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Troy Williams Narrows List To Kentucky, North Carolina

Troy Williams, a top-20 recruit, has cut his list of possible college destinations to Kentucky and North Carolina.

“They’re both good schools,” Williams said. “They’re like the top two programs out there right now, so it’s going to be a hard decision. But it will come down to which coach I like the best.”

Williams is the nephew of amateur-circuit basketball legend Boo Williams, who has ties to both finalists.

“Kentucky plays a fast pace and coach (Calipari) is a good friend of my uncle’s,” Williams said.

Williams said he gets along with North Carolina coach Roy Williams “and some of the players came from my uncle’s team. They get up and down, too, and have a lot of dunks.”

Via Louisville Courier Journal

Tyus Jones Plans To Visit Baylor

Tyus Jones, rated the nation’s top point guard in the class of 2014, is planning to visit Baylor in a couple of weeks.

Jones is also believed to be considering Michigan State, Duke and Minnesota.

Via Jeff Borzello/CBSSports.com (via Twitter)

Eddie Jordan Enjoying Stint Coaching AAU Basketball

Two years removed from being fired as coach of the Sixers, Eddie Jordan is his first year as the coach of the D.C. Assault 17U team, a prominent AAU program from Washington D.C.

“It took me this long to get me where I really wanted to be,” said Jordan, who coached nine seasons in the NBA. “Frankly, I wanted to coach middle school and high school kids. I was raised in southeast Washington D.C. It was a tough environment.

“I saw what my high school and middle school coach did and said, ‘This is what you can do to affect kids and make a difference and change kids’ lives.’”

Jordan would not commit to a return to the NBA.

“I’ve made a great living at the college level and in the NBA and I don’t want to retire,” Jordan. “I think I could coach another 8 to 10 years in the big leagues, but if it comes it comes.

“At this level, they’re talented, they’re respectful. There’s not the other drama you have to deal with. That’s how basketball was years ago.”

Via NBCSports.com

Jabari Parker Takes Attention In Stride

Jabari Parker, the nation's top high school basketball player, has offers from college basketball power programs such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina.

Parker isn’t shying away from all of the attention, but he’s determined to focus on one game at a time.

“I glance at the coaches a little bit and notice they’re there, but once it’s time to play I focus on me and my teammates and trying to get the win,” Parker said.

Parker has grown accustomed to the media focus after each game.

“I don’t mind the attention. I can’t mind it because right now I have it easy,” Parker said. “Once I start getting a lot of attention at the next level that is when it starts to get harder. Right now I don’t really complain and I take these interviews and attention as a positive.”

Parker talked about his ideal college destination.

“I’m looking for a program that fits me and I have to get along with the coach,” Parker said. “I want a place that’s going to build my character and I want to mature and be exposed to the things that are coming my way in the future.”

Via Chicago Sun-Times

Amile Jefferson Hopes To Choose School Next Week

Amile Jefferson hopes to make his final decision by next week.

“It’s been tough,” Jefferson said. “We’re trying to set a date now. Hopefully by next week, I can finally make a decision…I need that comfort level, when I just know.”

Jefferson is considering Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, North Carolina State and Villanova.

Via DukeBasketballReport.com

Kyle Anderson MRI Indicates Torn Thumb Ligaments

Kyle Anderson underwent an MRI on his injured thumb Wednesday and was told that surgery is necessary.

“Dr. Urquhart says he has torn ligaments in his thumb and after reading the MRI and seeing the MRI he believes he needs surgery,” Kyle Anderson Sr. said. “We respect his opinion and judgment but are still going to have a second opinion.”

Anderson initially injured the thumb during a late-season practice and tweaked it again during a recent scrimmage for the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Via ZagsBlog.com

Harrison Twins Set To Visit Villanova

Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two of the top-5 prospects in the class of 2013, will visit Villanova this week.

The twins have family in the Baltimore area and also are considering Kentucky, Maryland, and Baylor.

Via Philadelphia Inquirer

Kansas Extends Offer To Chris McCullough

Chris McCullough, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward, received a scholarship offer on Tuesday from Kansas.

McCullough is a top-15 prospect in the class of 2014.

“I’m looking for playing time as a freshman and want a school with a good graduation rate,” McCullough said. “I want an up-tempo, fast-pace team that uses the pick and roll.”

Via Lawrence Journal World

Duke Offers Scholarship To Austin Nichols

Duke has extended an offer to Austin Nichols, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward out of Memphis Briarcrest Christian School.

"It was a dream come true," Nichols said of the offer from Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski. "Yet, I am totally neutral. I've had an extremely fun time with all this recruiting, and the first thing I got in my head when he said 'scholarship' was that it was a dream."

Nichols is considering offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Vanderbilt, and Texas, among others.

Via Memphis Commercial Appeal

Isaiah Whitehead Puts Syracuse At Top Of List

Isaiah Whitehead indicated that Syracuse is currently at the top of his list of schools.

Whitehead, considered one of the top guards in the class of 2014, is also considering Arizona, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, St. John's and UCLA.

"I want a program that will be good down the road, not just good right now, because I won’t be in college next year," Whitehead said.

Whitehead averaged 18 points, 5 rebounds and five assists for New York Lincoln High School this past season.

Via Syracuse Post Standard

Duke Extends Offers To Allerik Freeman

Allerik Freeman is a top-30 recruit in the class of 2013.

James Young Holding Out Hope For Kentucky

James Young, a top-10 prospect in the class of 2013, hopes to be recruited by Kentucky.

Jabari Parker Will Likely Decide Before Senior Season

Jabari Parker was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.

Tony Parker Commits To UCLA, Gives Bruins Top Recruiting Class

Ben Howland has put together the top recruiting class for 2012.

Tony Parker Expected To Commit To UCLA

Tony Parker will pick between UCLA, Georgia, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Memphis on Monday.

Harrison Twins Considering Kentucky, Villanova, Maryland, Baylor

Andrew and Aaron plan to choose between Kentucky, Villanova, Maryland and Baylor.

Amedeo Della Valle Commits To Ohio State

Amedeo Della Valle is the first 2012 recruit to sign with Ohio State.

Syracuse Zeroing In On Tyler Ennis

Tyler Ennis is one of the top rated point guards in the class of 2013.

Kyle Anderson To Have MRI, May Need Thumb Surgery

Incoming UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson might need surgery on his thumb.

Jabari Parker Plans To Narrow List To Five

Jabari Parker plans to narrow his extensive list to a final five.

Anthony Bennett Cuts Washington From Final List

Anthony Bennett has cut his list of possible college destinations to four.

Tyus Jones Eyeing Tubby Smith's Situation At Minnesota

Tyus Jones is the top rated point guard in the class of 2014.

Tom Crean Paid Visit To Recruiting Target BeeJay Anya

BeeJay Anya is one of the top-ranked centers in the class of 2013.

Allerik Freeman Expands List To Include Duke, UCLA, Ohio State

Allerik Freeman has expanded his list to five.

Troy Williams Narrows List To Kentucky, North Carolina

Troy Williams is a top-10 prospect in the class of 2013.

Davis Gives Noel Edge As Shot-Blocker

Anthony Davis believes Kentucky’s incoming class is talented enough to win a national championship.

Aaron Gordon Named California State Player Of The Year

Aaron Gordon has been named Mr. Basketball, the California Player of the Year, by Cal-Hi Sports.

Robert Upshaw Commits To Fresno State

Robert Upshaw is a top-60 recruit in the class of 2012.

Tony Parker Trims List To Five, Plans To Announce Next Week

Tony Parker has cut his list of possible college destinations.

Muhammad, Pervis Take MVP Honors At Jordan Brand Classic

Shabazz Muhammad and Rodney Purvis earned co-MVP honors at the 11th annual Jordan Brand Classic.
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