Kassoum Yakwe, a 6-7 2016 forward who went for 9 points in the Linden game, is a tremendous athlete who is being pursued by many of the same schools targeting Diallo. St. John’s, Syracuse, Iowa State, Villanova and Kansas are working hardest for Yakwe, the source said.
Oregon is on a run in the Crystal Ball for four-star shooting guard Jamal Murray and now has two thirds of the predictions. The last six predictions have been Oregon for Murray, 6-5, 180-pounds from Toronto (Ont.) Athlete Institute Basketball Academy.
Rick Pitino returned to his old stomping grounds in the New York/New Jersey area Thursday night to watch 2016 combo guard Tyus Battle of Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s. The 6-foot-6 Battle went for 16 points and 9 rebounds in a 72-36 beatdown of Montgomery in a game also watched by Villanova assistant Ashley Howard and Notre Dame assistant Martin Ingelsby. Notre Dame head man Mike Brey is due in to watch Battle later this month.
247Sports has confirmed that Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal cornerback Patrice Rene and his 2017 teammate, wide receiver Jonathan Sutherland, have arrived in Columbus for their Ohio State visit on Sunday. Both are from Canada and 247Sports has also confirmed that fellow Canadian, 2017 defensive end Luiji Vilain, who currently lives in Ontario, has also arrived in Columbus. The 6-foot-1 and 185-pound Rene has 17 scholarship offers including Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee, Duke, Maryland, Northwestern, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Indiana.
Tyler Lydon: Lydon, a 2015 Syracuse commit, is playing very well lately and was the star of the game for New Hampton in their win. He has a unique skill-set, projecting as a bouncy stretch four. Although he needs to continue to add upper-body strength to his rail-thin frame, Lydon has become a solid two-handed rebounder.
Eddie Ekiyor is a Canadian prospect out of the nation’s capital, currently attending New Hampton Prep. A product of the Ottawa Guardsmen program, Ekiyor has represented Canada on the Cadet National Team, and will likely move up to the Juniors this summer. On the AAU scene, he runs with CIA Bounce and will once again be playing on the EYBL circuit.
Jamal Murray, the 6-foot-5 lead guard from Orangeville Prep (Ontario), has arguably been the most impressive guard at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp at Manhattan’s Baruch College. “He has it all,” one of the many NBA scouts in attendance for the three-day camp told SNY.tv. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com Tweeted, “Jamal Murray is getting better and better. Making some great passes here, playing at different speeds, active on defense. And what a stroke.”