Jordan Tucker has been hearing from UConn, Syracuse, Arizona and Maryland, and Michigan plans to start recruiting him. He also picked up a Seton Hall offer on Saturday, when head coach Kevin Willard and his entire staff watched Tucker play. Tucker, a 6-foot-7 wing who is rated 23rd in ESPN’s Super 25 for the class of 2017, went for 25 points and 14 rebounds Saturday as Archbishop Stepinac beat Thurgood Marshall, 70-65, at the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College. “I was just in my flow today,” Tucker said.
Cathedral Prep came out firing Saturday night to stay with nationally-ranked Pope John XXIII in the first quarter. The Lions then turned the game into a track meet to run away with the win. Pope John used a 16-2 run in the second quarter to pull away and beat Prep 68-43 in the consolation game of the Burger King Classic at the Hammermill Center. Pope John led 30-16 at the half and scored 20 more points in the third quarter to pull away. Syracuse recruit Moustapha Diagne finished with 18 points, including 14 in the second half.
Syracuse-bound Malachi Richardson scored a game-high 25 points, hitting four 3-pointers, and Myles Powell added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, to pace Trenton Catholic, No. 8 in the NJ.com Top 20, in a 56-54 loss to Kingston (N.C.) at the Spalding HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
Will Jamal Murray, Canada’s #1 prospect remain in the class of 2016, or will he reclassify and commit to an NCAA program for 2015? I was in attendance for Orangeville Prep’s home game against SJK this week, where I had the opportunity to catch up with Murray. “That’s one of the biggest questions, I don’t know myself…it’s not like I can hint at it because I’m not sure,” Murray told North Pole Hoops.
Like many other Ohio State recruiting targets, Class of 2015 New York defensive end Austrian Robinson was impressed watching as the Buckeyes beat high-powered Oregon, 42-20, Monday to win the national championship. The game was a statement for Ohio State, the finishing touch on a run that included wins over some of the top teams in the country and justification for why the Buckeyes are so optimistic regarding their returning group of players.
Even if Thon Maker wasn’t looking like he was going to make a move to the class of 2015, the race for the No. 1 spot in the class of 2016 would be an open one. Thursday night, current No. 2 Harry Giles of High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian had his opportunity to make a case for moving up one big spot. A 6-foot-10 power forward, Giles is certainly a strong contender for the No. 1 ranking, and the five-star showed why on Thursday night while racking up 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in a 63-55 win over Bentonville (Ark.) High.
Najee Clayton, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic linebacker and member of the NJ.com Top 50, will take an official visit to Rutgers Jan. 23, according to head coach Chris Partridge. The 6-3, 215-pound senior has played wide receiver, tight end, linebacker and safety at PC, but projects best to linebacker at the next level.