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Tuesday / June 25.
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    NEW YORK
    — Let’s face it. This isn’t exactly a Golden Age for New York-area college basketball.

    Rutgers and Seton Hall are now a combined 6-24 in the Big East after both programs lost again on Saturday. Rutgers has dropped nine of 10, while Seton Hall has lost nine in a row.

    St. John’s, meantime, had a chance for a much-needed résumé win when it hosted No. 20 Pittsburgh Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

    But after briefly taking a second-half lead, the Johnnies appeared to lose their passion and will to win and fell, 63-47, before a crowd of 9,129.

    Seton Hall commit Aquille Carr is openly talking about playing professionally overseas next season, which might explain why the Pirates are looking at other guards in the Class of 2013.

    “Seton Hall is still my choice right now,” Carr, who has a 1-year-old daughter to support, told the Baltimore Sun in this well-done piece. “But I’m thinking about a lot more stuff that I could advance to. I think I’m ready to make it like my job. If you know about basketball, you know what that means. By the end of the season, everybody will find out.”

    Carr, nicknamed “The Crimestopper,” says he has studied the path taken by current Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, who skipped college to play a year professionally in Italy after he failed to qualify. Jennings ultimately became the No. 10 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, when he was famously bypassed by the Knicks. The 6-1 Jennings is currently averaging 18.9 points and 6.1 assists for the Bucks.

    “His path is similar to mine,” Carr told the Sun. “He grew up in a hard city, sort of like mine. I think that was the right way for him to do what he had to do. Now he can provide for his family more. I think that could be a possible way for me to provide for my family.”

    By JACK LeGWIN & ADAM ZAGORIA

    OLDSMAR, Fla.Andrew Wiggins is on the brink of taking a trio of official visits to three of the most storied programs in college basketball.

    The 6-foot-8 Wiggins heads to defending NCAA champion Kentucky on Wednesday and then visits Kansas March 4 and North Carolina March 9.

    He took an official visit to Florida State, the alma mater of his parents, in early December.

    Somewhere along the line he hopes the “moment” of clarity will come to him and enable him to make the best choice for college, which likely will only be a one-yeat pitt stop before he is selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

    Carmelo Anthony will have his No. 15 jersey retired today during the Georgetown-Syracuse game at the Carrier Dome, and he hopes the two teams can continue playing even after the Orange join the ACC next season.

    “I’m looking forward to that,” Anthony, who led Syracuse to the NCAA championship as a freshman in 2003 and later donated millions for the building of the Melo Center, said last month.

    “Could be the last Georgetown-Syracuse game, I hope it’s not. We need to keep that rivalry up, but I’m super excited about having that jersey retired.”

    Today will mark the last regular-season game between the longtime Big East rivals at the Carrier Dome; they will face off March 9 at the Verizon Center, and could potentially meet again in the Big East and/or NCAA Tournaments.

    Jon Severe went off for 26 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Christ the King to its fourth Brooklyn/Queens AA Diocesan championship in five years, and will now take his final official visit to West Virginia Saturday, Royals head coach Joe Arbitello told SNY.tv.

    Andre Walker had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Adonis DeLaRosa added 10 points and 8 rebounds for Christ the King in their 80-65 win over Bishop Loughlin at Christ the King.

    “It’s great winning it four out of five years,” Arbitello said. “It’s the first step.”

    St. John’s assistants Tony Chiles and Rico Hines were on hand to watch junior guard Khadeen Carrington, who had 21 points for Loughlin, which has now lost to Christ the King three times this season. Fellow junior guard Mike Williams added 13 points for Loughlin, which was held to 24 points in the second half.

    The 6-foot-2 Severe will now follow up his championship with a visit to the Big 12 school.

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