Malik Beasley, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Alpharetta (GA) St. Francis, has set three official visits, according to Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com.
Beasley will visit Florida State Sept. 5-7, VCU Sept. 12-14 and Wake Forest Sept 19-21. Biancardi noted that Beasley is still working visits to St. John’s and Oregon.
He recently took an unofficial to St. John’s while in New York for the Big Strick Classic and it went well.
Beasley last week cut his list to eight schools — St. John’s, UConn, UCLA, Wake Forest, Florida State, Oregon, VCU and Georgia. To read more of this story, click here
Horace Spencer, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Findlay Prep, received an offer from Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan during his unofficial visit on Tuesday.
“He did offer and he said Horace would end up playing the 4 spot if he comes there,” Horace Spencer Sr. told SNY.tv by phone. “They have a kid leaving and Horace would move right into that spot. He’s someone who can play multiple positions and guard multiple positions, so he could also play the 2 or 3 in addition to the 4. Horace would be able to fill that role very well.”
“It went real good. We both liked the campus, liked the coaches, liked everything there.” To read more of this story, click here
Elijah Thomas has now set all five of his official visits.
The 6-foot-9 Thomas from Rockwall (TX) Lancaster will visit LSU Sept. 6, Oklahoma State Sept. 13, Illinois Sept. 20, SMU Oct. 3 and Texas A&M Oct. 11.
UNLV is the only one of his six finalists that won’t receive an official visit.
Thomas Tweeted the visits and Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com also reported them. To read more of this story, click here
BY NICK MEDLINE
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CHICAGO— Stephen Zimmerman stole the show on Saturday at the Nike Global Challenge.
The Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman center was — almost undoubtedly — the most valuable player at the event. He averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds while shooting 63 percent from the floor over four games. He also led Team USA West to an undefeated run, winning the championship against USA East.
Zimmerman also earned praise from teammate Tyler Davis, who talked about how easy it was to play alongside Zimmerman because of his solid, vocal play. Zimmerman earned the MVP honors. He showed up and competed, and for all of the criticisms he faces, no one could guard him. With five officials and six in-homes lined up, he’ll soon be ready to make a team better. To read more of this story, click here
BY NICK MEDLINE
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CHICAGO — Tyler Davis plans to visit Baylor and Texas A&M this fall, he told SNY.tv on Friday at the Nike Global Challenge.
The Plano (TX) center also said he might travel to Arizona for its Red and Blue Game. He added that his mom likely planned his visit to Kansas, which was reported Thursday.
With his decision wide open — and other schools still in consideration — Davis wants to evaluate each school over the fall without any hurry. To read more of this story, click here
After cutting his list to 10 schools, former Arizona commit Tyler Dorsey has set several official visits.
The 6-foot-5 2015 lead guard will visit Oregon Sept. 5-7, Colorado Sept. 19-21, Kansas for “Late Night in the Phog” Oct. 10-12 and Arizona State Oct. 17-19, according to Dinos Trigonis, Dorsey’s AAU coach.
Dorsey, out of Los Angeles St. John Bosco, has narrowed his list to Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Oregon, St. John’s, UConn and UNLV.
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By NICK MEDLINE
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CHICAGO — Jaylen Brown scored 26 points and added nine rebounds against China in the Nike Global Challenge morning session on Friday. Despite the team’s 114-110 loss, Brown dominated parts of the game — looking to prove why he’s been ranked the No. 1 player in the country.
After a busy July, Brown moved into August with momentum. And today, he threw down several dunks for Team USA South, played well in transition and led all scorers. The 6-foot-6 Wheeler (GA) native also worked from several positions.
With his recruitment set to intensify, Brown visited UCLA earlier in August and raved about Steve Alford’s experience. Alford knows the process, having played in college and the pros. He’s also able to develop players, which Brown said works as an important factor. To read more of this story, click here
After a strong summer in which he won the Peach Jam with the Playaz Basketball Club, T.J. Gibbs is a wanted man.
“It boosted my stock,” Gibbs told SNY.tv by phone Friday. “I think I was able to really show what I was able to do this summer.”
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Seton Hall Prep shooting guard added an offer from Rutgers Thursday during a visit, and will trip to St. John’s sometime next week.
“[Rutgers head coach Eddie Jordan] told me that they want me, they offered me a scholarship,” Gibbs said. “They said they play a two-guard front and they think I can really contribute to it.” To read more of this story, click here
Derrick Jones has a top nine and will kick off his home visits with UConn next month.
The 6-foot-7 small forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll has a top nine of UConn, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida, Louisville, North Carolina, Arizona, Auburn and UNLV (after adding UNLV to the initial eight), Derrick Jones Sr. told SNY.tv.
At this point, the only home visit is with UConn and coach Kevin Ollie on Sept. 10.
After the Elite 24 game Aug. 23 in Brooklyn, Jones will sit down with his father and his AAU coach, Terrell Myers of WE-R1, and map out visit dates. Jones Sr. previously told SNY.tv they plan to visit Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and Auburn, among others. To read more of this story, click here
By CHIP MILLER
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Stephen Zimmerman – ESPN’s No. 6 player in the 2015 class – has set all seven of his in-home visits.
The Zimmermans will host UNLV on Stephen’s birthday, Sept. 9th, Arizona the next night on the 10th, North Carolina on the 11th, Kentucky on either the 13th or the 14th, Kansas the 15th, UCLA on Sept. 16th and Indiana on the 18th.
In April, Zimmerman trimmed his list to eight schools, Kansas, UNLV, North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, UCLA and Arizona, later dropping Louisville after the Cards received a commitment from Ray Spalding.
The 7-foot Bishop Gorman/Oakland Soldier center has scheduled all five of his official visits starting with North Carolina on Oct. 3, Kansas on Oct. 10 for ‘Late Night in the Phog,’ Kentucky on Oct. 17 for ‘Big Blue Madness,’ UCLA on Oct. 24 and Arizona on Nov. 7.
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