Alterique Gilbert Announcing Saturday

4_2971215Alterique Gilbert, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove, will announce his college choice on Saturday morning, he Tweeted.

Gilbert, ranked the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com, lists UConn, Syracuse, Illinois, Texas and Louisville, with UConn considered the favorite as it’s the only school he visited.

“Very excited about announcing my college decision Saturday morning July 4th ! Stay tuned in,” he Tweeted.

Gilbert averaged 19 points, six assists and five steals last season at Miller Grove for head coach Sharman White.

“He’s a phenomenal point guard who has a great feel for the game and is also a tremendous athlete,” White told SNY.tv. “He has a very good floor game and can attack at all three levels.”

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New York Star Rawle Alkins Headed to Prep School

Rawle Alkins is going to make somebody’s prep school team really good next year.

The 6-foot-5 Christ the King guard announced on Twitter he will spend the 2015-16 season at prep school after his high school clock in New York City ran out.

Sources told SNY.tv that several area prep schools were already working on landing Alkins for 2015-16 and why not? He owns scholarship offers from virtually every major program in the nation, including Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Villanova, Indiana, Louisville, Cincinnati, N.C. State, St. John’s and more. Duke and North Carolina have also expressed interest. To read more of this story, click here


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Cal Loses Davon Dillard to Oklahoma State; Tyson Jolly Will Prep

Cal’s once vaunted 2015 recruiting class has taken a bit of a hit.

Davon Dillard, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American, flipped to Oklahoma State from Cal, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

“He had a change of heart,” coach Eric Jaklitsch told Scout.com. “He’s going to be a real nice player for them. He wanted to go to a school that he would fit in well and he is.”

An athletic wing player who can stroke it from beyond the arc, Dillard committed to Cal on March 1 after also considering Creighton, Indiana, Pitt and Purdue. To read more of this story, click here


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Kassoum Yakwe Wins Nike EYBL Defensive Player of the Year Award, Targeting Summer Decision on Next Step

Screen_Shot_2015-07-01_at_1.02.10_PMKassoum Yakwe has been named the the Nike EYBL Defensive Player of the Year and is targeting a July decision on his future plans.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward from the PSA Cardinals and Our Savior New American averaged 3.1 blocks and 6.3 rebounds per game en route to the award.

He is the second straight player from the PSA Cardinals program to win Defensive Player of the Year honors, following incoming Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo.

“Last year I didn’t have the chance to play a lot because there we had older players, and that was their last go in the EYBL,” Yakwe told HardwoodInsiders.com. “I understood all of that. I got to learn a lot from those players and my coaches.” To read more of this story, click here


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St. John’s, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina to Prioritize Rawle Alkins; Heron Visits Alabama, Marquette (UPDATED)

INDIANPOLIS, IN -  APRIL 25, 2015 -  adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis at Best Choice Fieldhouse in Indianpolis, Indiana. (Photos by Kelly Kline/Adidas)

College coaches will flock to see Rawle Alkins and his NY Rens teammate Mustapha Heron in July. (Photos by Kelly Kline/Adidas)

With the July live period set to begin next week around the nation, college coaches will soon be converging on the NY Rens AAU team featuring 2016 stars Rawle Alkins and Mustapha Heron.

Beginning next week and over the following three weeks, the Rens will attend the adidas Gauntlet Finale in Suwanee, Ga.; the adidas Uprising All-American Camp in Long Island; and then the adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas (formerly the Super 64).

“I think [college coaches] are there more to let know Rawle and Mustapha know that they’re there,” Rens director Andy Borman told The 4 Quarters Podcast on Wednesday.

“For Rawle, obviously St. John’s is going to make him a priority. I haven’t spoken to any of the guys form Kentucky but I’ve spoken to Rawle and his family and Kentucky has said that they’ll be out there. [North] Carolina will be out there. I know Tom Crean and Indiana will be out there….From what I’ve heard, essentially everyone on Rawle’s list will be out there.”

St. John’s coach Chris Mullin and his staff have prioritized Alkins and Heron as two critical pieces in their focus on the Class of 2016, but they have competition from virtually everybody. To read more of this story, click here


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U19 National Team Blows Out Argentina, Advances to Quarterfinals at World Championship

13_mu16_giles_posedBy JOSH NEWMAN

As expected, the United States Under-19 National Team is rolling through the FIBA World Championship in Greece.

Argentina became the Americans’ latest victim on Wednesday morning as Class of 2016 star Harry Giles scored 17 points to go along with 12 rebounds in a 93-45 win in the Round of 16 at Heraklion Arena.

With the victory, the U.S. (4-0) advances to play Friday in the medal round quarterfinal versus 3-1 Italy (11:15 a.m. EDT and televised by ESPNU at 1:30 p.m. EDT). Italy beat the Dominican Republic, 82-72.

“I felt great; I tried to pick up the tempo,” Giles said. “It started on the defensive end, just blocking shots and rebounding, and I tried to use that to help me get going offensively and help my team, just help with the energy of the team.

“The focus was just go out there and win because we didn’t want to go home. We didn’t travel this far to lose. I just went out there and played hard, and played the way USA should.” To read more of this story, click here


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7-Foot-1 Georgios Papagiannis Lists Four American Schools, Hopes to Decide on Future Soon

Georgios-Papagiannis-Greek-U19Georgios Papagiannis, a 7-foot-1, 260-pound center playing for Greek club Panathinaikos, is still weighing whether or not to play for an American college next season, but is focusing on four schools, according to a report from Luke Winn of SI.com.

Papagiannis told SI.com he’s committed to making a decision soon—possibly by the July 5 conclusion of the U19s—but he hasn’t fully committed to the NCAAs. “There’s a chance I’ll stay here, and there’s a chance I’ll go there,” he said. “I have made a list with four schools: N.C. State, Kentucky, St. John’s and Oregon.”

Those college fanbases, as you can expect, are salivating over the idea of adding a potential one-and-done center. St. John’s would make up for the loss of shot-blocker Chris Obekpa, and add to an intriguing international recruiting class that already includes Italian point guard Federico Mussini and Spanish power forward Yankuba Sima. Kentucky would get a low-post presence to pair with potential 2016 No. 1 draft pick Skal Labissiere. N.C. State would get a more reliable low-block scorer to pair with point guard Cat Barber. And guard-and-wing rich Oregon, which has a projected starting lineup with no one taller than 6’7″, is desperate for a true center.

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