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Monday / February 6.
  • Summer in the City Condensed to One Day; Jay Pinkston Update; RU's Chandler, Jackson Going Overseas

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    New Heights and Team NJABC announced that the inaugural Summer in the City basketball tournament will be condensed into a one day live NCAA sanctioned event this Friday at St John’s University.

    The tournament will focus on quality competition in the 17-under and 16-under divisions and will include programs like New Heights, Team NJ ABC, Playaz, Metro Hawks, Team Philly, Juice, Panthers, Team Phenom, LI Lightning and many more great teams. The games will begin at 10 am and the schedule will be posted on several web sites including www.teamnjabc.com. Please contact Kimani Young at 718 974 7110 for further information.

    Speaking of New Heights, Jayvaughn Pinkston is getting some major looks after his stellar play in Las Vegas, where he scored 19 points in an upset of Grassroots Canada.

    Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl attended all of the New Heights games in Vegas. Arizona Coach Sean Miller, Villanova Coach Jay Wright and St. John’s Coach Norm Roberts were also at a bunch of their games.

    RU PLAYERS GOING OVERSEAS

    Rutgers junior guard Corey Chandler and sophomore forward Patrick Jackson will compete with the East Coast All-Stars during a tour of Prague, Czech Republic, and Vienna, Austria, from August 2-12. A select group of collegiate players, the All-Stars are scheduled to play five games against top European teams during the tour.

    “Corey and Patrick have worked extremely hard this summer, both on and off the court,” said head coach Fred Hill. “This trip presents another opportunity for them to grow educationally and culturally, while also improving their skills on the hardwood. I’m confident they will do a great job representing Rutgers.”

    Rutgers basketball is accumulating its frequent flyer miles this summer. The team took a foreign tour to Spain and the Canary Islands from May 23-31. The Scarlet Knights were a perfect 4-0 against foreign club teams on the excursion, which also featured cultural tours and sightseeing endeavors. Guards Mike Coburn and Mike Rosario then competed internationally shortly after their return. A member of the Jamaican National Team, Coburn played both guard spots for Jamaica and helped the team to the Gold Medal at the 2009 Caribbean Championships, held June 30 -July 4 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Rosario competed for the Puerto Rico U19 National Team at the 23rd World Juniors Basketball Tournament in Douai, France (June 10-14), before traveling to Auckland, New Zealand for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship (July 2-12).

    Chandler played in all 32 games (11 starts) in 2008-09 and averaged 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds-per game. Jackson competed in 17 contests as a true freshman last season. During the tour of Spain and the Canary Islands, Jackson led the team in scoring (13.8) and averaged 7.3 rebounds-per-game.

    The East Coast All-Stars roster also includes West Virginia forward Cam Thoroughman, Kansas State point guard Jacob Pullen, KSU forward Dominique Sutton and Cleveland State center Joe Latas.

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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.