Ray Smith Has ‘Awesome’ UConn Visit; Kentucky Reaches Out as List Fluctuates

Ray Smith, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Las Vegas High, had an “awesome” visit to UConn last week and is now planning several future trips, including potentially one to Kentucky.

“UConn was awesome, man,” Bobby Smith, Ray’s father, told SNY.tv Tuesday by phone. “[Coach] Kevin Ollie’s a great guy. We were actually at UConn watching when Shabazz [Napier] got drafted, it was kind of cool. Great program, all the way around. I like UConn.”

Ray also said he enjoyed the visit.

“It was nice, it was a nice campus, nice little environment,” he said. “They showed me the facilities and all those things, so it was nice going to UConn.” To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Jones Adds UConn Offer on Visit, Drops 30 at Dyckman Park

Derrick JonesBy NICK MEDLINE

Special to ZAGSBLOG

On Monday, Derrick Jones visited UConn and officially received a scholarship offer from the reigning NCAA champions — which would be enough to satisfy most elite prospects.

But instead, the 6-foot-7 Jones out of Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll followed his visit by traveling from Storrs, Conn., to New York City and poured in 30 points in a Dyckman Park summer game  —  just another example of how much Jones loves basketball.

Just last month, Jones poured in 31 points in the Mary Kline Classic in New Jersey.

“Derrick lives on the basketball court,” his father, Derrick Jones Sr. told SNY.tv. “Coming from Pennsylvania to play on that court is a real privilege for a kid that’s trying to come up in the world and do his thing.” To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Jones Visiting UConn Monday

Derrick Jones, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound junior wing from Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), will take an unofficial to UConn on Monday, as previously reported by SNY.tv.

The visit has been postponed several times.

“We’ve been trying to visit and trying to get him up there,” We R 1 coach Terrell Myers recently told  SNY.tv. “The second time Kevin Ollie had something going on with his mom and the first time Derrick missed his flight so we couldn’t get him up there. But that’s definitely a place he’s going to go visit.”

UConn has yet to offer. To read more of this story, click here

LeBron Gets His Wish as Heat Acquire Shabazz Napier

NapierBy JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK – LeBron James got his wish on Thursday evening and it had nothing to do with his looming free agency.

After Shabazz Napier led Connecticut to a second national championship in four seasons on April 7 — setting himself apart from Kemba Walker and previous UConn guards with his second championship — James tweeted ‘No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier.’

If James re-signs with the Heat this summer, the two will be teammates. To read more of this story, click here

Tyus Battle to Visit UConn as Huskies Are in Mix for Package With Thornton; Ray Smith Has New List (UPDATED); Derrick Jones to Visit UConn

Tyus Battle will visit UConn on Thursday as the Huskies remain one of a handful of schools in the mix for the Battle/Derryck Thornton package we reported on this week.

Kentucky, Michigan and Florida are among the other schools in the mix for the 2016 guards who are friends.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported the visit, adding that 2015 Las Vegas wing Ray Smith and Connecticut power forward Steve Enoch will also visit UConn Thursday. To read more of this story, click here

Diamond Stone Visits UConn

Diamond Stone, the new No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 according to Scout.com, visited UConn this past weekend in what can only been seen as a huge coup for the new minted NCAA champions and head coach Kevin Ollie.

Stone’s camp has maintained a low-profile on his recruitment, keeping interviews to a minimum.

Yet given UConn’s history with sending big men to the NBA — Andre Drummond, Emeka Okafor and Charlie Villanueva to name a few — it’s safe to say Ollie reminded the 6-foot-10, 255-pound Stone of that tradition.

It was originally reported that 6-foot-3 Mississippi native Malik Newman would also make the trip to UConn, but he told Evan Daniels of Scout he was unable to attend. To read more of this story, click here