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Tuesday / August 9.
  • Now that we know who’s in and who’s out of the NBA Draft, it’s time to take a look at the Big East preseason rankings for the 2011-12 season. In this video interview Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim talks about beating cancer and about the Big East’s prospects next season.

    1. SYRACUSE (27-8, 12-6 Big East)

    Key Losses: Sr. F Rick Jackson (13.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg)

    Key Returnees: Jr. F Kris Joseph (14.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Jr. G Scoop Jardine (12.5 ppg, 5.9 apg), So. G Brandon Triche (11.1 ppg, 2.9 apg), Fr. G Dion Waiters (6.6 ppg), Fr. C Fab Melo (2.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

    Key Additions: C Rakeem Christmas, SG Michael Carter-Williams, SG Trevor Cooney

    The Skinny: The Orange bring back a ton of experience in Joseph, Jardine and Triche, while the young big men — Melo, C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita all have a year of experience in the vaunted 2-3 zone under their belt. Watch out for Carter-Williams, assistant coach Mike Hopkins’ prized recruit who led the Peach Jam in scoring last summer.

    “‘Where’s the money! Where’s the weed!’

    These infamous lines were allegedly said by former Seton Hall basketball player Kelly Whitney as he terrorized eight students during a robbery March 15, 2010 at a South Orange, N.J., home.

    According to The Star-Ledger, which is covering the trial of Whitney and former Seton Hall player Robert “Stix Mitchell, Whitney had on a mask, gloves and was holding a gun when he demanded the money and marijuana from a student with whom he had smoked weed. Several students were on the floor and Whitney was tying one up.

    By ALEX KLINE & ADAM ZAGORIA

    Maryland’s 2011 recruiting class took a big hit Thursday.

    Sterling Gibbs, a 6-foot-1 point guard out of Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey, and Nick Faust, a 6-5 shooting guard from Baltimore City, both got their official releases from their Letters of Intent.

    A third recruit, German forward Martin Breunig, asked for his release but his situation was “still in flux,” according to a source at St. John’s Northwest Military Academy in Wisconsin.

    Harlem native Kareem Canty is planning some visits and focusing on a group of schools.

    The 6-foot, 185-pound 2012 point guard says he’ll visit Providence Sunday, Texas A&M in early June and Xavier June 24.

    He also lists Miami, Oklahoma (interest), Dayton and Seton Hall, but says Xavier’s Rasheen Davis is working the hardest right now.

    “They keep in contact with me, see how I’m doing,” Canty said by phone. “I respect that.”

    He said the coaching change at Texas A&M has not deterred him from considering them. Associate head coach Scott Spinelli is recruiting him.