Briscoe: Kentucky Recruitment Is Something ‘I Dreamed Of’

Briscoe Peach Jam actionROSELLE, N.J. — Isaiah Briscoe plans to visit Kentucky in the coming weeks and is excited about the vision coach John Calipari shared with him during their in-home meeting Thursday night.

Kentucky went three deep in the visit with Calipari joined by assistants Kenny Payne and Barry “Slice” Rohrssen.

“[Calipari], Coach Payne and Slice sitting in my living room is just something that I dreamed of,” the 6-foot-3 Briscoe told SNY.tv. before his teammate Chris Silva, a 6-9 power forward, committed to South Carolina.

Kentucky has yet to offer a scholarship but that could be forthcoming on an upcoming visit. Briscoe, who is still wearing a walking boot after fracturing his foot this summer, said he plans to visit either for Big Blue Madness Oct. 17 or the Blue-White Game Oct. 27. To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Rundown: Weekend Visits & Tidbits

Tacko FallHere’s your Friday morning look-ahead to the weekend’s recruiting visits and other news:

**Chris Silva, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, will announce at around 3:15 p.m. today for Seton Hall, Rhode Island or South Carolina. Check back here for the story later.

**Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School, visits Creighton officially this weekend. He then trips to Virginia Tech and Tennessee. He’s also been to UConn.

**Cheick Diallo, the 6-9 big man from Our Savior New American (N.Y.), takes an official visit to Kansas following Thursday’s home visit with Kentucky’s John Calipari. To read more of this story, click here

Sidney Wilson: Big Time Wing Picks Up Offers from St. John’s, Minnesota

IMG_8607By JACK LeGWIN

Sidney Wilson has picked up two offers from high-major schools, with Minnesota and St. John’s offering the rising sophomore wing from St. Raymond’s of The Bronx.

Minnesota assistant Kimani Young extended the offer Thursday through their high school coach, Jorge Lopez. Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino watched Wilson and teammate Isaiah Washington, a 6-foot point guard, this summer at the Under Armour finals in Atlanta.

“Me and one of my teammates Isaiah got an offer from Minnesota,” Wilson told SNY.tv. “[Young] said that [Pitino] had watched me since the summer, he said that he was impressed with my play and my motor.” To read more of this story, click here

Chris Clarke Planning Three More Visits

Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School, has three more official visits planned beginning with a trip to Creighton this weekend and is narrowing his focus.

After that he will trip to Virginia Tech (Sept. 26) and Tennessee (Oct. 3). He has already visited reigning NCAA champion UConn.

“Unless something changes, those schools are the ones he would like to make a decision [from],” Curt Clarke, the player’s father, told SNY.tv Wednesday.

“They all came out to the school and visited us as a family and spent some time with Chris at the school.” To read more of this story, click here

Calipari Pitches Carlton Bragg During Home Visit

BraggPrior to heading to the New York area for a trio of meetings Thursday with Cheick Diallo, Tyus Battle and Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky coach John Calipari met Wednesday night with Carlton Bragg.

The 2015 Cleveland (OH) Villa-Angela St. Joseph forward is down to five schools — Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, UCLA and Illinois.

“Cal stated that Kentucky is not for everyone,” Michael Graves, Bragg’s mentor, told SNY.tv Thursday morning. “It’s gonna be tough. Carlton will get a great education, be in the best shape of his life and be developed. He also talked about the upcoming [NBA] combine he’s having. He’s doing it for the players. He puts his players first, and getting them ready for the next level [NBA]. He also talked about what it means to play for Kentucky.” To read more of this story, click here

Virginia Visits Tyus Battle, Duke, Syracuse Expected Next Week

Now that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim have lead Team USA to a championship in the FIBA World Cup, both are free once again to roam the recruiting trail with their championship rings.

And both coaches are looking to visit 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard Tyus Battle next week.

The Duke vist was first reported by Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey, and sources told SNY.tv that Syracuse is also looking to pay Battle a visit next week. To read more of this story, click here

Villanova’s Jay Wright Meets With Rawle Alkins, Pitino Due in Soon

RawleVillanova head coach Jay Wright and assistant Kyle Neptune met Tuesday with 2016 Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino is due in soon.

“[Wright] was just telling me about the school and how much they want me, saying how they set players up with a life after basketball and it’s a family down there, not just a team,” the 6-foot-5 Alkins told SNY.tv.

“He showed me the style of play they play and how it’s kind of unique, a 4-guard offense, a lot of uptempo and pick-and -rolls.”

Villanova has always had success recruiting guards from New York and New Jersey, dating back to Mike Nardi, Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher. They are also involved with 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard Tyus Battle and 2017 St. Benedict’s Prep guard Trevon Duval. To read more of this story, click here