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Monday / January 20.
  • St. Benedict’s Prep headmaster Father Edwin Leahy informed his school’s basketball team Thursday that it would not play in the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational because the event overlaps with Good Friday.

    The event is slated to run April 1-3 at Coppin State in Baltimore and St. Benedict’s had been projected as the No. 1 seed.

    The Gray Bees (20-1), coached by Dan Hurley, are currently ranked No. 4 nationally in the ESPN Fab 50 and No. 5 by USA Today. The team features Rutgers-bound senior forward Gilvydas Biruta, Temple-bound guard Aaron Brown and junior guard Myck Kabongo, a Texas commit.

    “I want to thank Nike, Paragon and ESPN for the chance to play in this wonderful event again this year, but I couldn’t, in good faith, allow us to compete on Good Friday,” Father Leahy said. “They gave us a tremendous amount of cooperation and were trying to be helpful in every way, but we couldn’t come to terms unless it included Good  Friday.

    Citing multiple sources “in the athletic department, on the board of trustees and in the booster sector,” the New York Post is reporting that St. John’s coach Norm Roberts will be let go after the season ends.

    **UPDATE: The Sun Sentinel is reporting that Knight has cut Miami from his list and has added Syracuse.**

    Brandon Knight’s parents would like him to attend Kentucky while Knight himself is more inclined to stay local, multiple sources close to the situation said.

    “The parents like UK. Brandon likes the idea of staying local, but he’s definitely not opposed to going away,” one source said.

    A second source with direct knowledge of the situation went so far as to say Knight’s parents had already made up their mind in favor of Kentucky.

    “You’re right,” the source said. “Do I think they made up their mind already? Yes, I do. It’s hard for me to believe they’ll stay locally.”