Beginning the 2014-15 season, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones plan to suit up at the same college.
Which school that will be remains unclear, but a handful of big-time programs are in the mix for both 2014 stars.
“Everyone knows that we are gonna play together in college,” Okafor, a 6-foot-10 junior at Whitney Young (Chicago), wrote in his USA Today blog.
Among the schools in the mix for both players are Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Okafor said he’s heard from several of them recently. To read more of this story, click here
By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA
FRISCO, Texas — After nearly committing to North Carolina during a recent visit, Rashad Vaughn says he remains open in his recruitment.
“I went down there with my family and my coaches,” Vaughn told SNY.tv at the Nike EYBL stop here, reiterating comments he first made to Scout.com. “I liked the atmosphere of the Duke game and I have a good relationship with all the coaches. But I got back home and me and my parents talked about it, and we decided to just wait.” To read more of this story, click here
Rutgers officially announced the signings of guard Nkereuwem “Kerwin” Okoro of The Bronx and forward Junior Etou of Maryland (pictured).
“We are very excited to add these talented young men to our program,” said head coach Eddie Jordan. “Kerwin is a competitive playmaker who brings toughness to the floor. Junior is a skilled and team-oriented player who rebounds and defends with tenacity. Both love to play the game.”
Okoro, who signed a scholarship agreement, will transfer to Rutgers after spending this past season as a freshman at Iowa State under head coach Fred Hoiberg. He played in To read more of this story, click here
For the second time this week, a Canadian small forward has made his college decision.
MiKyle McIntosh, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound guard/forward at Jackson (Ky.) 22 Feet Academy, pledged to Illinois State on Thursday.
His commitment wasn’t nearly the event that the Andrew Wiggins Decision was, but McIntosh, like Wiggins, is a Canuck.
“I have decided to further my education and make a significant impact at the next level by joining the University of Illinois State next year,” he Tweeted. To read more of this story, click here
Maybe Jim Boeheim won’t have to eat at Denny’s after all.
According to ESPN.com sources, the ACC is “thoroughly investigating” moving their tournament to Madison Square Garden sometime after the current deal in Greensboro, N.C., expires in 2015.
Perhaps no school would benefit more than Syracuse from such a move.
The Garden is Syracuse’s second home and fills up with Orange fans every year for the Big East Tournament.
“I think it would be good for the league,” Boeheim told SNY.tv Thursday. “It’s a great venue. It’s all up in the air. Obviously, there’s contracts in place and all that stuff so I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.” To read more of this story, click here
Sonny Vaccaro knows a thing or two about the sneaker wars.
Having signed Michael Jordan (Nike) and Kobe Bryant (Adidas) to their mega-million-dollar shoe deals, and endeavored to do the same with LeBron James, no man walking planet Earth knows more about the business than Vaccaro.
So when he says that Andrew Wiggins could inspire a unique kind of sneaker war in 2014, it pays to listen.
“There’s not been a three-[company] race before. I’m saying there are three viable candidates,” Vaccaro, 73, told SNY.tv about the 6-foot-7 Wiggins, who on Tuesday shocked the basketball world by picking Kansas over Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina. To read more of this story, click here
By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA
FRISCO, Texas — D’Angelo Russell is one of the top guards in the Class of 2014 and recently picked up offers from North Carolina and Florida to add to his stack of offers.
As of now, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from reigning ESPN NHSI champion Montverde (Fla.) Academy is planning on taking a few visits in the coming weeks.
“I have a visit set up with Kentucky when I get back home and I’m trying to get up to Michigan State, Ohio State again, North Carolina,” Russell told SNY.tv. at the Nike EYBL stop here last weekend. “Those are the schools that I can think of that I have visits set up for.” To read more of this story, click here
L.J. Rose is the second Baylor guard in two days to announce his transfer.
“Just wanted to thank BAYLOR NATION for a great year! Thanks to everyone who supported not only our team but me personally. Great experience that I will never forget,” he Tweeted.
Rose follows fellow guard Deuce Bello out the door. Bello said on Monday he was leaving.
A 6-foot-4 freshman from Houston Westbury Christian, Rose averaged 0.9 points and 1.2 assists in 33 games.
Rose initially considered Georgetown, Memphis and Arizona, ESPN.com reported.
Former UCLA commit Allerick Freeman is expected to have a strong shot to start at point guard for Baylor.
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2014 point guard Chris Chiozza is off the board.
The 5-foot-11 point guard from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station picked Florida Tuesday.
“Feels good to be a gator
#florida #universityofflorida #chomp,” he Tweeted.
He also considered Ohio State, Memphis, Tennessee, Auburn, UMass and Richmond.
“Florida’s always been one of my top three schools since I was a little kid,” Chiozza told SNY.tv recently in Fort Wayne, IN. “I’ve always loved watching them. I’d alsolove to play with Kasey Hill and Chris Walker, if they’re still there. They’re also recruiting my teammate Leron [Black] so that’s a school where we could play together.” To read more of this story, click here
The Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences have announced an annual men’s basketball challenge that will begin during the 2013-14 season.
“The Big 12 is excited to enter into another partnership with the SEC,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “It will add more quality opponents to our schools’ annually strong non-conference schedules and provide an additional avenue to showcase some outstanding intersectional matchups.”
The majority of the games are scheduled for December 2-6, with three taking place outside the four-day series window due to scheduling issues. In future years, the two conferences will work with ESPN to schedule all games across consecutive days. ESPN will provide exclusive coverage of all 10 games on it networks. Additional components of the challenge, including start times and television broadcast information, will be announced at a later date.
The Challenge includes five teams ranked in an early ESPN.com preseason top 25: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 5 Kansas, No. 7 Florida, No. 11 Oklahoma State and No. 19 Baylor. Two games will pit ranked teams against each other: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 19 Baylor and No. 5 Kansas at No. 7 Florida.
This will be the first challenge for Big 12 men’s basketball since a four-year series between the Conference and the Pac-10 from 2007-10. The Big 12 held a 28-20 advantage in games played in that event. To read more of this story, click here