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C.J. Leslie, the No. 4 senior power forward in the nation out of Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy, has a top five list of UConn, Florida, Kentucky, N.C. State and Oregon.
Leslie told NewsObserver.com that that wasn’t his final list and he may still take additional visits. His only official thusfar has been to Kentucky, home of his former Word of God teammate John Wall, the likely No. 1 pick in the June NBA Draft.
“I still plan to sign near the start of the spring signing period,” the 6-8 Leslie told Tim Stevens of NewsObserver.com. “I am still deciding on which place will be the best for me. I’m not sure yet. I’m just trying to see which school would be the best for me.”
Lisa Leslie, C.J.’s mother, did not immediately return phonecalls seeking comment Thursday night.
PROVIDENCE, R.I –– In the wake of Wednesday’s firing of Bobby Gonzalez, Seton Hall has reached out to Hofstra coach Tom Pecora.
“Seton Hall did contact Tom Pecora,” a source with direct knowledge said. “Tom is going to actively look at that job.”
Pecora turned down the Seton Hall gig four years ago, choosing to remain at Hofstra instead. The Pirates then turned to Gonzalez.
Hofstra went 19-15 this season, falling Wednesday night to IUPUI in the first round of the CBI. In nine seasons at Hofstra, Pecora is 155-126. Twice during his tenure he has been named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Coach of the Year.
**Hit the Video Player at right for interviews with Seton Hall’s Patrick Hobbs, Joe Quinlan, Jordan Theodore and Jeff Robinson**
PROVIDENCE, R.I. –– If Mike Rice leads No. 15 Robert Morris to an upset of No. 2 Villanova today in the NCAA tournament, he will treat it like the Final Four.
“My daughter doesn’t even have us winning this game,” Rice cracked Wednesday. “No, you know what? I told somebody…that I’m going to cut down the nets if we win this game and they’d have to delay the game.”
Whether or not Rice wins this one, he is certainly one of the hottest names in the coaching ranks.
A 41-year-old Fordham alum, Rice is expected to meet with the administrators at Fordham at some point in the near future about that situation.
…And the hits just keep on coming for Seton Hall. Here’s the press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office on Robert “Stix” Mitchell, who was booted from the team on Sunday, two days before the NIT.
On March 17, 2010 Acting Prosecutor Robert Laurino and South Police Chief James Chelel jointly announced the arrest of Robert Mitchell, 23, of Brooklyn, New York, a Seton University student and member of the basketball team.
Mitchell allegedly entered a residence located on Irvington Avenue in South Orange on Monday, March 15, 2010 forcing occupants to move from various rooms into a common area where they forced to turn over their cash and personal items at gunpoint. There were eight occupants in the residences at the time.