Kamall Richards Heading to the A-10

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

South Kent Wing Kamall Richards Visiting A-10 Schools (UPDATED)

South Kent (Conn.) wing Kamall Richards will visit his second straight Atlantic 10 Conference school this weekend when he heads to St. Joe’s.

The 6-foot-6 Richards, who spent last year at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, visited Xavier this past weekend.

“He did like it,” South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson told SNY.tv. “He came back and enjoyed the visit and enjoyed the coaches. It was a real positive experience for him.”

Seton Hall and South Carolina are two new schools to show interest. Associate head coaches Shaheen Holloway and Brad Underwood were both in recently to see Richards. Seton Hall has offered, but South Carolina has not yet, Jefferson said. To read more of this story, click here

Coach Says Point Guard Shane Rector Is Under-recruited; Kamall Richards Planning Visits

Shane Rector has been at South Kent (Conn.) for more than a month now and head coach Kelvin Jefferson is fairly shocked that the 2013 point guard isn’t being more heavily recruited.

Tom Konchalski wrote his report and called him a 5-minus,” Jefferson told SNY.tv. “He rated him high. [But] he’s very under-recruited. The recruitment is slow.”

When the 6-foot-1 Rector left St. Raymond’s in The Bronx, he reportedly held offers from Providence, Hofstra, UMass and Dayton, but Jefferson said only one high-major school is involved.

“Arizona State was the only high-major to come in to recruit him but they haven’t offered yet,” he said. To read more of this story, click here

Chris Thomas Has a New Top 5

Chris Thomas has expanded his top three into a top five.

The No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, Thomas now lists Xavier, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri and Iowa State as his top five, according to his grandmother, Latonia Smith.

“Those are his top five right now but that could change at any moment,” she told SNY.tv by text.

Seton Hall and Arkansas have also called, Smith said. To read more of this story, click here

Chris Thomas 'Really Likes Xavier'

As first reported last week by FiveStarBasketball.com, South Kent’s Chris Thomas, the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, has a top three of Xavier, Kentucky and Florida.

In an extensive interview Friday with SNY.tv, Thomas’s grandmother, Latonia Smith, expanded upon those three schools.

“With Chris, he really likes Xavier because the assistant coach, Rasheen Davis,” Smith told SNY.tv. “He really likes the way Rasheen communicates with him and encourages him and is always in his corner, so he really likes that about him.” To read more of this story, click here

Chris Thomas Likes Three Schools

South Kent star Chris Thomas says he likes three schools as of right now.

“I’m only interested in a couple of schools right now,” Thomas, the Rivals No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2013, told Fivestarbasketball.com this past weekend at the National Prep Showcase. “Kentucky, Xavier and really Florida a little bit. That’s it now.”

The 6-foot-5 wing is now at South Kent alongside Providence signee Ricky Ledo after spending time at Princeton Day (Md.) Academy and Westwind (Az.) Prep.

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Rutgers' Randall Filling In for Jack – Again

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — For the second time in the last two seasons, Derrick Randall must fill in for Kadeem Jack.

A year ago, the two were teammates at South Kent (Conn.) before the 6-foot-10 Jack left in the middle of the season and ultimately enrolled at Rutgers in January.

Now, with Jack out 3-4 months with a broken foot, the 6-9, 235-pound Randall will again be asked to step up in Jack’s absence.

“Yes, this is going to be the second time filling in for Kadeem again so I just gotta get more conditioned and be prepared for this Big East Conference because everybody in this Big East Conference is tough,” Randall told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

Balance of Power Has Shifted to JUCOs from Preps

Mike Taylor had it all going for him.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard led Brooklyn Boys & Girls to its first New York PSAL championship ever in the spring of 2010, and then signed a National Letter of Intent to Rutgers that September, joining a blockbuster recruiting class for head coach Mike Rice.

Then the bottom began to fall out.

“I just stopped working,” he told SNY.tv by phone Tuesday. “I thought I didn’t have to to do school work and stuff like that.” To read more of this story, click here

Kansas State Stashes Pair at South Kent

SOUTH KENT, Conn. — While Ricky Ledo and Chris Thomas figure to be the stars of this year’s South Kent (Conn.) team, Kelvin Jefferson’s club is loaded with strong role players, too.

Two of those players were placed at the prep school by the Kansas State staff, and may end up with the Wildcats.

Zedric Sadler is a 6-foot-2 postgraduate combo guard from Detroit (pictured at left), and Laimonas Chatkevicius is a 7-foot junior from Klaipeda, Lithuania. Both are 2012. To read more of this story, click here