Nate Pierre-Louis Transfers to Roselle Catholic

4_3220850The rich continue to get richer.

After winning the New Jersey Tournament of Champions in March, Roselle Catholic continues to add high-profile transfers to its powerhouse program.

The latest development is the addition of 6-foot-3 2017 point guard Nate Pierre-Louis, who transfers into RC after spending last season at St. Benedict’s Prep and his freshman season at St. Peter’s Prep.

“We are excited to have Nate coming to RC,” head coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv. “The family recently moved close to our school and he was also looking for a traditional high school experience so we think it’s a good fit.” To read more of this story, click here


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NBA Scout Says Ben Simmons Has ‘Magic Johnson-Like’ Passing Skills

635702387458153045-C04-SIMMONS-08-72099088LSU just returned from playing five games in Australia and Ben Simmons did pretty well for himself.

The 6-foot-10 Australian point forward averaged 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.6 steals, while also committing 25 turnovers in five games, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

NBA scouts will be watching Simmons and the Tigers in every game this year.

“Simmons is clearly going to be the most talked about freshman coming into this college season,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “LSU is really building him up. He has great all-around talent. He is the closest thing to demonstrating Magic Johnson-type passing skills along with having the size similar to Magic. He needs to become a more consistent perimeter shooter and learn how to enjoy the game. His approach is almost Kobe Bryant-like which I believe may turn off his teammates at LSU. He goes 1 or 2 in the draft unless he goes back for his sophomore year.” To read more of this story, click here


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Recruiting Roundup: Trevon Duval Trips to Maryland; Marques Bolden to Visit Kentucky; Dylan Painter Visiting Villanova; Kentucky Calls Andre Rafus (UPDATED)

KJK_0335-XLTrevon Duval took an unofficial visit to Maryland on Tuesday, his father confirmed to SNY.tv.

“It was a good experience,” Trevor Duval said of his son’s visit. “They have a friendly staff and great facilities.”

Trevor Duval added that they have family in the area and were passing through and decided to take him to Maryland.

“It was last minute,” he said.

The 6-foot-3 2017 point guard wowed media members and NBA scouts alike last week at the Under Armour Elite 24 Game. To read more of this story, click here


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Kansas May Not Know About Cheick Diallo’s Eligibility For Another Month

349771-330-0Kansas may not learn about Cheick Diallo’s eligibility with the NCAA for another month or so.

“We’re hopeful sooner rather than later,” Kansas coach Bill Self told CJonline.com, “but it wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t know anything for at least another month.”

The 6-foot-9 Diallo was the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic and chose Kansas over Kentucky, St. John’s and other programs.

His former school, Our Savior New American, is under review by the NCAA and is the same school that produced new St. John’s commit Kassoum Yakwe. Both are natives of Mali. To read more of this story, click here


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De’Aaron Fox Reiterates He Will Take Officials to Kansas, Kentucky

4_2917411Senior point guard De’Aaron Fox, one of the top playmakers in the Class of 2016, reiterated that he will definitely take official visits to Kansas and Kentucky.

“Oh yeah, out of those seven [schools he’s considering] those two I definitely will be official visiting,” Fox told Evan Daniels of Scout.com in a video interview from the Bahamas.

“I will take all five [officials], no doubt. I want to survey all my options, I don’t want to be close-minded to the recruiting process.”

The 6-foot-4 floor general from Katy (TX) Cypress Lakes recently cut his list to seven schools: Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, LSU, N.C. State and North Carolina.

“I haven’t taken any [visits] yet so I want to start in about October,” he said. “There’s no timetable for when I want to commit.”

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Kentucky Jumps Duke for No. 1 in Scout’s 2015 Recruiting Rankings

Mar 18, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari talks to Kentucky Wildcats guard Andrew Harrison (5) during practice before the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, John Calipari has reeled in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

With the addition of 7-foot Australian big man Isaac Humphries, Kentucky has jumped Duke for the No. 1 spot in Scout’s Class of 2015 recruiting rankings.

Both schools have five recruits for 2015 and both average out at a 4.60 ranking but Kentucky got the nod at No. 1.

For more on what Humphries brings to Kentucky (and point guard Jamal Murray, too) listen to Brad Johnstin and Fran Fraschilla on The 4 Quarters Podcast.

Duke was No. 1 in the Scout rankings in 2014, while Kentucky was No. 1 every year from 2009-13.  UCLA in 2008 was the last school other than Kentucky or Duke to be No. 1. To read more of this story, click here


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Kassoum Yakwe Could Trigger Renaissance in St. John’s Basketball: Fraschilla

4_2971158Former St. John’s coach Fran Fraschilla says the addition of Kassoum Yakwe to the Red Storm’s 2015 recruiting class could trigger a renaissance in St. John’s basketball.

The 6-foot-7 Yakwe will enroll this week but it remains unclear if he will suit up for 2015-16 or 2016-17.

“I think this is a new era for St. John’s,” Fraschilla, who was fired by St. John’s in 1998 and now works as an ESPN analyst, told The 4 Quarters Podcast on Monday. “The Big East is not what it used to be and it doesn’t have the prestige that it used to be but there’s still something magical about being a great college player and great college team in New York City. We haven’t seen one in quite some time, and I think this bodes well.” To read more of this story, click here


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