LeBron: Day Two Notebook

LAS VEGAS -- Malik Newman is one of two new North Carolina offers, Kentucky is setting up for a massive Big Blue Madness, three Louisville commits play well and Isaiah Briscoe has two big decisions coming.

Briscoe working on high school, college decisions

It's been a tumultuous month for 2015 shooting guard Isaiah Briscoe.

After announcing that he's transferring from Newark (N.J.) St Benedict Prep, Briscoe appeared all set to end up at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, but head coach Todd Simon departed for an assistant position at UNLV.

Simon's replacement will be Findlay assistant Jerome Williams, a former NBA player nicknamed the Junkyard Dog.

While Briscoe was no longer seriously considering Findlay following the coaching change, a couple former players have been putting the idea back in his head.

"My mom didn't feel comfortable with Findlay but I talked to Dominic Artis and Winston Shepard about (Williams) and it's something to consider," Briscoe said. "They said he's a good coach and that if I'm producing, I'll play, so I need to talk to my dad about it."

The 2015 prospect is also considering Our Savior New American (N.Y.) and Huntington Prep (W.V.)

Meanwhile, Briscoe could also be close to a college decision. When asked if Arizona was the leader – as multiple sources have suggested over the last month - he said "not necessarily," quickly followed by a long list of qualities he likes about the Pac-12 school.

"It's a great campus," Briscoe said. "Damon Stoudamire was Rookie of the Year, Sean Miller is going to be a Hall of Fame coach and has a great resume, and I have a great relationship with the coaching staff."

Louisville commits impress

Scout.com's 2nd rated class in 2014, the trio of Quentin Snider, JaQuan Lyle and Shaqquan Aaron entered LeBron James Skills Academy with high expectations and definitely didn't disappoint in their first game of the day.


Snider & Lyle during media session
Snider and Lyle went head to head, and the future backcourt mates both had some impressive moments. Snider nailed a floater, hit a couple three-pointers off the catch and made some plays in transition, scoring on a couple layups on the break.

While Lyle had a couple three-pointers to start the game, he had one of the plays of the night, coming away with a steal around midcourt and then making a ridiculous behind the back pass down court for a hockey assist to a cutting Justin Jackson.

As for Shaqquan Aaron, it was his outside shot that was really working for him on Sunday afternoon. The Seattle small forward hit four three-pointers out of five attempts, all off the catch.

UNC has offers out to a pair

A pair of 2015 recruits claimed scholarship offers from North Carolina on Sunday. Malik Newman and Diamond Stone both informed Scout.com that they recently picked up scholarship offers from North Carolina.

Newman, Scout.com's No. 2 overall recruit in 2015, said he talked to Roy Williams and they plan to track him in July.

"It was a good conversation," Newman said. "He's a real good coach and a real good person. He runs a real great program."

"He just told me that he wanted me and he told me that I was a special player and if I wanted to be apart of it I should come to his program," Newman added.

Stone, who checks in at No. 6 overall in the 2015 class, said he's talked to Williams, as well as Steve Robinson.

"I talked to coach Robinson before I came here and he just told me to keep working hard and they have a strong interest in me and they are following me," Stone said.

As it stands, neither Newman nor Stone have set up visits to North Carolina.

Kentucky planning big list for Big Blue Madness

It looks like Kentucky's Big Blue Madness will have quite a few high level visitors.

Last week five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay confirmed that he plans to visit Kentucky for their midnight madness festivities.

Then on Saturday during the media session at the LeBron James Skills Academy, Stanley Johnson and Devin Booker confirmed they'd be there as well.

"I'm going," Johnson, a five-star wing prospect, confirmed to Scout.com. "Devin is too and I'm sure they'll be some others."

Booker, one of the top shooters in the 2014 class, has taken visits to all of his finalists, except Kentucky.

"Now the only school I haven't visited is Kentucky yet and I'm going to go down there for Big Blue Madness," Booker said.

Johnson is ranked No. 7 overall, while Booker checks in at No. 31 in the 2014 class.

* Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this report.


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