St. John’s, Arizona, USC, SMU Among Those Recruiting JUCO Forward Luis Montero


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A late growth spurt and a new, more prominent role involving an uptick in ball handling and a score-first mentality has shaped Westchester Community College’s Luis Montero into one of the nation’s fastest-rising recruits.

The ceiling on Montero, a transcendent 6-foot-9 guard/forward, is still unknown. The St. John’s target has played only half a season of JUCO ball, attracting a full menu of Division-I interest from across the country.

After practicing with the Dominican national team this summer, the hounding intensified. To read more of this story, click here

D.J. Harvey: ‘Arizona Stands at the Top’

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One of the top sophomores in the nation, D.J. Harvey, has a frontrunner.

“Arizona stands at the top,” Harvey told “Georgetown, Memphis, Texas, Houston, Tennessee, NC State, Miami and Xavier have offered, UCLA, Duke, Kansas, Stanford, Villanova and Louisville are all showing heavy interest.”

Harvey played a high level of basketball from a young age. Starting at Christ School (N.C.), a program that has produced Mason and Miles Plumlee, Harvey played varsity as an eighth-grader, before leaving to attend DeMatha (Md.) starting his freshman year. To read more of this story, click here

With Briscoe About to Cut List, Lavin, Willard Talk Recruiting

Briscoe Peach Jam actionNEW YORK — St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard can’t discuss specific recruits on the record, but it was interesting to hear them talk broadly about recruiting at Big East Media Day on Wednesday.

Especially interesting given that Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe is set to cut his list to three schools on Saturday and is considering both local schools, along with Kentucky, UConn, Missouri and others.

“You gotta find the local kids,” Willard said, speaking generally about recruiting. “There’s a lot out there. You gotta find them and then you gotta get them to stay between St. John’s and us.” To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Announces Top 5; Will Visit Kentucky

Ivan RabbIvan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 2015 big man from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, has cut his list to a top five, as first reported he would.

Rabb is down to Arizona California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA, he told

He is expected to take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend, O’Dowd coach Lou Richie confirmed to

Rabb met with coaches from UCLA and North Carolina on Wednesday night, but UNC didn’t make the cut.

He also considered  Duke, Georgetown  and Louisville.

He told me in August at the Elite 24 that Cal and Kentucky would definitely make his final list. UCLA is also expected to receive a visit.

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Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits & Tidbits

Here’s an early look at this weekend’s recruiting visits. This list will be updated throughout the weekend.

**Diamond Stone will visit Wisconsin on an official, according to Mark Miller of the Wisconsin Yearbook. The 6-foot-10 Milwaukee (WI) Dominican big man will then trip to UConn next weekend. He has already visited Maryland and Oklahoma State. Stone’s father, Robert, told that there is no set date for an announcement, despite previous reports he would announce Nov. 12.

**UCLA will host 2015 big men Brandon Ingram and Stephen Zimmerman. Both Ingram and Zimmerman have been at Kansas and Kentucky the previous two weekends.

**Indiana will host an impressive group for Hoosier Hysteria, including 6-10 Huntington (W.V.) Prep big man Thomas Bryant for a second consecutive weekend, according to Inside the Hall and other reports. Bryant was at Indiana last weekend after previously visiting Syracuse and Mizzou. Indiana will also host Miles Bridges and Curtis Jones of Huntington Prep, according to Inside the Hall, while Queens (N.Y.) Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins is also expected. The 6-5 Alkins will visit Villanova Friday night and Indiana Saturday. To read more of this story, click here

Big Man Nick Richards With ‘Kentucky-Type Talent’ Transfers to The Patrick School

The complexion of basketball in Union County and New Jersey statewide may have just changed after Nick Richards transferred to The Patrick School in Elizabeth.

The 6-foot-10 2017 big man left St. Mary’s High School on Long Island to enroll at the defending Union County champion powerhouse. He will join guards Bryce Aiken and Jamir Harris and African big men Bul Ajang and Buay Koka under coach Chris Chavannes.

“I don’t like saying this about kids early,” Chavannes told “He is a stud. Future Kentucky-type player.”

While an assistant under former St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle, Chevannes coached future Kentucky players Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson.

“He’s effective in the low post, can play with his back to the basket and will force teams to double him in the post,” Patrick School assistant Damel Ling told “He is really good on the boards, rebounds well in traffic and is a rim protector. He will block and change a lot of shots around the rim.”

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