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HILLSIDE, N.J. -- Marcus McClary is headed to Monmouth.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from St. Patrick's High School committed to the MAAC school during a press conference on Tuesday. He visited Monmouth officially this past weekend.

McClary also considered Old Dominion.

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Feb 19, 2016; West Long Branch, NJ, USA; Iona Gaels guard A.J. English (5) shoots over Monmouth Hawks guard Collin Stewart (30) during the first half at Multipurpose Activity Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Feb 19, 2016; West Long Branch, NJ, USA; Iona Gaels guard A.J. English (5) shoots over Monmouth Hawks guard Collin Stewart (30) during the first half at Multipurpose Activity Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- A.J. English and Iona weren't quite ready to hand over the regular season MAAC title to Monmouth just yet - or even a ticket to the Big Dance, for that matter.

The Gaels, who have been the league's top seed in the MAAC Tournament three of the last four seasons, including each of the last two, now find themselves just one game back of Monmouth (22-6, 14-3 MAAC) in the conference standings after a resounding 83-67 win on Friday night.

Iona (16-10, 13-4 MAAC) controlled the 10 p.m., nationally televised affair from start to finish, using a 19-0 run midway through the first half to silence the crowd of 4,522, a single-game attendance record at the Multipurpose Activities Center.

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NEW YORK -- If next Saturday's potential Christ the King-Cardozo SNY Invitational final is anything like Friday's game between the two Queens schools, fans are in for an all-time classic.

A buzzer beating alley-oop layup from Monmouth signee Ray Salnave to senior Aaron Walker gave the Judges a 67-65 victory over the Royals at Christ the King on Friday night, capping off a wild game that saw six lead changes in the final four minutes alone.

Christ the King (18-1), which lost its first game of the season on Tuesday to Queens HIgh School of Teaching, was ranked No. 19 in the nation this week by USA Today. They are also the reigning SNY Invitational champions.

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It's been a wild and wacky year in college basketball and things figure to get even crazier come March Madness.

Already this season there have been five different No. 1-ranked teams -- North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Oklahoma.

In just the last 48 hours three Top 5 teams -- No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Kansas and No. 5 Xavier -- have all gone down.

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UPDATE 1/16: Iona announced Saturday that it had suspended Jordan Washington two games as a result of his slap of Monmouth's Chris Brady. Washington will not play Sunday at Rider and Friday (Jan. 22) vs. Saint Peter's.

"We hold our student-athletes to a higher standard than was displayed last night," said Iona coach Tim Cluess. "We should know and will use better judgment in the future, regardless of provocation."

 

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Half a dozen NBA scouts are expected at Iona Friday night for the big MAAC showdown between Monmouth (12-4) and Iona (9-6). The game is set for 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

All 30 NBA teams have scouted senior guard A.J. English, including the Knicks earlier this season.

English is a 6-foot-4 senior point guard who is averaging 23.3 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds despite missing five games last month with a dislocated finger on his left hand that required surgery on Dec. 14

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The Monmouth Bench Mob reacts during their win over Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
The Monmouth Bench Mob reacts during their win over Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

PISCATAWAY, N.J - Monmouth is the hottest college team in New Jersey right now.

But the way the Hawks are playing this season, being one of the best teams in the Garden State may not be satisfying enough.

Monmouth knocked off Rutgers, 73-67, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center for their fifth win over a Power 5 conference school this season, and their first-ever victory over a Big Ten outfit. The Hawks (8-3) have beaten UCLA, Notre Dame, USC, Georgetown and now Rutgers (4-7).

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman put the bow on 2015 with an all-new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. 

First up, Monmouth coach King Rice calls in to talk about his program as it captures the entire country's attention. Then, GW head coach Mike Lonergan joins the show to chat about his rising team. Later, Hudson Catholic coach Nick Mariniello talks about the New Jersey scene and his big prospects, then Adam and Josh wrap the show by looking at the Christmas wish lists for the big names around local basketball.

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After taking out Georgetown by 15 points on Tuesday night, Monmouth is anxious to face in-state rival Rutgers on Sunday at the RAC. Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
After taking out Georgetown by 15 points on Tuesday night, Monmouth is anxious to face in-state rival Rutgers on Sunday at the RAC. Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Red-hot Monmouth is basking in the glow of its 15-point win at Georgetown on Tuesday night.

Head coach King Rice made the media rounds on Wednesday, including visiting with SNY on The 4 Quarters Podcast.

"We're enjoying it, but we also understand that we have not accomplished anything yet," Rice said on The 4 Quarters Podcast. "It's early in the year. We've had some tremendous, tremendous wins, but we truly feel like we can play better basketball."

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Dec 15, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Monmouth Hawks bench players celebrate after a three pointer in the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Dec 15, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Monmouth Hawks bench players celebrate after a three pointer in the first half against the Georgetown Hoyas at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

It might be time to start talking about Monmouth as an at-large NCAA Tournament team.

The Hawks won at Georgetown, 83-68, on Tuesday for the program's first win over a Big East opponent. The Hawks had lost their previous 30 encounters with Big East teams.

Monmouth (7-3) now has victories over Georgetown, Notre Dame, USC and UCLA on the season.

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Jeylani Dublin, a 6-foot-6 forward from Longwood, will transfer to Iona and be eligible immediately in 2014-15 as a graduate transfer.

The Brooklyn native has one year remaining.

He averaged 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds last season.

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By JOHN PAVIA

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Prime Prep Academy combo guard Micah Seaborn committed to Monmouth University on Tuesday to give coach King Rice his third commit for the 2014 class.

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Former Providence big man Brice Kofane is headed to Monmouth and will be eligible immediately.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound native of Cameroon announced the move on Twitter.

"It was the right fit as far as what I want to get out of my fifth year," he told SNY.tv by text. "It's a great staff and the team is a great group of young guys. I will play immediately. I'm an older guy and just looking forward to working with Coach [King] Rice and together we will figure how I can help the team."

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Christian White, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Aquinas (N.Y.) Institute and the Albany City Rocks, committed to Monmouth Monday night.

"He chose Monmouth mainly because of the coaching staff and the academics, and location is an obvious plus, too," City Rocks coach Jim Hart told SNY.tv. "He really bonded with the staff and players during a visit and they were the first D-1 to offer him.

"He led Aquinas Institute to the New York State Class A Final Four before losing to eventual champ Jamesville-DeWitt [and DaJuan Coleman]. In his first year with the City Rocks he went from the end of the bench to starting point guard in three months and impressed ?several D-1 coaches with his gritty performance at the Peach Jam and AAU Nationals.

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As reported here yesterday and earlier today on Twitter, King Rice is the new head coach at Monmouth.

The former Vanderbilt assistant and North Carolina point guard will be introduced at a Wednesday press conference.

A native of Binghamton, N.Y., Rice spent the last five seasons under Kevin Stallings at Vanderbilt, where the Commodores made the NCAA Tournament four times.

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King Rice, the Vanderbilt assistant and former North Carolina point guard, appears to be the leader at Monmouth and could be introduced as the next coach this week.

"I?ve been on campus but? I have not been on campus today [Monday]," Rice told Tony Graham of The Hawks Nest by phone. "I?m trying hard to get the [Monmouth] job, that?s the information I?ve got. I have to run, I have to get to a meeting. Hopefully, I?ll get to talk to you soon."

A former assistant at Oregon, Illinois State and Providence, Rice was a finalist for the Wagner job last year, along with Texas A&M associate head coach Scott Spinelli and Dan Hurley, who ultimately got the job and led a dramatic turnaround.

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Former Fairfield coach Ed Cooley was officially named the new coach at Providence on Tuesday.

A press conference will be held Wednesday at 1:30?at the College?s Mullaney Gymnasium in Alumni Hall.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Monmouth is narrowing its search for a new head coach and multiple sources said Notre Dame assistant Martin Ingelsby, Georgetown assistant Mike Brennan (pictured) and former St. John's coach Norm Roberts were leading the way.

The school is looking to interview 12-15 candidates before narrowing the list to two to three, one source with knowledge said.

Brennan led Princeton to three Ivy League titles as a player and was an assistant coach for seven seasons? there before heading to American and then Georgetown.

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In what should come as a surprise to no one, applications for the Monmouth men's basketball job are pouring in.

A source close to the athletic department said the school had already received 55 applications to serve as Dave Calloway's successor.

According to the source, among those in the mix are Christian Brothers Academy coach Geoff Billet (pictured); Davidson assistant Jimmy Fox; Dennis Wolff, the Director of Basketball Operations at Virginia Tech; Temple assistant Matt Langel; NJIT coach Jim Engles; Rutgers assistant Van Macon; and Notre Dame assistant Martin Ingelsby.

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With the news Sunday that Monmouth coach Dave Calloway has resigned after 14 years, school officials must now turn their attention to hiring a replacement.

Because the school is located on the Jersey Shore and in a prime recruiting corridor, expect Monmouth President Paul Gaffney to get a slew of resumes.

Two candidates who deserve consideration are St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle and Monmouth assistant Kevin Murphy.

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Monmouth coach Dave Calloway landed a pair of players from the Jersey Shore Warriors program.

Andrew "Red" Nicholas, a 6-6, 210-pound wing who initially committed to former Rutgers coach Fred Hill, and Austin Tillotson, a 6-1 point guard, both committed for 2011. Both play at Eastern York (Pa.) High School.

"It's at the beach," Nicholas said by text. "I can play right away. They have small classes. Plus, Austin is going there. I love the arena."

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Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor is headed to Xavier, multiple sources with knowledge said.

The 6-foot-7 Taylor, a Union, N.J. native, visited Xavier this past week and made the call.

He will have to sit out a season per NCAA regulations.

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A couple of high-profile college transfers are on the move...

Former Monmouth forward Travis Taylor has opted to transfer to Boston College and play for former Cornell coach Steve Donahue. Taylor chose the Eagles over Seton Hall and Temple.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Union, N.J., averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last season

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Villanova forward Taylor King left the team after a violation of team rules, ESPN.com reported.

The University released a statement saying the 6-foot-6 King planned "to remain at Villanova to focus his efforts on completing his degree requirements."

Villanova coach Jay Wright did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.

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Monmouth transfer Travis Taylor has taken two visits so far.

He saw Seton Hall last Saturday and Boston College last Sunday and Monday. The 6-foot-7 Taylor is scheduled to visit Temple on Sunday and Monday.

"Right now that's all the visits the Taylors have set up," said Bill Diamond, Taylor's mentor.

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Justin Sofman, who earned a scholarship from Rutgers as a junior in high school, is walking from the game.

Sofman, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior wing at Monmouth, informed head coach Dave Calloway of the decision on Tuesday after making the choice a day earlier. He says he plans to transfer to Division 3 Ramapo College and not play basketball.

"I've been in limbo between wanting to play and not wanting to play," Sofman, 21, said by phone. "I always thought I'd get the passion back for it and I never did. I've been too consistent with my feelings about it so it's not an impulsive decision."

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Sources close to the Monmouth University athletic department said the family of Travis Taylor is going to start the appeals process for his total unconditional release and that the family is "livid that the school is denying him his total unconditional release."

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 sophomore from Union, N.J. who averaged 17.8 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, requested his release in late May and was ultimately told by Dr. Marilyn McNeil, the school's AD,? that he would get a conditional release that would prevent him from going to any school on Monmouth's schedule next season.

"It is true that we said we would not give permission to give contact to any school that is on the schedule," McNeil said Friday in a phone interview.

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Austin Rivers won't visit UCLA on Monday as originally planned. But he plans to visit UCLA at some point and says he'll take his five officials to Duke, UCLA, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina and then decide in August.

Rivers is a rising senior at Winter Park (Fla.) High and ranks as the No. 2 shooting guard in the Class of 2011.

He verbally committed to Florida but his AAU coach Therion Joseph recently said Duke ?would be the leader? now.

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Wagner College fired head coach Mike Deane on Monday following a 5-26 season and will replace him with former Wagner coach Dereck Whittenburg, a source with knowledge said.

In seven seasons as head coach of the Seahawks, Deane compiled an overall record of 94-114. This past season, the Green & White finished 3-15 in the Northeast Conference. In 26 years as a head coach, Deane has amassed a record of 437-332.

?We thank Mike for his contributions as head basketball coach at Wagner,? Wagner AD Walt Hameline said. ?I admire him greatly as a human being and for the knowledge, competitiveness and passion he brought to the program. At the end of the day, I decided it was time make a change and go in a different direction."

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ESPN's Ashley O'Connor attended the Metro Atlantic Conference meetings last summer in hopes of finding a pair of teams to fill?a specific time slot for the network's "24 Hours of College Basketball" event this Tuesday.

The?network had Drexel and Niagara lined up for an 8 a.m. game and Clemson and Liberty set for a 10 o'clock tilt. But it needed two teams to fill another slot.

"They didn't have anybody slated for the 6 a.m game," St. Peter's head coach John Dunne said Monday by phone. "When they were talking about it in the meeting,?me and Pat Elliott, our?AD, were making eye contact."

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