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Saturday / December 4.
  • Washington has landed a verbal commitment from 2013 Findlay Prep point guard Nigel Williams-Goss.

    The onetime UNLV commit also considered Harvard, UCLA, UNLV and Oklahoma.

    “At the end of the day, I had to follow my heart and it was the University of Washington that I felt most comfortable with,” Williams-Goss wrote on his blog for National Recruiting Spotlight. “I felt that Washington met all the criteria that I was looking for in a school and basketball program.

    It’s nearly June and it’s been two weeks since the NCAA late signing period ended, yet Chris Obekpa still remains on the board.

    “I asked him [Tuesday] if he’d made a decision and he said he hadn’t,” Pastor Ronald Stelzer, the founder, headmaster and basketball coach at Our Savior New American School told SNY.tv Wednesday by phone.

    Pastor Stelzer said he was not aware of any timetable for Obekpa’s decision.

    The 6-foot-9 Obekpa and his handlers have been conspicuously quiet as of late, but sources told SNY.tv that St. John’s and Cincinnati remain the favorites.

    Butler will join the Atlantic 10 Conference for all sports in 2012 instead of 2013.

    “The Atlantic 10 is looking forward to welcoming Butler immediately for participation in our league,” Commissioner Bernadette McGlade said in a statement. “We are willing to make all necessary schedule adjustments and modifications to accommodate Butler’s entry into the A-10 on July 1, 2012.

    “The unexpected circumstances that precipitated Butler’s request to move immediately were unfortunate, but we will welcome Butler into the A-10 as a valuable new member. The Atlantic 10 has the potential to have the strongest year in league history in 2012-13 with 16 outstanding programs.”

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — One veteran NBA scout said he kept waiting and waiting for Yancy Gates to realize his potential during his time at Cincinnati.

    And he never did.

    “I kept waiting and kept waiting and that’s all I did, was wait for Yancy to come around and he never did,” the NBA scout told SNY.tv.

    “I expected him to kick ass and take names and he didn’t do it.”

    Gates was one of several players to work out for the Knicks Tuesday, along with former Memphis wing Wesley Witherspoon, former Texas guard J’Covan Brown, former Gonzaza center Robert Sacre, former Mississippi State guard Dee Bost and former New Mexico State forward Troy Gillenwater, who left the workout midway through complaining of stomach problems. The workouts were closed to the media.

    For the first time in his three-year tenure at Seton Hall, Kevin Willard won’t have a single player coached by former coach Bobby Gonzalez on his roster.

    Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope are gone, leaving former Paterson Catholic standout Fuquan Edwin as the last player linked to the Gonzo Era.

    Edwin was recruited by Gonzalez but never played for him.

    “I’ve always felt like from my first year’s team like those are my guys,” Willard told SNY.tv by phone on Tuesday. “Although Bobby recruited them, I always considered them my guys.”