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The New York metropolitan area will be well represented in this year's McDonald's All-American Game.

Four players from New York and New Jersey will play in the prestigious game March 31 in Columbus, Ohio.

Duke-bound guard Kyrie Irving of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick; Tennessee-bound forward Tobias Harris of Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West; Villanova-bound JayVaughn Pinkston of Brookyn Bishop Loughlin; and uncommitted guard and Queens, N.Y. native Doron Lamb of Oak Hill Academy have all been invited. Harris, on left, and Pinkston are pictured at left during their recent battle at the Big Apple Invitational.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Jayvaughn Pinkston, Kyrie Irving, St. Benedict's, St. Patrick, Tobias Harris, Adam Zagoria
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Coming out of St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., Dominic Cheek was one of the most highly recruited players in the nation.

Nearly every major program in America wanted the long and lanky 6-foot-5 McDonald's All-American from Jersey City.

But in a story first reported by ZAGSBLOG.com, Cheek ultimately chose Villanova over Kansas, then the reigning national champion.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Hurleys, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- With his team trailing by nearly 30 points in the second half before a listless crowd at the Rutgers Athletic Center, Mike Rosario fired up a 3-pointer while his former St. Anthony teammate, Dominic Cheek, extended a long, lanky arm in his face and deflected the ball.

Rosario's shot failed to touch the rim and Cheek and his Villanova teammates raced the other way on offense.

"I got a piece of it because me and Mike played in high school together and I know how Mike plays already," said Cheek, a 6-foot-5 freshman who scored a career-high 17 points to lift the No. 4 Wildcats to their eighth straight victory, 94-68, over Rosario and Rutgers.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Rutgers, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, St. Patrick, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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J.J. Moore is on the move.

The 6-foot-5 senior wing from Long Island visited Providence last week and will hit Pittsburgh on Tuesday and potentially St. John's on Thursday.

"I think J.J. was really impressed with the new coach [at Providence, Keno Davis] and what they're trying to build over there and he's also impressed with the financial investment that the school and community has invested into making the program top notch," said Hunt Bresky, Moore's advisor who is making the trips with him.

Tags: Alabama, Dominic Cheek, Florida, Georgia Tech, Hurleys, Jayvaughn Pinkston, Kentucky, Marquette, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Anthony, St. John's, UConn, Villanova, Wake Forest, Adam Zagoria
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**Note: The game will be rebroadcast Wednesday on sportswebnet.com beginning at noon.

JERSEY CITY - Achraf Yocoubou scored a game-high 23 points and Long Island Lutheran went into New Jersey and handed St. Anthony its first home loss in six years.

With a large contingent of Long Island fans in the CERC gym, LuHi downed the Friars 60-58 after junior forward Tobias Harris blocked a shot attempt by Derrick Williams in the final seconds.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Hurleys, St. Anthony, Tobias Harris, UConn, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Bob Hurley was prowling the sidelines in the gym at Springfield College, yelling at players so loudly his voice could easily be heard above the crowd."

"You're supposed to guard him," Hurley shouted at his star player, Dominic Cheek, after the opposing team's star, Xavier Henry, scored a basket. "Where were you?"

Dressed in tan slacks, a short-sleeved maroon shirt and a black Reebok vest with "St. Anthony Friars Basketball" emblazoned on it, Hurley, 61, had to periodically sit down and towel dry his head because of all the sweat he generated.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Hurleys, Memphis, St. Anthony, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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St. Anthony, the defending national high school champ, pulled out a narrow 57-54 victory over Paterson Eastside Sunday at the New Years Jump-Off at Teaneck High School.

The Friars improved to 8-1 but arent blowing out opponents like they did last year when they featured six Division I players.

"We made a lot of mistakes so it really came down to who made fewer mistakes, them or us," St. Anthony head coach Bob Hurley told the Jersey Journal.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, St. Patrick, Adam Zagoria
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With Kansas head coach Bill Self looking on courtside, Lance Stephenson scored a game-high 32 points but the Lincoln Railsplitters came up on the losing end, 77-57, against Duncanville (Texas) in the Old Spice Classic on ESPN.

After repeatedly powering his way to the basket and also showing his long-range shooting skills by draining a 3-pointer from two feet behind the line, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Stephenson was named MVP of the game upon making 13 of 21 from the field. He entered averaging 34.3 points per game.

"He's got the God-given body, and he's blessed with quickness to go with it," Duncanville coach Phil McNeely told the Dallas Morning News prior to the game. "That's a deadly combination."

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Lance Stephenson, St. John's, Adam Zagoria
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One of my favorite All-Star events after the high school season is the Jordan Brand Classic, which will take place April 18, 2009 at Madison Square Garden. The event will begin with the International Game at 3:30, followed by the Regional (City vs. Suburbs) at 5:30 and the National Game at 8.

Recent participants include NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Amar? Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and 2008 Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant, as well as current NCAA standouts Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina), Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), Kyle Singler (Duke), Jrue Holiday (UCLA), Tyreke Evans (Memphis) and Demar DeRozan (USC).

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Lance Stephenson, Adam Zagoria
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Clark Francis' rankings of the Top Seniors in the Class of 2009 are out and Brooklyn Lincoln guard Lance Stephenson tops the list.

Stephenson has said he will wait until the spring to announce his future plans. St. John's, Kansas and USC are among the schools recruiting him, and some speculate he may also opt to follow Brandon Jennings to Europe.

Derrick Favors of South Atlanta follows at No. 2; Plantation (Fl.) American Heritage guard Kenny Boynton (Florida) is No. 3; Mobile (Al.) LeFlore center DeMarcus Cousins (UAB) is No. 4; and Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick guard Dexter Strickland (North Carolina) is No. 5.

Tags: Big East, Dominic Cheek, Georgetown, Lance Stephenson, Louisville, Maryland, Memphis, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John's, Tobias Harris, Villanova, West Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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Having completed his final official visit to Pittsburgh this week, Dominic Cheek has no timetable for making a decision but will sit down next week his coaches to discuss his options.

"Today [Friday] was our first day of practice so we've got to concentrate on St. Anthony right now," Friars associate head coach Ben Gamble said in a phone interview. "And then maybe sometime late next week we'll sit down and talk about each of the schools' strengths, but there is no date set for a decision and no timeframe on an announcement."

The 6-foot-5 Cheek visited Pitt Tuesday-Thursday and saw the No. 4 Panthers beat Belmont at home on Tuesday.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Nearly everywhere Dominic Cheek goes, he seems to run into a former teammate.

At Kansas, it was Tyshawn Taylor. At Rutgers, Mike Rosario. At Pitt is is Travon Woodall.

Of the five schools still on Cheek's list, three feature freshmen who played alongside Cheek last year on St. Anthony's undefeated national championship team. Only Memphis and Villanova do not.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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I had a chance to catch up with Memphis head coach John Calipari on the phone today and we covered several topics, including Seton Hall, Tyreke Evans and Xavier Henry.

[For more on Seton Hall, check out Fooch's interview with Pirates head coach Bobby Gonzalez filmed in a leafy suburb]

**Memphis beat Seton Hall in the Puerto Rico Tip-off, but Pirates guard Jeremy Hazell went off for a career-high 32 points.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Memphis, Seton Hall, Adam Zagoria
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ESPN will show 15 high school boys basketball games this year on ESPNU, ESPN and ESPN2.
Lincoln star Lance Stephenson will appear three times and Putnam City (Ok.) standout Xavier Henry, who recently committed to Memphis, will appear twice.
Click here for the schedule. It will open with a doubleheader on Thursday, Dec. 11, with Bishop McGuinness (Okla.) vs. Henry and No. 25 Putnam City (Okla.) at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU, followed by Stephenson and No. 8 Lincoln (N.Y.) vs. No. 6 Duncanville (Texas) at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The New Jersey trinity of St. Anthony, St. Benedict?s and St. Patrick will all appear at least once. St. Anthony features uncommitted wing Dominic Cheek, who is considering Kansas, Memphis, Rutgers, Pitt and Villanova. St. Benedict's has Pitt-bound Lamar Patterson, Rice commit Tamir Jackson and Texas-bound junior Tristan Thompson. St. Patrick features North Carolina-bound guard Dexter Strickland, George Mason commit Paris Bennett and exciting junior guard Kyrie Irving.
Tags: Dominic Cheek, Lance Stephenson, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, St. Patrick, Adam Zagoria
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Dominic Cheek says he enjoyed his weekend official visit to Rutgers but is still open to the five schools recruiting him.

Cheek did not commit during the early signing period in November and will choose from among Kansas, Memphis, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Rutgers and sign in the spring.

Cheek spent Friday-Sunday at Rutgers watching the Scarlet Knights beat Robert Morris Friday and then lose by one point, 64-63, in overtime to St. Bonaventure Sunday.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Hurleys, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John's, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Dominic Cheek is sitting behind the Rutgers bench for today's St. Bonaventure-Rutgers game at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

There's not much of a student turnout today. Maybe everyone's home watching the Titans-Jets game?

The 6-foot-5 wing from St. Anthony in Jersey City is here on his official visit and also took in Friday night's 69-55 victory over Robert Morris in which his former St. Anthony teammate Mike Rosario went off for a career-high 27 points.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Dominic Cheek says Memphis is still on his list and had not been eliminated because Xavier Henry signed with the school last week.

"Memphis is not off the list," Cheek wrote in a text message. "It's never been off the list."

Added St. Anthony associate head coach Ben Gamble: "He told me that yesterday, so they're back on."

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. Anthony, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Since last Friday marked the official start of high school hoops practice in New Jersey, we recommend you check out this tremendous video piece on Dominic Cheek by Collin Orcutt and Michael Preston of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Orcutt and his colleagues worked on this piece for several weeks, following Dom through workouts, practices and recruiting at St. Anthony in Jersey City.

The 6-foot-5 Cheek, a first-team All-State selection last season and likely McDonald's All-American has visited Kansas, Villanova, Memphis, Rutgers and Pitt, and could decide at any time.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Strong piece by my esteemed colleague Jerry Carino of the Courier News today about Rutgers sophomore guard Corey Chandler.

Chandler sat out RU's exhibition win over Caldwell College for disciplinary reasons, but has returned to provide a spark off the bench. Against Delaware last Sunday, the Newark native had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 15 minutes.

Chandler admits he's been distracted by some tough events in his personal life.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Rutgers, St. Anthony, Adam Zagoria
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This will be a big weekend for the Rutgers men's basketball team and not just because the Scarlet Knights (2-0) are hosting two games in the Garden State Challenge.

St. Anthony senior wing Dominic Cheek will take his official visit to campus from Friday through Sunday and will watch both games, according to St. Anthony associate head coach Ben Gamble.

"Yes, Friday to Sunday," Gamble said in a text message.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Lance Stephenson, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Dominic Cheek's list just shrunk to four.

With the decision by Xavier Henry to commit to Memphis on Tuesday morning, Cheek has effectively ruled Memphis out and will now choose from among Kansas, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

"Memphis will probably be eliminated and the other schools will probably be a stronger factor," St. Anthony associate head coach Ben Gamble said Wednesday by phone.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. Anthony, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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In a dramatic announcement live this morning on ESPN, Xavier Henry ended the suspense about his college choice on the last day of the NCAA early signing period.

"I'm deciding that next year I'm going to take my game to Memphis," Henry, wearing a dark suit and white shirt, said on air as he put on a Tigers baseball cap.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Kansas, Lance Stephenson, Memphis, Adam Zagoria
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Xavier Henry, the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2009, is down to Kansas and Memphis, and says he will sign in the spring.

"It's the biggest decision of my life and I think about it every day," Henry told ESPNU's Lowell Galindo on Friday. "And when the time is right I think I'll let everybody know where I'm going."

Henry's father, Carl, went to Kansas and his brother, C.J. Henry, enrolled at Memphis to play basketball for John Calipari.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Memphis, Adam Zagoria
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Michael Snaer, a 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard from Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif., announced his school on Friday. And it wasn't Kansas.

Snaer announced on ESPNU that he will play for Florida State.

"I really like (FSU coach) Leonard Hamilton," Snaer said on air. "He's a really good coach, and I like the way he interacts with all his players," Snaer told ESPNU. "They have a really good trust system going on, and he's a really good coach. I like the atmosphere up there, and I like being around all the players and all the coaches."

Tags: Baylor, Dominic Cheek, High Schools, John Wall, Kansas, Memphis, Miami, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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New Jersey and New York are home to some of the top high school basketball programs in the nation. The Holy Trinity of St. Anthony, St. Patrick and St. Benedict's in New Jersey routinely produces Division 1 players sought by elite programs from across the nation. A year ago, St. Anthony under Bob Hurley and St. Benedict's under Dan Hurley, Bob's son, finished 1-2 in most national prep polls and combined to send 9 players to the Division 1 ranks, including two to Rutgers, one to Pitt, one to Louisville and one to defending national champ Kansas.

This year, St. Patrick under head coach Kevin Boyle features North Carolina-bound guard Dexter Strickland as well as George Mason commit Paris Bennett. The Celtics also feature highly recruited junior guard Kyrie Irving and super-sophomore Mike Gilchrist.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Lance Stephenson, Paterson Catholic, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, St. Patrick, Adam Zagoria
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Recruiting expert Tom Konchalski says Villanova has the best recruiting class in the Big East with Maalik Wayns, Isaiah Armwood and Mouphtaou Yarou.

Tom also comments on Rutgers and St. John's.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Rutgers, Signing Day Video, St. John's, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Today is the first day of the NCAA early signing period and Rice guard Durand Scott is not expected to make an announcement on this day.

The 6-foot-4 Scott previously said he was down to Miami, UConn and Pitt, but his former teammate, UConn freshman guard Kemba Walker, says he will choose between Miami and UConn.

A source close to the situation said Scott will announce "sometime during the early signing period."

Tags: Baylor, Dominic Cheek, Duke, High Schools, John Wall, Kansas, Memphis, Miami, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, St. Anthony, UConn, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Lance Stephenson and Dominic Cheek will still be on the board after the NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday.

Stephenson, the 6-foot-5 guard known as "Born Ready" from Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, and Cheek, a 6-5 wing from St. Anthony in Jersey City, are among an elite group of high school basketball players who have chosen to wait until the spring to pick a college.

Tags: Americans in Europe, Brandon Jennings, Dominic Cheek, High Schools, John Wall, Kansas, Lance Stephenson, Marquette, Memphis, Miami, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Signing Day Video, St. Anthony, St. John's, UCLA, UConn, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Playing his first game at Rutgers as a member of the Scarlet Knights, Mike Rosario didn't disappoint in RU's 91-56 exhibition rout of Division 2 Caldwell College Monday night.

The McDonald's All-American out of St. Anthony in Jersey City poured in a game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-8 from 3. He added 4 steals, 3 assists and 3 turnovers.

Junior center Hamady N'Diaye (pictured courtesy Jim O'Connor/NJ Sport Pics) posted a triple-double of 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Rutgers, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, St. John's, Adam Zagoria
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As part of SNY's extensive NCAA early signing period coverage, we will unveil over the next few days a five-part interview with nationally respected recruiting expert Tom Konchalski of the HSBI Report. In this piece that we filmed last week at the SNY studio in Manhattan, Tom gives his impressions of three of the top local players from the Class of 2009: uncommitted wing Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony, who is considering Kansas, Memphis, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Rutgers and will likely sign in the spring; North Carolina-bound guard Dexter Strickland of St. Patrick of Elizabeth, N.J.; and Rice commit Tamir Jackson of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark.

Stay tuned for more....

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Recruiting, Rice, Rutgers, Signing Day Video, Adam Zagoria
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Michael Snaer, the No. 5 shooting guard in the Class of 2009, could announce his college choice this week.

Snaer initially said he would announce Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period, but has now pushed that back. Until when remains unclear.

Snaer, out of Moreno Valley (CA) Rancho Verde, will choose from among Kansas, Florida State and Marquette. He eliminated UCLA and Missouri, according to JayhawkSlant.com.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Marquette, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John's, Villanova, Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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With the college season set to officially tip off with two games at Duke on Monday night, here's a roundup of Big East exhibition games from the weekend.

** Lazar Hayward scored 23 points and Jerel McNeal added 22, making new coach Buzz Williams a winner in No. 16 Marquette's 94-73 victory over Division II Colorado State-Pueblo. Wesley Matthews had 16 points before leaving the game late in the second half after he appeared to turn an ankle and had to be helped off the court. The severity of his injury was not immediately known.

** Freshman center Samardo Samuels of St. BEnedict's Prep scored 29 points and junior guard Edgar Sosa of Rice added 18 points and three assists to lead Louisville to an 84-69 exhibition victory over Northern Kentucky on Saturday night.

Tags: Big East, Dominic Cheek, Louisville, Marquette, North Carolina, Rutgers, St. John's, Syracuse, UConn, West Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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Add Keith ?Tiny? Gallon to the growing list of big-time Class of 2009 players who will likely wait until the spring to sign.

Asked when he might commit, the 6-9, 290-pound forward from Humble, Texas, wrote in a text message, "Probably late."

"I just want to focus on winning a ring," said Gallon, the No. 5 center and No. 31 player in the Class of 2009 out of Oak Hill Academy.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, John Wall, Lance Stephenson, Oklahoma, Adam Zagoria
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Dominic Cheek skipped his official visit to Pittsburgh this weekend after having a root canal last week.

"Dominic didn't go," said St. Anthony associate head coach Ben Gamble. "He had a root canal Thursday so we kept him home. He had it Thursday afternoon, so we cancelled the trip.

"He would've been sick and it wouldn't have been fair to Pittsburgh."

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John's, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Rollie Massimino's return to Villanova didn't end well for the legendary former Wildcats coach.

The Wildcats, No. 5 in the Big East preseason poll, topped Massimino's Northwood (Fla.) team, 75-37, at the Wachovia Spectrum. It was 'Nova's first game inside the building since 1998.

Massimino, of course, led Villanova to the 1985 NCAA championship with a stunning upset of Patrick Ewing and Georgetown.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Lance Stephenson, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Two of the top uncommitted players in the metropolitan area will take key official visits this weekend.

Sherrod Wright, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound shooting guard from Mount Vernon High, is headed to South Carolina today for an official visit.

"He is going to South Carolina [Friday]," Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Marquette, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. Anthony, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Xavier Henry, the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2009, will likely delay his college decision until spring while he recovers from surgery to repair a broken cheekbone suffered during a car accident last month.

Henry underwent a two-hour surgical process Thursday morning in Oklahoma City, according to his father, Carl Henry.

"The surgery is about two hours," Carl said by phone. "In about four hours they'll see if he can go home."

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The landscape of Dominic Cheek's recruitment is undergoing some changes.

The 6-foot-5 Cheek has shuffled some visit dates and knocked some schools off his list.

First, both Indiana and Seton Hall are out, according to St. Anthony associate head coach Ben Gamble, who is handling Cheek's recruitment.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Anthony, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Dominic Cheek took his second official visit this weekend, and got home in time to play in the Ed die Griffin Challenge at Rutgers.

The Villanova visit went better than the game.

Cheek, a senior at St. Anthony in Jersey City, and the New Jersey Seniors lost to their Philly counterparts, 91-90, completing a never-before achieved Philly sweep of the event.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Hurleys, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, St. Anthony, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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This is a big weekend for hoops in the metropolitan area, with both the Eddie Griffin Memorial Challenge and the Metro Classic All-Star Games taking place Sunday.

The Eddie Griffin Memorial Challenge is at the Rutgers College Avenue Gymnasium (the Barn) in New Brunswick. The top players from New Jersey will meet their counterparts from Philly.

The Game Times are:

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Lance Stephenson could face disciplinary action from Lincoln High School as a result of his recent arrest.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Stephenson was arrested earlier this month and charged with a Class B misdemeanor for allegedly groping a 17-year-old girl on school grounds.

"Disciplinary action is pending the police investigation," Margie Feinberg, a Department of Education spokesman, said Tuesday by phone. "We are working with the police. There is no timeframe."

Tags: Dominic Cheek, High Schools, Kansas, Lance Stephenson, Memphis, Sonny Vaccaro, St. John's, UCLA, USC, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Dominic Cheek had a ball during his trip last weekend to Kansas for "Late Night in the Phog," but still plans to take four more official visits.

The 6-foot-5 Cheek, a first-team All-State wing out of St. Anthony in Jersey City and the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2009, will visit Villanova this weekend for Hoops Mania. He then will hit Pittsburgh, Indiana and Memphis over the next three weekends. Rutgers and Seton Hall are also ostensibly in the mix.

Ben Gamble, associate head coach at St. Anthony, said Cheek came away from Kansas particularly impressed with the development of his former teammate Tyshawn Taylor, a Kansas freshman.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Hurleys, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Chris Gaston got about three hours of sleep on Saturday night and then had one of the best games of his life Sunday morning.

After waking up at 4:15 Sunday, Gaston made a five-hour drive from the New Hampton (N.H.) school to Queens with New Hampton head coach Pete Hutchins.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Gaston then scored 26 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and made 3 blocks to lead the Playaz Seniors to a 96-81 victory over Lance Stephenson and the Juice All-Stars in the is8 championship game. Gaston, who will play for Fordham next season, was named MVP of the championship game.

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Fresh off his weekend visit to Kansas for Late Night in the Phog, St. Anthony senior wing Dominic Cheek has set the dates for his last two visits.

After going to Villanova Oct. 24 and Pittsburgh Oct. 31, Cheek will visit Indiana Nov. 7 and Memphis Nov. 14, according to Ben Gamble, the associate head coach at St. Anthony. The NCAA early signing period runs Nov. 12-19

Cheek will choose from among those five schools, as well as Rutgers and Seton Hall, but Gamble said he may not sign until the spring signing period in April.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Hurleys, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Anthony, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Looks like Lance Stephenson made the right move skipping his trip to Kansas this weekend for Late Night in the Phog in order to play with the Juice All-Stars in the is8 playoffs.

Stephenson, the 6-foot-5 combo guard out of Brooklyn Lincoln, dropped 30 points to go with seven assists and five rebounds as Juice knocked off New Heights, 85-78, in the second semifinal, according to NYHoops.com.

Juice meets the Playaz Seniors in Sunday's 11 a.m. championship. Despite playing without Fordham commit Chris Gaston and St. Anthony star Dominic Cheek, the Playaz downed the Gauchos, 98-89. Cheek was on an official visit to Kansas.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Kansas, Lance Stephenson, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, St. Patrick, Adam Zagoria
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Despite messageboard rumors to the contrary, St. Anthony senior Dominic Cheek did not commit to Kansas during his visit.

"No, I didn't," the 6-foot-5 Cheek said by text message Saturday morning.

Cheek is in Lawrence on an official visit. He attended "Late Night in the Phog" Friday night and scrimmaged with the team Saturday afternoon.

Tags: Dominic Cheek, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Adam Zagoria
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