All Five Schools in Mix for Zimmerman

Lori Stevens, the mother of 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman, says all five schools on her son’s list are still in the mix.

“There are five schools, no favorite,” she told SNY.tv by text in comments she echoed on Twitter. “If you are hearing anything different it’s someone speculating.”

Zimmerman is down to Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Arizona and UNLV, having taken his final official visit to UNLV last week.

North Carolina, Indiana and Notre Dame are no longer in the mix.

Stevens said Zimmerman expects to decide by February or March.

Ivan Rabb, Zimmerman’s Oakland Soldiers teammate, recently told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that Cal was in the top three of his final five.

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Calipari, Payne, Scheyer Watch Harry Giles

CalipariBy JOHN PAVIA & ADAM ZAGORIA

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne, along with Duke assistant Jon Scheyer, watched 2016 forward Harry Giles on Monday, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

InsideCarolina.com previously reported the development.

The 6-foot-10 Giles is No. 1 player in the Class of 2016 by some media outlets like 247 Sports.

Giles tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus while playing for the USA Under-16 team last summer and missed his sophomore season of high school basketball. He finally returned to the court this May after 11 months of rehab and recovery. Giles has shown some signs of rust which is natural when returning from an injury of that nature. To read more of this story, click here

National Prep Showcase Rundown: JaQuan Lyle, Omari Spellman Talk Schools

By ARTHUR WARNER-KAMSLER

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — On Friday night, JaQuan Lyle should have been playing for the Oregon Ducks as they took on Toledo.

Instead, he started for IMG Academy in the National Prep Showcase at Albertus Magnus College.

Lyle, a 6-foot-5, 215 pound combo guard, scored 17 points and added two rebounds and two assists for IMG, where he is taking a postgraduate year after not being admitted to Oregon.

In what has been a hectic couple of months for Lyle, he is focused on figuring out where he will take his last couple of official visits. To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Says Cal Is In Top 3 of His Final 5

Ivan RabbNEW YORK — Ivan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 2015 big man from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that Cal now ranks in the top three of his remaining five schools.

That group includes Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona and UCLA along with Cal. Rabb plans to sign in the spring.

Rabb told Goodman that he has the best relationship with Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin among the five schools, and that he plans to visit Cal again at some point with fellow big man Caleb Swanigan of Indiana.

“I think it’s a great place to play,” Martin, speaking generally about Cal, said after his team lost in the final of the 2K Classic to No. 10 Texas, 71-55, at Madison Square Garden. “If I was a ballplayer, outside of Purdue I’d love to play at Cal-Berkeley.” To read more of this story, click here

Brandon Ingram to Decide Early, Sign Late

"2014 Under Armour Elite 24"Brandon Ingram will decide his college choice early, but sign late, his high school coach confirmed to SNY.tv Monday.

“Will decide early but sign in the spring,” Perry Tyndall said. “Exactly when he commits, I’m not sure. He still has some uncertainty.”

The 6-foot-8 2015 forward from Kinston (N.C.) visited N.C. State, Duke and North Carolina over the weekend for games.

He’s also considering UCLA, Kansas and Kentucky. To read more of this story, click here

Uncommitted Guard Antonio Blakeney Drops 63 Points as LSU Watches

Antonio Blakeney went off for 63 points Friday night as his Sarasota (FL) Oak Ridge team beat Tavares (FL) Liberty Christian Prep, 85-85.

USA Today reported that the 6-foot-4 Blakeney officially scored 63, not 65 as had been reported.

“Really, all I was thinking about was winning the game and doing whatever it took to win,” Blakeney, who added 11 rebounds in the win, told Jason Jordan of USA Today. “It actually didn’t feel like 63 to me. After the game when people were telling me I was shocked! It felt good to be able to break a school record that was set 60-plus years ago.”

LSU assistant David Patrick was courtside to watch it happen. To read more of this story, click here