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Tuesday / February 20.
  • SHU-UConn Highlights & Quotes; Famous Visits UConn; Mike Glover Update

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    **Read the SNY game story here from Sunday’s Seton Hall-UConn game.

    Check out the video highlights above.

    **And here’s a feature on AJ Price from the other day.

    HARTFORD, Conn. — Jarrid Famous, the 6-foot-11 forward from Westchester (NY) Community College, was in attendance today for UConn’s 76-61 victory over Seton Hall at the XL Center.

    Asked if he is considering coming in to replace Hasheem Thabeet, who could leave for the NBA, and Jeff Adrien, who is graduating, Famous said:

    “I could see me doing the same things, rebounding, blocking shots. That opens up an opportunity for me to come in and show them what I got from Day One.”

    Famous, who took the unofficial visit with his father, also said he likes the fact that UConn has sent numerous big men to the NBA, including Rudy Gaye, Hilton Armstrong, Josh Boone and others.

    “They have everything I need to get me to where I want to be,” Famous said. “They have the tools here to help me to get to where my goal is.”

    Famous said he’s also considering several schools — “Seton Hall, Louisville, Villanova, it’s a lot of schools” — but won’t decide until April.

    “I’m going to wait until April,” he said. “I’m going to wait it out and see everything.”

    Famous has already visited Seton Hall and has four officials left.

    “I have four visits left, so we’re going to sit down and see the four top schools on my list and go visit,” Famous said.

    He said he likely will stay close to home in The Bronx.

    “I want to stay close to home. UConn is close to home,” he said. “They have a good team. They get people into the NBA, that’s my goal. Things like that make you want to come to a situation like this.”

    Famous said New Mexico, which features his cousin, Curtis Dennis, is also an outside shot.

    “Curtis Dennis is over there in New Mexico, so the coach came out to see me play,” Famous said. “I played with my cousin my whole life, from high school to AAU…They’re far, but I’m open right now. If they have everything I need there, why not go to a situation like that?”


    Here are the Top quotes from today’s game:

    “We’re not going to stay as a floormat forever for Connecticut. One of these days we’re going to beat Connecticut.”

    –Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez

    “It’s an important game for us. We’ve been fortunate to beat Providence two years in a row, at home and at Providence last year. And it’s not easy to continue to beat teams because we’re fighting for our life right now. So it’s a big game, it’s a home game. Every game is big….Nothing’s automatic. Just because we’re at home and we’re playing a team that’s not ranked I don’t think there’s any automatic wins in our league, but I do think it is a very big game for us Thursday night.”

    –Gonzo on Thursday’s Providence game

    “You’re looking at your team and you’re saying, if your kids continually play hard and give yourself a chance to win, then you know guys got a good attitude and they’re not quitting on you and they’re fighting. That’s the most important thing you look at as a coach. The other important thing is what kind of basketball are you playing because you could play good basketball in this conference and still get beat. The other alternative is you could be really, really tough, rip their head off, be Attila the Hun, go nuts and then you could lose the team. They could burnout. We’re a little limited.

    “You’ve got to look at who you have, what you have and then you’ve got to be realistic and say how do I get the most out of this team. Given the two alternatives, the best way is to stay positive, to tell them that wins are right around the corner. Let’s stay together and eventually we’re going to climb this mountain. WE’re going to get more players, more talent. WE’re going to change the records in this league.”

    –Gonzo on how to treat his team

    “Seton Hall, at the end of it, will be one of the best offensive teams in the league. If you don’t stop them, you’ve got yourself a problem.

    –Huskies coach Jim Calhoun

    “A lot of people are going to look forward [to next year], fans, alumni. But everybody on this team pretty much knows we can do some damage this year. Last year, those guys won five in a row. They were 0-3, 0-4 at one point. It’s just staying together and knowing that we can go out here and win some of these games.”

    –Robert Mitchell on this year vs. next year

    “It’s an opportunity to get payback for Villanova. You know they beat us the last two years, and we’re excited for it.

    “It’s going to feel good to break (Notre Dame’s) home winning streak. It’s a tough place to play, but we can do it. We almost did it last year.”

    –Jeff Adrien on the next two games against Villanova and Notre Dame

    **Finally, I’m told that former Seton Hall commit Mike Glover is now at ASA, a startup JUCO program in New York. ASA is coached by Ken Wilcox, who used to be the AD at Globe Institute. Glover, who unsuccessfully sued the Big East and the NCAA while at Seton Hall, is not currently playing and is working on becoming eligible.

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    • Is Famous really an NBA talent? You hear a lot of guys talking about the NBA that really should not be, is that the case here or is he the real deal?

    • I don’t know about that, but he can definitely help a Big East team. I talked to a JUCO coach up here in Springfield, Mass at the Hoophall Classic whose team is in the same league as WCC and he said Famous was much better than Quincy Hankins, whom SHU is recruiting as well, and could definitely play in the Big East.

    • 1- This game turned out as expected. UConn is too big for Transfer U. to have a chance
      2- when is the last time that Transfer U. got a dunk in a game? Seriously, it has been a few games. I am pretty sure that is an unreal statistic.
      3- Hazell is too worried with about drawing the foul then making his shots
      4- The outside screens are not getting Hazell open looks but when they get him free with a penetration and kick out he can take non crazy shots that he can really drain
      5- I liked the fact that Gonzo went big but Davis fouled out in 8 minutes!!! Walters struggled preventing Thabeet from getting prime position and easy layups. Also, no rebounds or points for either of them!
      Go Pirates!

    • First off juco kids historically get bad advice and make the wrong move when it comes to choosing where to transfer for their final 2 years. Going high major is risk for them and there is always the potential that by the time they are rounding into form they will be on thir way out the door. Would u rather go to a strong mid major with a ‘national type of reputation” or go big east and risk not hacking it.
      Famous is not better than hankins by the way, its all a matter of opinion plays in a much better league and is more versatile and will actually be a better college player than juco player to me beacuse his team wont need to him to try and play the 5 like polk does. Not to mention he is still only 18 years old and has been playing hurt for the past couple months. He can guard multiple positions, rebounds extremely well and can take bigger guys away from the basket and drive around them.
      By the way any kid considering seton hall is s

    • any kid considering seton hall should have his head examined and those around him who help them with his decision making should be called intp question. A dishonest underhanded, grimey group of guys over there with all kinds issues amongst their recruits