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Former Plainfield (N.J.) High School basketball coach Pete Vasil spent part of his day giving advice to Derrick Caracter.
“I walk in to speak today (at the Summer Heatt Basketball Camp at Midland Park High School), and as I walk in there’s Derrick Caracter,” said Vasil, who recently stepped down after posting a 62-20 record during his career at Plainfield. “We’re talking about Union County basketball, when he was at Scotch-Plains and (Louisville’s) Earl Clark was at Rahway. We talked about the last four or five years in Union County.
“And I told him it’s a good thing that Coach (Rick) Pitino is giving you the opportunity to stay in school and make good on it.”
Here’s the latest on Seton Hall recruit Melvyn Oliver. The 6-11, 340-pound Oliver is awaiting word on his eligibility from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
“He’s in summer school at Seton Hall now,” said his former coach, Victor Evans of Mississippi Elite Christian Academy. “They put his last summer school transcript in to the NCAA Clearinghouse. We’re just waiting on them at this point.”
Evans expects Oliver to be qualified.
“In my opinion, I don’t see how he couldn’t be,” Evans said. “We don’t anticipate any problems. It’s just a waiting game, basically. I don’t anticipate any problems.”
Evans said Oliver left Mississippi at about 345-350 pounds.