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Wednesday / February 8.
  • Jon Severe met with new Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan on Tuesday night and said he still hasn’t chosen his future school.

    “I’m gonna sleep on it,” the Christ the King guard told SNY.tv.

    After being introduced as Rutgers’ new coach earlier Tuesday, Jordan met with Severe in New York and told him he could be his first recruit to a team that currently has just a half dozen scholarship players.

    “It was good,” said Severe, the reigning New York Mr. Basketball. “He said he loves me. I could be his first recruit. He seemed like a good guy.”

    Asked if Rutgers was now officially on a list that also includes Fordham, Pitt, West Virginia and Wake Forest, Severe said, “Yeah, you could say that. They’re in the back of my head.”

    Former West Virginia guard Jabarie Hinds is down to two schools.

    “UMass and St. Joe’s,” the Mount Vernon, N.Y. native told SNY.tv.

    Hinds said he will not visit Iona or any other schools.

    He just returned from St. Joe’s and said the visit was “good.”

    “I liked the campus and everything was straight,” he said.

    At UMass, he is friendly with New York native Chaz Williams and New Jersey’s Derrick Gordon.

    By JOSH NEWMAN
    Special to ZAGSBLOG

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    NEW YORK – Out since March 9 following a right knee debridement, Amar’e Stoudemire is hoping that a return in these playoffs isn’t that far off.

    “If everything goes great, then I’m ready to play, sooner than later, hopefully if everything continues to improve, so we’ll see,” the Knicks’ $100 million power forward told reporters at Madison Square Garden before the Knicks took on the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of their first-round series. “The best thing is we have such a great team, so they’re doing extremely well in these playoffs so far. The more the team wins, than that gives me more time to get 100 percent.”

    Syracuse junior C.J. Fair has not yet decided whether or not to enter the NBA Draft.

    “He has not announced,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told SNY.tv Tuesday.

    Asked if he thought the 6-foot-8 Fair would announce today, Boeheim said, “No, I don’t think so, I don’t think so. We’re going to have to wait and see what happens there.”

    Fair was due to have a press conference today, but Boeheim said Fair would postpone it.

    “I believe he is,” Boeheim said.

    In its first year in the ACC, Syracuse will host perennial ACC powers Duke and North Carolina, and that has Jim Boeheim very excited.

    “It’s great for our fans,” Boeheim, who led his team to the Final Four where they lost to Michigan, told SNY.tv Tuesday. “I think making this move to the ACC, the teams that they identify with — obviously, they’re all good teams — but the teams they identify with in the ACC are Duke and North Carolina. And we’ll get both those teams at home. It’s a huge thing for our fan base, to get those two teams.

    “Obviously, it’s difficult but it’s a huge thing for the fan base.”

    Syracuse will have home-and-home series with Miami and Duke, meaning they will also travel to Cameron Indoor, giving Boeheim a chance to match wits with close friend and Team USA colleague Mike Krzyzewski and Michael Gbinije a chance to return to his former school in his first year of eligibility at Syracuse.