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Wednesday / April 24.
  • Unable to obtain a release from his scholarship to DePaul, Walter Pitchford Jr., a 6-10 forward/center from Grand Rapids, Mich., has appealed to the NCAA to obtain one.

    “Walter applied to the NCAA for the appeal,” his father, Walter Pitchford Sr, said in an exclusive interview. “I believe the NCAA told him that it will be 30 days before they will be able to take a look at it.”

    DePaul coach Oliver Purnell and team spokesman Greg Greenwell did not answer phonecalls to their offices Thursday seeking comment.

    ZAGSBLOG.com wrote about Pitchford’s desire to be released May 29.

    At that time, Pitchford Jr. said he wanted out due to the coaching change that brought in Purnell as the new coach and also because of concerns about crime in the Chicago area.

    In response, DePaul issued the following statement via email June 2.

    While the world waits on LeBron James‘ next move, David Lee is moving ahead.

    The Knicks forward will meet with Miami, Chicago, Minnesota and New Jersey.

    “Those are the only four meetings we have right now, Mark Bartelstein, Lee’s agent, said Thursday by phone.

    The news was first reported by ESPN.com.

    Lee, who averaged 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds and became the first Knick since 2001 to make the All-Star Game, will meet with the Bulls and Heat on Friday in Chicago before traveling to Minnesota on Saturday.

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