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Sunday / August 19.
  • Fontan Enjoys Miami Visit; USC Up Next

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    Former Fordham point guard Jio Fontan is back on the open market.

    The 6-foot-1 former St. Anthony standout tripped to Miami this past weekend for his first visit since receiving a conditional release from Fordham that prohibits him from playing in the Atlantic 10 or in the tri-state area.

    “The visit was great,” said Jorge Fontan, Jio’s dad. “The coaches were real professional. We spent pretty much all day [Saturday] touring campus, checking out classrooms, speaking to academic people. We got the full works on the tour.”

    Fontan led Fordham in scoring (15.3 ppg) and assists (132) last season. He will have to sit out until  December 2010 after transferring.

    Next up is a trip to USC, followed by a visit to Tennessee.

    In a strange twist of fate, the Trojans will host the Vols Saturday afternoon at the Galen Center.

    “He’ll be leaving on the 18th [for USC],” Jorge said. “That’s already set. I think he’s going to Tennessee right after that.”

    Jorge said no date had yet been set for the Tennessee visit. The Vols have been actively recruiting New York-area players in recent months, landing Long Island forward Tobias Harris and also recruiting Bishop Loughlin forward JayVaughn Pinkston, who ultimately committed to Villanova.

    Jorge said Kansas State and Oklahoma State are also involved but no visits have been set.

    “If we have time we’re trying to visit whoever we got,” JOrge said. “We’re going to go out there and see what everybody has to offer.”

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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.