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Rakeem Christmas, the No. 1 center in the Class of 2011, is now a free agent.
As first reported here Tuesday, Christmas and his aunt, Amira Hamid, visited Rutgers earlier this week.
Now it appears that the 6-foot-8 Christmas, who had earlier cut his list to five schools, is wide open in his recruitment.
“His recruiting is open again. No list,” said Kevin Givens, head coach at Academy of the New Church.
Christmas had cut his list to Georgetown, Florida, Florida International, Texas and Oklahoma, but Rutgers is now trying to break into the mix.
Associate head coach David Cox recruited Christmas for two years at Georgetown and has a strong connection with Christmas and his aunt.
Rutgers may or may not end up getting Christmas, but his recruitment is now open to new suitors.
(Photo courtesy Courier Journal)
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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.