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Eric Paschall, the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year who averaged 15.9 points per game at Fordham, announced on Twitter that he has opened up his recruitment in the wake of the school firing coach Tom Pecora.
“I have been granted Permission to Contact, which means my recruitment is now open,” the 6-foot-6 freshman guard Tweeted. “Fordham is still an option for a school.”
Juan Paschall, the player’s father, confirmed to SNY.tv that his son did not obtain a full release.
“Permission to contact. Not a release,” he said.
The Journal News first reported that the Paschalls had given Fordham a list of a dozen schools they were interested in speaking with.
“There are two or three that he’s really interested in – schools he knows,” Juan Paschall told the paper. “I know some of those coaches. I know what they’re about. Now it’s just a matter of us visiting those schools.”
Paschall also held offers from West Virginia, Providence, Iona, Radford, George Mason, Northwestern, VCU, Quinnipiac and Manhattan when he committed to Fordham as a 16-year-old junior at Dobbs Ferry (N.Y.) High School, The Journal News reported.
“He was a very dynamic player,” Monmouth’s Josh James, who were childhood friends in Westchester, told the Asbury Park Press in December. “He’s definitely grown a lot since we were kids, but I didn’t think he would be that good until you really started watching him his freshman or sophomore year of high school. That’s when he really started taking over games with athletic ability that was just crazy.”
“Not only did he kill Section I (Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester Counties), he destroyed on the AAU circuit against the top kids. Yeah, I thought he was going higher than Fordham, but I’m sure he’s comfortable with where he is right now.”
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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.
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