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Wednesday / November 13.
  • Hazell, Robinson Returning to Hall

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    Seton Hall junior forward Jeff Robinson and junior guard Jeremy Hazell both faxed in their papers Thursday morning withdrawing from the NBA Draft and will return to campus.

    Robinson and Hazell, along with sophomore forward Herb Pope, declared and tested the NBA waters but didn’t hire an agent.

    The 6-8 Pope is currently hospitalized at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., after collapsing last week during an on-campus workout.

    “I think we could be a great team, all of us coming back  with the new coaching in here,” Hazell said April 22, before Pope collapsed. “They’re doing a great job with us in the off-season, so I think we’ll be a great team, knowing that we got everybody coming back so I’m looking forward to it.”

    The news was first reported by FoxSports.com

    Seton Hall is also currently hosting forward Cleveland Melvin of Notre Dame Prep, a former UConn commit, and Ozan Dilic, a 6-4 point guard from Turkey who plays at Huntington (West Va.) Prep.

    In other Seton Hall news, sources say Director of Basketball Operations Steve Sauers is a serious contender to join Mike Rice’s staff at Rutgers. Sauers and Rice are friends from the Hoop Group and Rice may look to bring Sauers to Rutgers from Seton Hall.

    Rice will be introduced Thursday afternoon as Rutgers’ new coach.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.