Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Fordham interim coach Jared Grasso continues to reel in recruits.
Grasso landed a double-dip of guards Monday night when Jayon James, a 6-foot-5 guard from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, and 6-2 guard Sean Armand, a Brooklyn native spending a postgrad year at Central Jersey Each One Teach One (CJEOTO) in Jersey, both orally committed to the Rams.
“I feel I had the best relationship wth Coach Grasso and the players that’s already there,” said James, who comes off the bench for the No. 9 team in the PrepNation.com poll. “I’ve been keeping in contact with them the most out of any other schools that I had.”
Grasso has been recruiting James since he was in the eighth grade and it paid off. A regular at the Reebok All-American Camp every July in Philadelphia, James said he chose Fordham over interest from La Salle, Rice, Canisius and Ivy League schools Columbia, Brown and Harvard.
The latest version of the National Prep Poll is out and three of the Top 15 teams in the nation are once again from North Jersey.
St. Patrick (6-0) is No. 2, Paterson Catholic (6-0) No. 9 and St. Benedict’s (7-1) No. 15.
St. Patrick won the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in San Diego behind a combined 47 points from Duke-bound PG Kyrie Irving and junior sensation Michael Gilchrist (pictured above courtesy SteveBoylephoto.com).
During the Knicks 132-89 blowout Sunday of the Indiana Pacers, every active member of the Knicks roster saw playing time except Hughes — even seldom-used forward Marcus Landry, who scored 8 points in the fourth quarter and then jokingly told the media in the locker room he was ready for his post-game interview.
This is “not a good way to play the season,” Hughes said. “I mean, going back and forth. This is my second or third time now, it’s getting old.”