Duke to Go Three Deep in Meeting With Tyus Battle

GLADSTONE, N.J. — Duke will come three deep with Coach K, Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer on Wednesday when they meet with 2016 guard Tyus Battle at Gill St. Bernard’s.

“The fact that [Coach K] is taking some time off [from his team] where I know he is completely exhausted [from the FIBA World Cup] and has to get back to his own team, and for him to come down here with the whole staff, that’s impressive,” Gill coach Mergin Sina said Tuesday at the school.

“To me, that’s saying that the guy really believes that this is a kid who could help his program.”

Said the 6-foot-6 Battle, who turned 17 on Tuesday: “It’s great. I’m just enjoying the whole college recruiting experience.” To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Awaiting Carolina Home Visit to Plan Officials

Ivan Rabb is awaiting a home visit with North Carolina before he sets his official visits, his high school coach told SNY.tv.

“All the schools have been in except for one and that’s North Carolina,” Bishop O’Dowd coach Lou Richie said, adding that Roy Williams had a schedule conflict that prevented this week’s planned visit.

“There’s no set date [for the Carolina visit],” Richie said.

The 6-foot-10 power forward has already met with UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas, Cal, Arizona and Georgetown. To read more of this story, click here

Florida Offers Rawle Alkins; Indiana, Cincinnati, Louisville, Seton Hall Due for Visits

Rawle2016 Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins picked up an offer from Florida on Monday, he told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-5 Alkins will also host Indiana head coach Tom Crean and Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin on Wednesday, Louisville head man Rick Pitino on Thursday and Seton Hall skipper Kevin Willard on Friday.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright met with Alkins last week.

He holds offers from Kansas, Louisville, Indiana, Miami (FL), Minnesota, N.C. State, South Florida, Seton Hall, Villanova, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Louisville, and Providence.

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Zimmerman to Commit Late, Won’t Sign an NLI

Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-footer from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, won’t commit until the spring and won’t sign a National Letter of Intent at all, his mother told SNY.tv.

“It doesn’t protect the student-athlete, only the University,” Lori Zimmerman said by text.

An NLI binds the student-athlete to the school, meaning if the coach leaves or is fired the player is still obligated to attend the school unless he gets a release. To read more of this story, click here

Thomas Bryant Says Mizzou Working Hardest, Plans to Sign Late

Despite a weekend visit to Syracuse, Thomas Bryant says Missouri is recruiting him the hardest and he plans to make his college decision during the spring.

“I would say mostly Missouri is recruiting me the hardest,” the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Bryant said Monday by phone from Huntington (W.V.) Prep. “Syracuse is recruiting me but Missouri has been recruiting me real hard the latest.”

Missouri hired former Huntington coach Rob Fulford over the summer, and that hire paid immediate dividends when the Tigers landed Canadian star Montaque “Teki” Gill-Caesar, who reclassed to 2014 and signed on with the Tigers.

“They’re recruiting me a lot,” Bryant said of Mizzou. “I like the facilities, the facilities are beautiful and the people around there. And of course having coach Rob there is also a plus.” To read more of this story, click here

Chris Clarke Enjoys Creighton, Virginia Tech Next

Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School, enjoyed his weekend visit to Creighton and will trip to Virginia Tech (Sept. 26) and Tennessee (Oct. 3).

“Overall, it was a great visit,” Curt Clarke, the player’s father, told SNY.tv Monday. “Creighton did a great job showing why Chris is important to them and how they can help him to be successful in the future. We are looking forward to the next two visits and deciding on the best option, as long as Chris still remains an option for that institution.

Curt previously said his son — who previously tripped to UConn — hopes to decide in the fall.

“Our intent is to hopefully have that decision before the early signing period,” he said. “Make that decision, be able to move forward with that program and at the same time be able to focus on finishing up high school.”

Clarke averaged 12.5 points this summer with Boo Williams on the Nike EYBL circuit, and 14.7 points at the Peach Jam. He made the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team after leading Boo to the semifinals.

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Cheick Diallo May Sign Late

Cheick Diallo, the 6-foot-9 big man from Our Savior New American and Team Scan, may join a growing list of elite 2015 players who may not sign until the spring, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv.

“Leaning to spring but not final yet,” the source said.

Already, Jaylen Brown, Thomas Bryant, Isaiah Briscoe and Caleb Swanigan are planning on signing late.

Diallo took an official visit to Kansas this past weekend but is not giving any media interviews at the moment. He is slated to visit Iowa State Sept. 26 and St. John’s Oct 18. To read more of this story, click here