Julius Randle Declares for NBA Draft

RandleKentucky forward Julius Randle became the latest freshman in this heralded class to announce for the NBA Draft when he held a press conference Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 Randle is projected as the No. 4 pick in the Draft by DraftExpress.com. The three freshmen projected ahead of him — Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker — have all declared for the draft.

“I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft,” Randle said.

“Growing up as a kid it’s always been my dream to play in the NBA and there’s no better time to achieve that than now.”

Randle is the 12th one-and-done at Kentucky in five years, according to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.

“He is going to be a top-5 pick,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “Skilled offensively but needs to develop a consistent 15-17-foot jump shot to become even more of a threat at the offensive end.” To read more of this story, click here

2016 Forward Veer Singh Adds Temple, USF Offers; Coaches Flock to St. Peter’s Prep

St. Peter's quartetJERSEY CITY, N.J. — By 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a group of coaches was already in the stands at St. Peter’s Prep to watch and recruit their group of talented young players.

Seton Hall was two-deep with head coach Kevin Willard and assistant Fred Hill. Temple head coach Fran Dunphy was on hand. And assistants from Cincinnati, Virginia, St. Peter’s College and Princeton were in the mix.

Assistants from Syracuse, South Florida, Oregon State, Creighton and Pace were in on Monday.

This figures to be the norm at the Jersey City school over the next couple of years since they are loaded with a 2016 class that includes Veer Singh, Kaleb Bishop and Najja Hunter and 2017 point guard Nate Pierre-Louis, who received his first scholarship offer from Seton Hall in the summer before seventh grade. To read more of this story, click here

Wisconsin Working Hard for 7-Footer Sharma, Harvard for 6-8 Falzon

A slew of schools are recruiting Northfield (MA) Mount Hermon big men Josh Sharma and Aaron Falzon, both in the Class of 2015.

Wisconsin, Georgetown, Duke, UConn, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Virginia, Marquette and Boston College have all been through the prep school this spring, coach John Carroll told SNY.tv.

Carroll said Wisconsin is working especially hard for the 7-foot Sharma.

“Wisconsin was the first school to step up the recruiting for Sharma,” Carroll said. “Josh took an official visit to Madison on the first weekend in January for the Wisconsin-Iowa game. He had a great visit to Wisconsin. They have tracked him all season with Head Coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Gary Close watching our playoff win vs South Kent and then again visiting with Josh on campus on Monday. To read more of this story, click here

ACC Announces Basketball Opponents for Next 2 Seasons

ACCThe ACC announced the 18-game conference matchups for each of its 15 men’s basketball teams for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

“It’s exciting to look ahead to our league’s basketball schedule, as there’s no shortage of quality conference games,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This two-year alignment will allow for outstanding opportunities that will highlight our teams and players while providing our fans with continually appealing matchups.”

The matchups released today designate the 18-game home and away opponents for each of the next two seasons. Specific game dates, times and networks have not yet been determined. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Turner Has Home Visit With Kansas, More Schools Coming

Myles Turner, the last big uncommitted name on the board in the Class of 2014, had a home visit Sunday night with Kansas coach Bill Self and more coaches are coming this week.

The 6-foot-11 Turner will announce April 30 on ESPNU.

“Great visit,” David Turner , the player’s father, told SNY.tv of the Kansas visit. “He plans on Myles being a key piece along with Cliff [Alexander] and Kelly [Oubre]. Great message, very intriguing.”

Alexander, Oubre and outgoing Kansas big man Joel Embiid met with Turner at the recent Jordan Brand Classic in New York and tried to get him to commit then and there. To read more of this story, click here

Jackson Davis Follows Alabama Trip With Busy Week of Home Visits

Fresh off an official visit to Alabama this past weekend, 2014 Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette forward Jackson Davis was set to have home visits this week with Rice, Butler and Florida.

Davis has visited Butler, Rice, Columbia and Alabama — officially or unofficially — and he has two official visits remaining, but is undecided on where to take them.

“We have two to go between Arizona State, Creighton and Florida” Johnathan Davis, Jackson’s father, told SNY.tv Monday.

“We have two more visits to take and at that point we’re going to have to sit down and make a final decision.” To read more of this story, click here

Thomas Visiting St. John’s, Cunningham Enjoys Visit

St. John’s continues to work to add frontcourt players for 2014.

Keith Thomas, a 6-foot-8 forward from Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, is on his official visit Monday-Tuesday and will then head to South Florida Wednesday-Thursday and Miami May 1-2.

WCC coach Tyrone Mushatt is an old friend of new USF coach Orlando Antigua.

Meantime, 6-7 Chicago Morgan Park forward Josh Cunningham enjoyed his weekend visit to the Queens school.

Nick Irvin, Cunningham’s coach, told Zach Braziller of the New York Post that the visit went “really good. He liked it.”

Cunningham is due to announce this week and is considering Bradley, among others.

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Sean Obi Transferring to Duke

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Sean Obi announced Monday evening via Twitter and Instagram that he will be transferring to Duke from Rice.

A rising sophomore, Obi will be eligible for the 2015-2016 season after sitting out next season. He is the second newcomer for the Blue Devils for 2015, joining recruit Luke Kennard.

“Happy to officially announce that I will be attending Duke university for the rest of my college…” Obi tweeted.

Standing at 6-foot-9, weighing 260 pounds, Obi averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Owls, and should be an impact player for the Blue Devils.

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Govan Hosts Seton Hall, UConn, Georgetown & Stanford on Home Visits

Jessie Govan, one of the top big men in the Class of 2015, has had a busy few nights at his home in Queens Village, N.Y.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Govan out of Wings Academy has hosted home visits with coaches from Seton Hall, UConn, Georgetown and Stanford, concluding Monday with Seton Hall  head coach Kevin Willard, associate head coach Shaheen Holloway and Director of Basketball Operations Grant Billmeier.

“It was good, they had a lot of great things to present,” Govan said of the Seton Hall visit. “They did good today, real good.”

Seton Hall went three deep in the visit and pitched that they need a big. To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Adds Louisville Offer, Planning on Visiting

Briscoe RCROSELLE, N.J. — After working out for Louisville coach Rick Pitino Monday at Roselle Catholic High School, Isaiah Briscoe now has a scholarship offer from the Cardinals and is planning a visit there.

“I think the workout went good, he offered while we were talking,” Briscoe told SNY.tv following the workout. “He said he was going to follow me in [the Nike EYBL stop in] Sacramento [next weekend]. The next is him seeing me in action”

Pitino is the second coach with an NCAA championship in the last two years to visit Roselle Catholic in the past two weeks. UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who is also recruiting Briscoe, spoke at a coaches’ clinic at the school April 11. To read more of this story, click here