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Sunday / December 17.
  • Taylor, Curry Lead USA U19s; Kearney to Holy Cross; St. John's Elite Camp; Big East Sked Out

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    Tyshawn Taylor of Kansas scored a team-high 13 points and Duke’s Seth Curry added 12 to lead the USA U19 Team to a 106-55 victory over Iran Thursday. The U.S. will play France Friday.

    John Shurna of Northwestern and Terrico White of Mississippi tallied 11 each and DeAngelo Castro of Washington State scored 11 points each, while Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs and Georgia’s Howard Thompkins (pictured) scored 10 apiece. Gibbs also dished our four assists and had two steals.

    “One thing we did pretty well was shoot the ball and we made some extra passes, made good decisions,” USA and Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “We know we’ve got to get better as this tournament continues so this is the first one and hopefully we’ve got something to build on.”

    **For my feature on Ashton and Sterling Gibbs, click here.

    KEARNEY TO HOLY CROSS

    Notre Dame associate head coach Sean Kearney got the nod as the new Holy Cross head coach, according to a report by FoxSports.com. Kearney was chosen over Pitt associate head coach Tommy Herrion and ABA coach Rod Baker.

    Kearney, 49, has been an assistant to head coach Mike Brey at Notre Dame for nine years. A press conference is expected Friday.

    ST. JOHN’S ELITE CAMP

    The St. John’s Elite Camp is going on right now and the Johnnies have a number of talented locals on campus, including Kyrie Irving (St. Patrick), Jayvaughn Pinkston (Loughlin), Devon Collier (St. Anthony), Mike Taylor (Boys & Girls),  Myles Mack (Paterson Catholic, Kyle Anderson (Paterson Catholic), Kadeem Jack (St. Raymond’s) and Corey Edwards (Christ the King).

    Speaking of Pinkston, he will remain at Loughlin and not attend Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, according to Kimani Young of New Heights. Pinkston had considered playing for Steve Smith at Oak Hill.

    BIG EAST SKED OUT

    The Big East schedule is out and Cincinnati plays at Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s and UConn so New York area fans will have plenty of chances to catch Lance Stephenson in person. I’m sure at least a couple of those games will appear on SNY.

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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.

    • Zags or anyone else, do you know who the starters are for the U19 team? Just curious what type of lineup Dixon is throwing out there.

      • Selected to represent the United States at the FIBA U19 World Championship were: DeAngelo Casto (Washington State / Spokane, Wash.), Seth Curry (Duke / Charlotte, N.C.), Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh / Scotch Plains, N.J.) , Gordon Hayward (Butler / Brownsburg, Ind.), Shelvin Mack (Butler / Lexington, Ky.), Darius Miller (Kentucky / Maysville, Ky.), Arnett Moultrie (UTEP / Memphis, Tenn.), John Shurna (Northwestern / Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas / Jersey City, N.J.), Howard Thompkins (Georgia / Lithonia, Ga.), Klay Thompson (Washington State / Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Terrico White (Mississippi / Memphis, Tenn.).

        • The starters for that game were: Hayward, Casto, Curry, Mack, & Thompson.

    • Tyshawn’s going to go nuts this year; he showed flashes of greatness last year, but would also just vanish at times. It’s pretty nice to have a player like him… as our 4th scoring option.

    • I appreciate that redstorm, good looking out bro. Yeah, really I was just curious if Tyshawn was a starter or not. Really looking forward to seeing him play this coming season.

    • that a boy Tyshawn!

      win one for america!