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Friday / July 19.
  • NEW YORK — In their quest to turn the Wagner basketball program around, head coach Dan Hurley and his staff have sought out some of the top available talent in the New York metropolitan area.

    Hurley landed his third recruit for 2011 when Eugene McCrory, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound postgraduate power forward from Central Jersey Each One Teach Academy, verbally pledged to Wagner Thursday in the SNY studio in Manhattan.

    McCrory, a former Seton Hall commit, chose Wagner over Hofstra and Northeastern in part because of his relationships with Hurley and assistant coach Luke Murray.

    “I always wanted to play with coach Hurley since I was in high school,” McCrory said.

    Kemba Walker wasn’t sure his old coach would ever leave Rice High School.

    After all, Moe Hicks had been at the Catholic powerhouse in Harlem since 1994 and was one of the most respected and accomplished prep coaches in the tri-state area.

    “It’s about time he jumped into college coaching,” Walker said Wednesday. “I honestly didn’t think he would ever do it, but I’m happy for him. He had so many great accomplishments on the high school level, I think it’s time for him to excel on the college level.”

    NEW YORK — Shawne Williams leads the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage, but he was conspicuously left out of the 3-point contest on All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

    Williams is the NBA’s leading 3-pointer shooter at 51 percent, but he’s made fewer 3’s (44) than anyone in the Top 10. He’s also a reserve.

    The NBA said there was no minimum threshold for number of completed 3-pointers in order to qualify for the contest.

    “I feel like it would’ve been an honor to get picked for that, just represent your organization and actually have a chance to win it,” Williams, a former Memphis standout, said before the Knicks lost, 116-108, to the Clippers Wednesday at MSG. “And plus you get paid.

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