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Tuesday / February 20.
  • Big Week for Mount Vernon’s Cimmino

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    Bob Cimmino hasn’t gotten much sleep this week.

    But he’ll remember it for the rest of his life.

    Within a four-day span, the Mount Vernon High School coach won his fourth New York State Federation title and will coach in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

    Here’s a look at his busy schedule in the past few days:


    2 p.m. — Mount Vernon tips off against Christ the King in New York State Federation AA final at the Albany Times Union Center

    4 p.m. — Mount Vernon wins game, 84-78 in overtime, behind 31 points from West Virginia-bound guard Jabarie Hinds; coaches talk in locker room

    6 p.m. — Team stops for Roy Rogers/Arthur Treacher’s dinner

    9 p.m. — Bus arrives at Mount Vernon High School; Cimmino goes out for a couple beers with coaching staff

    11:30 p.m. — Bed


    3:30 a.m. — Cimmino wakes up

    5:30 — Arrives at Westchester Airport in White Plains, N.Y. after former player drives Cimmino and assistant Brian Pritchett

    7 — Flight departs for Chicago

    9:30 — Lands in Chicago; gets driven straight to McDonald’s practice to coach the East team. First face Cimmino sees is Larry Bird. Here’s the team Cimmino is coaching:

    Brad Beal Guard 6-5 Florida
    Chane Behanan Forward 6-7 Louisville
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Guard 6-5 Georgia
    Michael Carter-Williams Guard 6-10 Syracuse
    Rakeem Christmas Forward 6-10 Syracuse
    Quinn Cook Guard 6-0 Duke
    Michael Gilchrist Forward 6-7 Kentucky
    P.J. Hairston Guard/Forward 6-6 North Carolina
    James McAdoo Forward 6-8 North Carolina
    Johnny O’Bryant III Center 6-10 LSU
    Marshall Plumlee Center 6-10 Duke
    Shannon Scott Guard 6-2 Ohio State

    11:30 — Practice ends

    Cimmino’s initial thoughts on his team: “They were very receptive group, very large young men, very talented…[I noticed] how big Plumlee is, he’s very big. Chane [Behanan], how strong he is. And Quinn Cook is better than I thought he was. I saw him play with Oak Hill in Hawaii but he’s very coachable and listens well.”

    Noon – Lunch at McDonald’s

    6:30 – McDonald’s All-American Jam Fest; Oklahoma State commit LeBryan Nash wins. Read the story here.


    2 p.m. — East/West scrimmage


    9 p.m. — McDonald’s Game at the United Center on ESPN

    ***And check out this clip of of the upcoming documentary “Four Square Miles to Glory” about Mount Vernon High by Jerald Hoover.


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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