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Marquis Webb, the former Paterson Catholic and Rutgers star, has been named an assistant coach on Bashir Mason's staff at Wagner.

?We are extremely happy to have Marquis join our Wagner Basketball family,??Mason said.??He is a rising star in the coaching profession, but above that he is an outstanding person.?

At George Mason, Webb worked under head coach Paul Hewitt in helping the Patriots to 24 wins last season. He also aided in the development of Ryan Pearson, who became just the third GMU student-athlete to earn?Associated Press All-America honors.

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NEW YORK?-- Kyle Anderson has been answering the question all his life.

No, it's not, "Which college are you going to play for?' or "What position will you play at the next level?"

It's, "What is your ethnic background?" or more directly, "What are you?"

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NEWARK -- Fuquan Edwin recalls being 13 years old when the Paterson (N.J.) Police Dept. roared into his home in the Alabama projects and made Edwin and his entire family get down on the floor.

"They were looking for somebody, actually, and they came to my house," Edwin told SNY.tv exclusively after he scored a career-high 28 points to go with nine rebounds as No. 24 Seton Hall crushed DePaul, 94-73, Tuesday night. "They were in full armor. They told everybody to get on the floor."

Edwin was in the house with his mother, Anisa Thomas, his aunt and his uncle and Edwin said the police mistook the TV remote his uncle was holding for a gun.

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NEWARK -- Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard had just beaten defending?NCAA champion UConn Tuesday night and that's not even what made him the happiest.

"We had?Victor Cruz in the locker room," Willard said after the Pirates snapped an 11-game losing streak against UConn by downing the No. 8 Huskies, 75-63, at The Prudential Center.

"Everybody says, 'You gotta be happy about this one,' I just met Victor?Cruz. I'm more happy about that than anything. Got my Giants back in the playoffs, I'm all excited."

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When Paterson (N.J.) Catholic closed its doors last June due to financial struggles, it set in motion a mad scramble for all the talented players on the school's basketball team.

The team's two best returning players, point guards Myles Mack and Kyle Anderson, landed at St. Anthony under Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.

Two other young Paterson Catholic standouts, Reggie Cameron and Kavon Stewart, took their talents to St. Anthony's crosstown rival, Hudson Catholic.

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Darryl "Mookie" Watkins hasn't given up on his dream of playing in the NBA.

The 6-foot-11, 265-pound former Syracuse University and Paterson (N.J.) Catholic standout hopes his dream will finally materialize this year.

Watkins, 25, was invited to the New Orleans Hornets training camp later this month and hopes to make the roster.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Just a few short months ago, Marquis Webb was a history teacher and an assistant varsity basketball coach at Paterson Catholic, a perennial powerhouse ranked as high as No. 3 nationally last season.

Then all of a sudden he was neither.

He lost his teaching job and his coaching job when Paterson Catholic closed its doors in June after a long history of financial problems.

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St. Anthony junior guard Kyle Anderson visited a trio of schools this week -- hitting Seton Hall, La Salle and Villanova.

Anderson is the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012 and his father broke down the visits.

"All three visits went well for different reasons," said Kyle Anderson Sr. via text. "La Salle's visit went well because besides Coach [John] Giannini and the entire staff being hospitable on the tour of the campus and facilities, we met with the academic advisor [Christine Cahill] and she explained how she will help make Kyle a better student. She also spoke highly of [former Paterson CAtholic stars] Kimmani Barrett and the Williams twins. We could see the sincere concern in her face. It also helped that she had a Playaz football jersey hanging that Jerrell Williams gave her.

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Jayon James's long and winding road to college appears to have ended on a happy note.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound point guard from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic signed scholarship papers on Tuesday with Iona, where he will join a tremendous 2010 recruiting class.

"I signed today," James, who goes to campus Aug. 23, said by phone. "It just felt like it was the perfect fit for me, the best situation at the moment."

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Maurice Harkless has trimmed his list to eight schools.

The 6-foot-8 Queens, N.Y. native wrote on Twitter he's considering the following schools after spending next year at South Kent (Conn.): St. John's, Maryland, Florida, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Arizona and Memphis.

I asked Harkless if that means UConn is definitely out and he said, "Yes."

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Derrick Randall has pulled the trigger and it's good news for Rutgers .

The 6-foot-8 1/2, 220-pound Randall committed to Mike Rice and his staff on Sunday and will join the Scarlet Knights in 2011.

"Yes, I was just thinking about it and I like the campus," he said Sunday by phone. "I like the coach and the facilities. I like everything around Rutgers and it's in the Big East and it's close to home and to my family [in Brooklyn]. If they want to see me play, it's not a hassle."

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- The game of point guard musical chairs in the Garden State is moving at a dizzying pace.

Tyrone Johnson's decision to leave Plainfield for Montrose Christian was just the latest in a flurry of high-profile point guards opting to either move from one New Jersey school to another or, in Johnson's case, leave the state altogether.

Consider that:

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. ? Only one player at this week's Peach Jam was in the top five in both rebounds and assists.

That man was Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-8 1/2, 220-pound rising junior from North Bergen, N.J. who runs with the Playaz Basketball Club. Anderson will play for Bob Hurley at St. Anthony after spending two years at the now-defunct Paterson (N.J.) Catholic.

Raised by his father, Kyle Sr., as a point guard, Anderson creates tremendous mismatch problems for opposing teams. Although he has been accused of being somewhat slow-footed, Anderson uses his height to see over defenses and his length to attack the rim.

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. ? Derrick Randall may pull the trigger before the summer ends.

The 6-foot-9 senior, 225-pound who will spend his final year at South Kent (Conn.) after competing at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic says Rutgers leads his list right now.

?I like Rutgers a lot,? Randall, a Brooklyn native, said at the Peach Jam after the Playaz beat California Supreme, 80-49, behind Kyle Anderson's 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists, Myles Mack's 16 points, Desmond Hubert's 12 and Randall's 7 points and 7 boards .

Tags: Fordham, Miami, Paterson Catholic, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Kent, St. Anthony, St. John's, Villanova, Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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Kavon Stewart and Reggie Cameron were two of the rising stars on a Paterson Catholic team that went undefeated through much of the high school season and peaked at No. 3 in the nation.

With Paterson Catholic closing this month, both players have elected to attend Hudson Catholic beginning next year, where they will play for Nick Mariniello, one of the top coaches in the Garden State.

"That's where I'm going," the 5-10 Stewart, pictured above, told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Kline.

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NEW YORK -- At 6-foot-9, 225 pounds Derrick Randall is an imposing figure on the AAU circuit.

The 2011 big man from Paterson Catholic will prep next year at South Kent (Conn.) alongside Kadeem Jack, Maurice Harkless and Ricardo Ledo.

"I'm looking forward to playing with all of them because it's better competition," Randall, 18, said Friday night at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham. "It gets you better. [It will] improve my game a lot and get [me] used to the college level, how they play."

Tags: Fordham, Paterson Catholic, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Kent, St. Joe's, St. John's, Adam Zagoria
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NEW YORK -- Desmond Hubert is a long way from cutting his list of schools, but he says two should make his top five.

"'Nova and Pitt," the 6-foot-9, 205-pound Hubert said Friday night at the Rumble in the Bronx at Fordham. "Great programs, I like the head coaches."

As for Villanova, Hubert said he liked head coach Jay Wright and the whole program.

Tags: Boston College, Hofstra, Paterson Catholic, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, South Kent, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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The South Kent (Conn.) School has only 135 students yet it will have a starting five next year that would make some college teams envious.

South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson could feature a starting five of Ricardo Ledo, Elijah Carter, Kadeem Jack, Maurice Harkless and Derrick Randall.

Harkless is committed to UConn.

Tags: Arizona, Arkansas, Paterson Catholic, Rutgers, South Kent, St. Anthony, UConn, West Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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The addition of David Cox to the Rutgers basketball staff seems to be paying immediate recruiting dividends and could land the Scarlet Knights what one coach calls the Nigerian version of Xavier Henry.

Daddy Ugbede, 16, is a 6-foot-7, left-handed Nigerian wing in the Class of 2012 who will enroll this fall at St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., the alma mater of Georgetown standout Chris Wright.

"The frontrunners are Rutgers and Kentucky," said Joe Boncore, Ugbede's American trainer and also the mentor for 6-9 Georgetown commit Moses Abraham.

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St. Anthony will feature an all-Paterson Catholic backcourt next season.

Myles Mack, a rising senior point guard ranked No. 21 at his position in the Class of 2011, has chosen to attend St. Anthony in Jersey City for his senior season. Mack, who averaged 14.8 points and 2.8 steals last year, spent the past three seasons at Paterson Catholic, which is set to close its doors in June.

He will team will rising junior guard Kyle Anderson, another former PC player who previously announced his decision to play for Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.

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New Rutgers head coach Mike Rice continues to bring in the top players from New Jersey and the surrounding area for visits.

The same week that Kadeem Jack unofficially toured campus, 6-foot-8? forward LaQuinton Ross of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center came to Piscataway.

"I took a visit out there," Ross said Friday by phone on his way to Los Angeles for the Pangos all-american camp. "It was good. I liked the campus a lot and the new coaches over there.

Tags: Baylor, Maryland, Mississippi State, Old Knicks, Paterson Catholic, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Kent, St. John's, Syracuse, Texas, Villanova, Virginia, West Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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Jamir Hanner, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward who verbally committed to Seton Hall in March, plans to spend another prep year at Newark (N.J.) Nia Prep and won't enroll in college until the fall of 2011.

"Yes," Hanner said Wednesday by phone. "[I want] to mature more under Coach Rudy [King], to learn and understand the game more."

Hanner was recently named to the second-team?at the iS8 Nike Spring Classic in Queens, but he and King feel another year of prep school will benefit him even more.

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Ryan Rhoomes earned MVP honors Sunday at the iS8 Nike Spring Classic after putting up 12 points to lead the New York Panthers to an 82-80 victory over New Heights.

Maryland-bound junior point guard Sterling Gibbs added 18 points in the win for the Panthers. Jeffrey Short scored 15 points and Pittsburgh-bound wing J.J. Moore tallied 14.

"I thought the two most consistent players today for us were Ryan Rhoomes and Sterling Gibbs," said Panthers coach Gary Charles, whose program has won 17 IS8 championships. "From the beginning to the end, they were the most solid players that we had today."

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Kyle Anderson Jr., one of the top sophomores in the nation, will play for St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley next year with Paterson Catholic set to close in June.

"He's going to go to St. Anthony," Kyle Anderson Sr. said. "Bob Hurley is a Hall of Fame coach. Transportation is easy because I work in Jersey City and I just think it's the best fit for him to help him transition to the next level."

A 6-foot-8, 215-pound North Bergen, N.J. native, Anderson has interest from Miami, Georgetown, Kentucky, La Salle, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Seton Hall.

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Kadeem Jack was set to announce his college choice Wednesday on SNY.tv, but instead appears headed to prep school, possibly South Kent (Conn).

"Kadeem said that he is not making any commitments to college. He is considering prep school," Rice High School coach Maurice Hicks wrote in a text.

The 6-foot-9 Jack is considering UConn, Arizona, Arkansas, St. John's and Miami. Instead, it appears he will spend a year prepping in order to mature physically and basketball-wise.

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Myles Mack is the No. 114 ranked basketball prospect by Rivals.com for the Class of 2011 with scholarships offers from various Big East, ACC and SEC schools.

But before he picks a college, Mack will have to pick another high school. His current one, Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, announced Wednesday it is closing at the end of school year because of financial troubles.

Mack politely declined to comment when reached by text. His father Wayne, however, had plenty to say.

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Paterson (N.J.) Catholic High School will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday and the school could be on the brink of closing in June, multiple sources said Tuesday night.

"It?s a tough situation. It's sad. If they are closing, it?s a sad situation," said former PC and current Clifton High School basketball coach Tommie Patterson. "If Paterson Public Schools takes that building over, we need a technical school in this city."

Messages left at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson were not immediately returned Tuesday night.

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NEW YORK -- Ronald Roberts always dreamed of playing college basketball at Madison Square Garden.

When he signed with St. John's last November under then-coach Norm Roberts, he thought his dreams would soon come true.

Yet after Norm Roberts was fired last month, new coach Steve Lavin decided that Ronald would not be a good fit for his system. Ronald was released on Monday from his letter of intent.

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St. John's coach Steve Lavin is still filling out his staff and will meet Friday with former Seton Hall assistant Scott Adubato, a source with direct knowledge said.

Adubato spent three years at Seton Hall under Bobby Gonzalez, who was fired last month. Before that he was an assistant coach for two years under Mike Fratello with the Memphis Grizzlies. He also spent seven years in scouting and player development with Memphis.

A New Jersey native and the son of former NBA and WNBA head coach Richie Adubato, Adubato is respected and connected in the Garden State. He recruited Kyrie Irving to Seton Hall and kept the Pirates in the mix with the McDonald's All-American until the end. He remains close with several uncommitted 2010 recruits, including Jonathan Graham, a 6-8 senior power forward from Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall, and the former UConn commit Cleveland Melvin, a 6-8 big man from Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep.

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As we hurtle toward Selection Sunday at 6 p.m. on CBS, some of the most interesting developments of the night around the metropolitan area could come after 9 o'clock tonight.

Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez is slated to hold a conference call with reporters at 9 p.m. (assuming the Pirates are chosen for the NIT and not the NCAA).

And embattled St. John's coach Norm Roberts is on for a 9:30 conference call.

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Fuquan Edwin played his final high school game Thursday night when top-seeded Paterson Catholic lost to No. 2 St. Anthony, 63-49, in the North Non-Public B title game at Rutgers.

The 6-foot-5 Edwin led his team with 22 points and 6 rebounds, but only one other teammate (Kyle Anderson) managed double figures.

Another Paterson native, St. Anthony guard Elijah Carter, killed the Cougars with a game-high 28 points and 14 rebounds.

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(Photos courtesy Andrew Mills / The Star-Ledger)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Ronald Roberts,?a 6-foot-8 forward from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep who has committed to St. John's, said he was uncertain of his?plans now that head coach Norm Roberts' future is in doubt.

The New York Post on Thursday reported that Roberts would be let go at the end of the season. The team is NIT eligible and the school likely won't make any official announcement until after Sunday night's NIT selection process.

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Lance Brown and three of his Fordham teammates spent Monday morning asking athletic director Frank McLaughlin to make Jared Grasso the school's full-time basketball coach.

Brown, Chris Gaston, Alberto Estwick and Brenton Butler have put their full support behind Grasso, the school's interim coach.

"We've been responding well even though we haven't been winning," Brown, a 6-foot-3 freshman from Teaneck, N.J., said Tuesday morning by phone. "We're comfortable with him and we're responding well to him."

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NEWARK, N.J. -- The season is officially over for the Elizabeth (N.J) St. Patrick basketball team.

Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh on Monday denied St. Patrick's an injunction to overturn the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association?s decision to ban the Celtics from the state tournament.

"The court finds that their [constitutional rights] were not [violated] and plaintiff's application for injunctive relief is denied," Judge Cavanaugh said shortly after 11 a.m. in Court Room 4 of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building and Courthouse.

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St. Patrick and Paterson Catholic are the two top high school teams in New Jersey and two of the Top 10 teams in the USA Today Super 25 rankings.

Basketball fans had looked forward to a possible matchup of the two programs in the New Jersey state tournament.

But with just three days to go before the start of the tournament and St. Patrick's future in the hands of the courts, we still don't know if the teams will meet this year.

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ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. -- Illegal workouts for big-name college coaches...secret videotapes made by former state troopers turned undercover private investigators...complaints about illegal recruiting from a former NBA player with a checkered past...fiery speeches, threats of lawsuits and name-calling that includes the use of "fascist" and "terrorist"... all in the name of high school basketball.

As expected, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick was officially banned from the New Jersey state basketball tournament and put on two years probation Friday by its state association.

Head coach Kevin Boyle, found guilty of holding illegal preseason workouts - so his players could be seen by college coaches - was suspended for three games.

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The 2010 Rutgers recruiting class is like a bottle of fine wine.

It gets better with time.

The Scarlet Knights over the last two days landed two four-star recruits and two three-star prospects to a class that currently stands at 24 players heading into Wednesday's National Signing Day.

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On the eve of National Signing Day, Rutgers has landed two four-star players in 6-foot-6 Maryland WR Brandon Coleman (pictured at left) and 5-10 Florida CB Rashad Knight. Both commitments were first reported by SI.com.

Coleman, who mentioned his close relationship with Rutgers QB Tommy Savage, also held offers from Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He is ranked No. 29 nationally among wideouts, according to Rivals.com

"He's a tall, red-zone receiver," CBS College Sports recruiting expert Tom Lemming said by phone. "He doesn't have blazing speed. But he'll be a good alley-oop option for Savage in the red zone."

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Brandon Knight took his final official visit to Miami this weekend and the nation's No. 1 prospect is set to decide this spring.

"There's a lot of pressure on him [to go there] because it's in Florida," one source close to the situation said.

Knight, who did not immediately return a phone message, lists Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, Miami and UConn among his possible destinations.

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I covered Kimmani Barrett during his tenure at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic and I broke the news of his commitment to La Salle.

He was a tremendous high school player and a nice, soft-spoken kid. He was part of a pioneering recruiting class for Dr. John Giannini that tried to turn things around at the Philly school.

Now his college career is over.

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NEW YORK - JayVaughn Pinkston vs. Tobias Harris.

It was a showcase matchup between the two players who will likely vie for New York State Player of the Year honors.

A showdown between two elite players whose recruitments intersected in fascinating fashion.

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Shaquille Thomas was once part of a rising tide of young talent at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic.

Along with Fuquan Edwin, Jayon James and Jermaine Peart, Thomas was a member of a quartet that was supposed to have "Next."

The group was supposed to challenge St. Anthony and St. Patrick for supremacy in the New Jersey Non-Public B bracket...and ultimately the state.

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NEWARK -- Seton Hall had three of the top juniors in the New York metropolitan area on hand Saturday when it beat Cincinnati, 83-76, for its first Big East win of the season.

Sterling Gibbs, a point guard out of Seton Hall Prep pictured at left, Myles Mack of Paterson (N.J.) Catholic and Tyler Harris of Half Hollow (N.Y.) Hills West were all behind the Pirates bench at the Prudential Center.

"It was a good game," Mack said. "Seton Hall pulled it out. I love the atmosphere but when the student body gets back it's going to be better."

Tags: Arizona, Duke, Florida, Florida International, Georgia Tech, Kyrie Irving, Maryland, Michael Gilchrist, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Paterson Catholic, Pittsburgh, Rice High School, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Anthony, St. Benedict's, St. John's, St. Patrick, Texas, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick junior wing Michael Gilchrist injured his right knee during Tuesday night's 62-46 victory over Union and was taken to the emergency room.

Gilchrist was trying to get an MRI on Wednesday, a source said.

Gilchrist took a pass and cut to the basket and then his knee collided with that of a defender.

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Fordham interim coach Jared Grasso continues to reel in recruits.

Grasso landed a double-dip of guards Monday night when Jayon James, a?6-foot-5 guard?from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, and 6-2 guard Sean Armand, a Brooklyn native spending a postgrad year at Central Jersey Each One Teach One (CJEOTO) in Jersey, both orally committed to the Rams.

"I feel?I had the best relationship wth Coach Grasso and the players that's already there," said James, who comes off the bench for the No. 9 team in the PrepNation.com poll. "I've been keeping in contact with them the most out of any other schools that?I had."

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The latest version of the National Prep Poll is out and three of the Top 15 teams in the nation are once again from North Jersey.

St. Patrick (6-0) is No. 2, Paterson Catholic (6-0) No. 9 and St. Benedict's (7-1) No. 15.

St. Patrick won the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in San Diego behind a combined??47 points from Duke-bound PG Kyrie Irving and junior sensation Michael Gilchrist (pictured above courtesy SteveBoylephoto.com).

Tags: Fordham, Minnesota, Paterson Catholic, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Benedict's, St. Patrick, Texas, UConn, UNLV, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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Today marks one of the biggest days in college hoops in a long time, with a full slate of?critical games, none?more interesting?than the Louisville-Kentucky tilt that features a battle between old rivals?Rick Pitino and John Calipari.

Here's a column from Rick Bozich on the relationship between the two coaches.

After his admissions of marital infidelity and a pending trial, Pitino?is sure to get an earful from the UK faithful and it should be something to watch (3:30, CBS).

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The lastest National Prep Poll is out and Kevin Boyle's St. Patrick Celtics (3-0) are No. 2 behind top-ranked Ohio State-bound Jared Sullinger and Columbus (Ohio) Northland (3-0).

Northland handed Findlay Prep, the reigning high school national champ, its lone loss of the season.

Oak Hill (16-0) and once-beaten Findlay (Nev. ) Prep (16-1) are 3-4, respectively.

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Paterson (N.J.) Catholic scored its biggest victory in recent memory Wednesday night when it beat Austin Rivers and Winter Park (Fla.), 62-54, to win the 37th annual City of Palms Classic at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla.

Trailing 51-50, the Cougars closed the game on a 12-3 run, getting four points from sophomore Kyle Anderson, who hit two clutch free throws to put PC up 60-52, and four points from Seton Hall-bound forward Fuquan Edwin (pictured courtesy news-press.com), who stuffed home a massive dunk to give PC a 62-52 lead.

Edwin finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals and junior point guard Myles Mack was named the ESPNU Player of the Game after finishing with 15 points, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.

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