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Thursday / October 18.
  • Calling James Beatty; Walker to Villanova

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    Miami Dade point guard James Beatty has still not announced his decision despite the passing of the May 20 NCAA late signing deadline.

    Despite an Internet report that Beatty was deciding between Rutgers and Miami, a source on the Miami staff said the Hurricanes were not recruiting Beatty.

    “Not right now, we’re not,” the source said. “We decided that’s not what we needed right now.”

    Miami was in the John Wall Sweepstakes and has one scholarship left but is not after Beatty.

    “I think Rutgers would be the best situation for him,” the source said.

    Rutgers desperately needs a point guard for next year. Otherwise, Mike Coburn and Corey Chandler are the options.

    Beatty and Miami Dade coach Matt Eisele have not answered their phones in recent days.

    Speaking of Rutgers, Paul Franklin has a nice little piece on the Knights heading to Spain and the Canary Islands to play four games in four days. Wonder who runs the point on this trip?

    Jerry Carino also reports that RU will play the following non-conference tilts: Marist, Vermont, Drexel, UMass, Michigan State or Florida, Colgate, at North Carolina, Princeton, Rider, Monmouth, St. Peter’s, NJIT.  The Vermont, Drexel, UMass and MSU/Florida games will take place in the Legend’s Classic, with the last two at The Rock in Newark.


    **Various reports indicate Villanova coach Jay Wright has hired New Mexico assistant Chris Walker to replace Pat Chambers, who took the BU head job.

    **Here’s a story I wrote for Rivals on Vanderbilt recruit John Jenkins, who averaged a national-best 42.3 points per game last season.

    **The Notre Dame football team wants to play at Yankee Stadium.

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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.