Alterique Gilbert: Ready for the Rise

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By JACK LeGWIN

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Alterique Gilbert is ready to be in the discussion as a top guard in the class of 2016.

Gilbert, the starting point guard at Miller Grove (Ga.), saw his stock rise ten-fold at the Phenom Hoop Challenge in Greensboro (N.C.) this past weekend, which included a 32 point performance, as well as the game-winner that advanced Team CP3 to the silver bracket championship game.

“It was a good tournament for me to start off,” Gilbert told SNY.tv. “It was really the first time I got to be on the court with my teammates.” To read more of this story, click here

Kassoum Yakwe: Syracuse, Villanova, Kansas Recruiting Him the Hardest

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NEW YORKKassoum Yakwe, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Our Savior New American (NY), is one of the rising prospects in the 2016 class. Yakwe played in the 2014 Jordan Brand International Game and scored 13 points and grabbed two rebounds for Team White as they defeated Team Black 74-71.

Yakwe played an efficient 19 minutes, shooting 4-for-5 from the field. He also displayed an improved handle and a nice outside touch, hitting 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.

“I’m getting more confident,” Yakwe said when asked about his outside shot. “I’ve been working in the gym getting shots up. I’m getting better [at] it.” To read more of this story, click here

Chase Jeter Cuts List

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By JACK LeGWIN

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Chase Jeter has cut his list to six schools.

“Kansas, Oregon, UNLV, Duke, UCLA, Arizona. Planning on a commitment before July. Thank you to all the schools who’ve recruited me,” Jeter tweeted Thursday. 

Jeter, the No. 20 ranked player in the class of 2015 by 247 sports, stands at 6-foot-10 and is one of the best big man prospects in the West. To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Invited to USA U18 Trials; May Wait Till Spring 2015 to Sign

BriscoeIsaiah Briscoe, one of the top guards in the class of 2015, may wait until the spring of 2015 to sign, his father confirmed to SNY.tv.

“Yeah, there’s a possibility,” George Briscoe said Wednesday by phone, confirming comments he made to Zack Cziryak of the Seton Hall Rivals site.

“We want to see who’s leaving, who’s at those teams. It’s just not a rush.”

Briscoe’s recruitment has gone on for some time now and has had its ebbs and flows. He’s considering St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Louisville, Providence, Arizona, Syracuse, Duke, UConn and Florida, among others.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is due in to watch Briscoe work out on Monday at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, RC coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Turner Will Announce April 30; Gametime Decision for Jordan Classic (UPDATED)

Turner 2NEW YORK — Myles Turner, the lone uncommitted player in the Jordan Brand Classic, will announce his college choice April 30 on ESPNU and is a gametime decision for Friday’s Jordan game with an ankle injury, his father confirmed to SNY.tv.

“I’m not sure if I’ll play yet but hopefully I do,” the 6-foot-11 Turner said Wednesday after watching practice in sweats at Basketball City in Manhattan. “Even if I don’t play its just an honor to be a part of all this.”

Turner remains undecided on college and is targeting a decision April 30.

“I’m definitely looking to announce on TV hopefully,” Turner said. “Definitely towards the end of the month after I get back home after this, I’m going to sit down with my parents and finalize everything.” To read more of this story, click here

Kansas to Start Recruiting Tyus Battle; Ohio State, Virginia Due in Next Week

BattleAdd Kansas to the list of high-major programs who will be recruiting 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard Tyus Battle.

Kansas assistant Norm Roberts called Gary Battle, the player’s father, and told him he would be watching Tyus later this month and this summer.

“He told me he’s gonna be really looking forward to seeing him over the summer,” Gary said.

Battle is running this summer with Team Scan on the Nike EYBL circuit, alongside 2015 forwards Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant. To read more of this story, click here

JUCO Guard McLean Courted by Mizzou, Fordham, St. John’s

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Giovanni McLean’s prodigious handle and ability to pilot a team has allowed his stock to balloon the past three months.

The 6-foot-1 guard is suddenly a sought after product on the recruiting agora. A sophomore at Westchester Community College, where he averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 assists, and five boards to help the Vikes (28-4) earn their first NCAA tournament berth since 1996 this season, McLean has been receiving steady interest from Missouri, Texas State, Eastern Illinois, St. John’s, Fordham, Oklahoma, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Quinnipiac and Duquesne.

While Fordham and St. John’s have been making a late push, according WCC head coach Tyrone Mushatt, Mizzou and Eastern Illnois may have the upper hand in McLean’s pursuit.

“Right now, I like Mizzou a lot,” said McLean, who spent a lot of time at Missouri’s campus while he was playing at Moberly Area Community in Moberly, Mo. To read more of this story, click here

Devonte’ Graham to Visit Kansas and N.C. State

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Brewster Academy point guard Devonte’ Graham, who was recently granted a release from his NLI to play at Appalachian State, will visit Kansas on April 18 and 19 and N.C. State on April 21 and 22, per Brewster coach Jason Smith.

Smith’s tweet also mentions that Virginia, Providence, Virginia Tech and Xavier are also in contention for Graham.

 

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St. John’s Pursuing Chicago Forwards Jones, Cunningham, Plus Jacko & Horford

JonesIn an attempt to help rebuild his frontcourt, St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin has offered scholarships to uncommitted 2014 Chicago forwards Marlon Jones (pictured) and Josh Cunningham after visiting with them on Friday.

Lou Adams, Jones’s coach at Chicago Orr, said the 6-foot-8 Jones will be in New York later this week for the Jordan Classic and that Jones would probably visit the St. John’s campus Friday morning before the Jordan games.

“More than likely, probably Friday,” Adams told SNY.tv Sunday morning by phone, adding that it would be an unofficial visit. “We’re just coming down.” To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Roundup: Ollie Makes Battle a Priority; Groce Visits Bragg; Ndahiro Taking Visits

Tyus Battle ZagHow big of a priority is 2016 guard Tyus Battle for UConn?

Four days after winning the NCAA championship in Arlington, Texas, head coach Kevin Ollie was on campus Friday at Gill St. Bernard’s in Gladstone, N.J., to meet with Battle and show his level of commitment.

Ollie made the 45-minute drive after speaking at a Coaches’ Clinic at Roselle Catholic, where he was the star attraction on a day where SMU’s Larry Brown, Temple’s Fran Dunphy, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, Miami’s Jim Larranaga and N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried also spoke.

“It was really special because at the beginning of week, on Monday, our family watched KO and the hungry Huskies cut down the nets,” Gary Battle, Tyus’ father, told SNY.tv. “It was without a doubt a shining moment for Tyus and me. He showed us that Ty is a priority and that means a lot.” To read more of this story, click here