The Garden State will be sending two players to Chicago for the most prestigious high school basketball game in the country in April. Roselle Catholic’s Isaiah Briscoe and Malachi Richardson of Trenton Catholic have been named McDonald’s All Americans. Richardson played on Roselle Catholic’s Tournament of Champions-winning team during the 2012-13 season as a sophomore before transferring back to Trenton Catholic, where he spent his freshman season.
Steven Clark’s travel plans may be changing. The Brindlee Mountain 3-star defensive tackle, who committed to Syracuse in December, is getting a late push from Florida and new coach Jim McElwain. Clark made an official visit to Gainesville last Friday. Clark (6-foot-3, 270 pounds) is being recruited to play guard or center at Florida, according to Syracuse.com.
An eventful last several days for Syracuse added some more fireworks on Sunday as Lawrenceville (Ga.) Mountain View High defensive back Kielan Whitner flipped his commitment from Appalachian State to Syracuse. Whitner was offered last week and scheduled an official visit shortly thereafter. When his plane landed back in Georgia, he made the decision.
Huntington Prep boys basketball player Thomas Bryant’s strongest attributes are the energy and emotion he brings to the court. His emotional side came out Wednesday evening for a different reason. Bryant was brought to tears as he watched his name scroll across the screen as one of 24 players nationally who will compete April 1 in the McDonald’s All-American Game at United Center in Chicago. “It’s a dream come true, just knowing that everything you do and you put in is finally paying off,” Bryant said. “I can’t do anything but thank God for this moment.”
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams will visit five-star guard Kobi Simmons this afternoon according to his father Demond Stephens. Roy Williams recently offered Simmons after watching him play. 6-5, 170-pounds from Alpharetta (Ga.) St. Francis High School, Simmons brings high level athleticism and scoring ability to the court. The potential is there for him to be a top level play maker on both sides of the ball.
After tearing his ACL and MCL in the summer of 2013 and missing his sophomore season, there was some concern that Harry Giles may lose his explosiveness and never return to the same No. 1 player he was before the injury. Fast forward to his return this past summer and it’s clear there is still something special about Giles.
V.J. King, a 6-7 junior small forward from Paul VI High in Fairfax, Virginia, tells Rivals.com he has heard from college basketball coaches from Kansas University, Kentucky, UConn, Florida, North Carolina, Louisville, Maryland and North Carolina State. Rivals.com’s No. 18-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2016 played his sophomore season at St. Vincent St. Mary in Akron, Ohio.
The recruiting cycle for Doyle Grimes has been an interesting one. He committed to Syracuse over the summer, took an official visit to Marshall and decommitted from the Orange shortly thereafter. Days later, he pledged to the Herd. For a while, things were quiet on the Grimes front. Then he decided to take an official visit to Syracuse in early December. “”I’m not saying Syracuse is out of the picture,” Grimes said after the visit while insisting he was still committed to Marshall.
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