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Thursday / October 17.
  • Jabari Brown, the No. 5 shooting guard in the nation out of Oakland, is down to five schools.

    The 6-foot-5 Brown is considering Washington, UConn, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Oregon, he confirmed Saturday by text.

    Brown has already visited Washington and is currently on an official to UConn.

    He hits Arizona State Tuesday, Oregon Oct. 2 and Georgia Tech Oct. 10.

    “I just want to see everywhere,” Brown told the esteemed Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant during his visit. “Every school I could see myself going to, I just have to be able to actually go out there and experience what life would be like.”

    PISCATAWAY — On a beautiful sunny afternoon in late September, Rutgers has more than a dozen basketball recruits on campus for the North Carolina football game (3:30, ESPNU).

    In attendance for the game are:

    Kadeem Jack, 2011, South Kent (Committed to Rutgers)

    Derrick Randall, 2011, South Kent (Rutgers)

    Myles Mack, 2011, St. Anthony (Rutgers)

    Mike Taylor, 2011,  Boys & Girls (Rutgers)

    Joe Quinlan, whose tenure as Seton Hall athletic director included a four-year long feud with former coach Bobby Gonzalez, announced Friday that he will resign effective October 8.

    Pat Hobbs, Dean of the Seton Hall Law School will continue to monitor the athletic department, but said by text “There will be a search” for Quinlan’s successor.

    Deputy Director of Athletics Duane Bailey and Senior Associate Athletics Director Ginger Fulton will oversee the day-to-day operations of the department until a new athletics director is hired. 

    Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith has coached a few pretty good point guards in his day.

    Rajon Rondo, Ty Lawson, Marcus Williams and Brandon Jennings have all come through the Virginia powerhouse in the last decade or so.

    The latest stud point guard at Oak Hill is Quinn Cook, who transferred from DeMatha (Md.) Catholic for his senior year but is now rehabbing from torn meniscus cartilage in his knee.

    “He’s comparable [to the other Oak Hill guards],” Smith said Friday in a phone interview. “I saw him play this summer and spring. He hasn’t played at all this off-season. I’ve never coached him. From what I saw of him earlier at DeMatha his freshman and sophomore years, he’s a very, very good player. He has a great IQ. I like the way he runs the team. He has a great feel for the game. He’s got all the tools.”

    Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin and his staff know a thing or two about finding talent in the New York metropolitan area.

    Rashad Bishop, who starred at Paterson (N.J.) Kennedy and St. Benedict’s Prep, is a senior. Lance Stephenson was a one-and-done with the Bearcats. And Cronin expects big things this year from redshirt freshman Sean Kilpatrick, a White Plains, N.Y. native.

    “He can score 10 points falling out of bed,” Cronin said of Kilpatrick.

    The Bearcats also recently got a commitment from Montclair, N.J. native Shaquille Thomas of NIA Prep, the nephew of NBA veteran Tim Thomas and the half-brother of New York Liberty star Essence Carson.