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Wednesday / October 23.
  • St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin has handed out two of his 10 available scholarships to Maurice Harkless and JaKarr Sampson.

    That leaves eight potential scholarships still available.

    Among the players the Johnnies are involved with and feel good about are Nurideen Lindsey, Amir Garrett, Phil Greene, D’Angelo Harrison and Dominique Pointer, whom we profiled here.

    Several of those players, including Garrett and Lindsey, a guard, could visit Oct. 15 for Midnight Madness.

    By Pat Graham, AP

    DENVER — A person with knowledge of the discussions says a four-way deal that would have sent Nuggets All-Star Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey is “dead.”

    The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the trade.

    Anthony took the court with his Nuggets teammates on the first day of training camp Tuesday. But his days in Denver could very well be numbered with the trade rumors swirling.

    The four-team deal that collapsed also would have included Charlotte and Utah, but Denver still could listen to offers for Anthony.

    Dominique Pointer has taken two of his three official visits and plans to make a decision after the third.

    Pointer, a 6-foot-5 1/2, 205 pound wing originally from Detroit, is now at Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy. He is the No. 21 small forward in the Class of 2011.

    He visited West Virginia this past weekend.

    “I had a good time,” he said. “I liked the coaches and the players. It was real cool.”

    As his recruitment heats up, Quinn Cook is focusing on four major schools and has three official visits set.

    The Oak Hill (Va.) point guard ranked No. 7 in the Class of 2011 at his position will visit UCLA this coming weekend, Duke Oct. 15 and Villanova Oct. 22. He would also like to visit Kansas but no date has been set.

    Asked if he could envision going to any school aside from those four, he said Tuesday, “Not yet.”

    As for UCLA, Cook will trip there this weekend along with Memphis wing Adonis Thomas.

    “I like them,” he said of UCLA. “Coach [Ben] Howland knows how to put point guards in the NBA and you’re in L.A. You can’t go wrong with UCLA tradition. That’s one of my options as well.”

    Video courtesy Tommy Dee of TheKnicksBlog.com.

    By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP

    GREENBURGH, N.Y.  — Eddy Curry is limping to the finish of his New York Knicks career.

    The oft-injured center will miss at least four weeks with a strained right hamstring, the third straight year he was sidelined early in training camp.

    “You hate it. He just can’t get over the hump,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday.

    Curry was hurt during practice Sunday and had an MRI exam Monday that confirmed the injury. The Knicks said recovery time is a minimum four to six weeks and that Curry is not expected to travel with the team on its trip to Europe for exhibition games in Italy and Paris.