Weekend wrap — Barton, Harris and more
In a story that ran Sunday in The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky, Barton had similar things to say about the Wildcats.
"Kentucky is very high," he said. "I'm just going to tell you they are very, very high. I like a lot of things about their program."
Barton said he was recruited by UK coach John Calipari when the coach was at Memphis and noted he loves "the kind of style he plays."
• Notre Dame would like to pair point guard commitment Eric Atkins (Mount St. Joseph) with Long Island, N.Y., power forward and Terps target Tobias Harris in the class of 2010, according to the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune.
And, just maybe a prospect with the potential to play power forward, someone like Tobias Harris, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Dix Hills, N.Y. Harris, who averaged 29 points a game as a junior, is close friends with Atkins. And Harris' father, Torrel, once worked the Notre Dame summer basketball camps during his days as a college player at Duquense.
Harris' early wish list has plenty of schools, including Connecticut, Louisville, Maryland, Notre Dame, Syracuse and West Virginia.
NBE Basketball Report conducted a Big East-focused Q&A with Harris last week.
"Notre Dame came in to see [Jerian] Grant a couple weeks ago, Marquette came in to see Grant and Oladipo a couple ago weeks ago," [DeMatha coach Mike] Jones said. "Then Virginia is trying to play catchup, doing a good job of it. Georgia Tech and Clemson are both trying to recruit them both as well. Maryland got [Montrose Christian All-Met junior forward Terrence] Ross, so I don't know if it's a priority right now but they're still showing interest."
• Lance Stephenson scored 38 points in an IS8/Nike Spring H.S. Classic quarterfinal on Saturday. An Arizona visit could be in the works for the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln shooting guard, according to Adam Zagoria.
“It wouldn’t surprise me [if he visited],” a source close to Stephenson said. “I’ve been hearing about Arizona for two weeks now. I would be surprised if he missed next weekend’s playoffs.”
Before her senior season began, Oliver signed a letter of intent with USC. But after Coach Mark Trakh resigned in April, USC granted Oliver a release and she's now considering Rutgers, Maryland and Texas as well as the Trojans.