Tyus Battle Excited for Kentucky’s Midnight Madness

Tyus BattleTyus Battle is expected to be the lone junior on hand for Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness tonight, and he’s already looking to cut down his list in December.

Kentucky figures to be a safe bet to make the list for the 6-foot-6 junior guard from Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s who is ranked No. 14 in the Class of 2016 by ESPN.com.

“Coach Cal is an amazing guy,” Battle told SNY.tv in reference to Kentucky’s John Calipari. “He keeps it real with you. He produces a lot of pros, develops his guys really well, and it’s a winning program.”

Battle said he likes Calipari’s approach to recruiting. To read more of this story, click here

On Eve of Midnight Madness, St. John’s Goes Four Deep for Briscoe

Briscoe Peach Jam 2On the eve of their Red Storm Tip-Off on Friday night, St. John’s went four deep Thursday to watch Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard Isaiah Briscoe in his first workout since getting the boot on his foot removed.

The 6-foot-3 Briscoe fractured his foot over the summer and has been in a walking boot since July.

St. John’s coach Steve Lavin watched Briscoe at RC along with assistants Rico Hines, Tony Chiles and Jim Whitesell.

Briscoe is due to visit St. John’s beginning Friday along with his father, George. St. John’s will also host 2015s Cheick Diallo and Brandon Sampson in what is a critical recruiting period for the Johnnies, who have six seniors on the roster. To read more of this story, click here

Diamond Stone Cuts to Four

Diamond By JACK LeGWIN

Diamond Stone has cut his list to four schools.

“Top 4 (No Order) 1. Wisconsin 2. Uconn 3.Maryland 4.Oklahoma State,” Stone tweeted.

Ranked No. 5 in the class of 2015, Stone will take an official visit to Maryland this weekend for Midnight Madness, following an official visit to Oklahoma State last weekend.

Stone will announce on Nov. 12.

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Calipari Doesn’t See Sneaker Company Controversy

John CalipariBy JOSH NEWMAN

If there is a sneaker company controversy as Louisville head coach Rick Pitino suggested recently, Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t buying into it.

“I’ve been doing this a long time,” Calipari said at Kentucky Media Day on Thursday according to Courier-Journal beat writer Kyle Tucker. “When I first got started, my team was in Reebok. Then my team went to L.A. Gear. All I asked was, ‘Please don’t have us in the light-up shoes.’ They were very heavy, but we wore them. Then my team went to Adidas. And I’ve been with Nike.”

“All I can tell you is, it’s not had an effect on how I did this job. But people have their opinions on it.”

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Admon Gilder to Texas A&M

GilderAdmon Gilder is staying in state.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound shooting guard from Dallas (TX) James Madison committed to Texas A&M on Thursday, choosing the Aggies over Oklahoma State, Baylor and SMU

He visited A&M this past weekend and that was enough to put him over the top.

“It went real good, I liked it a lot,” Gilder said of A&M before the announcement. “It kind of opened my eyes on a lot of things. They see me as a combo guard that can play the one and the two and be a scorer and also a distributor.”

Gilder is the latest four-star recruit to commit to coach Billy Kennedy, joining center Tyler Davis and small forward D.J. Hogg in what his shaping up to be a really balanced and strong class. To read more of this story, click here

Blake Harris: Taking Over at Carlisle

6_3144499By JACK LeGWIN

Get used to the name: Blake Harris.

While the recent news has been Thon Maker and his brother, Matur, moving to Canada, not much has been said about Harris, the five-star point guard who will make significant contributions in his sophomore year for Carlisle (Va.).

“I want to win a state championship,” Harris told SNY.tv. “Just win a lot of games this year, and become a better point guard.” To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky Visit Could be ‘Over the Top’ for Zimmerman, Enjoyed Kansas Trip; Targeting February Decision

By ADAM ZAGORIA & CHIP MILLER

Stephen Zimmerman will be on hand Friday night for Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness and his mother hopes the reality meets the hype.

“The only phrase that I can think of is ‘Over the Top,'” Lori Zimmerman told SNY.tv. “Coach Cal promised us it’s just over the top and the fans are over the top. So, I guess I kind of expect the super experience.”

The 7-footer from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman will be at Kentucky this weekend along with fellow 2015s Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Carlton Bragg, Malik Newman and Kentucky’s lone 2015 commit, Charles Matthews. Also, 2016 star Tyus Battle of New Jersey’s Gill St. Bernard’s will attend. To read more of this story, click here