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Dominic Cheek will begin a series of in-home visits tonight (Tuesday) and Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez will get the first shot.
The meeting will take place later this afternoon at the home of St. Anthony head coach Bob Hurley in Jersey City and will include Cheek, Gonzalez, Seton Hall assistant Scott Adubato, Omari Knight, Cheek’s uncle, and Cheek’s grandmother, Izaphine “Ice” Howard.
“I’m sure it’s going to be highly emotional,” Hurley said, referring to Gonzalez’s recruiting style.
Of the possibility of playing at Seton Hall, Knight said: “He can probably get a lot of minutes, be an impact player and have a major role and do some good things.”
Following the Seton Hall visit, Memphis (Sunday), Kansas (Monday) and Villanova (Sept. 23) are up next for the 6-foot-5 Cheek, the No. 6 shooting guard in the Class of 2009 according to Rivals.
Other schools in consideration who have yet to set up in-home dates include Wake Forest, Tennessee, UConn and Rutgers. Hurley previously said Cheek had decided to take official visits to Kansas, Wake Forest and Villanova, with two more to be determined.
“Dom was handed a calendar with those dates to fill in (for in-home visits),” Hurley said.
The first one will be held at Hurley’s home before they move to Cheek’s grandmother’s home in Jersey City. Hurley said his assistant coaches, including Brian Coleman, would sit in in his place for some of the meetings.
“After I’m there for the first one, the family can see what it’s about,” Hurley said. “They can do it themselves. All my assistant coaches, they’ll sit in for one. They enjoy becoming part of the recruiting process.”
Hurley said the in-homes would give Cheek and his family a chance to meet the faces behind the voices on the recruiting phone calls.
“(UConn) coach (Jim) Calhoun, we haven’t seen all summer,” Hurley said. “He’s gonna come in and talk and that will alleviate some of the concerns that we haven’t seen him because he’s been sick (with skin cancer).”
SETON HALL NOTES
In other Seton Hall news, Michael Glover continues with his legal pursuits despite the fact that his initial injunction motions were denied.…Elvis Valcarel, a Seton Hall administrative assistant, has taken a video job with the Phoenix Suns. He gets a two-year contract and a significant raise…Gonzalez plans to hire two new staff members, a DOBO to replace Steve Sauers, who left for Iona, and someone to replace Elvis…Assistant coach Dermon Player will spend today watching Westchester Community College 7-footer Jarrid Famous work out…Seton Hall will have 10 players able to play this year, assuming transfers Herb Pope and Keon Lawrence don’t get waivers and become eligible. If the Pirates give up on Mike Glover’s scholarship next year, they would have three ships for 2009. Their top targets are Cheek and Famous, but are also involved with power forwards Karron Johnson, Arsalan Kazemi and Kavon Lynch, as well as guard Lamont “Momo” Jones, now at Oak Hill Academy.
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