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Monday / January 20.
  • **Hit the Video Player at right for my phone interview with SNY on Gonzalez’s firing***

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One immediate question facing the Seton Hall basketball program in the wake of Wednesday’s firing of head coach Bobby Gonzalez is, What becomes of the program’s recruits?

    The Pirates have three recruits in the Class of 2010, yet only one has signed a National Letter of Intent.

    Fuquan Edwin, a 6-foot-5 senior wing from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic who signed with Seton Hall last November, said he is leaning toward staying with the Pirates.

    “I’m going to wait and sit down with my family and have a big discussion,” Edwin said Wednesday by phone.

    One New Jersey Big East coach lost his job, and the other managed to hold on to his.

    On the same day that Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti endorsed Fred Hill as the Rutgers basketball coach going forward, Seton Hall fired Bobby Gonzalez.

    “Performance and success are not measured solely by wins and losses, but also in the conduct of those associated with the program,” Pat Hobbs, Dean of the Seton Hall Law School, said in a statement.  “We have expectations as to how our coaches and players will conduct themselves, and they are expected to treat everyone they interact with, whether officials, the press or our students, with the utmost respect, maturity and professionalism. Those core expectations must be met.”

    University President Monsignor Robert Sheeran added: “It is essential that all University leaders embody the ideals that make us all so proud of Seton Hall.”

    Seton Hall is holding a 2 p.m. conference call to announce the decision.

    The decision to remove Gonzalez after his fourth season came shortly after the team’s embarrassing loss Tuesday night to Texas Tech in the NIT and was the result of a pattern of off-the-court issues associated with the team.

    Doron Lamb will join Josh Selby in announcing during the Jordan Brand Classic April 17 in New York City.

    “Yes. At the Jordan Brand Classic,” Calvin Lamb, Doron’s father, told TheShiver.com. “We were thinking about doing it there anyway, and then they approached us so it worked out.”

    Selby, a 6-3 guard out of Baltimore (Md.) Lake Clifton, previously said he would make his announcement then, too.

    Selby is mulling Kansas, Kentucky, UConn and Arizona.

    The 6-4 Lamb, a Queens native who plays at Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, is considering West Virginia, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky an UConn.

    “It doesn’t really matter if it’s close to home. I just want to go somewhere that it fits me and fits my family and it’s the best decision for me. That’s where I’ll go,” Lamb told me last month.

    Seton Hall-bound Fuquan Edwin and St. John’s-bound Ronald Roberts headline the roster for the North All-Stars in the NJSIAA North-South All-Star Game this Sunday at the Ritacco Center. Here it is:

    Fuquan Edwin, 6′-6″, Paterson Catholic (Seton Hall)
    Ronald Roberts, 6′-7″, St. Peter’s Prep (St. John’s)
    Derrick Williams, 6′-6″, St. Anthony (Richmond)
    Shondel Stewart, 6′-2″, Kennedy
    John Caprio, 6′-5″, Seton Hall Prep
    Kevin Philemon, 6′-2″, Bloomfield Tech
    Kazembe Abif, 6′-6″, University

    By ALEX KLINE & ADAM ZAGORIA

    Chris Hill, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound shooting guard from Creedmoore (N.C.) Christian Faith Academy, is receiving interest from Memphis, Nebraska, USC and Kansas State, according to Christian Faith head coach Ro Russell.

    Hill is a skilled forward but must sort out his academic situation before he can become qualified.

    “Right now, he’s 6-7, 6-8. He can really shoot it. He can play the 3 or the 4. He’s a really skilled shooting combo forward,” Russell said. “He reminds me of Lazar Hayward of  Marquette.

    “But he still has to get a lot of stuff done academically. Come May is when we’ll have a better picture of where his whole recruitment situation is.”