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Sunday / February 18.
  • Pitino Coming to Watch Young, Cameron

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    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Louisville coach Rick Pitino and his son Richard are expected at Hudson Catholic Tuesday to check out talented juniors Reggie Cameron and Mike Young.

    They are the latest in a line of Division 1 coaches recruiting Cameron, a 6-foot-7 wing, and Young, a 6-8 power forward.

    Bob Huggins of West Virginia, Mick Cronin of Cincinnati, Kevin Willard of Seton Hall, Brandin Knight of Pittsburgh, Van Macon of Rutgers, Dan Hurley of Wagner and Jared Grasso of Iona are among the coaches who have come through recently.

    Florida and Notre Dame are also expected.

    As far as Young (pictured at left) goes, Hudson Catholic coach Nick Mariniello said “West Virginia’s doing a terrific job with Mike Young. Seton Hall’s done a great job. Pitt’s done a great job.”

    Cameron has been compared to UCLA-bound Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony because both are smooth on the court.

    Cameron (pictured on top) holds offers from Miami, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Rutgers, DePaul, Providence, Villanova, Northwestern and Xavier.

    “I’m really blessed with the opportunity to be in the situation to try and go to college for free,” he said, adding that he has no favorites at this point.

    Mariniello said some schools are recruiting both players, but he’s not sure they will end up together.

    “I think Mike and Reggie are getting recruited by a lot of the same schools,” he said. “It’s very, very difficult to recruit two kids off the same program that play in the same AAU program.

    “I’ve gone through this before when I had Casiem Drummond and Da’Sean Butler [at Bloomfield Tech] and schools wanted to recruit both. It’s something I talked to the parents of both about. They felt it was better for Da’Sean to be recruited and Casiem to be recruited and I think the kids are entitled to their own attention.

    “If they want to play in the same college well they’ll come to me and say, ‘Coach, we’d like to play together’ and that will work itself out.”

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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.