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Friday / February 23.
  • ShoreShots Win Harley Davidson; Gaston MVP

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    Fordham’s 2009 recruiting class is looking better and better.

    Chris Gaston, a 6-7, 205-pound  forward from St. Anthony in Jersey City who’s committed to Fordham for 2009, was named MVP of the Triple S Harley Davidson Shootout at West Virginia after leading the New Jersey ShoreShots to a 71-60 victory over the King James Shooting Stars in Wednesday’s final. Gaston, who will prep next year at New Hampton (N.H.), put up 21 points and 12 boards in the title game.

    That followed 31 points and 14 rebounds against Pitt-bound big man Dante Taylor of National Christian in the quarterfinals and 27 points against onetime Georgetown commit Chris Braswell (now headed to Hargrave Military) and Triple Threat in the semis.

    Meantime, Fordham-bound senior wing Lance Brown of Paterson Catholic had 14 points in the quarters and 18 in the semis.

    “Chris was tremendous,” ShoreShots Rob Engemann said by phone. “He got better as the weekend went along. He’s a real steal for Fordham. Lance Brown, everybody slept on him. His skill set is getting better and better every time he steps on the floor.”

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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.

    • Thanks for the updates on Chris and Lance, as well as the other Fordham recruiting notes you pass along on the site. There’s not a lot of information out there on Gaston but he sounds like a very solid player and a good early pickup. As you’ve mentioned, Jio and Coach Grasso are helping us bring in some very good players and I expect that to continue with all the young talent and St. Anthony’s and PC.