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Thursday / May 24.
  • Dermon Player Hired at NIA Prep

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    BOSTON – Dermon Player is back.

    The former Seton Hall and St. John’s assistant has returned to coaching as a “consultant” to the Alif Muhammad NIA School.

    Player, an assistant to former Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez, said he’s happy to be back in the coaching game.

    “I’ve been coaching for 24 years on all levels,” Player told SNY.tv. “I took the year off and decided to get back and work with young men. It’s a passion of mine and a great opportunity to coach with Alif Muhammad and take it to new heights.”

    Current NIA Prep coach Rudy King will remain on board and both Player and King will coach two teams apiece at the Newark school.

    King will coach the NIA Prep National Team, ranked No. 6 nationally, and the NIA Prep International team.

    Player will coach the Alif Muhammad National and International teams and will be assisted by former American Christian coach Tony Bergeron, who coached Tyreke Evans and  current Arizona point guard Lamont “Momo Jones.

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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.