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Tuesday / June 18.
  • Fludd, Whitehead Help Juice Win Title, Talk Recruiting

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    GALLOWAY, N.J. — Isaiah Whitehead and Leroy (Truck) Fludd didn’t get a chance to play for the gold championship at the “Live in AC” event, but they did end up winning it all in the silver bracket.

    Fludd, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Brooklyn who plans to do a postgraduate year, had 23 points, and Whitehead, a 6-4 2014 guard from Brooklyn Lincoln, added 14 to lead Juice to an 81-77 victory over the New Jersey Pirates Friday in the 17U silver championship game at Stockton College.

    “It feels good, we couldn’t get the gold, so we just had to come out hard and get the silver,” Whitehead told SNY.tv.

    A slew of coaches were on hand at the event, with Syracuse assistant Adrian Autry and St. John’s Derrick Wrobel among those watching Whitehead in the final.

    “A lot of college coaches [were] here to see me so hopefully they like what they see,” Whitehead said.

    Whitehead followed in the footsteps Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson at Lincoln, and remains in regular touch with Telfair and Stephenson.

    “I talk to them every day,” Whitehead said. “They come back to the neighborhood since the NBA’s over.”

    The NBA guys tell Whitehead to “be a vocal leader on the court, and the sky’s the limit for me.”

    Whitehead said he recently picked up an offer from Florida State to go with Iowa State, UConn, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pitt, Arizona, Villanova and West Virginia and plans several visits this summer.

    “I plan to visit Syracuse, Arizona and maybe Florida State in August,” said Whitehead, who grew up a fan of former ‘Cuse star Carmelo Anthony.

    Fludd, meanwhile, plans to attend a prep school after helping Brooklyn Boys & Girls win back-to-back New York PSAL titles.

    “I’m still looking for a prep school,” Fludd said, adding that he’s considering South Kent (Conn.), IMG Academies, Brewster (N.H.) Academy and Mack (N.C.) Academy.

    Fludd is being heavily recruited by Rutgers and also has interest from Kent State, Providence, Xavier, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa and Iona.

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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.

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