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Wednesday / May 22.
  • Rice High School, the storied home of former stars like Kemba WalkerAndre BarrettFelipe Lopez and Kenny Satterfield, is on the brink of closing.

    “The school is in legitimate jeopardy of closing,” Rice assistant coach Kimani Young told Monday. “The school is exploring options to stay open.”

    Young said officials were looking into moving the school to All Saints Middle School or Charles Middle School in Harlem.

    “Those are the options being explored right now,” Young said.

    Manhattan signed point guard Decarlos Anderson and wing Emmanuel Andujar of Rice High to National Letters of Intent.

    Anderson is a 6-foot-2 product of I.C. Norcom High School in Suffolk, Va. who helped the Greyhounds win back-to-back Group AAA State Championships. Andujar is a 6-5 versatile wing who played under head coach Dwayne Mitchell at Rice High School in New York City.

    “We are excited about Decarlos joining the Jasper family,” head coach Steve Masiello said. “Decarlos is a winner who has experienced success throughout his high school career. He can play multiple positions in the backcourt and we will look for him to be an integral part of our basketball team.”


    NEW YORK — Rebounding has become a lost art in the game of basketball.

    Players have become more concerned with highlight-reel dunks and ankle-breaking crossovers  than with developing their entire repertoire.

    Pittsburgh recruit Khem Birch may be an exception.

    The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Birch may not have Dennis Rodman’s resume at the age of 18, but his determination to hit the boards made him a 2011 McDonald’s All-American last month and a player whom Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon is salivating over.

    Deonte Houston is off the hook.

    The armed robbery charge against the Wings Academy star was dismissed on Monday.

    “The case was advanced and dismissed,” Owen H. Lamb, Houston’s attorney, said Monday by phone. “Advanced from the July 12 date and dismissed.”

    The 17-year-old Houston was initially charged with first-degree robbery after he and three friends allegedly stole an iPod from a 15-year-old boy on May 8 at Pugsley Creek Park in Clason Point.

    NEW YORK –Josiah Turner came to Queens from North Carolina with two of his Quality Education teammates.

    He left as the MVP of the iS8/Nike Spring Championship final and with a trophy as tall as he is.

    “It feels good,” the 6-foot-3 Turner said after posting 16 points and 7 assists to lead the Sean Bell All-Stars to a 71-60 victory over a Real Scout outfit with three St. John’s signees.

    “It lets me know that I can play with a lot of people. I’m a pretty good point guard. I can run the show so I like it.”

    — On a day when St. John’s lost one of its most athletic current players to transfer, the bounciest of the program’s future players engaged in a thrilling dunkfest before a capacity crowd in the iS8/Nike Spring Classic championship game.

    JaKarr Sampson seemed to have the defining dunk of the afternoon when he drove on former St. John’s signee Dwight Meikle and threw down a ferocious one-handed slam in the first quarter, when Real Scout led the Sean Bell All-Stars by as many as 10 points.

    “Durant,” said referee Arnold Saunders, referring to Kevin Durant’s jaw-dropping, one-handed slam on Brendan Haywood in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

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