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Thursday / May 30.
  • Some bold reporter went ahead and asked Roy Williams what he thought of the ACC Tournament moving to Brooklyn in 2017 after North Carolina lost to Pittsburgh in the ACC quarterfinals on Friday.

    Wrong question, wrong time.

    “I mean, we just got our butts kicked,” Williams told reporters. “And we’ve got to get ready for the NCAA Tournament. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a blankety blank where the hell they put it. If they put it in Siberia, I’m going to try to go play. If they put it in Owen High School in Black Mountain, Swannanoa Valley, I’m going to try our best to go out and play.”

    Fuquan EdwinNEW YORK — The first time I covered Fuquan Edwin, he was a long, athletic freak of a freshman forward at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic.

    He couldn’t really dribble, shoot or create his own shot.

    But he was a 6-foot-6 rebounding machine who scored a lot on layups and putbacks for a team loaded with Division 1 prospects.

    He came out of the tough Alabama projects in Paterson, where the police once roared into his home in full armor looking for someone — and ended up making everyone get on the ground because they thought the TV remote his uncle was holding was a gun.

    Bryuce CottonBy JOSH NEWMAN
    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    NEW YORK – Providence is through to the Big East Tournament final thanks to an 80-74 decision over Seton Hall on Friday evening. The fact that these Friars have advanced to Saturday night at Madison Square Garden is somewhat remarkable.

    This season started with much promise as sophomore guard Kris Dunn returned from shoulder problems that plagued him as a freshman. The 4-star freshman tandem of Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock was also expected to add to an already-formidable lineup, which included Bryce Cotton, Kadeem Batts, LaDontae Henton and Long Island native Tyler Harris

    Dunn’s shoulder trouble persisted, costing him all but four games this season, while Austin and Bullock never played a game for head coach Ed Cooley after being suspended indefinitely for disciplinary reasons in early November.

    Wiggins DunkAndrew Wiggins has been re-installed as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com.

    The 6-foot-8 Wiggins has averaged 35.5 points in his last two games while teammate Joel Embiid has been out with a back injury. The 7-foot Embiid had previously been No. 1 on DraftExpess.com, but it now remains unclear when he will return this season.

    “It’s a combination of [Wiggins’s] terrific play as of late and the question marks about Embiid’s back and how that might affect him long-term,” Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com told SNY.tv.

    JaQuan LyleJaQuan Lyle plans to announce his college decision on Wednesday, he confirmed to SNY.tv.

    The 6-foot-5 Huntington (W.V.) Prep guard is home on spring break in Evansville, Ind., and will huddle with his family before choosing from among Oregon, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Memphis.

    “When he comes on spring break we’ll just sit and talk about each school about what he likes and he will make a decision,” his mother told SNY.tv recently. 

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