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Villanova-Bound DiVincenzo Leads School to First State Title

by Alex Schwartz

One of Villanova's 2015 commits, Tim Delaney, will be playing for a state championship on Sunday. The other, Donte DiVincenzo, has already locked one up.

The 6-foot-4, 179-pounder and his Salesianium School (DE) teammates knocked off St. Georges this past Saturday, 50-45, to take home the school's first state crown.

"It was really something special," DiVincenzo said of this season. "The guys on the team-we didn't have many basketball players recruiting-wise, but we had a big guy [Brian O'Neill] going to Pitt as a tight end position for football . . . and everybody were great friends so that kind of helped us going deep into the playoffs."

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Checking In With Tim Delaney

by Alex Schwartz

Although he is still a junior in high school, Tim Delaney of Pitman (NJ) has been committed to Villanova for nearly nine months now.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward told VUSports.com that he is "definitely" still solid with the Wildcats. In fact, he goes out of his way to make sure he watches just about every Villanova game.

"I've recorded all of them for the most part [when I can't watch live] and then I try to watch them when I'm home," Delaney said.

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Catching Up With Villanova Signee Mikal Bridges

by Alex Schwartz

Villanova currently has four commitments from players across all high school classes. However, only one of them is an in-state prospect: Mikal Bridges.

With his high school season in the rearview mirror, VUSports.com caught up with 2014 standout from Great Valley High School to discuss a variety of topics.

Bridges said he averaged about 18.6 points during his senior campaign and his squad won the league title before being upset in the first round of districts by Wissahickon. He added that the defeat was one of just three on the season for the Patriots.

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Josh Reaves Talks Recruiting

Villanova was one of the first schools to offer class of 2015 prospect Josh Reaves of Paul VI (VA).

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard also lists VCU, Temple and Penn State as programs that have given him scholarship opportunities.

Reaves said there are no other schools involved in his recruitment at this point and he does not have any favorites.

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Catching Up With 2015 Guard Drew Edwards

by Alex Schwartz

Drew Edwards might not be a be a household name in recruiting, but college coaches have taken notice of the class of 2015 prospect from Calvert Hall (MD).

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo guard provided VUSports.com with an offer list that has schools ranging from coast to coast.

He said Dayton, La Salle, Towson, Virginia Tech, Longwood, Drexel, Providence, Bucknell, USC, Kansas State, and Richmond have all extended scholarship offers.

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Sharrette Dixon Classic Coming October 19th

Sharette Dixon Classic

2013 

Description:
The Sharette Dixon Classic will be a one-day event featuring the top boys’ high school basketball from across New York and New Jersey. 

This annual event is being organized in memory of Sharette Dixon, wife of Kimani Young and mother of Kamaal Young (11), Khaliq Young (9) and Salimah Young (7).  Proceeds from the event will support a family education fund that has been established for the three children. 

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx, NY. 

Coaches:
Upperclassmen Game

Terrence (Munch) Williams - Team NY

Brian Coleman - Team NJ

Sophomore Game
Justin Weir – Team NY

Kyle Anderson – Team NJ
 

Format:
The Sharette Dixon Classic will feature two premiere contests, a sophomore game and upperclassmen game.  The games will feature top-notch coaching and emphasize teamwork and sportsmanship.
 

Top Players Expected to Participate:
Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall), Chieck Diallo, Chris McCullough (Syracuse), Matt Ryan, Isaiah Briscoe, Malachi Richardson, Rawle Alkins, Kassoum Yakwe, Tyus Battle.
 

Noted Sharette Dixon Alumni:
Kyrie Irving, Kyle Anderson, JayVaughn Pinkston, Tyler Ennis, Omar Calhoun, Fuquan Edwin, Chris Obekpa.

Date/Times:                                                                            Location:
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013                                                        Gauchos Gym

Soph Game @ 6 p.m.                                                           478 Gerard Ave

Upperclass Game @ 8 p.m.                                               Bronx, NY 10451

Awards:
The Sharette Dixon Academic Excellence Awards will be given to all of the young men from each team who have demonstrated consistent academic excellence throughout their high school career and have maintained a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better.
 

About Sharette Dixon:
Prior to her passing on March 23, 2009, Sharette Dixon dedicated her life to educating young people.  She was an instructor of English at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn and was particularly interested in African-American literature.  Sharette was born in Brooklyn, raised in California and attended California State University at Fresno, where she was a McNair Scholar and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English

Malachi Richardson Updates Recruitment

by Alex Schwartz

Malachi Richardson has established himself as one of the elite backcourt players in the nation in the class of 2015 and he has the school list to prove it.

Arizona, UConn, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, Kansas, Miami, North Carolina Ohio State, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Villanova are the 12 schools remaining for Richardson. He said all of them have offered except Kansas and North Carolina.

Other schools the 6-foot-5 shooting guard said he received offers from include Cincinnati, Minnesota and Seton Hall.

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July Artice Index, Part VI: Live In AC

by Alex Schwartz

During July's three Live Periods I attended six different events and wrote over 80 articles. Thus, I have put together an index of articles from each of those events. Here is Part VI, featuring articles I wrote from Live In AC.

- Elite 2015 PG Isaiah Biscoe Talks High School & College Options
- Live In AC — Day I Recap
- Jared Terrell Talks Recruiting
- Live In AC — Day II Recap
- Derrick Jones Planning to See Syracuse & Kentucky
- Checking In With JoJo Cooper
- Ben Bentil Planning to Visit Three Schools
- Josh Reaves Starting to Garner Offers
- Indiana & Villanova Coming Hardest at Tyus Battle
- Tim Delaney Working Back From Injury
- Vaughn Covington Another Talented PG at Neumann-Goretti
- Academics a Priority for Ben Bentil
- VCU the Early Leader for Sedee Keita
- Live In AC Player Evals

Note- photo is of Derrick Jones and is from http://www.philly.com/

July Artice Index, Part V: Nike Global Challenge

by Alex Schwartz

During July's three Live Periods I attended six different events and wrote over 80 articles. Thus, I have put together an index of articles from each of those events. Here is Part V, featuring articles I wrote from the Nike Global Challenge.

- Friday Evaluations of UNC Targets at Nike Global Challenge
- Saturday Evaluations of UNC Targets of Nike Global Challenge
- Nike Global Challenge Final Day Recap
- Ahmed Hill Building Strong Relationships With Many Coaches
- Two Schools Coming at Chris Egi the Hardest
- Catching Up With Elite 2015 Recruit Ivan Rabb
- James Blackmon, Jr. Recruiting For Indiana
- Q & A: Jamal Murray
- Robert Johnson On North Carolina Radar
- Khadeen Carrington Remains Open
- Phil Booth Breaks Down Five Finalists
- Q & A: Chris Egi
- North Carolina Still Evaluating Ahmed Hill
- Scouting Villanova Targets at the Nike Global Challenge
- Ja'Quan Newton Draws Indiana Interest
- Big-Time Programs Coming After Devin Booker
- Evaluations of NY Prospects at Nike Global Challenge
- Stock Booster Robert Johnson Provides Recruiting Update
- Q & A: Montaque Gill-Caesar
- Cheick Diallo Taking US By Storm
- Catching Up With Khadeen Carrington

Note- photo is of Ivan Rabb and is from http://www.d1circuit.com/

July Artice Index, Part IV: Big Shots All-American Camp

by Alex Schwartz

During July's three Live Periods I attended six different events and wrote over 80 articles. Thus, I have put together an index of articles from each of those events. Here is Part IV, featuring articles I wrote from the Big Shots All-American Camp.

- Big Shots All-American Camp Day One Recap
- 2015 PG Lamarr Kimble Remains Open
- NorCal PG Trevor Dunbar Camps on East Coast
- Checking In With Justin Jenifer
- Update on NYC PG Shavar Newkirk
- 2016 Star Tyus Battle Talks Early Recruitment
- Philly Schools Coming Hard After Levan Alston
- James Palmer Checks in at Big Shots All-American Camp
- Long List of Suitors for 2014 SG Gabe Vincent
- Lance Tejada Has Three Visits in Mind
- VCU Standing Out to Kevin Dorsey

Note- photo is of Tyus Battle and is from http://www.scout.com/
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