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Tuesday / May 26.
  • St. John’s will host a huge recruiting weekend beginning Friday when Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle both come East to the Queens campus.

    Findlay Prep assistant coach Todd Simon confirmed that the 6-foot-7 Garrett will trip to St. John’s.

    “Yes, Amir’s visiting this weekend to St. John’s,” he said by text.

    The NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday.

    Garrett, the No. 15 small forward in the Class of 2011, has already visited Oregon and recently said he planned to sign in the spring.

    Oak Hill point guard Quinn Cook thrilled one set of college basketball fans and disappointed another Thursday when he announced for Duke over UCLA.

    “My relationship with Coach K and a chance of winning,” Cook, the No. 7 point guard in the Class of 2011, said by phone when asked why he chose the Blue Devils. “I think we can make a run next year with a national championship.”

    ZAGSBLOG was the first to report earlier this week that Cook was down to Duke and UCLA.

    The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Cook averaged 20 points, 5.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds last season for DeMatha (Md.) High and was named the All-Met player of the year by the Washington Post.

    In the last week both Seton Hall and Rider have taken verbal commitments from players out of the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands.

    Seton Hall got a pledge from 6-foot-6 shooting guard Haralds Karlis and Rider landed 7-1, 225-pound center Nerijus Anglickis (pictured).

    Seton Hall already has two players on its roster — Patrik Auda and Aaron Geramipoor — from the CBA and Rider has one — Tommy Pereira.

    All told, there are 11 Division 1 players in the New York-metropolitan area from the academy on the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa.

    **The Knicks issued the following statement Wednesday evening**

    “After receiving assurance from the city and environmental experts regarding the safety of the arena for our customers and employees, all events at Madison Square Garden, beginning with Friday night’s Knicks game, will go on as scheduled. We have been working with the appropriate experts to confirm the arena is safe since debris fell during overnight work Monday.

    “We will announce the rescheduled date for the postponed Knicks v. Magic game, in conjunction with the NBA, in the near future. We would like to thank the city for their assistance in this matter, and appreciate the patience of our fans.”