

In the above interview with Dan Poneman of Krossover TV, Briscoe says that three schools call him the most.

“St. John’s, Coach [Steve] Lavin, Coach [Sean] Miller [from Arizona], those are probably the only two,” he said, before adding, “Coach [Eddie] Jordan from Rutgers.”

Briscoe is considering Arizona, Louisville, St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova. He broke down his schools here and is expected to decide sometime this fall.

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Dillon Brooks Talks Recruiting, Team Canada


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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Dillon Brooks has become a hot name quickly in the basketball world.

The 6-foot-6 Brooks out of CIA Bounce and Findlay Prep averaged 19.5 points in his first two games at Peach Jam, in a 64-60 loss to Each 1 Teach 1, and a 65-62 overtime win over Athletes First.

“Iowa State, Rhode Island, Illinois, Duquesne and New Mexico State have offered,” Brooks said. “I’m getting interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, Washington State.” To read more of this story, click here

Zimmerman Sets Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky Visits

Stephen Zimmerman has set three official visits for October.

The 7-footer from the Oakland Soldiers and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman will trip to North Carolina Oct. 3, Kansas Oct. 10 and Kentucky Oct. 17 for Big Blue Madness, his mom told SNY.tv.

Zimmerman has taken unofficial visits to UCLA, UNLV and Arizona, schools close to his hometown of Las Vegas.

Zimmerman now lists Kansas, UNLV, North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and Arizona as his final seven, with Louisville no longer on the list.

“Just whenever I feel comfortable,” Zimmerman said previously of when he might commit. “If I feel really comfortable with a school tomorrow, I’ll commit.”

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Esa Ahmad to Cut List At End of July

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.Esa Ahmad will cut his list to “seven or eight” schools at the end of July, his father told SNY.tv.

Ibby Ahmad said Ohio State, Maryland and West Virginia are “definitely on the list” for his son, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Cleveland (OH) Shaker Heights.

Ibby said his son is also looking at taking visits soon to Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

UConn, UNLV and Iowa State are among those also in the mix.

“I’m real open right now so it’s up in the air,” Esa said. To read more of this story, click here