Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK – Sean Evans counts D.J. Kennedy as his closest friend on the St. John’s basketball team.
But now Evans and his teammates will have to move forward into the NCAA tournament without their fallen brother after Kennedy suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the first half of St. John’s 79-73 loss to Syracuse in the Big East tournament quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden.
“I don’t think it’s going to feel the same because we lost one of our brothers if he doesn’t get to play,” Evans said. “D.J.’s a big part of this team. This hurts me I think as much as it hurts him because me and D.J. are real close on and off the court.”
Kemba Walker went 8 of 22 in UConn’s stunning 76-74 upset of No. 1 Pitt in the Big East tournament.
But only one shot mattered.
“I was going to got to the basket on him [Gary McGhee],” Walker said. “I was going to penetrate and get a layup or a foul for a teammate but he fell so I was able to get a clean look at the rim so I took a shot.”
NEW YORK — Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Carl Walton are done.
The officials who messed up the controversial ending to Wednesday’s St. John’s-Rutgers game have “voluntarily” withdrawn from the rest of the Big East tournament.
“Our officials are a very dedicated and loyal group of professionals who care deeply about The Big East Conference,” Commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement. “In the best interests of everyone involved — including coaches, student-athletes, game officials and Big East member institutions — the officials who were assigned to the St. John’s-Rutgers game Wednesday have voluntarily withdrawn for the remainder of the 2011 Big East Championship. With three days of competition remaining, it is our hope that everyone will now focus on our outstanding teams and the exciting games ahead.”
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Austin Rivers or Michael Gilchrist?
Who is the National High School Player of the Year?
“I think I have worked hard, and it would be a blessing to win,” the Duke-bound Rivers said Thursday by text.
Speaking on behalf of Gilchrist, St. Patrick coach Kevin Boyle said: “On the year he had with the schedule we had, he has as much right to that as anybody, Austin Rivers or other guys that are mentioned, without question.”