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Thursday / June 20.
  • Keaton Miles, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward from Dallas Lincoln, became the fourth player to commit to West Virginia in the last three days.

    Miles follows Mount Vernon (N.Y.) point guard Jabarie Hinds, who committed on SNY.tv, Aurora, Ill,. point guard Ryan Boatright and Cleveland big man Pat Forsythe.

    The Mounties, picked No. 5 in the Big East Preseason Coaches’ poll, previously landed Aaron Brown, a 6-5 small forward from Landsdowne (Pa.) Penn Wood, and Tommie McCune, a 6-7 power forward from Saginaw, Mich.

    NEW YORK — Pittsburgh is the choice to win the 2010-11 BIG EAST men’s basketball regular-season crown in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  The Panthers, who finished 25-9 overall and tied for second place in the conference at 13-5 last season, collected 12 first-place votes from the head coaches who did not place their own teams on their ballots.

    The Panthers return four starters from last year’s squad, including Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Ashton Gibbs.  Coach Jamie Dixon’s club sits atop the preseason poll for the first time since 2006-07.  Pitt is the only team in the conference to win at least 10 BIG EAST contests in each of the last nine seasons.

    NEW YORK — One of the major questions of the Knicks’ preseason has been who will get the nod as the team’s starting shooting guard.

    Head coach Mike D’Antoni has experimented with Wilson Chandler and Roger Mason at that spot, and even given rookies Landry Fields and Andy Rautins a shot at proving themselves.

    But in Tuesday night’s 117-111 victory over the Nets at Madison Square Garden, D’Antoni found a backcourt combination he was pleased with.

    And it didn’t involve any of the aforementioned options.

    Here are video and quotes from Greg Schiano’s press conference Tuesday, in which he said injured defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, who is paralyzed from the neck down after getting injured in Saturday’s win over Army, is in “good spirits.”

    Opening Statement:

    “Thanks for coming out. I am willing to answer any questions that I am allowed to. I will try and help you anyway I can.”

    Any update on Eric LeGrand?

    “I have seen him every day. He is in good spirits. There is nothing I can give you one way or another. We are really going to avoid getting into daily updates. When there is an appropriate update, Jason [Baum] and the media relations office will put that out. He is very aware of what is going on.”

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