EDISON, N.J. — Tyus Battle, one of the most sought after players in the Class of 2016, plans to cut his list sometime before his high school season starts in December at Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s.
The 6-foot-6 Battle will trim his list to about 10 schools, he and his father told SNY.tv Tuesday.
“I’m going to cut my list down to 10 or 12 before the season starts this year, so that should be a lot of fun,” Battle told SNY.tv.
Among the schools that would seem to stand a good chance of making the cut are Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Michigan, Ohio State, UConn, Florida and Louisville. To read more of this story, click here
Jalen Poyser, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Canada’s Athlete Institute and CIA Bounce, is looking forward to his official visit to UNLV beginning Oct. 16.
UNLV assistant Todd Simon coached Poyser at Findlay Prep before the floor general returned home to Canada to Athlete Institute.
“I like UNLV because my old high school coach coaches there and going there I can make a big impact being a freshman,” Poyser told SNY.tv. “I’ll get great minutes, and I’ll be able to play my game.
Poyser has also taken an official to Rhode Island and an unofficial to St. Bonaventure.
“I have interest in schools like Rhody, UNLV, St. Bonaventure, Michigan and Michigan State. but right now Rhody and UNLV are the only two officials,” he said, adding that Michigan and MSU have not offered. To read more of this story, click here
In a wide-ranging interview with Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Jaylen Brown, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015, said he’s added North Carolina to his list and discussed several schools he’s considering.
The 6-foot-6 Brown is set to visit Kansas this weekend for “Late Night in the Phog,” Kentucky Oct. 17 for “Big Blue Madness” and potentially UCLA on Nov. 15.
“My first one is next weekend for Late Night in the Phog at Kansas,” Brown told Daniels at the USA Basketball mini-camp in Colorado Springs, CO. “Then I have one the following the weekend at Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. Then I have an unofficial date for November 15th with UCLA but that might get pushed up, but it might not.” To read more of this story, click here
Mohammed Bamba, a 6-foot-10 2017 power forward from Norristown (PA) Westtown and the PSA Cardinals, has been picking up a series of high-major offers recently.
He now holds offers from Seton Hall, Temple, James Madison, Penn State, Rice and Yale.
“Mohammed Bamba has everything he needs to be an NBA player,” Westtown coach Seth Berger told SNY.tv. “Talent, intelligence, the ability and desire to learn, length and hand-eye coordination. If he doesn’t get there, he will make a major impact off the court in the world.”
“Mohammed has demonstrated consistent growth in the last 12 months,” PSA Cardinals coach Mark Carter said. “He is putting himself in a position to be the next top 20 forward to come out of the PSA program.
“College coaches are noticing his development mixed in with potential, thus leaving them to view him as a high-major prospect on the basketball court. Count the fact that he has a great academic foundation and you can see why the sky is the limit for the young fella.”
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NEW YORK — Between Seton Hall’s Basketball Tip-Off Party on Friday, the Michigan-Rutgers football game on Saturday and the Jim Couch National Training Showcase on Sunday, there was a lot going on in the New York/New Jersey hoops world this weekend.
Here are some recruiting notes from those events:
**Rawle Alkins, the 6-foot-5 2016 Christ the King guard, was among those on hand at Seton Hall Friday night and also has upcoming visits planned to Villanova (Oct. 24) and Indiana (Oct. 25), he told SNY.tv. He will also trip to either Providence or N.C. State the weekend of Oct. 17.
“I went to [Seton Hall's] Midnight Madness,” Alkins told SNY.tv at the Jim Couch event Sunday at Mott Haven Campus in New York. “It was fun. They had a suite for me. I was hanging out with a lot of celebrities. They talked about the program. They showed me around a little bit.” To read more of this story, click here
Thomas Bryant has postponed his weekend visit to Indiana because of a school project and will now visit the Big Ten school Oct. 17-19, Huntington (W.V.) Prep coach Arkell Bruce told SNY.tv.
Bryant recently visited Syracuse and will visit Missouri the weekend of Oct. 10, when guards Isaiah Briscoe and Antonio Blakeney are also expected.
Bruce said the Rochester (N.Y.) big man is basically working with those three schools — Missouri, Indiana and Syracuse — as of now, and will commit “whenever he’s ready.”
“Yes, I don’t know if he’s going to let anybody else in or that’s it,” Bruce said. “I know a few others reached out and mom said they weren’t interested.” To read more of this story, click here
Here’s your look-ahead to the weekend’s recruiting visits and other news. This list will be updated throughout the weekend:
**Malik Newman will be at Ole Miss Saturday for the SEC football game with Alabama. He is also slated to visit Texas A&M Oct. 11, and will reportedly release a top five before the start of his high school season.
**Justin Robinson, a 6-1 point guard from Manassas (VA) St. James, is at UNLV. He plans to announce Oct. 12, and is also considering Maryland Providence and Virginia Tech.
**Seton Hall on Friday night hosted a slew of big New York/New Jersey names including Isaiah Briscoe, Rawle Alkins, T.J. Gibbs, Bryce Aiken, Asante Gist and Veer Singh. Read more here.
**Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School, trips to Tennessee. He’s also been to UConn, Creighton and Virginia Tech. To read more of this story, click here