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Wednesday / February 19.
  • Former Rutgers center Hamady N’Diaye will have a busy month of NBA workouts ahead of him.

    N’Diaye, who has already excelled at the Portsmouth Invitational and had a workout for the Washington Wizards, leaves Wednesday for the NBA combine in Minnesota and then will have a series of individual workouts to follow.

    “They’re all interested,” said N’Diaye’s agent, Keith Glass.

    Here’s the tentative schedule of workouts for the 7-foot N’Diaye, who was named the Big East defensive player of after averaging 9.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and a league-best 4.5 blocks.

    Austin Rivers will take an unofficial visit to UCLA on Monday, according to his AAU coach, Therion Joseph.

    The 6-foot-3 Rivers will be out in Los Angeles with his AAU team, Each 1 Teach 1, competing in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

    “I’m taking him on Monday,” Joseph said. “We’re already going to be out there. We’re playing in the Nike Basketball League.”

    Rivers is a rising senior at Winter Park (Fla.) High and ranks as the No. 2 shooting guard in the Class of 2011.

    The Kadeem Jack situation has fluctuated as wildly as the stock market in recent weeks.

    Initially, the 6-foot-9 Rice High School product said he was considering Arizona, Arkansas, Miami and UConn.

    Then he opted to attend prep school at South Kent (Conn.)

    Once Kentucky and North Carolina became involved, he said he would visit those schools.

    Rutgers coach Mike Rice has completed his staff by hiring Fordham associate head coach Van Macon, sources with knowledge said.

    Macon, who worked under Tom Pecora at both Fordham and Hofstra, joins associate head coach David Cox and assistant Jimmy Martelli on the Rutgers staff. Jim Carr also remains as the recruiting coordinator.

    Macon has also coached at Lafayette and Marist.

    He played college ball at Nassau Community College, where he was recruited by Pecora, who was an assistant coach at Nassau at the time. He was voted the Region XV and Region XV Tournament Most Valuable Player and led Nassau to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament in 1990.

    Tyrone Johnson, one of the most sought after point guards in the Class of 2011, is close to trimming his college list.

    The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Johnson out of Plainfield (N.J.) High School is the No. 13 point guard in the rising senior class, according to Rivals.

    The schools who have offered him include Georgetown, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, UNLV, Temple and Miami. West Virginia, Florida State, Georgia Tech and UConn have shown interest.

    “I’ll probably cut my list down in July,” said Johnson, a two-sport star who had been Plainfield’s quarterback before opting not to play football his senior year.

    Seton Hall sophomore forward Herb Pope expects to play for the Pirates next season after collapsing April 30 during a workout.

    “He was discharged [from St. Barnabas Medical Center],” said a source with direct knowledge who requested anonymity. “He is looking forward to getting back on the court to train. He will be playing for Seton Hall basketball next season.”

    SNY.tv reported May 12 that Pope was expected to make a “full recovery” despite the collapse.