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Elijah Macon, 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, committed to West Virginia for the second time, doing so during an official visit to the school. A Columbus, Ohio native, Macon previously committed to the Mounties in the fall of 2009.
“It’s just the perfect place for me. They have everything I need plus a hall of fame coach that will make me a better player,” Macon, the Rivals No. 18 power forward in the Class of 2012, told WVSports.com via text message.
Macon also held offers from Tennessee, USC, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Kansas State, but was down to West Virginia Pitt.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — A year ago at this time, Herb Pope was lucky just to be alive.
The 6-foot-8 Seton Hall forward collapsed during a workout at Walsh Gym in April 2010. He underwent heart surgery to deal with a birth defect — an anomalous right coronary artery — that Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said they “usually only find in an autopsy.”
“Everyone’s got to remember, this time last year he wasn’t even cleared to walk,” Willard told SNY.tv Friday after practice.
A sluggish Pope played the 2010-11 season with the Pirates, but weighed 262 pounds and was a shadow of his former self. After a stellar sophomore season in which he averaged 11.5 points and 10.7 rebounds, Pope’s totals dipped to 9.8 points and 7.9 boards.
Flash forward a year and a slimmed-down Pope looks like a new man. He has completely revamped his diet, dropped to 240 pounds and appears poised for a breakout senior season.
Omar Calhoun wants Rodney Purvis to join him in the UConn backcourt in 2012.
Calhoun, the Christ the King Star, has committed to the Huskies and is now working on getting his old friend Purvis to join him.
“I talk to him from time to time,” Calhoun told SNY.tv. “We have been friends since the seventh and eighth grade. He would be a tremendous addition to the UConn family. With myself, Ryan Boatright and Shabazz Napier, the legacy of UConn basketball will continue to be in full effect.”
Purvis decommitted from Louisville and has re-opened his recruitment to include UConn, Memphis, Missouri, N.C. Central, N.C. State, Ohio State, Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia.