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Wednesday / May 22.
  • Orlando Sanchez and St. John’s have retained an attorney, Robert Orr, to represent Sanchez in his efforts to get a year of eligibility back in 2013-14, St. John’s spokesman Mark Fratto told SNY.tv Friday night.

    As first reported by SNY.tv in January, Sanchez, 24, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA and the case is considered “closed and…final.”

    The New York Times revealed in a story on its Website that Sanchez was declared ineligible because he played 3 minutes, 38 seconds with the Dominican Republic national team in 2010.

    “I did not know one dream would cost me another,” the 6-foot-9 Sanchez, a native of the Dominican who also lived in Spain before playing for Monroe (N.Y.) College, wrote in a letter to the N.C.A.A. in October.

    St. John’s is hoping that the NCAA will give the case another look, even though a source previously told SNY.tv: “The bar is high. Odds are slim at best with new information.”

    Reggie Cameron was 7 years old when he watched Georgetown and Syracuse play on TV that day in February 2002 when the Carrier Dome court was renamed “Jim Boeheim Court.”

    Darryl Watkins from Paterson Catholic was going there so I started watching Syracuse a lot because he was like family to me,” said Cameron, the Georgetown-bound small forward who grew up with the Playaz Basketball Club AAU program for which Watkins also played.

    “And I remember they played Georgetown that day and I remember Georgetown beat them.”

    The Orlando Magic appears to be stockpiling New York City talent.

    The Magic added New York natives Tobias Harris and Doron Lamb Thursday when they dealt J.J. Redick to the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Harris Tweeted: “Going to miss the wonderful city of Milwaukee and its amazing fans. Looking forward to the new journey that awaits in Orlando!!”

    Orlando already has former St. John’s star Maurice Harkless, a Queens native. The 6-8 Harris is a Long Island native who spent one year at Tennessee before he was chosen with the 19th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats.

    Julius Randle is expected to announce his college choice in March, a source with direct knowledge of the process told SNY.tv.

    On the same day he dropped 35 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists in a playoff win (according to Jason Jordan of USA Today) Randle released his Player Blog Friday on USA Today and said he was closing in on a decision.

    “I’m gonna shut all of my visits with coaches down,” he wrote. “I’ve got all the information now I’m gonna take time to process it all. So I won’t be meeting with any more coaches.”

    The 6-foot-9 forward from Prestonwood (TX) Christian had initially cut his list to Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, N.C. State and Oklahoma, although he never took an official to Oklahoma.

    As the NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday afternoon, the Knicks added Kenyon Martin, traded Ronnie Brewer and held on to Iman Shumpert.

    Speaking on a conference call Thursday evening, GM Glen Grunwald used the word “optimistic” numerous times and said he believes the moves will help the struggling Knicks as they move toward the playoffs.

    Since an 18-5 start, the Knicks (32-19)  are 14-14 in their last 28 games, including Wednesday’s embarrassing 125-91 loss at Indiana.

    Grunwald said the Knicks added the 6-9 Martin, a former teammate of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Marcus Camby and Raymond Felton in Denver and of Jason Kidd with the Nets, as “insurance” against the declining health of aging and injured bigs Camby and Rasheed Wallace.

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