NEW YORK — Austin Colbert is headed to the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-9 power forward from Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) verbally pledged to Illinois in the SNY studios on Monday.
A native of Chesapeake, Va., Colbert chose the Illini and head coach John Groce over Miami, Seton Hall and Villanova.
“I’ve decided that I’m going to attend the University of Illinois,” Colbert said. “Fighting Illini.”
Many observers had Colbert penciled in for Villanova, but Colbert decided otherwise about a week ago. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Kamall Richards is heading to the Atlantic 10.
The 6-foot-6 small forward from South Kent (Conn.) verbally pledged to Xavier at the SNY studios on Tuesday, selecting the Musketeers over St. Joe’s, Seton Hall, Providence and Penn State.
“I’ll be going to Cincinnati to play for Xavier,” Richards said. “I decided on Xavier because it’s the best fit for me. I’ll be able to come in right away, be an impact player and that’s what I need as a freshman to be able to make mistakes and not be penalized and play through my mistakes and get better. So the sophomore year I can really be a main guy for the team.”
Richards visited Xavier two weeks ago and enjoyed it. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Josh Brown is sticking with his first choice.
After decommitting from Temple in June, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound St. Anthony point guard decided to recommit, choosing Temple over Rhode Island, Penn State and Providence.
“I’ll be a Temple Owl,” Brown said in the SNY studio Monday. “I can’t wait to go down there and play in the backcourt with Quenton DeCosey, Will Cummings and Daniel Dingle. I also get a chance to be coached by one of the most underrated coaches, coach Fran Dunphy and his staff. And I’m going to be in Philly, a great place to be.”
Brown’s decision was a sentimental one. He chose Temple in part because his late mother, Kimberley, who died when he was 1 year and three months old, went there. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — On the day before St. Anthony capped a perfect season by winning the New Jersey Tournament of Champions crown, a single college coach was in the school’s Jersey City gym.
That coach was Tom Moore of Quinnipiac.
Turns out Moore’s persistence paid off as his target, 6-foot-3 guard Tariq Carey, verbally pledged to the Northeast Conference school Friday in the SNY.tv studio.
“The atmosphere was great, it was just a family atmosphere,” Carey said. “I just liked a lot of aspects about the school.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Ryan Rhoomes will play in two conferences in the next two years — and he won’t even have to transfer.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward from South Jamaica, Queens and Newark NIA Prep, will attend TCU, choosing them over Seton Hall, Providence and Oklahoma State.
Texas Christian will play next season in the Mountain West Conference before transitioning to the Big East beginning in 2012. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — In their quest to turn the Wagner basketball program around, head coach Dan Hurley and his staff have sought out some of the top available talent in the New York metropolitan area.
Hurley landed his third recruit for 2011 when Eugene McCrory, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound postgraduate power forward from Central Jersey Each One Teach Academy, verbally pledged to Wagner Thursday in the SNY studio in Manhattan.
McCrory, a former Seton Hall commit, chose Wagner over Hofstra and Northeastern in part because of his relationships with Hurley and assistant coach Luke Murray.
“I always wanted to play with coach Hurley since I was in high school,” McCrory said. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Jarelle Reischel wrestled hard with his college decision before announcing Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6, 208-pound wing from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High had narrowed his options to Penn State, Rice and Seton Hall before ultimately choosing Rice.
“They really believe and care about me,” Reischel told ZAGSBLOG.com. “I think it’s an opportunity where I can play right away in Conference USA.
“Coach [Ben] Braun is a great coach. He’s had a lot of success. He’s had 21 pros through his years. He has the experience. He knows the position I have to be to make it to the next level.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Tyler Harris is headed to North Carolina State.
The 6-foot-8, 195-pound St. Benedict’s Prep senior forward made the announcement Friday in the SNY.tv studio.
“I just had a great relationship with the coaches,” he said. “I liked the campus. I felt I would fit real well with the team and their style of play and I just thought that everything in the school was what I was looking for, and I thought it was the best fit.
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NEW YORK — Mount Vernon point guard Jabarie Hinds made his college announcement Tuesday in the SNY.tv studio in Manhattan.
“I made my final decision and I’ll be heading to West Virginia University, the Mountaineers,” said the 6-foot, 170-pound Hinds, the No. 26 point guard in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals.
Hinds, who averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 steals and 4.0 rebounds last season and has scored more than 1,000 points in his Mount Vernon career, chose the Mountaineers over UConn, UNLV and UCLA. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK – Shaquille Thomas is headed to the Big East.
The 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward from Newark (N.J.) NIA Prep made his college announcement Friday on SNY.tv.
“I will be going to the University of Cincinnati,” said Thomas, a Montclair, N.J., native who is ranked among the Top 25 small forwards in the Class of 2011.
He picked the Bearcats over Seton Hall and UTEP. To read more of this story, click here