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Friday / December 2.
  • A number of coaches flocked to see 2014 Bishop Loughlin star Khadeen Carrington Friday night.

    The 6-foot-3 shooting guard went off for 31 points but his team lost a nail-biter to Christ the King, 73-72.

    St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin and two assistants, Rico Hines and Tony Chiles, were both in attendance, as were UConn assistant Glen Miller, SMU assistant Ulric Maligi and Florida State assistant Dennis Gates.

    St. John’s has limited scholarships for 2013 and is focusing on Jermaine Lawrence, whom Lavin and Chiles watched in his debut Thursday, and Philly Vaux Roberts guard Rysheed Jordan.

    UCLA has cleared freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and former St. Anthony star Kyle Anderson in Gucci-gate.

    The two freshmen were seen wearing designer Gucci backpacks following UCLA’s 84-73 upset of No. 6 Arizona Thursday night.

    The Gucci Website shows backpacks that go from $990-$1350.

    That triggered a report from Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports, which, in turn, triggered an investigation by UCLA Compliance.

    “The UCLA Athletics Compliance Office has confirmed that men’s basketball players Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson received items in question as gifts from their respective families and the matter is closed,” the statement read.

    NEW YORK — When Josh Brown first arrived at St. Anthony High School three years ago, he had never played point guard.

    “He didn’t play the position until the end of sophomore year,” Hall of Fame St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley told SNY.tv.
    “We said to the AAU guys, ‘Try to start playing him at that position. We think ultimately that’s going to be where he’s going to play in college.'”

    Three years later, the Temple-bound Brown is the latest in a long line of Hurley-coached point guards to enjoy success and earn a Division 1 scholarship.

    After posting 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and four turnovers to lead St. Anthony to their 80th consecutive victory, 43-28 over Brooklyn Boys & Girls in the SNY Invitational at City College, Brown remains unbeaten in a Friars uniform. So does his teammate, Oregon-State bound senior guard Hallice Cooke, who added 12 points in the win.

    The Knicks could get their starting point guard back Saturday against Philadelphia.

    If he is cleared by doctors after shootaround Saturday at Temple University, Raymond Felton will start tomorrow night against the Sixers.

    Felton, averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, has been out since late December with a fractured right pinkie.

    “It takes some slack off of Jason Kidd, gives him some rest and we pretty much get back to how we started the season,” Carmelo Anthony, who has been forced to handle some point guard duties in Felton’s absence, told reporters Friday in Philly, according to KnicksNow.com.

    Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, the former St. Patrick High School star, were among five first-timers chosen as reserves for next month’s NBA All-Star Game in Houston.

    Chandler was the second Knick chosen, along with Carmelo Anthony, who will start for the East.

    Chandler is averaging a career-high 12.2 points with 11.0 rebounds and an NBA-best 67.4 field goal percentage for the Knicks, who won in Boston, 89-86, Thursday for the first time since November 2006.

    No Nets were selected even though Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are all having strong seasons.