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Tuesday / November 24.
  • UNION, N.J. — UConn recruit Roscoe Smith of Oak Hill Academy says Huskies coach Jim Calhoun told him he took his leave of absence because of “high blood pressure.”

    “[Calhoun] said really he’s just old, he’s just old,” Smith said Saturday night after Oak Hill beat St. Patrick, 79-78, at Kean College. “The doctor said he needed a rest because of…high blood pressure.”

    The 6-foot-8 Smith verbally committed to UConn last month and then thought his recruiting process was over.

    But that was before Calhoun took a seven-game leave of absence due to unexplained medical reasons.

    Calhoun returned Saturday for UConn’s 60-48 loss to Cincinnati in Hartford. After the game, he said he was “embarrassed” by the performance of his players.

    UNION, N.J. — Doron Lamb’s college list seems to be expanding.

    And that is good news for the schools still in the mix for the 6-foot-4 Oak Hill Academy senior guard.

    The newly-minted McDonald’s All-American from Queens, N.Y. scored 18 points, including the game-winning foul shot with 9.4 seconds left, to lift the Warriors to a dramatic 79-78 victory over Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick in an ESPNU game at Kean College’s Harwood Arena. 

    “We’ve been thinking about this game for like two weeks now because it was on ESPNU, so we just had to come out here and play ‘D’ and win off of the offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds. We lost that today but we finished out strong at the end. I made clutch foul shots,” Lamb said.

    He broke a 78-all tie with 1-of-2 foul shots for the final points of the game.

    St. Patrick junior guard Derrick Gordon missed two free throws with .4 seconds left.

    David Lee is headed to the Big D.

    Lee and Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd have been named by NBA Commissioner David Stern to replace injured West All-Star guard Kobe Bryant (ankle) of the Los Angeles Lakers and East All-Star guard Allen Iverson (personal reasons) of the Philadelphia 76ers, respectively, in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game in Dallas.

    Lee, in his fifth NBA season, has recorded 30 double-doubles on the season for the Knicks and will be making his first NBA All-Star appearance. The announcement comes one day after Lee was selected for the U.S. national team pool that will compete at the World Championships in Turkey in August.

    Lee is the first Knicks’ All-Star since Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell in 2001.

    He will be joined in Dallas by Knicks teammates Nate Robinson, who will defend his Slam Dunk title despite a groin injury, and Danilo Gallinari, who’s participating in the 3-Point Shooting contest.

    The McDonald’s All-American rosters are out and, as first reported by ZAGSBLOG.com, four players with New York ties have been invited.

    Villanova-bound forward JayVaughn Pinkston of Bishop Loughlin, Tennessee commit Tobias Harris of Half Hollow Hills West, Duke-bound guard Kyrie Irving of St. Patrick and Queens native Doron Lamb of Oak Hill Academy will play in the game March 31 at the Value City Arena in Columbia, Ohio.

    “I’m the first [player] from my school to make the McDonald’s game; that’s big,” the 6-foot-5 Pinkston told Chris Lawlor of ESPN.com. “In the end, it’s not about individual stuff but getting the ‘W.’ You take nothing for granted; I did my talking on the court.”

    Pinkston and Harris played against one another last month at the Big Apple Invitational, with Harris’ team coming out on top, 75-72 in OT. Pinkston poured in 34 points and grabbed 14 points in the game, while Harris had 19 and 7 before fouling out.