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Saturday / July 2.
  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Just a few short months ago, Marquis Webb was a history teacher and an assistant varsity basketball coach at Paterson Catholic, a perennial powerhouse ranked as high as No. 3 nationally last season.

    Then all of a sudden he was neither.

    He lost his teaching job and his coaching job when Paterson Catholic closed its doors in June after a long history of financial problems.

    “It was tough in the sense that I’m a Paterson Catholic guy,” said the 6-foot-5 Webb, a former Paterson Catholic star who scored more than 1,000 points at Rutgers and played professionally in Hungary and New Zealand. “I’m a Patersonian. I grew up there.

    Isaiah Williams, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound combo guard from Newark, visited Iona Friday and is considering the Gaels along with several other schools.

    “It was good,” Williams said of the visit.  “I like everything; it was good. I knew some of the players, Jayon James, Rashon Dwight and Jamel Jenkins.”

    First-year Iona coach Tim Cluess and his staff have done a great job this offseason building a strong recruiting class that includes James, guard Sean Armand, former Seton Hall forward Mike Glover, 6-8 shooter Aleksander Kesic and 6-4 wing Randy DeZouvre.

    Jacob Lawson, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward from Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy, is considering five schools.

    Lawson is mulling Purdue, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Ole Miss and Maryland, according to his coach, Stan Kowalewski.

    “I think everything’s even right now,” Kowalewski said of the schools. “We’re trying to work through the process and once he feels there’s something he loves he’ll pull the trigger.”

    Lawson took his first official to Purdue and was still on campus as of Friday afternoon.

    St. Anthony junior guard Kyle Anderson visited a trio of schools this week — hitting Seton Hall, La Salle and Villanova.

    Anderson is the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012 and his father broke down the visits.

    “All three visits went well for different reasons,” said Kyle Anderson Sr. via text. “La Salle’s visit went well because besides Coach [John] Giannini and the entire staff being hospitable on the tour of the campus and facilities, we met with the academic advisor [Christine Cahill] and she explained how she will help make Kyle a better student. She also spoke highly of [former Paterson CAtholic stars] Kimmani Barrett and the Williams twins. We could see the sincere concern in her face. It also helped that she had a Playaz football jersey hanging that Jerrell Williams gave her.

    Ryan Arcidiacono is picking up some major offers.

    Arcidiacono, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior point guard from Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy, added offers from Villanova and Georgetown.

    “Nova offered Sunday and Georgetown offered the week before,” Joe Arcidiacono said of his son, ranked No. 7 among point guards in 2012.

    “Kansas, UNC and Pitt are coming to an open gym in mid-September at the high school.”