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Wednesday / October 23.
  • Moses is coming to New Jersey.

    Moses Abraham, that is.

    After taking in No. 19 Tennessee’s 74-65 upset of No. 2 Kentucky Saturday, the 6-foot-9, 237-pound power forward from Temple Hills (Md.) Progressive Christian will hit Seton Hall and possibly Rutgers this week.

    “We went to the Tennessee-Kentucky game and that was great,” Joe Boncore, Abraham’s guardian, said Sunday night by phone. “Now we’re trying to go up to Seton Hall and go to Indiana on the 6th.”

    Boncore said he wasn’t certain which days he and Abraham will come to New Jersey because Progressive Christian has a couple of games this week.

    NEW YORK  — Zach Randolph says his Grizzlies teammate Rudy Gay wants to stay in Memphis after he becomes a restricted free agent this summer.

    “He said he’s gonna come back here. This is where he started at,” Randolph said after dropping 31 points and 25 rebounds in a 120-109 victory over the Knicks, his former team, at Madison Square Garden.

    The 6-foot-8 Gay reportedly rejected the Grizzlies’ five-year, $50 million offer last November because he wanted a five-year, $65 million extension.

    “If it would’ve happened then, then it would be done, but now it’s all about my team and I’d be selfish if I’d be thinking about that the whole season and I’m not that type of player or person,” said Gay, who is averaging 20 points and 5.8 rebounds and had 27 and 5 in the win over the Knicks.

    NEW YORK –– Count Zach Randolph among those who thinks LeBron James will join the Knicks as a free agent this summer.

    “I don’t know, it’s a good chance he will. The city, playing in the Garden, it’s going to be interesting,” Randolph said Saturday night before his Memphis Grizzlies met the Knicks at MSG.

    Randolph and Jamal Crawford were traded from the Knicks in November 2008 in the first wave of cap-clearing space.

    The second wave took place before this year’s trading deadline when Knicks president Donnie Walsh dealt six players for another set of six, including seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady, who has an expiring contract worth $23 million. The Knicks now have just four guaranteed contracts for next year.

    Fordham interim coach Jared Grasso landed his third commitment from the Class of 2010.

    Danny Lawhorn, a 6-foot, 160-pound point guard from South Kent (Conn.), verbally committed to Fordham on Saturday. He joins 6-5 guard Jayon James of Paterson Catholic and 6-2 guard Sean Armand of Central Jersey Each One Teach One among Fordham’s pledges for next season.

    Lawhorn said he chose the Rams over interest from Houston, Baylor, Nevada and Providence, among others.

    “I know that they [Fordham] really wanted me since my junior year,” said Lawhorn, a Harlem, N.Y. native who decommitted from Boston College last summer. “I was worried about the [Atlantic 10] Conference and how they are. But since they really wanted me, I knew they were serious from the beginning.”

    Lawhorn is the third South Kent senior to commit to a Division I program this year, following J.J. Moore (Pitt) and Russell Smith (Louisville).

    Now we know who the Knicks’ backup point guard is.

    It’s David Lee.

    Lee, a 6-foot-9 All-Star center, ran the Knicks’ offense down the stretch of their 118-116 overtime victory Friday night over the Washington Wizards.

    After Nick Young tied the game at 116 with a 3-pointer in the OT, Lee scored the game-winning bucket on a drive past JaVale McGee with 1.6 seconds remaining, snapping an eight-game New York losing streak.

    New York (20-37) outscored Washington 6-4 in the extra period.

    “Mostly David Lee was running the show and doing delays,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters. “The offense kind of ran through David the last five or six minutes.”

    Josh Selby is set to visit UConn this weekend and attend Sunday’s game against Louisville despite the massive snowstorm blanketing the Northeast.

    “Everything is going well and yes everything is on for UConn,” Maeshon Witherspoon, Selby’s mother, told Alex Kline of BoxofMess.com.

    The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Selby is down to four schools: Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and UConn.

    He had initially cut the Huskies from his list but now they are back on.

    “Actually, we had a relationship with UConn first,” Witherspoon told the Baltimore Sun. “They were on the list. We kind of had some miscommunication, so we talked about it and worked it back out.”