Here are a couple of quick, but interesting recruiting notes for Tuesday morning…
**Louisville Coach Rick Pitino was on hand Monday night to watch Mount Vernon junior point guard Jabarie Hinds in his team’s final regular season game. Hinds dropped 13 points in a 77-67 loss.
The top six schools showing interest in Hinds are Louisville, Virginia, Wake Forest, St. John’s, UNLV and Seton Hall, coach Bob Cimmino said.
As I wrote Monday, Cimmino and Hinds will meet in July to cut the list and focus on certain schools. To read more of this story, click here
Terrence Jones and his mother will meet this week to discuss his college options and he may wait until the late signing period in the spring.
“It’s kind of 50-50 [whether he will sign early or late],” Linda Mashia-Jones said of her son’s plans. “He’s just undecided.”
A 6-foot-8 forward from Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, Jones and his mother visited UCLA this past weekend. He is considering the Bruins, along with Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky.
The early signing period runs Nov. 11-18.
“Hopefully [we will meet] by Wednesday,” Linda said.
Asked if there was a favorite, she said: “They’re all equal at this point.” To read more of this story, click here
Like most people who tuned in to the Le Moyne-Syracuse exhibition game Monday night on SNY, I figured I’d be watching a 20- or 30-point Orange blowout.
Le Moyne College?
Never heard of it. Turns out it’s a Division 2 school also in Syracuse.
Well, a whole lot of people will know about Le Moyne now after the Dolphins — yes, that’s their nickname — downed the No. 25 Orange 82-79 thanks to sophomore guard Chris Johnson’s sixth 3-pointer of the night with 8.3 seconds left. (Johnson is pictured courtesy the Le Moyne website.)
Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson, who had hit a 3 from the left wing to put Syracuse up 79-78 with 22 seconds left, misfired on a 3-point attempt the other way. Can Ozkaner of Le Moyne then made 1-of-2 foul shots to send the Lemoyne fans into a celebration worthy of winning the national championship. To read more of this story, click here
A slew of players committed on Monday…here’s a brief rundown:
**Nimrod Tishman, a 6-6 point guard from Israel who averaged 18.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists at the Under-18 European Championships in France last month, has been admitted to Florida. Tishman must pass through the NCAA Clearinghouse and could enroll at Florida Aug. 24, according to a report on GatorSports.com. If he does, he could help out a team that lost Nick Calathes to Greece. New York’s Erving Walker is the lone point guard on Florida’s roster. To read more of this story, click here
Bruce Pearl lost a top commitment recently when 2010 point guard Josh Selby decommitted from Tennessee while Pearl was coaching Team USA to a gold medal in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Rumors flew that coaches from other programs were whispering into Selby’s ear and taking advantage of Pearl’s absence.
Selby is now being recruited by everyone from Kentucky to Kansas to UConn to Maryland.
“I think as coaches, we want to ethically make sure that if a guy’s got a commitment, leave him alone,” Pearl told ESPN’s Andy Katz on Monday in Orlando in a segment that appeared on ESPNU. “Now, student-athletes have a right to do what’s in their best interests. To read more of this story, click here
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Sterling Gibbs is only a rising junior, but the Seton Hall Prep point guard may make the call on college this summer.
After scoring 16 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in the New York Panthers 59-58 semifinal loss to Team NJABC at the Joe Brown Memorial Tournament, Gibbs said he plans to take unofficial visits this summer to Oklahoma, Indiana, Villanova, Kentucky and Duke.
His father, Temple Gibbs, said his son could decide later this summer.
“We want to make a commitment by the end of the summer. I just want to get him set,” Temple said. To read more of this story, click here
Former Seton Hall forward Brandon Walters has decided to transfer to Siena.
The 6-foot-9 Walters must sit out a year per NCAA transfer regulations and will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2010.
“I chose Siena because I thought it would be a great growing atmosphere as a person,” Walters said Saturday by phone. “It’s the only team up there so they get a lot of exposure.
“I like the coaching staff. They’re very good people. I feel like I can trust them my next three years as a player. I just want to help the team win.”
Walters, out of Brooklyn Lincoln High School, also considered Drexel and Manhattan. To read more of this story, click here