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Friday / April 23.
  • The Wally Judge transfer to Rutgers is now official.

    Judge, a 2009 McDonald’s High School All-America selection who played the past two seasons at Kansas State, has signed the required paperwork to transfer to Rutgers. Judge will practice this season but must sit out per NCAA transfer regulations.

    The 6-9, 240-pound Judge who will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after his year in residence.

    Rutgers coach Mike Rice said the program would explore options to see if Judge might be able to suit up this year, but nothing is guaranteed.


    Nearly a year after losing LeBron James to “The Decision,” the Cleveland Cavaliers got a major boost Tuesday night when they won the No. 1 pick in the June 23 NBA Draft.

    The Cavs will likely choose between Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona sophomore forward Derrick Williams.

    “I have no idea where I’m going to end up at but where ever I go I will be grateful for the opportunity to play in the NBA!” Tweeted Irving, the West Orange, N.J. native who spent one injury-plagued season at Duke.

    By ALEX KLINE & ADAM ZAGORIA

    One day after former Maryland guard Sterling Gibbs pledged to Texas, Nick Faust proclaimed his allegiance to Maryland.

    “Coach Turgeon’s goal is to win a national championship and I would play a big part in that immediately,” Faust said by text, confirming news first reported by Scout.com.

    The No. 11 shooting guard in the Class of 2011 per Rivals, Faust is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Baltimore City High.

    Rafer Alston and Kenny Anderson are two of the most well known and talented point guards ever to come out of New York City.

    Now the two former NBA players are looking to transition into coaching.

    Alston, 34, was just hired as the new head coach at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center, replacing former coach Carlos Wilson, who’s headed to coach at Tyler Junior College.

    “I’ve had a good career, long career, 11 years,” Alston said of a career that included stops in six NBA cities and a stint in China. “I had fun. I can’t complain about my NBA career. It’s been wonderful.”

    Alston, the former Cardozo High star known as “Skip to My Lou,” said he wasn’t ruling out a possible return to playing professionally overseas or in the NBA, but he realizes that is unlikely.

    NEW YORK — It won’t be easy for Georgetown to replace Austin Freeman and Chris Wright.

    But the Hoyas are getting a nice piece in 6-foot-5, 200-pound combo guard Jabril Trawick, who aggressively attacked the rim and put up 25 points and 8 rebounds Sunday when the Playaz beat the New York Panthers, 75-73, in the quarterfinals of the iS8/Nike Spring Classic.

    “I think Jabril Trawick is one of the most underrated players in the country and I’ve been saying that to people for months,” Playaz coach Jimmy Salmon said.

    IMG forwards DeAndre Daniels and Jamari Traylor are about to end their recruitments.

    “DeAndre is going to make his decision tomorrow [Wednesday],” IMG Academies coach Andy Borman confirmed by phone Tuesday.

    He later added that Traylor would also announce then.

    The 6-foot-8 Daniels is down to Kansas and Texas.

    He initially committed to Texas out of Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft High, only to decommit and spend a year at IMG.

    Sources close to the situation indicated Texas remains in strong position for Daniels, but the situation remains in flux because Daniels has gone back and forth on his decision.