By JEREMY FUCHS
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – It takes a village to score.
A few days being unable to buy a basket against George Washington, Rutgers guard Bishop Daniels spearheaded a balanced and efficient offensive attack as the Scarlet Knights beat Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday at the Rutgers Athletic Center, 61-44.
A year ago, FDU beat both Rutgers and Seton Hall, and on Friday coach Greg Herenda’s team beat St. Joe’s in Philadelphia.
Daniels scored a career-high 18 points, and Junior Etou had an equally impressive double-double, with 11 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. It was the first double-double of Etou’s career. Myles Mack and D.J. Foreman chipped in with nine and seven points, respectively. To read more of this story, click here
T.J. Leaf, a 6-foot-10, 217-pound 2016 face-up forward from El Cajon (CA) Foothills Christian, committed to Arizona on Wednesday, he announced on Twitter.
The No. 3 power forward in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports composite rankings, Leaf also considered UCLA, Duke, Michigan, Florida and San Diego.
“It was a lot of reasons,” Leaf told ESPN.com. “For one, I have a great relationship with all the coaches there, including coach [Sean] Miller. That’s a big plus. Their style of play, how they use their 4s, interchangeable with their 3s, that’s what I want. And I have the opportunity to come in and make an impact as a freshman.” To read more of this story, click here
By JOSH NEWMAN
The debate as to whether or not the University of Kentucky could defeat the lowly Philadelphia 76ers only intensified on Tuesday evening after the top-ranked Wildcats blew out fifth-ranked Kansas at the Champions Classic.
At least one ex-Kentucky star, Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, is on board with the notion.
“I’m definitely taking Kentucky,” Bledsoe told Brian Geltzeiler and Malik Rose Wednesday morning on SiriusXM Radio when asked who would in a 7-game series. “I think Philly would get probably, maybe one game. I know they’re (Sixers fans) gonna be mad, but I love my Wildcats. “
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INDIANAPOLIS — After a 32-point loss at the hands of No. 1 Kentucky in the Champions Classic, Bill Self grabbed for a bottle of water at the post-game press conference and joked, “I was hoping that was vodka, but no it’s just water.”
And really, who could blame the Kansas coach if he needed a good stiff drink after that result?
Kentucky entered as a 6 1/2 point favorite and ended up winning, 72-40. Kentucky outscored Kansas 34-12 in the second half.
The domination of the No. 5 team in the nation was so thorough, so complete, that Kentucky coach John Calipari played his walk-ons in the final minutes.
“We’re not that good, next question,” Calipari said when he entered the media room, seemingly not needing a drink of vodka to feel good. To read more of this story, click here
Diamond Stone has become the latest high-profile 2015 recruit to announce he will sign late.
The 6-foot-10 Milwaukee (WI) Dominican big man will sign in the spring, his father told Inside Maryland Sports.
Stone is down to Maryland, UConn, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.
He could always commit before the spring, but the NCAA early signing period ends Wednesday and Stone won’t sign by then. To read more of this story, click here
INDIANAPOLIS — We were just a couple minutes into Duke’s 81-71 victory over Michigan State in the Champions Classic, and it wasn’t hard to see why Jahlil Okafor is the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
It wasn’t hard to see why more than 60 NBA personnel, including a handful of GMs, were on hand at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Sure, there were 11 projected first-round picks according to DraftExpress.com on the docket that also featured Kansas-Kentucky, including Duke freshman wing Justise Winslow (15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones (17 points, 4 assists), who both played extremely well.
But Okafor was Attraction No. 1.
He is the reward for really bad NBA teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, who may want to “Lose Some More for Okafor” or “Forget How to Score for Okafor” the more the season goes along.
Within the first few minutes, the 6-foot-11 Duke big man had outscored Sparty, 8-6, utilizing three hook shots on spin moves to the rim.
Michigan State’s Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling, both 6-9, were no match for Okafor, who finished with 17 points on 8-for-10 shooting, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals and 1 assist despite foul trouble in front of a crowd that included Paul George, Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Worldwide Wes. To read more of this story, click here
By ADAM ZAGORIA & ZACH SMART
Less than a week after losing out on Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe, St. John’s landed its first commitment in the Class of 2015 when Philadelphia Math, Civics, & Sciences combo guard Samir Doughty committed to the Johnnies.
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin had hoped Briscoe would be the building block to a huge class for 2015 that must replace six graduating seniors.
“Style of play and great coaching,” the 6-foot-4, 182-pound Doughty told SNY.tv of why he picked St. John’s over Penn State and Seton Hall. “That’s what I really like about it. And they play at [Madison Square] Garden.” To read more of this story, click here