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Monday / October 22.
  • Seton Hall-UConn Notes; Hoophall Classic; Sports Career Seminar Tuesday

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    HARTFORD, Conn. — I left NYC early this morning and risked life and limb driving through the snow up here to Hartford for the Seton Hall-UConn game. Apparently they haven’t heard of snowplows in this state yet, since Route 84 is a snow-filled adventure.

    Anyway, I’m covering the game and will then head tonight to Springfield, Mass. for the Hoophall Classic. Four games are being televised Monday on ESPNU, including tilts featuring St. Anthony, St. Benedict’s and Lincoln. Both St. Anthony (to Plainfield) and Lincoln (to Jamesville-DeWitt) lost on Saturday night.

    In the meantime, here are some notes from this game.

    Four high school teams from the Hoophall Classic made the trip down Route 91 for the game: Mater Dei (Calif.), South Atlanta (Ga.), Lincoln (N.Y.) and Mount Vernon (N.Y.)…Jarrid Famous, a 6-11 center from Westchester Community College, is expected to attend the game. Famous is being courted by both UConn and Seton Hall, as well as New Mexico, DePaul, West Virginia, Missouri and others….Seton Hall assistant Scott Adubato watched Quincy Hankins of Polk (Fla.) Community College drop 24 points on St. Petersburg Saturday in Winter Haven, Fla….Dermon Player, another Seton Hall assistant, is flying to Seattle to check out 6-5 sophomore shooting guard Tony Wroten of Seattle (Wash.) Garfield. Wroten (pictured above) is considering Louisville, Syracuse, Villanova, Memphis, Maryland, Seton Hall and Washington, according to an interview he gave last summer with Alex Schwartz.


    I’m involved in a Sports Career Seminar on Tuesday at the Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University hosted by Diamond Sports. In case anyone wants to come check it out and learn about the sports industry, here are the various panelists:

    10:00-11:00 AM Media and Journalism
    David Kaplan, Moderator
    Steve Politi, Columnist, Newark Star Ledger
    Barry Wilner, Associated Press
    Adam Zagoria, SportsNet New York (SNY)
    Allen St. John, Author and Reporter
    Art Berke, COO, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, former VP Comm, SI

    11:00 to 12:00PM Sales and Marketing
    Jeffrey Taylor, Sr Director Sports Management, ESPN
    Marty Rotberg, Consultant, Former VP Velocity Sports
    Matt Cacciatto, SVP Affiliate Sales & Mktg, YES Network
    Ben Wittkowski, GM, Sussex Skyhawks Baseball Club
    Sheereen Miller, MTV, Formerly w/Sports Illustrated

    12:00- 12:30 Networking and Lunch

    12:30-1:30 Keynote Speaker(s) and Panel
    Lou Lamoriello, General Manager, New Jersey Devils
    Richard Ensor, Commissioner Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
    John Samerjan, VP Public Affairs & Communications NJ Sports & Expo Authority

    1:30 –2:00 Break/Networking

    2:00 –3:00 Entrepreneurship
    Shawn Garrity, CEO Union Square Sports
    Marc Zwerdling, CEO Generation Z Marketing
    Jordan Kern, CEO My Sports Dreams
    John Lane, SVP Partnerships and Media, Major League Gaming
    Dave Popkin, VP/Partner, Positive Impact Partners
    Mitch Hoffman, Bobby Valentine Sports Academy

    3:00 PM-4:00 Sports Career Development
    Moderator: Walter J. Recher, Diamond Sports Business Careers
    Scott Carmichael, CEO Prodigy Sports
    Janine Fortunato, NY Yankees, Coordinator, Corporate Sales and Sponsorships
    Lee Igel, Professor Sports Program, NYU
    Dave Torromeo, Director, Manhattanville College, Sport Business Management

    For info and Directions to The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center
    Tel 973.655.2378

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.