Melvin Swift is a 6-foot-7 power forward from Houston Yates High School who has recently narrowed his college list and will sign in the spring.
This is his first Player Blog for ZAGSBLOG.
Hey basketball fans.
My name is Melvin Swift. I live in Houston, TX. I currently attend Jack Yates High School in the Third Ward area of Houston. I played AAU with Houston Select and the Houston Defenders in the past couple of summers. I’m writing this blog to let you guys know what acceptance to attend different colleges has been like. To read more of this story, click here
Matt Ryan of New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep is one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2015.
He is being recruited at the highest levels, including by Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Here’s his first player blog:
What’s up, basketball world?
My name is Matt Ryan. I live in the small town of Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. I attend Iona Prep in New Rochelle and played AAU with New Heights NYC on the Adidas circuit the last two springs and summers. I’m writing this blog to let people know what my recruitment has been like and what it has become. To read more of this story, click here
By JACK LeGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA
Rashad Vaughn has added Kentucky back on his list after Wildcats assistant Orlando Antigua checked in on him Tuesday night at Findlay Prep.
“Yeah,” the 6-foot-5 Vaughn told SNY.tv by text.
Vaughn had previously cut his list to seven schools — Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina and UNLV.
Having missed out on Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Kelly Oubre (Kansas) and James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), Kentucky is searching for another wing to join a class that includes point guard Tyler Ulis, big man Karl Towns Jr., and Devin Booker, a natural shooting guard. To read more of this story, click here
Having checked out 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe earlier this week, Kentucky watched 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman Tuesday night at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.
The news that Orlando Antigua would watch the 7-foot Zimmerman was first reported by Ben Roberts, and confirmed by Zimmerman’s stepmom.
“Yes, for our first game,” Lori Zimmerman said. “They text or call at least once a week, usually more.”
2015 forward Chase Jeter also plays for Gorman, but he told SNY.tv that Kentucky is not currently recruiting him. To read more of this story, click here
By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
The state of Texas is loaded with talent, with De’Aaron Fox leading the next generation in the Lone Star State.
The smooth lefty out of Cypress Lakes High School is tearing it up at the beginning of his sophomore year, leading the team to the best start in school history at 7-1, most recently scoring 27 points, and adding 14 rebounds in a win over Dallas Richland.
“(The season), it’s been going well,” Fox told SNY.tv. “This is our best start as a program ever and I’ve been playing well.” To read more of this story, click here
Following their appearance against Providence at the Barclays Center on Sunday, Kentucky will recruit in the area on Monday.
Assistant coach Kenny Payne will check in at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, which is loaded with young talent, including 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe, 2015 forward Chris Silva and 2016 guard Asante Gist.
“We are excited to have Kentucky coming in to see our underclassmen Monday,” RC coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv. “It shows our kids are drawing attention from the top programs.” To read more of this story, click here
By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
ASHEVILLE N.C.- Brandon Ingram put on a show Saturday afternoon in a 76-58 win for Kinston (N.C.) over Mount Tabor (N.C.) in the Coaches vs. Cancer classic.
The 13th ranked player in the country by ESPN, Ingram recorded 31 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 blocks, but felt like he has a lot of work to do to get where he wants to go.
“I felt like it was a good game, but there is always room for improvement,” Ingram told SNY.tv. “My communication with my teammates could definitely be improved. People say that I have a lot of potential, and a lot of upside. I’m just working hard right now to get there right now. This junior season is huge, so I’m just working hard.” To read more of this story, click here
Rashad Vaughn will visit North Carolina Feb. 15, his mentor, Pete Kaffey, confirmed to SNY.tv.
The Tar Heels host Pittsburgh in ACC play Feb. 15.
“[Carolina coach] Roy [Williams]‘s been calling him,” Kaffey said, referring to Vaughn. “I know Roy’s been calling him. Roy always calls Rashad.”
The 6-foot-5 Vaughn nearly committed to Carolina during a visit last spring, but held off upon talking to his family. To read more of this story, click here
By ADAM ZAGORIA and JACK LeGWIN
Malachi Richardson has cut his list to six schools.
“My list cut to 6 NO ORDER : Villanova , Rutgers , Arizona , Indiana , Syracuse and Uconn,” he Tweeted.
The 6-foot-5 Richardson cut North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown, Florida, Miami and Kansas.
He visited Villanova Aug. 28 and was at both Indiana and UConn in October. On Tuesday, he will attend the Indiana-Syracuse game at Syracuse on an unofficial visit.
Richardson transferred back to Trenton Catholic after helping Roselle Catholic win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title last season alongside incoming Syracuse freshman forward Tyler Roberson. He will take a visit there on Tuesday. To read more of this story, click here
Rashad Vaughn tripped to UNLV Tuesday for the Rebels’ 61-59 loss to Illinois.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Minnesota attends high school in Las Vegas at Findlay Prep.
Vaughn is coming off a Nov. 17 official to Iowa State and said he also plans to trip to North Carolina at some point.
“I’m still deciding on the last two,” Vaughn told SNY.tv recently, referring to his other two official visits. “I’ll probably trim it sometime, I don’t know when.” To read more of this story, click here