Cheick Diallo Sets St. John’s, Iowa State Visits

Cheick Diallo, the 6-foot-9 big man from Our Savior New American and Team Scan, has set two official visits.

Diallo will visit Iowa State Sept. 26 and St. John’s Oct 18, his guardian told He is also planning a visit to Kansas, but no date is set.

Diallo has already been to Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Kentucky. Kansas in also among his top five.

He will sit out the rest of July on the AAU circuit in order to rest and rehab his back.

Coaches from all five schools watched  him at the Peach Jam last week, where he averaged 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in seven games.

Team Scan reached the semifinals on Sunday morning before losing to Isaiah Briscoe and the Playaz.

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Diamond Stone Announcing Nov. 12; Malik Newman Has No Date

Diamond Stone, the 6-foot-10 big man from Milwaukee Dominican, will announce his college choice Nov. 12, the first day of the NCAA early signing period, he told Evan Daniels of

Stone is considering Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn, Kansas, Duke and UCLA, among others.

He and point guard Malik Newman have talked about a package deal, with UConn and Kansas thought to be the most likely landing spots for the combo package.

But the 6-4 Newman told Monday night that he doesn’t have a date set for his announcement, and will likely announce on a different date from Stone.

“My boy committing before me…wish him the best of luck… @Diamond_Stone33 don’t mean that’s the school I’m going to tho…,” he Tweeted.

Newman has insisted all along that he and the 6-foot-10 Stone will be a package deal in college, telling Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal, “I think that team [that gets us] is going to win the NCAA championship.” To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Says St. John’s, Arizona, Rutgers Call Him the Most

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — The Isaiah Briscoe Sweepstakes is red hot.

Coaches from all the schools recruiting the 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard watched him lead the Playaz Basketball Club to the Nike Peach Jam championship on Sunday afternoon as Briscoe was named to the ZAGSBLOG Peach Jam All-1st Team.

In the above interview with Dan Poneman of Krossover TV, Briscoe says that three schools call him the most.

“St. John’s, Coach [Steve] Lavin, Coach [Sean] Miller [from Arizona], those are probably the only two,” he said, before adding, “Coach [Eddie] Jordan from Rutgers.”

Briscoe is considering Arizona, Louisville, St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova. He broke down his schools here and is expected to decide sometime this fall.

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Dillon Brooks Talks Recruiting, Team Canada


4_2918837By JACK LeGWIN

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Dillon Brooks has become a hot name quickly in the basketball world.

The 6-foot-6 Brooks out of CIA Bounce and Findlay Prep averaged 19.5 points in his first two games at Peach Jam, in a 64-60 loss to Each 1 Teach 1, and a 65-62 overtime win over Athletes First.

“Iowa State, Rhode Island, Illinois, Duquesne and New Mexico State have offered,” Brooks said. “I’m getting interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, Washington State.” To read more of this story, click here

Zimmerman Sets Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky Visits

Stephen Zimmerman has set three official visits for October.

The 7-footer from the Oakland Soldiers and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman will trip to North Carolina Oct. 3, Kansas Oct. 10 and Kentucky Oct. 17 for Big Blue Madness, his mom told

Zimmerman has taken unofficial visits to UCLA, UNLV and Arizona, schools close to his hometown of Las Vegas.

Zimmerman now lists Kansas, UNLV, North Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and Arizona as his final seven, with Louisville no longer on the list.

“Just whenever I feel comfortable,” Zimmerman said previously of when he might commit. “If I feel really comfortable with a school tomorrow, I’ll commit.”

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Esa Ahmad to Cut List At End of July

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.Esa Ahmad will cut his list to “seven or eight” schools at the end of July, his father told

Ibby Ahmad said Ohio State, Maryland and West Virginia are “definitely on the list” for his son, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Cleveland (OH) Shaker Heights.

Ibby said his son is also looking at taking visits soon to Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

UConn, UNLV and Iowa State are among those also in the mix.

“I’m real open right now so it’s up in the air,” Esa said. To read more of this story, click here

Duke Latest to Offer 2016 Guard Tyus Battle

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Gary Battle says that when his son Tyus was younger, he used to call him up and pretend to be Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“When he was a 7-year-old I used to call him on the phone and make believe I was Coach K and offer him a scholarship,” Gary told

Now that fantasy has become a reality.

Duke became the latest big-time school to offer the 6-foot-5 2016 guard when they did so on Thursday night, and Gary says they are planning a visit. To read more of this story, click here

Allonzo Trier Turning Heads At Peach Jam, Hearing From Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville



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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Allonzo Trier has put on a show at Peach Jam, despite dropping two close games to Each 1 Teach 1 Elite and CIA Bounce.

Averaging 25.5 PPG in 3 games, Trier has played in front of Arizona’s Sean Miller and Louisville’s Rick Pitino, and he lists those as two schools that are working hard.

“Arizona, Louisville, UCLA, Washington, North Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgetown,” Trier said.

Trier has not received an offer from Kentucky, but he says that Coach [John] Calipari has been in touch.  To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Goes for 33 in Peach Jam Win, Talks Colleges

briscoeNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — This is Isaiah Briscoe’s last Peach Jam, and he’s playing like he wants to make it a special remembrance.

After Thursday’s play, the 6-foot-3 guard has led the Playaz Basketball Club to a 2-0 record entering a big showdown at noon on Friday with CIA Bounce.

The Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard capped off Thursday by going for 33 points and six rebounds, including two clutch free throws in the final seconds, as the Playaz held off Team Takeover, 63-60. He went 17-of-20 from the line, creating numerous free throw-opportunities by driving into the lane with his now-chiseled 210-pound frame and drawing contact.

Earlier, he went for 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists in an 81-47 beatdown of Team CP3.

“He’s the best guard here,” one high-major D-1 assistant told, referring to the Class of 2015 crop. To read more of this story, click here

Jayson Tatum: Will Talk Package Deal with Woods, Smith Jr. and Giles Next Week

4_2917241By JACK LeGWIN

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Jayson Tatum has put on a show at Peach Jam so far, leading the St. Louis Eagles 16U squad to a 2-0 start, after being a late addition to the team.

“I felt like if I went out there and gave them what they needed, I felt like I could lead them to the championship,” Tatum said. “The 17U team didn’t make it to Peach Jam, so they were alright with me coming to help these guys out.”  To read more of this story, click here