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Hazell In, Harvey Likely Out for Hall; WVU Offers Sledge (UPDATED)
Seton Hall junior shooting guard Jeremy Hazell practiced with the team Friday in Morgantown, West. Va. and will start in Saturday’s Big East game against the Mountaineers.
“He’s been cleared. His hand will be heavily taped and padded,” Seton Hall spokesman Matt Sweeney said.
The second leading scorer in the Big East at 22.4 points per game, Hazell sustained a deep cut on his right (shooting) hand during the Pirates’ 59-50 win Wednesday at St. John’s Wednesday. He took eight stitches.
But senior point guard Eugene Harvey is “unlikely” to play with a bruised wrist.
“Eugene Harvey is now unlikely to play as his wrist is bothering him quite a bit. [He] will be a game-time decision,” Sweeney said.
Harvey suffered a bone bruise to his right wrist in last Sunday’s win over DePaul.
WEST VIRGINIA OFFERS SLEDGE
West Virginia has offered a scholarship to Tavon Sledge, a 5-9, 160-pound junior combo guard at Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West.
“They offered me on Monday,” Sledge said, adding that he had no immediate visits planned.
Zach Smart first reported the story.
Hofstra is the only other school to offer Sledge, who transferred from St. Benedict’s Prep. Providence is also involved.
“I spoke to [West Virginia assistant] Larry Harrison [Thursday] and he said they watched him play, they love him, they think he’s got a world of potential,” Half Hollow Hills coach Bill Mitaritonna said.
“They loved his competitiveness, his sped, his ability to get better as the season goes on.”
Sledge is averaging 17 points and 11 assists for Hall Hollow Hills West, which is 19-0 after Friday’s 54-43 victory over Sachem North in the Suffolk County tournament.
Last month he dropped 21 points in a 75-72 victory over Bishop Loughlin and Villanova-bound forward JayVaughn Pinkston.
Half Hollow Hills West, which also features Tennessee-bound senior Tobias Harris and his younger brother Tyler, next play Tuesday in the second round of the county tournament.
(Sledge Photo courtesy Gotham Hoops)
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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.
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