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Wednesday / November 20.
  • EnnisTony McIntyre still remembers the day that his 7-year-old son, Dylan Ennis, was winning a blowout basketball game for the Brampton (Ontario) Blue Devils and one of the officials jokingly suggested they “put the little kid in.”

    The “little kid” was 5-year-old Tyler Ennis.

    “We put him in and he subbed into the game and kind of watched and played along,” recalled McIntyre, the boys’ father and longtime coach with the CIA Bounce AAU program. “It started out as a joke and then it was like, ‘Hey, he can actually play here.'”

    Lance StephensonBy JOSH NEWMAN
    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    NEW YORK – With Danny Granger playing only five games for the Indiana Pacers last season thanks to patellar tendinosis, Lance Stephenson slid into his starting spot and the former Brooklyn Lincoln High School star played well, averaging 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 78 games.

    That was an encouraging season for Stephenson, who hadn’t produced much in 54 games over his first two seasons following one season at the University of Cincinnati.

    This season, the 23-5, Eastern Conference-leading Pacers are one of a small handful of legitimate NBA title contenders and Stephenson has been a huge reason why. His numbers have never been better, averaging 13.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 35.2 minutes per game. One other statistic beginning to get attention is his NBA-leading three triple-doubles, the third of which was 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on Sunday night against the Boston Celtics.

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    After a conversation with Seton Hall-bound shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead at the City of Palms Classic, his Brooklyn Lincoln teammate Desi Rodriguez decided Seton Hall was the place for him, too.

    “Me and Isaiah had a talk,” the 6-foot-6 Rodriguez told SNY.tv by phone from Florida. “We play together well and we felt like we should follow each other to college.

    “I made a decision and I think it was the best opportunity.”

    IMG_2146By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Everyone who follows basketball knows who Raymond Felton is.

    But few know that the Knicks point guard has a nephew who’s pretty good at ball, too.

    Jalek Felton exploded onto the scene this weekend at the Chick Fil A Classic when he averaged 24.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in a win over Lower Richland and losses to Luella (GA) and Aquinas (GA).

    The 6-foot-4 freshman point guard out of Mullins (S.C.) has turned the biggest heads in the country, gaining interest from UNC and Kansas among many others.

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    By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Theo Pinson has high expectations for his first year in Chapel Hill.

    In fact, anything short of an NCAA championship would be a failure in his eyes.

    “Our only goal is to win a national championship next year,” Pinson told SNY.tv. “You can tell from this year, they are top 15 in the nation preseason. They just need a couple more guards and a wing, and that’s what we’ve got coming, so we’re going to do our best.”

    Pinson is part of a 2014 Carolina class that includes top 20-players Joel Berry and Justin Jackson.

    4_3530292By JASON MORROW

    Special to ZAGSBLOG 

    FORT MYERS, Fla. – Chuck Okafor says Duke should have one goal and one goal only next season.

    “First of all, we know they have a talented group going to Duke next year. Their model should be national championship or bust,” Jahlil Okafor’s father told SNY.tv exclusively Monday night.

    “With the legend of Coach K and the kids that he has there now and the ones he’s bringing in, I see nothing but a national championship.”

    When D’Angelo Harrison was suspended from the St. John’s program late last season, it seemed fair to wonder whether he would ever play another game for head coach Steve Lavin.

    But Harrison spent part of the summer working with John Lucas in Texas, and ultimately worked his way back into Lavin’s good graces.

    On Monday, he earned his first Big East Conference Player of the Week honors after shattering the Red Storm school mark for career 3-point field goals made.

    It was the first-ever such honor for Harrison, surprising since he’s now a junior and has had a strong career on the court.