No UConn-committed players took part in Saturday night’s Mary Kline Classic at West Orange (N.J.) High School, but several that have interest in playing for coach Kevin Ollie took part in the event, which benefits cancer research and awareness. Alex Kline, from The Recruit Scoop on Rivals, organized everything, which included an underclassmen and senior game.
– Junior guard Derrick Jones scored 31 points to help Team Bravery win the underclassmen game. The 6-foot-5 Jones was scheduled to visit UConn a few weeks ago, but twice had the trip pushed back. Jones, who plays at Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll, missed the first trip after a late return from an Adidas event and then Ollie canceled the second time due to family reasons. AAU coach Terrell Myers said “it’s definitely a place we’re going to go visit. … I think more toward the end of June.” Jones has offers already from Louisville and Indiana, while Syracuse, UCLA and Iowa State are in the mix.
– With guard Prince Ali re-opening his recruiting after giving UConn a verbal last November, Brewster (N.H.) Academy guard Donovan Mitchell says his interest in the Huskies has picked up. Ali and Mitchell play the same position, shooting guard.
– Sophomore guard Tyus Battle, from Gil St. Bernard’s, and junior point guard Bryant Crawford, from Gonzaga Prep in Maryland, have interest and spoke highly of Ollie.
– 6-10 center Jessie Govan said his decision to become a Hoya instead of a Husky came down to wanting to be part of the big man tradition at Georgetown.
– Roselle Catholic (N.J.) power forward Chris Silva confirmed interest in UConn, but the 6-8 junior has not received an offer. Cheick Diallo, a 6-9 center at Our Savior New American (N.Y.) has been contacted just once by the Huskies since their national title win in April.
– PF Moustapha Diagne, who dropped UConn from his list earlier in the week, announced after the underclassmen game that he’s committing to Syracuse.
– One of the rumblings at the Classic was the Huskies were making a big push to land the package tandem of 6-10 center Diamond Stone, from Milwaukee, and 6-3 guard Malik Newman, from Mississippi. Newman, according to Rivals.com, is the No. 1 recruit in the 2015 class while Stone is No. 3. Ollie visited both recruits during the last open period.