Rawle Alkins Talks Recruiting

Rawle Alkins is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Christ the King High School and the best player in the New York area in the Class of 2016.

He holds offers from Villanova, Cincinnati, Seton Hall and Fordham, and has interest from Kentucky, Miami, St. John’s and others.

“It feels good knowing that in the future I don’t have to pay for school,” Alkins said.

“He is the most complete sophomore I have ever coached,” CTK coach Joe Arbitello said.

In the above video from the Big Strick Classic, Alkins talks about winning the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions last year and gives an update on his recruitment.

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Zimmerman Talks Big Strick, Recruiting

NEW YORK — Stephen Zimmerman will fly back and forth to New York City from Las Vegas twice in August.

And that isn’t exactly good times for a guy his size.

“It’s really fun,” Zimmerman, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, told SNY.tv in the above video at the Big Strick. “My only problem is the traveling coming down here. Being on planes isn’t fun for a 7-footer.”

Zimmerman went for 19 points and seven rebounds Saturday night as Team USA lost to Team NYC, 126-110, in the Big Strick Classic. To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Talks Roselle Catholic, Recruiting

NEW YORK — Isaiah Briscoe went for 11 points, six assists and five rebounds while dazzling the crowd with his ball-handling as Team NYC beat Team USA, 126-110, Saturday night in the Big Strick Classic.

Before the game, the 6-foot-2 junior guard talked to SNY.tv in the above video about his decision to transfer to Roselle Catholic from St. Benedict’s and about his recruitment.

RC is the defending New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner, but loses Tyler Roberson (Syracuse), Hakim Saintil (South Alabama) and Malachi Richardson (Trenton Catholic). To read more of this story, click here

Kelly Oubre Wins Big Strick MVP, Talks Recruiting

NEW YORK — Kelly Oubre came into New York City and won the MVP of the Big Strick Classic on Saturday night despite playing on a losing team.

The 6-foot-6 Findlay Prep wing scored 22 points for Team USA in the loss.

Before the big game, Oubre talked recruiting with SNY.tv and said he plans to visit Kansas Oct. 4 for “Late Night in the Phog” and could possibly visit Kentucky Oct. 18 for “Big Blue Madness.”

“Kansas visit, me and my dad were talking closely about Kentucky shortly after because everybody’s Midnight Madnesses are kind of close, so those visits are probably going to be back-to-back-to-back when we really sit down and talk about them,” he said. To read more of this story, click here

New York Beats Team USA in Big Strick Behind Diallo, Briscoe & Whitehead

By DERREL JOHNSON 

Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK — The Third Annual Big Strick Classic took place at the legendary Gauchos Gymnasium in the Bronx on Saturday.

The classic is a showcase of top high school basketball stars and is named after street ball legend John “Franchise” Strickland.  After trailing by 10 points in the third period, Team New York City exploded for 50 big points in the fourth on their way to a 126-110 victory.

Uncommitted 2014 Houston Hoops wing Kelly Oubre of Team USA — who recently cut his college list to eight schools — was named MVP after scoring 22 points and handing out seven assists in the loss.

Our Savior New American big man Cheick Diallo led the way for Team NYC by To read more of this story, click here

Whitehead Plans Fall Commitment; Adds Indiana Offer

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead is planning to commit this fall.

“I’ll probably commit right before senior year,” the 6-foot-4 Whitehead told SNY.tv at the Big Strick Classic, also telling the New York Post he will probably pull the trigger by November.

Whitehead said in the above video he’s considering Syracuse, Arizona, UCLA, To read more of this story, click here

2014 Big Man Myles Turner Plans to Sign Late

NEW YORK — Myles Turner says he plans to verbally commit to college in “January or February” and won’t sign until the late signing period.

“I’m going to probably verbally commit somewhere late school season but I’m not going to sign a Letter of Intent until the late signing period,” the 6-foot-11 Turner out of Euless (TX) Trinity told SNY.tv in the above video Friday at the Big Strick Classic. “Maybe like January, February. I don’t want to hold everything for too long, bring too much drama into it.”

Turner, who looks like a future NBA lottery pick, recently cut his list to eight schools: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma State.

As of now, his only official visit is to Kansas for “Late Night in the Phog” Oct. 4. To read more of this story, click here

Knicks Emphasize ‘Continuity,’ But Will Try to Be ‘Creative’

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Knicks GM Glen Grunwald and head coach Mike Woodson met with the media on Tuesday and their message emphasized “continuity” with the current core group that lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“We’re in the period of time now where we have an opportunity to be successful,” Grunwald said of the team’s short window to compete for a title. “We were somewhat successful, not as successful as we wanted to be. We’re going to continue to try to improve this team.”

Grunwald said he would do his due diligence and try to improve the team, but because they are over the $74 million tax apron they are prohibited by league rules from engaging in sign-and-trades. So anyone dreaming of Chris Paul is probably living in a fantasy-world. To read more of this story, click here

Melo, Knicks Facing Must-Win in Game 2

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony and his teammates know they are facing a must-win in Game 2 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden or they could go back to Indiana down 0-2.

“We don’t want to do that, we don’t want to do that,” Anthony said Monday at practice. “We want to take care of business here on our court. We feel like we gave them a game yesterday, which we did. And we’ll redeem ourself tomorrow.”

Anthony said his injured left shoulder was “fine” and downplayed attention to his declining shot production. To read more of this story, click here