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Monday / January 20.
  • NEWARK, N.J. — Seton Hall is expecting a slew of high-profile local recruits for today’s game with Syracuse.

    The list of expected players includes Kyle Anderson, Dakari Johnson, Austin Colbert, Jason Boswell, Kareem Canty, Jaren Sina, Sean Grennan, Kamari Murphy, Ryan Rhoomes, Tyler Ennis, Phillip Nolan, Jaylen Reid and Lekan Ajayi.

    Ajayi is a 6-foot-10 Nigerian center from Quality Education Academy (N.C.), who’s on an unofficial visit to Seton Hall.

    Alex Murphy, the No. 1 small forward in the Class of 2012, is set to leave Saturday for an unofficial visit to Duke this weekend.

    “We’re going down for the Maryland game Sunday night,” Jay Murphy, Alex’s father, said by phone. “We come back Monday.”

    Along with Duke, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Murphy is considering Florida, Boston College, West Virginia, Kansas and North Carolina.

    “Those are the ones we talked about,” Jay said.

    Kentucky coach John Calipari came Wednesday to watch Murphy and his 7-foot St. Mark’s (Mass.) teammate, Kaleb Tarczewski.

    Here’s the release from the NCAA:

    INDIANAPOLIS —University of Kentucky men’s basketball student-athlete Enes Kanter has been ruled permanently ineligible for receiving impermissible compensation from a professional team.

    The NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee has upheld the NCAA staff decision that Kanter received $33,033 above his actual and necessary expenses for one year while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey.

    The reinstatement committee is the final appeal opportunity.  The independent committee is composed of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences.  It can reduce or remove the conditions but cannot increase the conditions imposed by the staff.

    As a result of the ruling, Kanter will not be allowed to compete, practice or travel with the team as a player, but is able to receive financial aid to continue his education at Kentucky.  The university has indicated it plans to designate Kanter as an undergraduate student-assistant coach.  In this capacity, Kanter could perform limited coaching duties with the team.

    Say what you want about Kevin Boyle.

    The Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick coach doesn’t schedule a bunch of cupcakes.

    Consider this upcoming stretch of games for Kentucky-bound Michael Gilchrist and Company.

    On Sunday the unbeaten Celtics (6-0), ranked No. 2 nationally by ESPN Rise, will face St. Benedict’s Prep in the SFIC Basketball Festival at Kean University. (The event also features Seton Hall Prep against Hudson Catholic, Saint Peter’s Prep versus Trenton Catholic Academy and No. 3 St. Anthony against St. Joseph of Montvale.)

    After that, the Celtics face traditional New Jersey powerhouse Plainfield on Tuesday before traveling to Florida to meet Duke-bound Austin Rivers and No. 21 Winter Park Friday in their gym (7 p.m., ESPN2).