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Thursday / May 30.
  • More than two weeks after he took over as the 19th coach in St. John’s storied history, Steve Lavin appears close to finalizing his staff.

    Rico Hines will become the second assistant to join Lavin’s staff and could be formally announced as early as Monday, multiple sources with knowledge said.

    Hines was an assistant under Don Nelson with the Golden State Warriors and also played for Lavin at UCLA.

    Mike Dunlap, the former Oregon assistant, interviewed Friday for the Colorado vacancy and is also in the mix at Oregon. Should he fail to land either, he could join the St. John’s staff.

    NEW YORK — C.J. Leslie is getting close.

    The 6-foot-8 power forward from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy is considering Kentucky, N.C. State, Florida and UConn and will decide sometime after Saturday’s Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m., ESPN2.

    Leslie is good friends with Brandon Knight, the 6-3 point guard who announced for Kentucky on Wednesday.

    Is Leslie considering following Knight to Bluegrass country?

    “I will and I am,” Leslie said Thursday at the Jordan Brand Classic practice at Sports Club/LA in Manhattan. “We’re pretty tight.  We text probably pretty much every other day, if not every day.”

    NEW YORK –– They share the same first name, the same high school and, soon, they will share the same college announcement date.

    Terrence Jones, a 6-8 forward pictured at left, and Terrence Ross, a 6-5 guard, plan to announce together at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson High School on either April 23 or April 30.

    “We’ve almost been through everything together, worked out, tournaments and he’s back home so we just wanted to give our school something to cherish that day, just choose the same day,” Jones said Thursday at the Jordan Brand Classic practice at Sports Club/LA in Manhattan.

    NEW YORK — While Doron Lamb says he has already selected a college, Josh Selby maintains he’s still weighing his options with about 48 hours to go until Saturday’s announcement at Madison Square Garden.

    “I’m still deciding right now,” the 6-foot-2 Selby told SNY.tv Thursday at the Jordan Brand Classic practice at Sports Club/LA in Manhattan. “[Friday] when I have free time to think about my choices, I should know by [Friday] night, though.”

    The No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2010 according to Rivals, Selby said his final list includes UConn, Kentucky, Arizona, Tennessee and Kansas.

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