Kassoum Yakwe takes in St. John’s game at Madison Square Garden — Cuse Clicks

The 6-foot-9 forward from Our Savior New American on Long Island sat courtside with teammate Kassoum Yakwe as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski won the 1,000th game of his career with a come-from-behind 77-68 win over St. John’s. The 6-7 Yakwe is a junior wing being courted by St. John’s, Kansas, Iowa State and others.

» St. John’s Hosts Diallo, Yakwe for Duke Game

Najee Clayton, the 6-3, 215-pound safety from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, has committed to Rutgers, following an official visit to the school this past weekend, he told NJ Advance Media, Monday morning. Clayton, a three-star recruit, took official visits to Rutgers — where he was hosted by Kiy Hester — and Syracuse, but in the end, the Scarlet Knights won out. “Everyone down there is family and real with you,” said Clayton, a senior. “And at the end of the day, not even talking football, just academic-wise, the professors, the tutors, they really care about you. And that’s great.

» Najee Clayton, Paramus Catholic safety, commits to Rutgers following official visit weekend

Jordan Tucker had 38 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, but Stepinac fell 80-79 at Archbishop Molloy. It was a career-high for Tucker, but the sophomore fouled out in the final minute. Senior Kylan Guerra, who had 25 points and four assists, had a 3-pointer rim out at the buzzer.

» Jordan Tucker’s 38-point game not enough for Stepinac

This is a very good St. Benedict’s squad, but the best players on the team are underclassmen. Trevon Duval is an absolutely excellent player and Nate Pierre-Louis is a great talent as well — they’re both sophomores. As they grow and get better, the Gray Bees will return to the status they’re accustom to. They’re still likely a Top 5 team in New Jersey — just not the best.

» St. Benedict’s may be a few years away

For the first 26 minutes of No. 5 Pope John’s eventual 72-40 win over University at the Newark National Invitational Sunday, star Syracuse-signee Moustapha Diagne was held scoreless. The 6-foot-9 245 pound interior presence registered his first points with the game effectively decided, Pope John possessing a 23 point lead with six minutes remaining.

» Rodriguez’s physicality and motor lead No. 5 Pope John to win over University

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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