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Severe Leads Christ the King to Title, Will Visit West Virginia Saturday, Pittsburgh Later; Seton Hall Watches Point Guard

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Jon Severe went off for 26 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Christ the King to its fourth Brooklyn/Queens AA Diocesan championship in five years, and will now take his final official visit to West Virginia Saturday, Royals head coach Joe Arbitello told

Andre Walker had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Adonis DeLaRosa added 10 points and 8 rebounds for Christ the King in their 80-65 win over Bishop Loughlin at Christ the King.

“It’s great winning it four out of five years,” Arbitello said. “It’s the first step.”

St. John’s assistants Tony Chiles and Rico Hines were on hand to watch junior guard Khadeen Carrington, who had 21 points for Loughlin, which has now lost to Christ the King three times this season. Fellow junior guard Mike Williams added 13 points for Loughlin, which was held to 24 points in the second half.

The 6-foot-2 Severe will now follow up his championship with a visit to the Big 12 school.

“He visits West Virginia officially Saturday,” Arbitello said. “He will not visit Alabama.”

Severe had been slated to Alabama Monday and Tuesday but is no longer considering them, Arbitello said.

Arbitello said Severe will also take an unofficial to Pitt at some point after head coach Jamie Dixon just offered him.

Severe is also being courted by George Washington, Fordham and Duqesne of the A-10, Boston College of the ACC and Rutgers and Seton Hall of the Big East.


Speaking of Seton Hall, associate head coach Shaheen Holloway watched 2013 point guard Emmanuel Owootoah Friday night in Cordia (Ky.)

Owootoah, a Canadian, went for 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals as Cordia lost.

“Seton Hall loves him and will be back with the head coach [Kevin Willard] for regionals,” Cordia coach Rodrick Rhodes told

Seton Hall has Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs lined up to play the point next season, but could theoretically add Owootoah or another point in the backcourt.

Seton Hall is in Kentucky to play at Louisville Saturday.

Alabama did not make the game but will also return for regionals, Rhodes 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.