Blakeney Says Kentucky Visit Went Well

BlakeneyCould John Calipari capitalize on a loss by Rick Pitino?

Calipari and Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne met Wednesday night with former Louisville pledge Antonio Blakeney, with Blakeney Tweeting, “UK visit went well.”

The 6-foot-4 Blakeney Tweeted similar things this week after home visits with coaches from Missouri, LSU and USC.

After an 11-day commitment to Louisville, Blakeney decommitted earlier this month and re-opened his recruitment.

Calipari was among the coaches actively pursuing Blakeney this summer at the Peach Jam when the player showed a knack for scoring from all three levels, especially with a crafty mid-range game.

“I just want to get better and play versus good competition,” Blakeney told SNY.tv in August at the Big Strick Classic in New York. “You know, every time you play versus good competition you want to bring your all and just try to show that you’re the best.” To read more of this story, click here

Power Forward Aflakpui Adds St. Louis Visit After Rhody

Ernest Aflakpui, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, has added an official visit to St. Louis, probably the weekend of Oct. 3-5, Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk told SNY.tv.

He has already taken official visits to Philadelphia schools St. Joe’s and Temple, as well as VCU this past weekend, which he enjoyed.

“Coach [Jim] Crews and Coach [Tanner] Bronson have done a great job piquing Ernest’s interest in not only how they play and use their big guys but of the unselfish, team-first culture he longs to play in,” the coach said. To read more of this story, click here

Duke to Go Three Deep in Meeting With Tyus Battle

GLADSTONE, N.J. — Duke will come three deep with Coach K, Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer on Wednesday when they meet with 2016 guard Tyus Battle at Gill St. Bernard’s.

“The fact that [Coach K] is taking some time off [from his team] where I know he is completely exhausted [from the FIBA World Cup] and has to get back to his own team, and for him to come down here with the whole staff, that’s impressive,” Gill coach Mergin Sina said Tuesday at the school.

“To me, that’s saying that the guy really believes that this is a kid who could help his program.”

Said the 6-foot-6 Battle, who turned 17 on Tuesday: “It’s great. I’m just enjoying the whole college recruiting experience.” To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Awaiting Carolina Home Visit to Plan Officials

Ivan Rabb is awaiting a home visit with North Carolina before he sets his official visits, his high school coach told SNY.tv.

“All the schools have been in except for one and that’s North Carolina,” Bishop O’Dowd coach Lou Richie said, adding that Roy Williams had a schedule conflict that prevented this week’s planned visit.

“There’s no set date [for the Carolina visit],” Richie said.

The 6-foot-10 power forward has already met with UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas, Cal, Arizona and Georgetown. To read more of this story, click here

Florida Offers Rawle Alkins; Indiana, Cincinnati, Louisville, Seton Hall Due for Visits

Rawle2016 Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins picked up an offer from Florida on Monday, he told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-5 Alkins will also host Indiana head coach Tom Crean and Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin on Wednesday, Louisville head man Rick Pitino on Thursday and Seton Hall skipper Kevin Willard on Friday.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright met with Alkins last week.

He holds offers from Kansas, Louisville, Indiana, Miami (FL), Minnesota, N.C. State, South Florida, Seton Hall, Villanova, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Louisville, and Providence.

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Zimmerman to Commit Late, Won’t Sign an NLI

Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-footer from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, won’t commit until the spring and won’t sign a National Letter of Intent at all, his mother told SNY.tv.

“It doesn’t protect the student-athlete, only the University,” Lori Zimmerman said by text.

An NLI binds the student-athlete to the school, meaning if the coach leaves or is fired the player is still obligated to attend the school unless he gets a release. To read more of this story, click here

Thomas Bryant Says Mizzou Working Hardest, Plans to Sign Late

Despite a weekend visit to Syracuse, Thomas Bryant says Missouri is recruiting him the hardest and he plans to make his college decision during the spring.

“I would say mostly Missouri is recruiting me the hardest,” the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Bryant said Monday by phone from Huntington (W.V.) Prep. “Syracuse is recruiting me but Missouri has been recruiting me real hard the latest.”

Missouri hired former Huntington coach Rob Fulford over the summer, and that hire paid immediate dividends when the Tigers landed Canadian star Montaque “Teki” Gill-Caesar, who reclassed to 2014 and signed on with the Tigers.

“They’re recruiting me a lot,” Bryant said of Mizzou. “I like the facilities, the facilities are beautiful and the people around there. And of course having coach Rob there is also a plus.” To read more of this story, click here