Seven Schools Working Hardest for Tyus Battle (UPDATED)

tyus-battle-zagSeven schools are working the hardest for 2016 guard Tyus Battle, his father told SNY.tv.

Gary Battle listed Ohio State, UConn, Virginia, Villanova, Michigan, Syracuse and Indiana as those “working the hardest.”

Several of those schools are due in today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) to see the 6-5 Battle work out at Gill St. Bernard.s

Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins was in Thursday, with UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Virginia’s Jason Williford, Michigan’s Jeff Meyer, Villanova’s Ashley Howard and Seton Hall’s Shaheen Holloway expected Friday. To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s, Memphis, FSU, Fordham, Loyola-Chicago Pursuing Forward Thomas

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Keith Thomas’s consistency, collection of double-doubles, and furious-paced work ethic is what makes the 6-foot-8 Westchester Community College forward appealing to high-major Division-I programs.

Thomas played just one year of high school basketball at Yorktown (N.Y.), spearheading the Huskers to the Section 1 Final Four. A rediscovery of how much he loves the game allowed Thomas to make a second run.

Now the Mount Vernon native is one of the nation’s most hotly pursued forwards.

“He was so consistent this year, but what I really like about Keith is he takes no prisoners on the court,” said Vikes head coach Tyrone Mushatt, who played at WCC himself in the mid-1990s. To read more of this story, click here

Adonis Delarosa, Andre Walker to Announce Wednesday (UPDATED)

DelarosaAdonis Delarosa moved up his announcement date to Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. from April 18.

“I will be committing on April 9th !! Was supposed to visit USC April 12th,” he Tweeted.

Christ the King point guard Andre Walker will also announce Wednesday for either Boston University or Loyola (Md.). The 6-foot Walker was named MVP after scoring 25 points when Christ the King beat Long Island Lutheran last month in the  New York State Tournament of Champions “AA” Final.

The 6-foot-11 Delarosa recently visited Pittsburgh and said he enjoyed it.

Pitt has five commits for 2014. Small forwards Sheldon Jeter and Ryan Luther and center Shaq Doorson signed early, while shooting guard Detrick  Mostella and power forward/center Tyrone Haughton verbally committed.

St. John’s — which has no commits for 2014 — also remains confident about its chances for the Christ the King big man. The Johnnies need bigs with the departures of Chris Obekpa, JaKarr Sampson, Orlando Sanchez and God’sgift Achiuwa. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Turner Remains Open, Targeting Decision After Jordan Game

Turner Mickey'DOf the 24 players participating in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game, only one is undecided on college.

That would be Myles Turner, the 7-footer from Trinity High School in Texas.

Turner is targeting a decision by mid- to late-April after he competes in the McDonald’s Game, the Nike Hoop Summit (April 12) and the Jordan Brand Classic (April 18).

“After the Jordan Brand Classic, I’m going to sit down with my family and do my best to set a date to commit,” he said Wednesday during the McDonald’s Game on ESPN.

Turner officially lists nine schools, his father recently told SNY.tv, but the perception is that it is a two-horse race between Kansas and Texas.

“It’s definitely a lot more open than [Kansas and Texas]” Turner said, according to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. “A lot of people assume that it’s just Kansas and Texas, because it’s close to home, it’s the Big 12. But I’m definitely looking at all my options. … I don’t even know where I’m going yet.”

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2015 G Franklin Howard to Announce April 14

Franklin HowardFranklin Howard, a 6-foot-4 2015 shooting guard from Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI and Team Takeover, announced on Twitter he will name his college on his 17th birthday, April 14.

Howard is considering Maryland, Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia, Syracuse, and N.C. State.

He missed this past season after undergoing ACL surgery last summer.

“Frank is on his way to full recovery from ACL last July,” Paul VI coach Glen Farello told SNY.tv. “Frank’s got the combination of skill, IQ and competitiveness that coaches appreciate. The kid is a winner. And he will be even more hungry coming back. He will end up being a combo guard. He has a great pace to his game.”

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Esa Ahmad to Visit Cincinnati; Several Schools Working Hard

Esa Ahmad, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Cleveland (Ohio) Shaker Heights who was named the Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year, will visit Cincinnati beginning April 11, his father told SNY.tv.

“We know they have a good program and a great coach,” Ibby Ahmad, Esa’s father, told SNY.tv. “We want to get a feel for the college.”

Ranked No. 89 in the Class of 2015 by 247 Sports, Ahmad has already visited Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton, Clemson, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Cleveland State and his father said he plans to visit West Virginia, Michigan and Michigan State. To read more of this story, click here

Delarosa Enjoys Pittsburgh Visit; More Expected to Come

Adonis Delarosa enjoyed his weekend visit to Pittsburgh and may take other visits before announcing his decision April 18.

“I like what they’re doing over there,” the 6-foot-11 Delarosa told SNY.tv.

Asked how he might fit in there, he added, “They need a low-post guy that can score and also step out and hit the mid-range.”

Delarosa, recently selected for the Jordan Brand Regional Game April 18, said he has no other visits set although it’s possible he could trip to some combination of Rutgers, South Carolina and other schools. To read more of this story, click here

Nathan Ekwu Expected to Decide This Week

Nathan Ekwu, a skilled 6-foot-7 2014 forward from Cardinal Hayes in The Bronx, is expected to pick either Davidson or Fordham on Monday or Tuesday, Hayes coach Joe Lods told SNY.tv.

Davidson coach Bob McKillop flew up to see Ekwu on Thursday, and the player then visited Fordham this weekend on an official.

Lods said it was possible Ekwu could take a visit to Seton Hall next weekend, but will likely land at Davidson or Fordham.

Ekwu averaged 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks this season.

“He’s got good skills away from the basket,” Lods said. “He’s a better shooter than people realize. He hit a decent amount of 3-pointers. He shoots the ball a lot better than people think. His upside is high.”

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Briscoe Following UConn, Arizona in NCAAs

Briscoe DunkAs this NCAA Tournament unfolds, Isaiah Briscoe is focusing on watching UConn and Arizona, two schools he is considering.

“He’s following UConn and Arizona, who are two of his top schools left in the NCAA Tournament,” Roselle Catholic coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv Saturday. “He’s excited to see how their guards are playing.”

Arizona meets Wisconsin in the West regional final later Saturday, while UConn faces Michigan State Sunday at Madison Square Garden. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Turner Enjoys Last Official to Texas; May See Kentucky, Arizona

Myles Turner took his fifth and final official visit to Texas this week and enjoyed it.

“It was great,” David Turner, the player’s father, told SNY.tv. “Everything went really well. It was good.”

The 6-foot-11 Turner out of Euless (TX) Trinity has now taken officials to Texas, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Oklahoma State, as well as unofficials to SMU and Texas A&M.

Asked how Texas coach Rick Barnes and his staff envisioned using Turner, David said: “Pretty much not pigeonholing him and letting him play 3, 4, 5, whatever was needed. He’s a good shot-blocker and scorer on the wings and in the post, so they would use him whatever way they can.” To read more of this story, click here