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Wednesday / May 18.
  • The July recruiting period will wind down with a one-day event known as the Summer Classic on Saturday  at Fordham University.

    Among the featured teams expected are: New Heights, NJ Playaz, Long Island Lightning, Metro Hawks, Expressions, NY Panthers, Team NJABC and Juice All-Stars.

    Some of the top players on hand will be Maurice Harkless, Jermaine Sanders, Sidiki Johnson (Arizona), Myles Mack, Myles Davis, Desmond Hubert, Derrick Randall, Nkereuwem Okoro and Daniel Dingle.

    Amar’e Stoudemire won’t travel to Turkey with Team USA because of insurance issues related to his left knee.

    But he is enjoying an overseas adventure just the same.

    The new Knicks forward, who signed a five-year, $100 million deal with New York but was kept out of the World Championships because of insurance concerns, is currently visiting Israel after coming to believe that his mother has Jewish roots.

    “I know there are some reports that he is Jewish, but he is not,” Happy Walters, Stoudemire’s agent, told TMZ.com.  “He thinks there may be some Jewish blood on his mother’s side and he is researching it.”

    Still, Stoudemire says he’s learning Hebrew on the trip.

    “Jerusalem is a beautiful city, I’m at a cafe eating a late lunch,” Stoudemire wrote on his Twitter feed. “I’m learning Hebrew by the min. Keep up !! Shalom.”

    Stoudemire also Tweeted before he left Tuesday: “On the flight to Israel. This is going to be a great trip. The holy land. Learn about it. This ze ha’halom sheli. Shalom.”

    After four days of training and an intra-squad exhibition game that were held July 19-24 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced that 15 players have been selected as finalists for the 2010 USA World Championship Team.

    The roster includes Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets); Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers); Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers); Jeff Green (Oklahoma City Thunder); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); Brook Lopez (New Jersey Nets); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder).

    West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was released Wednesday from a Las Vegas hospital.

    “He’s resting, feeling better,” a source with knowledge said.

    Huggins had been hospitalized since breaking seven ribs in a fall in his hotel room on Friday while in Nevada on a recruiting trip.

    CALHOUN HIGH ON ST. JOHN’S

    UConn coach Jim Calhoun said he expects big things from St. John’s under first-year coach Steve Lavin. The Johnnies return nine seniors this season.

    “I have no question that St. John’s is going to move up,” Calhoun told me at the Peach Jam. “When you got 8 or 9 seniors, you’re gonna be good. You are gonna be good.”

    St. John’s finished 17-16, 6-12 in the Big East under former coach Norm Roberts last season.

    The Knicks may be done on the free agency front, but could still improve their team with a trade.

    New York is one of three teams in the mix — along with Boston and Chicago — to land Portland Trail Blazers small forward Rudy Fernandez, according to The Oregonian.

    Fernandez is reportedly unhappy with his role behind All-Star Brandon Roy and with coach Nate McMillan’s penchant to use him as a shooter instead of a playmaker.