Recruiting Roundup: Sampson Decommits from St. John’s in Wake of Lavin Leaving; Ivan Rabb Nearing Decision

Brandon SampsonBy JOSH NEWMAN & ADAM ZAGORIA

SYRACUSEIn the wake of Steve Lavin and St. John’s parting ways, four-star recruit Brandon Sampson will re-open his recruitment, according to multiple reports.

The highest-profile recruit Lavin gained for the Class of 2015, Sampson’s high school coach, Jeff Jones, told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello that the Red Storm will still be considered. To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Roundup: Jaren Sina to Visit South Carolina; Ben Howland Meeting With Malik Newman, Ray Kasongo

10363734Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina will take an official visit to South Carolina beginning Friday, he told SNY.tv.

“[The] biggest thing is that they know I’ve played at a high level and played significant minutes,” Sina said. “I can bring a certain leadership to their program. They also need a shooter, someone who can run the point position but also come off different types of screens for shots and create for my teammates.”

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin recently had  a home-visit with the 6-foot-2 sophomore guard. The Gamecocks have also signed Chris Silva, a forward from newly-minted New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner Roselle Catholic. To read more of this story, click here

Malik Newman’s Dad Won’t Serve on Ben Howland’s Staff

Malik Newman actionDespite all the Internet fantasies of Ben Howland pulling a Larry Brown and hiring Malik Newman’s father as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, it’s not going to happen.

“Absolutely not, I’m not a coach at all,” Horatio Webster, Newman’s father and a former Mississippi State star, told the Clarion-Ledger after Howland got the job Monday. “I don’t want the headache. I’m already getting grey hairs on both sides of my head.”

The 6-foot-4 Newman remains the top uncommitted guard in the Class of 2015 and is considering Kentucky, Kansas, LSU, N.C. State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State among others. He is expected to announce sometime in April, perhaps after the NBA early entry deadline on April 26. To read more of this story, click here

Big Recruiting Week for Cheick Diallo (UPDATED)

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This week will be a big one on the recruiting front for Our Savior New American star forward Cheick Diallo.

Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon saw the 6-foot-9 Diallo on Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self is due Wednesday and St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and Iowa State coach Fred Holberg are expected Thursday.

Diallo, who is an uncommitted and a consensus top-7 recruit nationally, last week won his second Gatorade Player of the Year honor. As a senior at the Long Island school, he averaged 17.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the 22-12 Pioneers. Diallo is considering Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, St. John’s and Pittsburgh and will commit in the spring. To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky-Bound Briscoe Leads Roselle Catholic to New Jersey Tournament of Champions Title

roselle-catholic-vs-pope-john-njsiaa-boys-basketball-tournament-of-champions-final-2015-99b1496b9afef79fTRENTON, N.J. — Displaying a diversified offensive game featuring 3-pointers, dunks and clutch foul shooting, Isaiah Briscoe ended his high school career in style.

The 6-foot-3 Kentucky-bound point guard went for 27 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists and 8 turnovers to lead Roselle (N.J.) Catholic to a 57-45 victory over Syracuse-bound big man Moustapha Diagne and Pope John XXIII in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions final at Sun National Bank Center. Naz Reid, Roselle Catholic’s 6-9 freshman man-child, added 12 points and junior guard Matt Bullock had 12 rebounds.

It marked the first TOC title for Briscoe, whose team lost in last year’s semifinals, but the second TOC crown for head coach Dave Boff and the Lions (28-4) in the last three years.

“I told you after the St. Anthony game, and before the TOC, that we were going to win it and we did,” Briscoe said. To read more of this story, click here

Jaylen Brown to Visit Michigan This Week

Jaylen BrownJaylen Brown will likely make his long-awaited visit to Michigan on Thursday and Friday, a source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to SNY.tv after it was reported by Sam Webb of Scout.com.

As previously reported by SNY.tv, the 6-foot-7 wing out of Marietta (GA) Wheeler has family connections to Michigan.

“I’ve got a lot of family up there and so it’s gonna be a little reunion while I’m there,” Brown wrote in his USA Today blog. “A lot of them went to Michigan and Michigan State so I’m really excited to see the campus and see my people.

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Caleb Swanigan Trims To Seven Schools (UPDATED)

Caleb SwaniganBY: CHIP MILLER

Homestead (IN) center Caleb Swanigan made a big splash on Thursday when the five-star 2015 center trimmed his list to seven schools.

Swanigan’s final seven consists of some of the biggest names in college basketball and one that may surprise some. His final seven are Kentucky, Purdue, Arizona, California, Michigan State, Duke and Chicago State, according to Eric Vaughn. Indiana, the home state school, failed to make Swanigan’s cut.

On Tuesday, Swanigan broke down his final seven for Justin Kenny of The News-Sentinel.

- Duke. “(Freshman center Jahlil Okafor) will be gone, and they are looking for someone who can come in and help fill that void, and that’s a huge honor. Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) is also one of the greatest (coaches) ever.” To read more of this story, click here