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Saturday / November 17.
  • By ADAM ZAGORIA

    NEW YORK — Larry Brown came close to joining Penny Hardaway’s staff at Memphis, and now he thinks the former NBA guard will thrive as a head coach at his alma mater.

    “I think he’s way ahead and then he hires [associate head coach] Sam [Mitchell] and he has Mike Miller and all these kids want to be in the NBA and you got all these NBA guys,” Brown, the only man to win an NBA and an NCAA title as a coach, told me Tuesday morning at Columbia University where he is coaching the USA East Coast All-Star team.

    “But the way I think Penny is personally, the way he relates to people, makes you feel good about yourself. I think he’ll do really, really well,”

    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Kofi Cockburn, the 6-foot-11 big man from the NY Rens and Christ the King High School, will become the second high-profile New York City prep star to transfer to Oak Hill Academy.

    A five-star prospect ranked No. 23 by ESPN.com, Cockburn announced Monday he would follow former Archbishop Molloy point guard Cole Anthony to the Virginia national powerhouse. Together, Anthony and Cockburn give legendary coach Steve Smith a potent point guard/big man combination that should once again put Oak Hill in contention for the Geico High School National Championship, which ironically is played in April at Christ the King.

    “Kofi is a player who can affect a game on both ends of the floor,” Smith told ZAGSBLOG. “I really like his offensive skill set with his ability to score in the post and step out, but I’m more impressed by how hard he works on defense and his desire to rebound the ball.”