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

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.

Follow Jack on Twitter

Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter

And like ZAGS on Facebook

McDuffie Set for Boston College, SMU Visits

MarkisMarkis McDuffie, a 6-foot-7 face-up four man from St. Anthony and Sports U, will take an official visit to Boston College this weekend and then visits SMU Oct. 24, his father told SNY.tv.

McDuffie has already taken officials to VCU and Wichita State, and will likely choose from among those four programs.

“He’s an effective player right now,” Hall of Fame St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley told SNY.tv. “Last year he led us in scoring as a junior. I think he had a pretty good out-of-season [summer] period, so you’re getting a pretty good player right now. To read more of this story, click here

Brandon Sampson Set for St. John’s, USC Visits; Could Be a ‘Program-Changer’

Brandon Sampson, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard from Baton Rouge (LA) Madison, will trip to St. John’s this weekend for their Red Storm Tip-Off and will then head to USC the following weekend.

Sampson will visit St. John’s along with local targets Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American, a 6-9 forward, and Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, a 6-3 guard.

“He did an official to LSU, he did an official to Cal and he’s going to take an official to St. John’s this weekend,” Madison coach Jeff Jones told SNY.tv.

Sampson said he’s also considering UCLA and Texas A&M. To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Has ‘Great’ Mizzou Visit, St. John’s Up Next

Blakeney-BriscoeIsaiah Briscoe enjoyed a “great” visit to Missouri this weekend along with Antonio Blakeney and Thomas Bryant, and is planning on attending St. John’s Midnight Madness on Friday, his father told SNY.tv Sunday evening.

“The visit went great,” George Briscoe said. “There are a lot Nike kids that played for the EYBL on Missouri’s team, so he knows a quite a few of them. And then he was with Antonio Blakeney and Thomas Bryant, so whatever they were talking about, they had a football game with 80,000 people shouting, ‘Briscoe, Blakeney, Bryant.'”

The Tigers lost to Georgia, 34-0, in SEC football action, but the basketball visitors apparently had a great time. Briscoe and Blakeney, who have discussed playing together in college, took the above picture wearing Missouri uniforms in their media room. To read more of this story, click here

JUCO 7-Footer Rozelle Nix Down to 3, Eyeing Early Decision

NixRozelle Nix, a 7-footer from Pensacola (FL) State, is down to Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Loyola Marymount and will sign early, Pensacola assistant Joey Murdock confirmed to SNY.tv.

Brad Winton of JUCORecruiting first reported the news.

Nix has already visited South Carolina and Loyola and visits Pitt Oct. 24-25.

“He will make his decision out of those three in the early signing period,” Murdock said. To read more of this story, click here

Recruiting Roundup: Mizzou, Kansas, Texas A&M, Kentucky Have Big Weekends Ahead

Here’s your look-ahead to the weekend’s recruiting visits and other news. This list will be updated throughout the weekend:

Missouri, Kansas, Texas A&M and Kentucky all have big recruiting weekends on tap.

**Mizzou hosts Georgia in SEC football action on Saturday and will have a trio of bigtime recruits on campus for official visits in Isaiah Briscoe, Antonio Blakeney and Thomas Bryant.

They will also have Miles Bridges, Curtis Jones, Jayson Tatum, Tyler Cook, Michael Porter and Jontay Porter on unofficials.

The 6-foot-3 Briscoe has recently visited UConn, Kentucky and Seton Hall and is slated to visit St. To read more of this story, click here