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Monday / December 18.
  • Hurley Says Fontan Should Stay at Fordham; St. Ben's to Play for National Title

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    DETROIT – Bob Hurley believes Jio Fontan should remain at Fordham for at least another year instead of transferring.

    “He and his father have discussed transferring with me,” Hurley, the Naismith Hall of Fame nominee and St. Anthony coach, said Friday by phone. “I’ve talked with the Fordham people. I believe that he should stay through next year.

    “I think they’re on the verge of being much better next year. He may be rushing the thing. He should give the school another year. The whole world is filled with everybody rushing to do things. Part of growing is battling through situations. My advice was stay one more year.”

    Fordham finished 3-25, 1-15 in the A-10, but is bringing in several recruits, including Chris Gaston, the former St. Anthony standout, Paterson Catholic wing Lance Brown and Thomas Jefferson forward Joel “Air Jamaica” Wright, who comes in in 2010.

    A native of Paterson, N.J., Fontan is seeking his release from the school, but has been denied by the program.

    Half a dozen schools from the SEC, ACC and Big East — including both New Jersey programs — would be interested in landing the 6-foot-1 Fontan, who averaged 15.3 points and 4.7 assists.

    Fordham has already granted releases to freshman Trey Blue and sophomore Mike Moore, but not to Fontan.

    Fontan’s former St. Anthony teammate, Mike Rosario, is the starting shooting guard at Rutgers. The pair helped lead St. Anthony to a 32- record and the 2008 mythical national high school championship.

    If Fontan were to end up there, the duo would be reunited, but a number of schools are in play.

    As for the Hall of Fame results, Hurley said he knew whether or not he had been admitted, but can’t disclose it. The results will be made public Tuesday here in Detroit.

    Speaking of the Hurley family, Dan Hurley leads St. Benedict’s into the national championship this weekend at Georgetown Prep.

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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 Adam, I know you’ve actually looked into the story unlike some other area bloggers. If Fontan transfers do you think Estwick, Gaston, Brown and Air Jamaica will be on their way out with him? If that were to happen we’d go 0-56 over the next two years. If he stays though and we can add a couple guys like Sean Johnson, Derrick Williams and Myles Mack we could have a nice foundation in place to be a good team in the Atlantic-10. Thanks again.

      • I agree…Fordham needs to keep Fontan and keep those 4 guys committed!! Assistant coach Jared Grasso has brought in Big East level talent these past 2 years, and I would hate to see them lose these any of those kids. If this group stays together they have a chance to be Very good in 2 years! Just as importantly Fordham needs to keep Grasso there and hope he doesnt move on to a biger program.