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Tuesday / November 21.
  • Isaiah Lewis is the Rivals No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2013, and his good friend Brannen Greene is the No. 11 small forward.

    The two talented prospects are so tight, they are talking about potentially teaming up in college.

    “All the coaches that’s really recruiting me know I’m best friends with Brannen Greene from Georgia, so I think me and Brannen may end up at the same school,” the 6-foot-3, 155-pound Lewis told SNY.tv. “He really likes Kansas as well as I do. Me and him could end up at Kansas if that’s possible.”

    Lewis said Louisville, Memphis, Florida State, Florida and St. John’s were also possible destinations for both players, but said Memphis, Louisville and Kansas “are recruiting me the hardest right now.”

    NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — The best thing that happened to Iona point guard Scott Machado was spending this summer in Brazil and China.

    Machado, whose parents were both born in Brazil, trained with the Brazilian team for the World University Games and then competed with the team in Shenzhen, China from Aug. 13-17.

    He now leads Division 1 with 12.2 assists per game while averaging 18.6 points through five games for the 4-1 Gaels.

    “I think it helped him grow up a lot,” Iona coach Tim Cluess said after his team pasted LIU, 100-84, Monday night. “He probably got to see some people who played professionally or work at the game professionally and realize where his work ethic is compared to theirs.

    During his tenure in high school, Moe Harkless dreamed of playing big-time college basketball games on national TV.

    After initially committing to UConn and then switching gears to attend St. John’s, Harkless, the crown jewel of Steve Lavin’s first recruiting class, will take the big stage Thursday when the undermanned Johnnies (4-3) visit No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena in the SEC/Big East Challenge.

    St. John’s assistant Mike Dunlap will coach the Johnnies while Lavin continues to recover from prostate cancer surgery Oct. 6.

    “I was at a lot of St. John’s games last year,” the 6-foot-8 Harkless said Tuesday. “They made me real anxious to get here and be able to play in these types of games. Kentucky coming up is going to be real exciting.”

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    Nate Britt is a Carolina Tar Heel.

    The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Britt chose the Heels over Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Villanova and Arizona.

    “At the end of the day, North Carolina felt like home to me,” Britt told FiveStarBasketball.com in an exclusive interview.

    The Rivals No. 5 point guard in the Class of 2013, Britt figures to compete with 2012 signee Marcus Paige in the post-Kendall Marshall Era. Marshall could opt to leave for the NBA after this season or next. If he stays through his senior year, he and Britt would play together for one season.

    NEW YORK — Because of the NBA lockout, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James had a few extra months to sit around thinking about their NBA Finals loss to Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.

    “Yeah, well they really made us think about that loss for a long time,” Wade said Tuesday in Brooklyn.

    Now that the abbreviated season is set to begin Christmas Day, Wade and the Miami Heat are anxious to make another run at the Finals.

    “Obviously, just like every other team we can’t wait to get back to get an opportunity to play in the Finals,” Wade added. “So we did have a little longer to think about losing, but that’s over with.”

    NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony said he’s looking forward to playing for the Knicks this season, but brushed off any major comment on the future of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim amid the Bernie Fine sexual molestation scandal.

    “My heart goes out to the families and that’s it,” he said Tuesday at the Brooklyn Boys & Girls Club, where he appeared alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul to promote the Carmelo Anthony Foundation.

    “I have no comment about the Fine situation or the Boeheim situation. That’s a sensitive situation, sensitive topic that I don’t even want to go near that.”