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Tuesday / May 26.
  • UCLA’s dream recruiting class took a bit of a hit Wednesday when Findlay Prep point guard Dominic Artis decommitted.

    The 6-foot Artis was part of a class that included Oak Hill shooting guard Jordan Adams and St. Anthony point guard Kyle Anderson.

    “He felt like he rushed into his commitment,” Derrick Artis, Dominic’s uncle, told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com, confirming news reported by Scout.com. “Still loves UCLA and they are the top of his list, but he wants to make sure he is making the right decision.”

    St. John’s coach Steve Lavin will undergo surgery on Thursday at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York to treat his prostate cancer. Lavin will have the condition treated this week and is expected to resume his coaching responsibilities with the Red Storm after a recovery period.

    “The advantage of early detection is that we were afforded the time to research all options,” said Lavin, 47, who has been recruiting this week at Bridgton (Maine) Academy and Brewster (N.H.) Academy.

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. — One day last week, the freshmen duo of Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears won seven straight five-on-five pickup games against their Rutgers teammates.

    Whether the rookie backcourt can carry that success into the regular season remains to be seen, but Mack and Seagears, along with fellow freshman guard Eli Carter, have sparked plenty of optimism at the State University of New Jersey.

    “It’s great to have competition, and last year we just didn’t have that because of the fact that when you only have seven or eight scholarship players you know you’re going to play,” Rutgers coach Mike Rice told SNY.tv.

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Bob Hurley has coached some pretty good players in his day.

    Bobby Hurley, Terry Dehere, Jerry Walker, Mike Rosario and Tyshawn Taylor are just some of the players to come through St. Anthony over the years.

    Yet Hurley reserves special praise for 6-foot-8, UCLA-bound point guard Kyle Anderson.

    “I think he’s the most dominant player to ever play at the school,” Hurley, a Naismith Hall of Famer, told SNY.tv last week at Rutgers.

    “His improvement from last year till now is unbelievable. He’s certainly the most versatile kid ever anywhere near his size that I’ve ever coached.”