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Wednesday / November 30.
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    In case you missed it, here’s Chris Broussard going off on Jason Collins’s announcement that he’s gay.

    “Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle, or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals,” Broussard said Monday on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines.” “If you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin. … I believe that is walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ.”

    It’s not the first time Broussard has ventured into these waters. In an April 2009 ESPN story he had this to say:

    Marial Shayok is a 6-foot-6 2014 wing from Blairstown (N.J.) Academy who picked up several offers after playing this past weekend with CIA Bounce at the Boo Williams Nike EYBL event.

    Shayok reportedly more than held his own against 2014 guard Rashad Vaughn.

    Blair coach Joe Mantegna said Minnesota’s Richard Pitino, Rutgers’ Eddie Jordan and La Salle’s Dr. John Giannani called this weekend to offer Shayok.

    Shayok, who averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists this past season at Blair already held offers from Boston College, Seton Hall, Villanova, Providence, Kansas State, Georgia, Texas A&M and interest from Illinois, Texas, UConn, Northwestern, Michigan and Duke, among others, Mantegna said.

    Two of the top players in the Class of 2014 picked up high-major offers after their performances at the Boo Williams Nike EYBL stop this weekeend.

    Jared Terrell, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy, added offers from Kansas and Florida, according to his Expressions Elite coach Tyron Boswell.

    Abdul-Malik Abu, a 6-8 power forward from Kimball (N.H.) Union, added offers from Kansas, N.C. State, Texas and Minnesota.

    Kentucky coach John Calipari also watched Abu and UK assistant Orlando Antigua called Boswell Monday.

    “Cal watched a game and then the assistant watched a game,” Boswell told SNY.tv. “He loved how he rebounded above the square and loved his motor.”

    Former Rutgers guard Jerome Seagears will announce his next destination Wednesday.

    The 6-foot-2 Seagears will choose either Auburn or Arkansas, according to a Tweet from his former high school coach, Darrick Bond.

    Seagears visited Arkansas this past weekend and enjoyed it and went to Auburn the weekend before.

    “He likes both head coaches [Mike Anderson of Arkansas and Tony Barbee of Auburn] and also likes both styles of play,” Bond told SNY.tv.

    By JOSH VERLIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.– It’s tough to ignore an athletic 6-foot-6, 176-pound wing who can knock down the 3-pointer, and even tougher not to notice when that wing plays for Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony.

    Though he’s mostly played on the junior varsity level up to this point, Markis McDuffie figures to be part of the next wave of high-level Division I players to come out of the New Jersey powerhouse.

    “He’s a legit 6-7 wing player,” Sports U coach Brian Coleman told SNY.tv. “He’s a very good shooter. I think he’s going to be one of their main guys this year. He and Tarin Smith and Cheddi [Mosely] are going to be the main guys this year. He’s very good.”

    BOSTON — Jason Terry says he can still feel the effects of the elbow J.R. Smith planted on his face Friday night in Game 3, but that didn’t stop Terry from being the Sixth Man Who Mattered Most on Sunday.

    “It hurt, I mean it still hurts right now. Long as I feel that, I guess I’ll be thinking about it,” Terry said matter-of-factly in the corner of the Celtics locker room following their 97-90 OT win in Game 4 at TD Garden.

    Terry won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2009, and Smith captured it this year.