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Wednesday / January 16.
  • UConn Duo Cleared to Play; RU’s N’Diaye Injured; NIA Prep Invitational

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    UConn senior guard Jerome Dyson and junior guard Donnell Beverly were both cleared for full participation in practice and outside competition, the university announced Friday.

    Freshman Jamal Coombs-McDaniel has been also been cleared to participate in practices, but the NCAA has not granted him full eligibility.

    All three sat out Wednesday’s exhibition when No. 12 UConn downed American International College, 106-67, “due to pending evaluation of recently submitted paperwork pertaining to their eligibility certification,” the university said.

    The team had just seven scholarship players available for that game.

    Dyson (pictured courtesy CNN.SI) hasn’t played since going down with a knee injury Feb. 11. He was named to the All-Big East preseason second team.

    The Huskies continue to be without backup center Jonathan Mandelove, who is reportedly out for academic reasons.

    Ater Majok, a 6-10 center originally from the Sudan, is practicing with the team and will be eligible to play his first game Dec. 20 against Central Florida.

    “At 6-10 with a 7-foot-7 reach, he’s going to make a major splash in our league,” head coach Jim Calhoun said.


    Rutgers senior center Hamady N’Diaye will be out 7-10 days with a hyperextended right knee suffered during a recent secret scrimmage with Iona. Surgery is not required.

    N’Diaye could return for the Rutgers season opener Nov. 14 against Marist at the RAC.

    The news was first reported on

    The Rutgers sports information department had no immediate comment.

    Also, 6-8 center Gil Biruta of St. Benedict’s and Lithuania will now visit Rutgers next weekend (Nov. 14-15), not this one.


    Here’s the schedule for the NIA Prep Invitational this weekend.



    Saturday Nov 7, 2009

    Princeton Day of Maryland vs Scaddington Court Prep (Canada) 10am

    Satellite Academy (NY) vs NEDA (Canada) 12pm

    Phelps School(PA) vs Stan Jones Prep(PA) 2pm

    NIA Prep (Blue) vs Scaddington Court Prep (Canada) 4pm

    NIA Prep (Gold) vs NEDA (Canada) 6pm

    Sunday Nov 8, 2009

    NEDA (Canada) vs Phelps School (PA) 10am

    Scaddington Court (Prep) vs Stan Jones Prep (PA) 12pm

    Princeton Day of Maryland vs Satellite Academy (NY) 2pm

    NIA Prep (Gold) vs NEDA (Canada) 4pm

    NIA Prep (Blue) vs Scaddington Court Prep (Canada) 6pm

    ALL GAMES played at JFK Recreational Center 211 Howard St Newark, NJ

    Athletic Director/Head Coach- Vincent Robinson 973-204-5413

    E-mail: [email protected]

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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.