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Friday / July 3.
  • As first reported here last month, former Villanova big man Casiem Drummond is now at Marist. Seton Hall also announced that former Memphis guard Jeff Robinson is officially part of the team. Both are New Jersey natives — Drummond is from East Orange and Robinson is from Trenton. Both left to get more burn. And both are expected to be eligible in the second semester of next year.

    “We are really excited about Casiem Drummond joining our family at Marist College,” Marist coach Chuck Martin said. “First and foremost, he’s a great kid and a great addition to our community. I think the sky is the limit for Casiem. At Villanova, he showed flashes of what he can do.”

    **Read the Lincoln-LeFlore game story here.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. –– Here’s the latest on Lance Stephenson, who just scored 24 points in a 67-54 loss to DeMarcus Cousins and LeFlore (Ala.) at the Hoophall Classic.

    The 6-5 Stephenson said he would like to visit four schools: USC, St. John’s, Kansas and Memphis. He has taken an unofficial to St. John’s and watched the Johnnies play UConn last week at Madison Square Garden.

    Stephenson, ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2009 by Hoop Scoop and No. 9 by Rivals, also said three other schools were trying to get involved: Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Georgetown.

    **Click here for video interviews with Tamir Jackson and Lamar Patterson.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Pittsburgh-bound forward Lamar Patterson played his best game since coming to St. Benedict’s Prep and the Gray Bees downed Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler 77-67 at the Hoophall Classic.

    Patterson, a 6-foot-5 senior from Lancaster, Pa., tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds to help St. Benedict’s, No. 4 in the RivalsHigh 100, remain undefeated (17-0) on the season.

    “Lamar came to St. Benedict’s to get himself prepared for Pittsburgh,” Gray Bees coach Dan Hurley said. “Pittsburgh is one of the hardest-playing teams in the country. We’ve been talking to him for four months about getting into the type of shape that he needs to play at to be a Big East-level recruit, and today he looked like a Big East-level recruit.”

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Memphis coach John Calipari says he will help facilitate Jeff Robinson obtaining a redshirt year for Seton Hall.

    “Whatever we’ve got to do to help that process along, we will,” Calipari told me at the Hoophall Classic where he is watching 6-5 Memphis commit Xavier Henry and uncommitted senior big man 6-11 DeMarcus Cousins, who now lists Memphis as his favorite.

    The 6-foot-5 Robinson transferred from Memphis to Seton Hall and must sit out a year before suiting up in the second semester of next year. Calipari said he could get a medical redshirt because of a bad back, or a redshirt because his grandmother died.