Category Archives: Recruiting

La Salle gets Syracuse transfer B.J. Johnson; adds 2015 forward

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – La Salle head coach John Giannini has done well in the past few years adding local talent who transfer home, and it continued on Monday. The Explorers will add former Syracuse wing B.J. Johnson, a 2013 … Continue reading

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2016 big man Omari Spellman commits to Villanova

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Villanova picked up its first commitment of the 2016 class Friday afternoon when Omari Spellman pledged his verbal. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Spellman said via twitter that he was honoring his mother’s birthday by making his announcement today. … Continue reading

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Ryan Daly steps up for Carroll at City of Palms

Brian Flinn (@BFlinnHoops) – It’s no secret that Archbishop Carroll figures to be one of the top teams in the Catholic League again this year, and are one of the favorites to take home the PIAA Class AAA crown as well. … Continue reading

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Life Center’s Carter raking in offers since return from injury

Tom Reifsnyder (@tom_reifsnyder) – Traci Carter isn’t where he wants to be. The senior guard scored 17 points for Life Center Academy (2-6) in a loss to Pope John XXIII (2-0) at the Mary Kline Winter Classic on Sunday afternoon. Carter … Continue reading

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Saint Joseph’s gets third 2015 commitment in Pierfrancesco Oliva

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – After getting two guards to start off its 2015 recruiting class, Saint Joseph’s has added the big man it was looking for. Pierfrancesco Oliva, a 6-foot-8 forward from Bergen Catholic (N.J.), has … Continue reading

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MCS’ Samir Doughty commits to St. John’s

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – In somewhat of a surprise, Math, Civics, & Sciences combo guard Samir Doughty has committed to St. John’s and will sign his National Letter of Intent at MCS tomorrow, per the school’s athletic director, Lonnie Diggs. … Continue reading

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Carroll star forward Derrick Jones picks UNLV

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The most-awaited recruiting decision in the greater Philadelphia area this year finally got settled on Thursday night when Archbishop Carroll’s Derrick Jones announced on national television that he would be attending UNLV Jones’ … Continue reading

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LaSalle 2015 F Krmpotich commits to Colgate

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When David Krmpotich played on LaSalle’s freshman basketball team back in 2011-12, Explorers head coach Joe Dempsey wasn’t sure what kind of player he had on his hands. At that point, the ninth grader stood about … Continue reading

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Hill School’s Fives jumps on Loyola opportunity

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Once the dominoes started to fall for James Fives, they fell quickly. After taking official visits to Columbia early in October and then Monmouth last week, the Hill School senior was still mulling over his collegiate … Continue reading

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St. Anthony wing Markis McDuffie commits to Wichita State

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Markis McDuffie almost didn’t even make it to Wichita State. On his way out to the school for an official visit at the end of last month, some airport issues redirected his outbound connecting flight from … Continue reading

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2015 wing Sam Lindgren commits to Colgate

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – Germantown Academy wing Sam Lindgren, who stood out all summer but was still yet to receive his first Divison I offer, is now off the board. Lindgren will be headed to Colgate University, giving head coach … Continue reading

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8Eye Classic Preview

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – This Friday, October 24, much of the area’s top talent will descend on Ben Franklin High School for the 8Eye Classic. The event, for the second straight year, will bring together elite players from Philly, New … Continue reading

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Podcast of Basketball Love: Episode 42

The Podcast of Basketball love returns with its 42nd episode on the heels of big recruiting news yesterday and two days ahead of college basketball practice. As usual, Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) was behind the microphone with his cohost Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg). Temple … Continue reading

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Alston exactly what Dunphy, Temple needed

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Levan Alston, Jr. came across a basketball relic in his basement recently. And when it came time for him to make a decision on where to play his collegiate basketball, he saw it fit that the … Continue reading

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Haverford School’s Levan Alston stays home, commits to Temple

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Temple has its backcourt of the future, and the makings of a very good incoming freshman class in 2015. Haverford School senior guard Levan Alston, Jr. gave his verbal commitment to Fran Dunphy and the Owls in a press … Continue reading

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Schalick’s Mike Holloway commits to Fairleigh-Dickinson

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Coming into the month of July, Schalick (N.J.) big man Mike Holloway had zero Division I scholarship options. Coming out of the month, he had too many options to know what to do with. Eventually, the 6-foot-7, … Continue reading

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Isaiah Still commits to Robert Morris

Varun Kumar (@VRKumar8) – Isaiah Still only needed to take one official visit before deciding where he would be spending the next four years of his life. “I just really fell in with Robert Morris when I walked in,” he … Continue reading

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‘Nova gets commitment from top 2015 target Jalen Brunson

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – After swinging and missing on a few elite prospects in recent weeks, Jay Wright and Villanova have landed potentially their top target in the 2015 class. Stevenson (Ill.) point guard Jalen Brunson, son of former Temple … Continue reading

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Jalen Brunson to make decision on Wednesday, ‘Nova a finalist

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – Nova Nation will be on the edge of its seat come 5pm Wednesday evening. After spending a weekend at Villanova on an official visit the past few days, 2015 point guard Jalen Brunson (Lincolnshire, Ill.) will decide between … Continue reading

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Marfo to transfer to Worcester, reclassify to 2016

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – Even Kevin Marfo is surprised at how well this summer went. The 6-foot-8 power forward came into the July live periods with no scholarship offers; by the time the month was over, he held offers from … Continue reading

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Horace Spencer continues Auburn’s recruiting momentum

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl made Findlay Prep (Nev.) forward Horace Spencer a top priority, meeting with the 2015 forward at 12:01am this morning. It was literally the first minute that Pearl was able to talk … Continue reading

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Carroll’s Derrick Jones cuts list to nine

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – The recent trend from the local 2015 prospects has been to stay local for college. St. Joe’s just landed Philadelphia Catholic League guards Lamarr Kimble and Chris Clover, Temple added Central Jersey wing Trey Lowe, and … Continue reading

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Jersey guard Jason Dunne headed to Hartford

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Division I programs who go on pre-season trips abroad get 10 summer practices to prepare, and coaches across the country will talk about the benefits of that extra time in the gym. In getting ready for … Continue reading

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Roman’s Wilkerson pledges to Hartford

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) — The Hartford Hawks lose five seniors to graduation after the 2014-15 season. A tough blow indeed, but on Monday afternoon, they began building up the class that will take their place–starting with the verbal commitment of Roman … Continue reading

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Primetime Shootout: Weekend Notebook

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) David Hassinger (@david_hassinger) – Some of the best teams in New Jersey (and a few good ones from Pennsylvania) took the courts at West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School at this weekend’s Primetime Shootout, with two courts running all … Continue reading

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