JUCO Wing Luis Montero Planning Visits

Luis Montero, a 6-foot-8 wing from Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, will set his visit schedule in the coming weeks.

The visits will run from Aug. 20-December.

Montero is considering Alabama, USC, West Virginia, SMU, South Florida and Arizona, among others, WCC coach Tyrone Mushatt told SNY.tv.

“Luis will be taking all five visits before making a decision,” Mushatt said.

Montero, who averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season, is currently out of the country playing with the Dominican National team.

For more on him, read this feature.

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With New Mindset, 2016 Small Forward Matt Moyer Picks up Elite Offers

By NICK MEDLINE

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Matthew Moyer capped his dominant July with offers from Florida, Illinois and many more. All were the product of a new mindset.

“I didn’t play with a chip on my shoulder in spring,” Moyer told SNY.tv. “In July, I played with an attitude, tenacity and aggression that needs to be there 24/7.

The 2016 small forward and Columbus (OH) native found that translated to success. He began July at the Reebok Breakout Camp in Philadelphia wanting to “rip people’s heads off.”

Ranked No. 90 in the class of 2016 by Rivals.com, Moyer earned obvious attention from coaches, who could see his skill and athleticism. But with more strong performances, elite coaches kept watching. To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Sidelined 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Foot

briscoeIsaiah Briscoe will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a “slight fracture” in his right foot, his father, George Briscoe, told SNY.tv Wednesday morning.

The 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic point guard suffered the foot injury during a recent AAU trip to Las Vegas and is in a walking boot.

Briscoe won’t take any college visits for a month or so while he recovers and rests, and also won’t compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 Game set for Aug. 23 in Brooklyn, his father said.

Briscoe had a brilliant summer in which he won a gold medal with the USA U18 team in the FIBA Americas Championship and also led the Playaz Basketball Club to the Peach Jam championship where he earned ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 1st-Team honors. To read more of this story, click here

Donovan Mitchell to Trim List, Planning Visits

After a breakout July, Brewster (N.H.) Academy guard Donovan Mitchell is planning to trim his list by this weekend and also has a couple of visits on tap.

“I will be trimming my list before the weekend,” he told SNY.tv by phone, adding the he isn’t sure how many schools he will cut his list to.

The 6-foot-3 Mitchell will visit unofficially Villanova Monday (Aug. 4) and Louisville officially Thursday-Friday (Aug. 7-8).

“[Villanova first] was just how it worked out,” the Greenwich, CT, native said by phone. “There’s no reason I picked them first. It’s two hours away from where I live and I would really to go see them.” To read more of this story, click here

Thon Maker Unlikely to Reclass to 2015

2014 adidas Super 64Thon Maker is unlikely to reclass to 2015 from 2016, his guardian reiterated to SNY.tv Tuesday.

“It would be unlikely at this stage,” Ed Smith said Monday. “It depends how heavy the academic load would be. Also, Thon has to be physically prepared for college ball.”

Smith made similar comments to AllHoosiers.com last week in Las Vegas, where Maker went for 21 points and 11 rebounds in a game against Jaylen Brown’s AAU team.

The 7-foot Maker holds offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Duke and Memphis, among others.

Smith previously said he would know by January whether or not Maker would reclass, making him eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Antonio Blakeney Lists a Top 7

BlakeneyFollowing a busy July, Antonio Blakeney wasted no time listing his top schools.

The 6-foot-4 guard Tweeted out a Top 7 of “FSU, Louisville, Mizzou, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC. No order.”

The E1T1 guard earned ZAGSBLOG Peach Jam All-First Team honors by averaging 19.7 points in six games, including a 26-point effort in a win over Athletes First and a 24-point outing in a victory over Team Takeover.

Kentucky coach John Calipari, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, FSU coach Leonard Hamilton and USC coach Andy Enfield were among the coaches tracking him in July.

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Zimmerman Sets Five Official Visits

By CHIP MILLER

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Stephen Zimmerman – a 7-foot- 2015 big out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High – has finalized his five official visit schools and dates.

Recently, Zimmerman reported he would officially visit Kansas the weekend of ‘Late Night at the Phog,’ scheduled on Oct. 10, and Kentucky the following weekend for ‘Big Blue Madness.”

He has added three other official visits to close out the five allowed by the NCAA. To read more of this story, click here

Kansas the Latest to Offer 2016 Guard Rawle Alkins

I have been writing about Christ the King 2016 guard Rawle Alkins for two years, and now the rest of the country is finally getting a taste of what the explosive New York City guard can do.

The 6-foot-5 Alkins just picked up a Kansas offer, confirming the fact that he will be recruited at the highest levels.

He also holds offers from Louisville, Indiana, Miami (FL), Minnesota, N.C. State, South Florida, Seton Hall, Villanova, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Louisville, and Providence. Kentucky assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen, a New York native, has also reached out to Alkins.

Alkins brings to mind a young Lance Stephenson, with one D-1 assistant telling SNY.tv, “I love his ability to score.”

Alkins is part of wave of New York and New Jersey guards who have been making headlines on the summer circuit, along with Isaiah Briscoe, Tyus Battle, T.J. Gibbs, Eli Cain, Trevon Duval and Bryce Aiken.

In this video interview, he talks with Dan Poneman of Krossover Sports about his game and his summer.

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Chase Jeter to Decide This Week, Announce Later On

2014 adidas Super 64Chase Jeter will make his college decision this week but won’t announce until sometime in the next two weeks — possibly at the Adidas Nations event in early August.

“I think I’m going to make my decision this week,” the 7-foot Jeter, who has helped lead his Dream Vision AAU club into the Adidas Super64 semifinals, told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com in Las Vegas. “And then I’ll probably announce in two weeks or so.”

Dream Vision director Clay Williams told SNY.tv in May that Jeter might announce at Adidas Nations, which runs Aug. 1-5.

“We had discussed that, it’s an option,” Jeter previously told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

Braxton Blackwell Hearing From Five Schools the Most

By MIKE GRIMALA

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LAS VEGAS — Braxton Blackwell knew he’d be popular this summer.

As a 6-foot-7 rising junior, college coaches were allowed to begin contacting the Nashville (TN) C.P.A. small forward directly on June 15, and after averaging 19.6 points and 11.2 rebounds for his high school team last year, he figured to receive plenty of attention.

But after showing well on the summer circuit, Blackwell’s status has risen even higher. He’s rated as a consensus top-40 player in his class, and this week he was one of the most impressive 2016 players in Las Vegas at the adidas Super 64.  To read more of this story, click here