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Thursday / May 19.
  • Seton Hall Denying Pope Story

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    NEW YORK –– The biggest rumor flying around Big East Media Day here at MSG relates to a player who’s not even here.

    There’s a report out saying Seton Hall forward Herb Pope signed with Turkish professional team Antalya, but both head coach Kevin Willard and media relations contact Matt Sweeney said they knew nothing about it.

    “Herb is on campus. He’s been in class and this is all news to both [Willard] and Herb,” Sweeney said.

    Seton Hall was picked 11th in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll and both Jeff Robinson and Jeremy Hazell told SNY.tv in video interviews that they expect Pope to be a major contributor this season.

    Pope tallied 11.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 blocks per game last season.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.