Although his mother has suggested otherwise, top-flight center Thomas Bryant said the University of Kentucky basketball team remains a legitimate option in his recruitment. Bryant, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound senior from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep who is often seen as leaning toward Syracuse, said at last weekend’s Marshall County Hoop Fest that he has no leader in his recruitment and that getting a scholarship offer recently from UK “was a blessing.”
Steven Clark, a senior defensive tackle from Brindlee Mountain (Guntersville, Ala.) High School, will announce his verbal commitment at 2:14 p.m. on Thursday in the school’s library, he said in a text message. Clark will be choosing between Syracuse and South Alabama, the school he decommitted from three weeks ago. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Clark took an official visit to SU this weekend and left with the Orange as his clear favorite. Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer will pay Clark in an-home visit Wednesday night, he said.
Paul VI vs. Oak Hill Academy, 7:15 — Syracuse commit Frank Howard and defending WCAC champion Paul’s VI’s newest transfer, junior V.J. King, could make an early statement against basketball powerhouse Oak Hill. The Warriors have local products Josh Reaves, a former Paul VI guard and 2013-14 All-Met who signed with Penn State this summer, and junior forward Joe Hampton, who transferred to Oak Hill from DeMatha this year. Oak Hill’s roster also includes prospects signed by Ohio State, Iowa and Florida State.
On a snowy night of Section 3 basketball, several teams still were in action throughout Central New York. Nottingham led Auburn by just three points at the half, but came out of the locker room with a fire, beating the Maroons 67-45. Malik Zachery scored 18 points in the victory.
Kobi Simmons, St. Francis. The 6-6 junior point guard is one of the most heavily recruited players in the state with over a dozen offers from major college programs including Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Cincinnati, Missouri and Ohio State. He hopes to lead the Knights to their second consecutive private school state title.