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Thursday / December 9.
  • DerekDerrick Gordon, the first openly gay player in Division 1 men’s basketball, will transfer from UMass, he told ESPN.com.

    Chris Chavannes, who coached Gordon at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High School, told SNY.tv Gordon had no list in mind yet.

    “I appreciate everything that the coaches and my teammates have done for me,” said Gordon, who averaged 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds last season. “As far as me leaving, it has absolutely nothing to do with my sexuality. In fact, everyone could not have been more supportive with my situation.”

    Gordon came out back in April, saying he was inspired by Jason Collins and Michael Sam.

    10363734Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina has not cut his list and is still considering several options, he and his father told SNY.tv.

    “I’m still wide open in my process,” Sina told SNY.tv by text.

    He said Michigan, Stanford and Boston College “are three schools I’m still considering.”

    He also listed South Carolina, Binghamton, George Washington, Rhode Island “and some other A-10s.”

    10464516Memphis sophomore point guard Pookie Powell and sophomore forward Nick King are transferring.

    “Nick and Pookie both are fine young men and in good academic standing at the University,” said head coach John Pastner. “We support both players and wish them all the best.”

    Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com first reported the news.

    The 6-foot-1 Powell (pictured) averaged 4.1 points and 2.7 assists this season, while the 6-7 King averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds.

    Both will have to sit a year per NCAA transfer regulations unless they obtain a waiver.

    Memphis previously lost sophomore forward Kuran Iverson, who transferred to Rhode Island and has applied for a waiver to play immediately next season.

    AAKOBYVDNNHETAG.20130523191730Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel is the frontrunner to replace the fired Herb Sendek at Arizona State.

    Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com cited a source saying that the job is “Jeff Capel’s, if he wants it.”

    Capel, 40, coached Oklahoma for five years and VCU for four before that. His career record is 175-110 with three NCAA Tournament appearances. His 2007-08 Oklahoma team featured Blake Griffin and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-2nd Round-San Diego State vs St. John'sNEW YORK — Steve Lavin’s future at St. John’s is in doubt and the school’s administration is engaging in various discussions this week that could determine his future, multiple sources told SNY.tv.

    “They’re meeting either this weekend or Monday to discuss the fate of Lavin,” one source said.

    Asked what it meant for Lavin’s future at the school, the source said, “Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.”

    -aa527961a143200bTRENTON, N.J. — Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins greeted Malachi Richardson with a smile and a handshake Monday night before the Tournament of Champions final at  Sun National Bank Center.

    Hopkins and fellow Orange assistant Adrian Autry then watched another Syracuse signee, 6-foot-9 forward Moustapha Diagne, and his Pope John XXIII teammates, fall short in the TOC final to Kentucky-bound point guard Isaiah Briscoe and Roselle Catholic, 57-45.

    Still, Hopkins and Autry had a message to the recruits before walking out of the building with Pope John coach Jason Hasson after the loss.

    image_handler-aspxNEW YORK — As Fordham conducts its coaching search via the Parker Executive Search firm in Atlanta, star freshman guard Eric Paschall is considering taking visits to Villanova and Providence, his father told SNY.tv Tuesday.

    “Looking at schools in the area that might be a good fit, of course Providence and Villanova would fall into that category,” Juan Paschall told SNY.tv by phone.

    “But have we set up an official visit to any of them? As of this moment right now, no. Will we be in the near future? Most probably, yes.”

    Former Fordham coach Tom Pecora was an assistant to Villanova coach Jay Wright at Hofstra.