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.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Maurice Walker is taking his time.
The No. 12 center in the Class of 2010, Walker is currently on spring break from Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy and is mulling his college options.
The 6-10, 300-pound Walker said he’s considering Rutgers, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Virginia, UConn, Marquette, Penn State, Providence and Minnesota and has offers from all of those except Georgetown and UConn.
Asked if he had any favorites, Walker listed Pittsburgh and Minnesota. He has visited Pitt and will trip to Minnesota April 9.
There has been speculation about whether Pitt has a scholarship to offer, but Walker said he was told that a scholarship would be available.
SYRACUSE — Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt called St. John’s at about 1 p.m. Thursday and said he would not accept the job, according to a source with direct knowledge.
“He’s not taking the job,” the source said.
Hewitt has a wife, three daughters, parents and a younger brother in the Atlanta area and cited “family reasons,” among others.
“My family and I have developed deep ties to Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta,” Hewitt said in a statement. “I strongly believe in what Georgia Tech can do for young people, and I am committed to returning the Tech basketball program to the level of success our fans have come to expect. We took a step in that direction this past season, and I fully intend to continue on that path.”
Hewitt met St. John’s AD Chris Monasch Tuesday night in Atlanta to hear him out, but decided to stay in Atlanta instead.
SYRACUSE — Seton Hall is moving quickly to replace Bobby Gonzalez.
Pat Hobbs, Dean of the Seton Hall Law School, and Joe Quinlan, the school’s AD, interviewed Siena coach Fran McCaffery Tuesday night at an off-campus location and McCaffery, 50, remains the school’s No. 1 option, according to The Star-Ledger.
“There’s been no offer yet,” one source told the Ledger.
McCaffery (pictured courtesy Siena Athletics) reportedly said Tuesday on his weekly radio spot on WTMM-FM in Albany that he “will listen” if another school approached him.