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Thursday / August 11.
  • Hanner Decommits from Seton Hall; Wade, Ortiz Ponder Next Move (UPDATED)

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    One week after announcing he would spend another year at Newark (NJ) NIA Prep, 6-foot-8 forward Jamir Hanner has decommitted from Seton Hall.

    “I decommitted because I decided to do an extra year at NIA Prep to focus on my SAT score,” Hanner said by text. “I worked day and night to bring my GPA to 2.5. I would like to become a better student-athlete.”

    Hanner also cited the coaching change. He committed to former Pirates coach Bobby Gonzalez in March, but told new coach Kevin Willard during a meeting that he would re-open his recruitment.

    “The coaching staff changed,” he said. “I want to work on becoming a stronger athlete and getting a better understanding of my position and the game. Right now my focus is on obtaining my goals.”

    Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Rice and Michigan have reached out, while Marshall and Arkansas offered him on the condition he would take a prop year.

    Hanner said he didn’t accept those offers because “I don’t want to sit out for a year.”

    Seton Hall currently has a three-man signed class of 6-5 Paterson Catholic wing Fuquan Edwin, 6-9 Czech forward Patrik Auda of the Canarias Basketball Academy and 6-8 Anali Okoloji, a Brooklyn native playing at Impact (Fla.) Academy.

    The Pirates may look to add another frontcourt player now that Hanner is out of the mix for 2010.

    ORTIZ, WADE TRANSFERRING

    A couple of New Jersey guards are in the midst of working out their transfers.

    Former Houston guard Desmond Wade of Linden will visit Fairfield, La Salle, Wagner, Niagara and Northeastern “over the next two weeks,” according to his father, Jeff Wade.

    The 5-8 Wade was a three-time All-State performer at Linden.

    Onetime Southern Miss guard Kenneth Ortiz is taking an online class and will then officially transfer from Southern Miss.

    Wagner and Temple are in the mix for the 5-11, 180-pound Ortiz, with Wagner the leader at this point.

    “He has spoken with the folks at Wagner,” Newark Science coach Milt Gaylord said. “They like the situation at Wagner. Right now Wagner is the leading school. He has not visited Temple, but plans to visit Temple.”

    Gaylord said Ortiz never got the playing time he wanted at Southern Miss after they went to a halfcourt offense.

    “They wound up playing a halfcourt game,” Gaylord said. “He didn’t get to play a lot. He felt he needed to go  somewhere where he could play.’

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    (Photos courtesy NJHoops.com and Houston Athletics)

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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.