John Calipari knows full well the basketball talent that can be found in the fertile area from New York City through New Jersey to Philadelphia.
While at Memphis, he recruited and landed former Camden (N.J.) High School star Dajuan Wagner.
During his time at Kentucky, Calipari recruited Somerdale, N.J., native Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (now with the Charlotte Hornets) and Brooklyn native Dakari Johnson — both of whom starred at perennial power St. Patrick of Elizabeth — as well as Karl-Anthony Towns of St. Joe’s-Metuchen, who is projected as a top-5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. To read more of this story, click here
Kevin Ollie, coach of the reigning NCAA champion UConn Huskies, visited Tuesday with the two best high school prospects in New Jersey in hopes of building toward future Final Four appearances.
During the afternoon, Ollie visited 6-foot-5 2016 guard Tyus Battle at Gill St. Bernard’s. In the evening, he met with 6-3 2015 Roselle Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe.
“Ollie is one of the best young basketball minds in the country,” Gary Battle, the player’s father, told SNY.tv. “Coach is so smart and he has so much wisdom.” To read more of this story, click here
At 7-foot-5, Tacko Fall of Tavares (FL) Liberty Christian Academy is one of the tallest high school recruits in recent memory.
His recruitment is heating up as he’s had home visits recently with Wake Forest and UCF and will take an official visit to Wake Forest this weekend, an unofficial to Florida State Oct. 3 and an official to Georgetown Oct. 18.
“Tacko’s upside is through the roof,” E1T1 coach Steve Reese told SNY.tv. “He’s a kid that continues to work on his game every day and wants to be the best.” To read more of this story, click here
Tanksley “Tank” Efianayi, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound shooting guard/small forward from Daytona State (FL), will visit St. John’s and Arizona State on the next two weekends and could commit at anytime.
“My plan is to wait and see, but things sometimes never go as planned, so anything could happen,” he told SNY.tv by phone on Tuesday.
Efianayi, a native of Manchester, Conn., has gotten to know St. John’s coach Steve Lavin in recent weeks.
“We built a relationship over the phone and I was able to meet both Coach Lav and coach [Jim] Whitesell less than a week ago when they came to see me practice,” he said. To read more of this story, click here
Brandon Sampson, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard from Baton Rouge (LA) Madison, is in the middle of in-home visits while also planning several officials.
Sampson met with California Monday and is planning an official visit there the weekend of Sept. 26.
USC came in Tuesday, while Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are also expected.
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin came in last Friday, and Sampson will take an official to St. John’s for Midnight Madness the weekend of Oct. 17.
“He got a chance to meet coach Lav, liked Coach Lav a lot,” Sampson’s high school coach, Jeff Jones. To read more of this story, click here
The parade of high-major Division 1 coaches coming through Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s continues unabated.
After Louisville’s Rick Pitino, Villanova’s Jay Wright and Rutgers’ Eddie Jordan came through last week to see 2016 combo guard Tyus Battle, Michigan’s John Beilein, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Florida’s Billy Donovan all visited on Monday. Each meeting Monday lasted about an hour.
On Tuesday, UConn’s Kevin Ollie will stop through before meeting with 2015 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe later in the day, and Miami’s Jim Larranaga will also make an appearance at Gill. To read more of this story, click here
Jalen Poyser, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Canada’s Athlete Institute and CIA Bounce, enjoyed his weekend official visit to Rhode Island.
Next up are officials to UNLV (TBD) and Oklahoma Oct. 3-5.
“The visit was very good,” Mark Poyser, the player’s father, told SNY.tv. “We enjoyed it immensely. Coach [Luke] Murray and [Dan] Hurley and staff gave us their ‘A game in terms of hosting us. Lots of fantastic information to process. Rhode Island is top class.”
He added: “No UNLV date set yet. Coach [Dave] Rice and [Todd] Simon will be coming back to AI and then we will set the date shortly after.”
Rhode Island is also involved for Roselle (N.J.) Catholic forward Chris Sillva, who will announce Friday afternoon for Rhody, Seton Hall or South Carolina.
The Rams are also in the mix for Archbishop Carroll (PA) power forward Ernest Aflakpui, who visits Rhody Sept. 26-28.
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