NEW YORK – If you’re holding on to your high school basketball rosters from last season, they won’t be much use once all the dust clears for next year.
After a couple of days at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham University, this much is clear: there is a lot of movement on the prep scene.
**Vaughn Gray, a 6-foot-5 off guard, is transferring to Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s Prep from Don Bosco Prep and will play for first-year coach Roshown McLeod.
“Yes, he’s going to St. Benedict’s,” said June Gray, his mother. “It was pretty much Vaughn’s decision. We wanted him to have more development and play more on a national level.” To read more of this story, click here
New Rutgers head coach Mike Rice continues to bring in the top players from New Jersey and the surrounding area for visits.
The same week that Kadeem Jack unofficially toured campus, 6-foot-8 forward LaQuinton Ross of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center came to Piscataway.
“I took a visit out there,” Ross said Friday by phone on his way to Los Angeles for the Pangos all-american camp. “It was good. I liked the campus a lot and the new coaches over there.
I talked to the head coach and the assistants and I played.” To read more of this story, click here
Tyler Harris isn’t just Tobias’ younger brother.
The 6-foot-8 Harris — and the brother of Tennessee-bound forward Tobias Harris — is making a name for himself as one of the top ballers in the New York area.
The No. 16 small forward in the Class of 2011 out of Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, Harris recently picked up scholarship offers from N.C. State, Virginia Tech and South Florida, according to his father, Torrel.
He previously held offers from UConn, Seton Hall, Tennessee, Duquesne, Fordham, Hofstra and Boston College. To read more of this story, click here
Daniel Ochefu is piling up the high-major offers.
Rutgers became the latest Division I school to offer the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Class of 2012 forward/center out of The Westtown (Pa.) School.
Ochefu now claims offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Temple, James Madison and Rutgers.
“I like Georgetown and Kentucky a lot but I’m sure there will be more offers at the end of the summer,” Ochefu told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Kline.
Ochefu said he has no visits planned yet but will set some up soon. To read more of this story, click here
Ryan Rhoomes earned MVP honors Sunday at the iS8 Nike Spring Classic after putting up 12 points to lead the New York Panthers to an 82-80 victory over New Heights.
Maryland-bound junior point guard Sterling Gibbs added 18 points in the win for the Panthers. Jeffrey Short scored 15 points and Pittsburgh-bound wing J.J. Moore tallied 14.
“I thought the two most consistent players today for us were Ryan Rhoomes and Sterling Gibbs,” said Panthers coach Gary Charles, whose program has won 17 IS8 championships. “From the beginning to the end, they were the most solid players that we had today.” To read more of this story, click here
Villanova has become Guard U under head coach Jay Wright, producing a string of talented players in Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, Dominic Cheek and Maalik Wayns.
Three of those players – Fisher, Stokes and Cheek — played at New Jersey high schools.
Now, as Wright plans for the future, he has his gaze focused on yet another talented Garden State guard.
Myles Davis, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound combo guard from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep, is the No. 9 shooting guard in the Class of 2011. To read more of this story, click here
Former St. John’s signee Ronald Roberts is considering three schools and hopes to decide within about a week.
“He’s leaving today [Friday] for Virginia and he’s going to Georgia Tech either Monday-Tuesday or Tuesday-Wednesday or next weekend. I’m trying to find out if I can get him out of school next week,” St. Peter’s Prep coach Mike Kelly said Friday.
“Then he’s going to make a decision based upon Georgia Tech, Virginia or St. Joseph,” Kelly added.
Asked when the 6-foot-7 Roberts would decide, Kelly said, “Next weekend.” To read more of this story, click here
Mount Vernon junior point guard Jabarie Hinds suffered an ankle injury Saturday but is still picking up high-major Division I interest.
Playing with the Westchester Hawks against All-Ohio Red in the Pitt Jam Fest, Hinds rolled his ankle on what Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino called a “freak play.”
“He was going for a break-away layup and came down in a freak way on his own ankle,” Cimmino said Monday morning. “He’s in an air cast. The X-rays were negative but he will be sidelined for a while now.”
Prior to the injury, the 5-11, 150-pound Hinds had drawn recent interest from Florida State, Oklahoma State and Villanova. To read more of this story, click here
By Alex Kline
Special to ZAGSBLOG.COM
TRENTON, N.J. -- Here’s a complete rundown on Saturday and Sunday”s action at the PrimeTime Shootout at the Sun National Bank Center…
In the last game Saturday night, Doron Lamb scored 49 points — three shy of LeBron James‘ 2003 tournament-record 52 — on 21 of 29 shooting but Oak Hill Academy fell to St. Peter’s Prep, 84-81.
Lamb’s college list now includes five schools: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, UConn and West Virginia. West Virginia assistant Larry Harrison was in the house.
“Coach [Jim] Calhoun’s leave of absence got me a little worried, but now he is back so I am not concerned,” Lamb said of his decision to add UConn to his list. To read more of this story, click here
UNION, N.J. — UConn recruit Roscoe Smith of Oak Hill Academy says Huskies coach Jim Calhoun told him he took his leave of absence because of “high blood pressure.”
“[Calhoun] said really he’s just old, he’s just old,” Smith said Saturday night after Oak Hill beat St. Patrick, 79-78, at Kean College. “The doctor said he needed a rest because of…high blood pressure.”
The 6-foot-8 Smith verbally committed to UConn last month and then thought his recruiting process was over.
But that was before Calhoun took a seven-game leave of absence due to unexplained medical reasons.
Calhoun returned Saturday for UConn’s 60-48 loss to Cincinnati in Hartford. After the game, he said he was “embarrassed” by the performance of his players. To read more of this story, click here