Doral Moore Talks Kentucky, Ohio State

By JASON MORROW

SUWANEE, Ga. – With head coaches flocking around during the second live July period, Atlanta Xpress 7-footer Doral Moore put his game on full display, and has been relatively pleased with the results.

“I feel like I’ve played really, really well [on] offense and defense. I feel like I’ve left a couple plays][on the floor],” Moore said at the Under Armour Association Finals.

Moore has cut his list to five schools – Kentucky, Ohio State, Florida, Wake Forest, and Illinois.

As for what the 7-footer is looking for when he does decide, Moore kept it simple. To read more of this story, click here

Malik Newman Will Cut to 5, Still Wants to Play With Diamond Stone

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Malik Newman is injured and unable to play at this week’s Peach Jam, but that didn’t prevent him from stopping by the Under Armour Association Finals in Georgia to shake Diamond Stone’s hand, according to Tweets from Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The 6-foot-4 Newman has insisted all along that he and the 6-foot-10 Stone will be a package deal in college, telling Jones, “I think that team [that gets us] is going to win the NCAA championship.”

Newman told SNY.tv at the LeBron James Skills Academy that UConn, Kansas, Kentucky, N.C. State and Miami are schools that have been recruiting the duo as a package deal. To read more of this story, click here

Michael “Baby Durant” Porter Meeting the Hype in July

By NICK MEDLINE

Special to ZAGSBLOG

RIVERSIDE, Ill.— Before turning 16, Michael Porter earned offers from Kansas, Missouri, Washington, Wichita State, Baylor, SMU, Indiana and several other schools.

The 2017 Columbia (MO) small forward, though, has one glaring problem: Very few players his age can match him.

Playing up one age level — with the loaded 16U MoKan Elite squad — he still dominated in the Riverside (IL) tournament this weekend. Porter and fellow top 2017 player Jeremiah Tilmon throttled local teams.

“I think I played pretty well,” he told SNY.tv. “The competition isn’t up to where ours is. We have to keep executing and not playing down to the competition.” To read more of this story, click here

Blakeney Adds Kentucky, Carolina Offers, Considered a ‘Future Pro’

BlakeneyBy NICK MEDLINE

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Kentucky and North Carolina offered Antonio Blakeney within a 24-hour span after his performance at the LeBron James Skills Academy.

“Coach Cal told me I played well,” the 6-foot-3 Blakeney, who will be on display at the Peach Jam beginning Thursday with E1T1, told SNY.tv. “He liked the way I came up with the ball, and how I can score the ball.”

North Carolina coach Roy Williams also chimed in with an offer for the Orlando shooting guard, who holds a reported 20 offers including Louisville, Florida, Missouri and Oregon.

Ranked No. 16 by Rivals.com in the class of 2015, Blakeney earned high praise for his scoring ability. And during a crucial opener to the July live period, he did enough to earn one of the most coveted offers in the nation. To read more of this story, click here

Dwayne Bacon Looking to Cut List After July

PHILADELPHIA — Dwayne Bacon had a slew of schools watching him last week at the Reebok Classic Breakout, and the 6-foot-6 Oak Hill (Va.) Academy combo guard is looking to cut his list relatively soon.

“Looking to cut my list after July,” he told SNY.tv.

Bacon, who will spend his senior year at Oak Hill after transferring from  Lakeland (Fla.) McKeel Academy, listed Florida State, USF, Tennesssee, Louisville, USC, UCLA and Georgetown among those he’s considering.

“It’s just a lot,” he said. “I forget some but it’s a lot.” To read more of this story, click here

Jarred Reuter to Cut List This Summer

PHILADELPHIA — Jarred Reuter got to test himself against some of the best bigs in the Class of 2015 last week at the Reebok Classic Breakout.

The 6-foot-8 Reuter out of Brewster (N.H.) Academy competed against 6-8 Elijah Thomas, 6-10 Diamond Stone, 6-11 Skal Labissiere and 7-3 Christ Koumadje.

“I held my own, played good D,” Reuter told SNY.tv. “I think I’ve proven I can play them all and hold my own, so it’s been good.”

As far as schools, Reuter said he noticed that Providence, Rhode Island, Iowa and South Carolina attended all of his games. To read more of this story, click here

Memphis, Kentucky Among Leaders for 6-11 Skal Labissiere

PHILADELPHIA — Last week’s Reebok Classic Breakout featured a slew of talented big men in Elijah Thomas, Diamond Stone and Chimezie Metu, but 6-foot-11 Skal Labissiere was as impressive as any of them.

Former Virginia, Providence and Xavier coach Pete Gillen coached Labissiere all week and came away saying he likes the young man’s game but that he needs to be more assertive.

“He got better as the week went on,” Gillen told SNY.tv. “He’s such a nice young man. He’s a beautiful kid, you want your son to be more like him, but he’s gotta be more aggressive. But as the week went on he got more aggressive. In his last game he was terrific [scoring 22 points]. He was hitting shots, he was like a volcano that grew.

“He’s a finesse post guy. You can say four/five. He’s certainly comfortable facing the basket but I think he’s a versatile post man. He can play the four or five.” To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky Offers Blakeney, Ellenson; Louisville Offers Alkins, Thornton (UPDATED)

BlakeneyAs the July recruiting period heats up, Kentucky has offered a pair of 2015 stars in Antonio Blakeney and Henry Ellenson, while Louisville has extended offers to a pair of 2016 guards.

Kentucky has now offered 12 players in the Class of 2015, according to ZAGSBLOG contributor Chip Miller.

The Wildcats offered the 6-foot-4 2015 Blakeney out of Orlando (FL) Oak Ridge, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

Blakeney previously told SNY.tv he was being courted by Louisville, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida State, Providence, LSU and USC. To read more of this story, click here

Carlton Bragg Will Cut to 5 in September, Kentucky Making Strong Pitch

adidas UnrivaledBy NICK MEDLINE

Special to ZAGSBLOG

CHICAGO — On September 1, Carlton Bragg plans to cut his list to five schools, he told SNY.tv.

In this unique recruitment, three spots are guaranteed, and the remaining two are wide open.

Bragg confirmed that he plans to keep Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky on his final list. As for the other two? With so many schools in pursuit, that might get tricky.

The Rivals.com No. 9 prospect in the class of 2015 opened his July evaluation period in Chicago. At the Adidas Unrivaled Camp, he proved his top-ten status — but still strives for better. To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Notebook: Kentucky Offers Brandon Ingram; Kobi Simmons, Damontrae Jefferson, Carlton Bragg Impress; Donovan Mitchell, Omari Spellman, Christ Koumadje Add Offers

adidas UnrivaledBy NICK MEDLINE 

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CHICAGO — Coaches and media members flocked to Chicago from Thursday to Sunday.

Adidas held its “Unrivaled Camp” over the weekend, with several top-100 players in attendance. It even ended with an All-Star game that pitted the best young players against one another. Several 2015, 2016, and even 2017 prospects added to their stock with great performances. Here’s what stood out.

— There’s no choice but to begin with 2015 prospect Brandon Ingram. The 6-foot-8 five-star small forward from Kinston (N.C.) picked up an offer from Kentucky on the heels of a dominant performances.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com referred to his “scoring arsenal,” which includes shots from all over the court. Ingram was better than his Rivals.com No. 25 ranking, and should become even more of a priority for teams as the July evaluation period progresses.

As previously reported, Ingram already held offers from North Carolina, Duke, Minnesota, N.C. State, Clemson, VCU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson and Louisville. To read more of this story, click here