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Tuesday / December 10.
  • After appearing with his wife, Mary Ann Jarou, at St. John’s  73-58 loss to Louisville Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, head coach Steve Lavin is heading back out on the road recruiting.

    As reported exclusively last month by SNY.tv, Lavin is looking to sign five players in the Class of 2012 during the springtime.

    “I’ll be going back on the road to recruit Thursday so this was an opportunity on the calendar to attend a game and support the team,” Lavin said in a statement. “I will continue a modified schedule with duties that include being at practices, recruiting the 2012 class and attending certain games.”

    If you ask Bobby Sibley, owner of the Louisiana Basketball Report, Jarell Martin is the best prospect in the state since the  days of GlenBig Baby” Davis, Brandon Bass and Tasmin Mitchell.

    “He has NBA potential,” Sibley told SNY.tv Wednesday by phone. “He’s better than Ricardo Gathers. I love Ricardo, but as far as pure potential, pure raw ability, he’s hands down the best prospect.”

    The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Martin is the Rivals No. 25 power forward prospect in the Class of 2013, but he’s being recruited at the highest levels.

    Ever since Torian Graham re-committed and then de-committed from N.C. State last month, there’s been a death of information on him.

    But now Rex Morgan, head coach at Arlington (Fla.) Country Day, says Memphis may be working the hardest on the 6-foot-4 2012 shooting guard.

    “Torian committed to N.C. State and now it’s not a good fit,” Morgan told SNY.tv Wednesday by phone.

    “He’s opened it back up and Memphis is working pretty hard.”

    NEWARK — Even as his team took a 13-point halftime lead on No. 8 UConn Tuesday night at The Prudential Center, Jordan Theodore looked far from the best point guard in the Big East.

    He dished six assists but went scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting.

    Then with about 13 minutes left in the game, Theodore told his teammates, “My fault. I got it, don’t worry about it.”

    The senior then proceeded to score all 19 of his points in the second half, hitting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and going 8-for-8 at the line as Seton Hall stunned UConn, 75-63, for its first win over the Huskies since March 3, 2001.

    The Knicks should get some good news tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats when both Amar’e Stoudemire (ankle) and Iman Shumpert (knee) are expected back.

    “Game-time decisions,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said Tuesday. “But it looks good. We’ll see reactions and all that, but they feel a lot better.”

    Stoudemire sprained his ankle last Thursday against the Lakers and has missed two games.