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Monday / January 30.
  • Smart Turns Down Marquette; Recruits in Limbo

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    ShakaShaka Smart turned down an offer to be the next coach at Marquette, according to a report from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.com.

    This despite the fact that TV reports in Milwaukee had Smart as a done deal to Marquette to replace Buzz Williams just a couple days ago.

    Williams reportedly took a big pay cut to leave Marquette for Virginia Tech last week.

    Former UCLA coach Ben Howland, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and Green Bay coach Brian Wardle remain on the list at Marquette, according to Parrish’s report and sources.

    Meantime, Marquette’s recruits remain in limbo.

    Marquette has five commits for 2014 in shooting guards Sandy Cohen and Ahmed Hill, small forwards Marial Shayok and Malek Harris and center Satchel Pierce.

    Cohen has reportedly asked for a release but was denied. Shayok, out of Blair (N.J.) Academy, is expected to seek a release, sources told SNY.tv.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.