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Tuesday / July 16.
  • How about those Seton Hall Pirates?

    After dropping six straight games to open the Big East season, Bobby Gonzalez’s team has reeled off five straight wins with Tuesday’s 72-49 rout of winless DePaul in Chicago.

    “We know it’s not easy to beat the elite teams but we have to take care of business with teams that we are equal or close to,” Gonzalez said after Sunday’s win at Rutgers.

    Eugene Harvey had a team-high 19 points, six assists and just one turnover. Robert Mitchell scored 16 points, including three first-half 3-pointers when the game was still in doubt, and grabbed nine rebounds. Jeremy Hazell added 13 points and Jordan Theodore 11.

    The selections for the Jordan Brand Classic were announced Tuesday night on ESPNU and the shocking news is that both Lance Stephenson and North Carolina-bound guard Dexter Strickland did not make the team.

    Ironically, the announcements were made on the same night Lance dropped a career-high 50 points in front of Maryland Coach Gary Williams.

    I can’t imagine why these guys aren’t in it, but it’s a bad job by the folks at Jordan. If it has something to do with Lance wear-testing Under Armour gear for Lincoln, then shame on the Jordan folks.

    “Yes, that’s terrible,” Lincoln coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton wrote in a text message. “I don’t believe that, in New York City at the Garden. He played at their [Nike] camps. He loves Jordan shoes. I know he wanted to play in that game.”

    On the same night he was left off the Jordan Brand Classic roster, Lance Stephenson dropped a career-high 50 points as Lincoln routed FDR 113-78 in the first round of the Brooklyn Borough Championships.

    And he did it with Maryland Coach Gary Williams looking on.

    The 6-foot-5 Stephenson took an official visit to Maryland two weeks ago and now includes the Terps on his short list along with St. John’s, Kansas and USC.

    Nobody knows more about football recruiting in New Jersey and the Northeast than Chris Melvin of EliteRecruits.com. Check out the second of a three-part interview with Chris in which he breaks down the 23-man recruiting class Rutgers inked last Wednesday on National Signing Day.

    ***See Part 1 of the Melvin interview here.

    ***To learn more about the New Jersey vs. the Northeast All-Star Classic at Rutgers Stadium that will feature Phil Simms and Joe Theismann as head coaches, read this story.

    One of the top players from the Lincoln Railsplitters has committed to college.

    No, it isn’t Lance Stephenson.

    It’s 5-foot-7 combo guard Darwin “Buddha” Ellis, who committed to St. Francis College of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. on Saturday.

    “I love the court,” Ellis, a Sheepshead Bay resident, told FiveBoroSports.com. “It’s easy to shoot on. I feel like I’m at home already.”

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