Thon Maker Could Still Reclass, Be Top Pick in 2016

Thon Maker is settling in at his new school, Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ontario, and could still reclass to 2015, which would make him eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft where he could be the No. 1 overall pick.

Maker and his younger brother, Matur, transferred to Athlete Institute last month from the Carlisle (VA) School.

“The system here is similar, it’s Western education, similar to Australia in terms of the interpretation and so forth,” his guardian, Ed Smith, told SNY.tv by phone this week.

“We came here for the basketball, for him to get better, and for him to finish up well in school.”

Smith said it remains undetermined whether the 7-foot Maker will reclass to 2015, but it remains possible, meaning he could be on a college campus next fall and in the NBA by 2016, when he turns 19. To read more of this story, click here

Calipari, Wright Check Out 2016 Forward Omari Spellman

Kentucky coach John Calipari and Villanova coach Jay Wright were among those who checked out 2016 MacDuffie (MA) School forward Omari Spellman over the weekend.

The 6-foot-9 1/2 Spellman is the No. 5 center in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

“Calipari went to see him on Saturday, Coach Wright from Villanova went to see him, just to check in on him,” PSA Cardinals coach Dave Gates told SNY.tv. “And Coach Cal said he’s going to start recruiting him. He watched him at Peach Jam a little bit and his son [Brad] goes to the MacDuffie School as well. But he went in to check in on Omari and see how the big fella was doing. He’s going to start recruiting him.”

Spellman took an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh over the summer and has also been to UNLV. Gates said Villanova, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Ohio State, Miami and UNLV are among the schools working the hardest so far.

“Omari has a very high potential,” Gates added. “He’s grown an inch and a half since the summer.”

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Briscoe Enjoys UConn, Kentucky, ‘Has a Lot to Think About’

Briscoe Peach Jam actionIsaiah Briscoe enjoyed his back-to-back visits to UConn and Kentucky and now has two more visits planned in the coming weeks.

“He liked both visits, thinks he could be successful at both places, was very, very impressed with Kentucky and the machine that it is and the intimacy of UConn appeals to him,” Jimmy Salmon of the Playaz Basketball Club told SNY.tv Tuesday.

“He’s got a lot to think about.”

The 6-foot-3 Briscoe visited UConn first, and although the Huskies already have a point guard commit in Jalen Adams, Briscoe feels they could play together and be successful. To read more of this story, click here

Levan Alston to Announce Tuesday; Justin Robinson Oct. 12

Levan Alston, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from the Haverford (PA) School, will announce his college choice at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Alston will choose from among Temple, Penn State and VCU.

The No. 36 shooting guard on the 247Sports Composite ranking, he visited Penn State this past weekend after previously visiting Temple and VCU.

“Levan is just scratching the surface,” Team Final coach Aaron Burt told SNY.tv. “He has unlimited scoring ability and his body isn’t even developed yet. His will to compete and win is a coach’s dream.”

The news was previously reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.

ROBINSON TO ANNOUNCE OCT. 12.

Justin Robinson, a 6-1 point guard from Manassas (VA) St. James, plans to announce Oct. 12, he confirmed to SNY.tv by text.

Robinson is considering Maryland, Providence, UNLV and Virginia Tech.

He visits UNLV this weekend and declined to give any interviews until his visits are completed.

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Washington got a commitment from 6-6 small forward Matisse Thybulle of Sammamish (WA) Eastside Catholic, who announced on Twitter…Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend will watch 2016 7-footer Thon Maker on Tuesday at Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ontario…Indiana will watch 2016 Vermont Academy guard Bruce Brown for the third time on Tuesday…Providence coach Ed Cooley will watch 2016 Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins Thursday.

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Blakeney Sets Officials to Mizzou, LSU

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Antonio Blakeney has set official visits to Missouri (Oct. 10) and LSU (Nov. 7).

The news was previously reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

The 6-foot-4 Louisville decommit last week had home visits with coaches from both of those schools, as well as Kentucky, USC and N.C. State.

He may also visit Kentucky, possibly for Big Blue Madness Oct. 17. To read more of this story, click here

Jawun Evans to Announce Wednesday

Jawun Evans, arguably the top point guard in the Class of 2015, will announce his college choice on Wednesday.

The 6-foot point guard out of Dallas (TX) Kimball  is down to Illinois, USC and Oklahoma State, the school to which he took an official visit this past weekend.

Evans won’t host any in-home visits between now and Wednesday.

“He will make his announcement on Wednesday and no one is coming in between now and Wednesday,” SC Raptors Elite president Lamont Simmons told BigStageHoops.com. “He’s taking his time to make his decision, so no one will be coming in this week.”

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Battle to Visit Syracuse, Florida After Boeheim, Donovan Visit

Two days after Coach K and Duke put on a “very impressive” presentation for Tyus Battle, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim and his staff pulled off a similar feat and now Battle will visit Syracuse Oct. 11.

That day the Orange will play Florida State in ACC football action.

“We’re going to visit on Oct. 11,” Gary Battle, the player’s father told SNY.tv. “They’re playing Florida State.”

Battle now has three visits set for October, with Syracuse, Kentucky and Duke on tap. He may also visit Florida in November after head coach Billy Donovan and assistant Rashon Burno stopped by Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s on Friday, too. To read more of this story, click here