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Exclusive Interview With St. John’s Norvel Pelle

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PHILLY — In this exclusive interview with, St. John’s rising freshman Norvel Pelle talks about his summer plans and future goals.

The 6-foot-10 Pelle is taking a six-week program at the Rise Academy here at Philadelphia University and expects to be fully qualified at the end. St. John’s does not offer summer high school classes, thus his presence here.

A native of Compton, Calif., Pelle is one of nine incoming players for head coach Steve Lavin, whose team lost in the first round of the NCAAs last year.

“Hopefully, we will be back at the NCAA Tournament next year,” he said.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. 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.