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Thursday / July 16.
  • Patterson School Closing; Recruiting Notes

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    The Patterson School, a basketball powerhouse in Lenoir, N.C.,  is shutting down for a year and basketball coach Chris Chaney is now a free agent.

    “I think the school will open back up but I doubt the basketball program will be like it was,” Chaney said.

    The story was first reported by Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com.

    Chaney said he plans to visit a number of college practices during the year and plan his next move.

    “I’m going to take the year off coaching and go to a lot of NBA camps and a lot of college camps,” he said. “Go to all the colleges that I have good relationships with and go see practices and work my next move. I have a lot more time to make my next move,” he said.

    Ahmad Ibrahim, a 6-5 guard who was at Patterson, is now at St. Benedict’s Prep with Dan Hurley.

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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.