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Tuesday / June 2.
  • You could have a pretty interesting debate right about now as to which is the best Division 1 team in the state of New Jersey.

    Ivy League favorite Princeton (1-1) beat Rutgers but got hammered by Duke.

    Rutgers (1-1) rebounded from the OT loss to the Tigers by beating MAAC favorite Fairfield in Mike Rice’s RAC debut. Next up is Sunday’s tilt with Durand Scott and Miami in what should be a great test for Rice’s undermanned crew.

    Seton Hall (1-1) similarly rebounded from an ugly loss at No. 22 Temple to crush Cornell at home. Kevin Willard now takes his team to the U.S. Virgin Islands for Friday’s tilt with Alabama. St. Peter’s (0-1), playing without injured star Wesley Jenkins until late November or early December, is also in the islands and will meet Old Dominion.

    NEW YORK — Jarelle Reischel wrestled hard with his college decision before announcing Wednesday.

    The 6-foot-6, 208-pound wing from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) High had narrowed his options to Penn State, Rice and Seton Hall before ultimately choosing Rice.

    “They really believe and care about me,” Reischel told ZAGSBLOG.com. “I think it’s an opportunity where I can play right away in Conference  USA.

    “Coach [Ben] Braun is a great coach. He’s had a lot of success. He’s had 21 pros through his years. He has the experience. He knows the position I have to be to make it to the next level.”

    Syracuse announced a three-man recruiting class of Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas and Trevor Cooney.

    Orange coach Jim Boeheim was not immediately available for comment on the group.

    Carter-Williams is a 6-5 guard at St. Andrew’s School in Rhode Island. He is coached by Mike Hart, who also coached former Syracuse performer Demetris Nichols at St. Andrew’s.

    Carter-Williams missed the first 10 games of 2009-10 with a knee injury but recovered enough to earn Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year honors. He was also a first team New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B selection.

    The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the Naismith preseason watch list Tuesday.

    Duke tops the list with three players, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith and freshman Kyrie Irving from Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick (pictured).

    Nominees from the Big East include Corey Fisher of Villanova, Austin Freeman of Georgetown, Ashton Gibbs of Pitt, Jeremy Hazell of Seton Hall, Kevin Jones of West Virginia, Kris Joseph of Syracuse and Kemba Walker of UConn.

    Here’s the complete list: