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    It remains to be seen if the Brooklyn Nets will be any good, but Brooklyn figures to be chock full of strong college basketball games next season.

    Beginning in November, the new Barclays Center will host some of the most storied programs in college hoops, including Kentucky, UCLA, Indiana, Maryland, Georgetown, Michigan, St. John’s, Notre Dame and West Virginia. (See below for the schedule.).

    Many of the top freshman in college basketball will be on display, too.

    When Kentucky faces Maryland Nov. 9, fans can see Kentucky’s class of Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Willie Cauley and Alex Poythress.

    Maryland’s class includes Sam Cassell Jr., Jake Layman and Shaq Cleare, among others.

    When the Legends Classic comes to Brooklyn Nov. 19-20, UCLA will bring its star-studded recruiting class of Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker and Jordan Adams.

    Indiana’s group of recruits includes Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin, Ron Patterson and Hanner Perea.

    And Georgetown’s class includes B.J. Hayes, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Brandon Bolden.

    In December, Michigan will bring stud freshman Mitch McGary to play against West Virginia, now in the Big 12.

    St. John’s and Seton Hall will both play at Barclays, with the Johnnies taking on traditional rival St. Francis Dec. 15 and Seton Hall meeting NCAA Tournament team LIU a week later, Dec. 22.

    The Johnnies class features JaKarr Sampson, Orlando Sanchez, Marco Bourgault and Felix Balamou, plus transfer Jamal Branch.

    Seton Hall has three transfers eligible next season in Kyle Smyth, Brian Oliver and Gene Teague, and hopes to have former Texas guard Sterling Gibbs eligible with a hardship waiver.

    “To play a local school like St. Francis at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn is a natural fit,” said St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin. “Some of St. John’s most-prolific players and loyal fans throughout our storied history have roots that trace back to the borough of Brooklyn. This game and new venue presents a nice way to pay homage to that dimension of our legacy.”

    The Barclays will also host the Atlantic 10 Tournament, which will feature, among other teams, Dan Hurley’s Rhode Island Rams.

    Hurley has quickly rebuilt Rhody with the additions of transfers Gillie Biruta (Rutgers), Jarelle Reischel (Rice), DeShon “Biggie” Minnis (Texas Tech), plus recuits Mike Aaman and Jordan Hare.

    Beginning in 2013, the A-10 will also feature VCU and Butler, who have two of the hottest young coaching minds in the business in Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens.


    Nov. 9 — Barclays Center Classic, Barclays Center (Brooklyn)

    Kentucky vs. Maryland

    Nov. 16-17 — Coaches vs. Cancer, Barclays Center

    Teams: BYU, Florida State, Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s

    Nov. 19-20 — Legends Classic, Barclays Center 

    Teams: UCLA, Indiana, Georgetown and Georgia

    Dec. 15 — Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival, Barclays Center

    Michigan vs. West Virginia

    Fordham vs. Princeton

    Dec. 22 — Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational, Barclays Center

    Seton Hall vs. LIU

    Manhattan vs. South Carolina


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.