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Friday / April 23.
  • Tiny Morton Returning as Lincoln High Coach

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    One year after leaving Lincoln High School to become an assistant coach at Seton Hall, Dwayne “Tiny” Morton is back as the head coach at the Brooklyn school, multiple sources told SNY.tv.

    Morton told SNY.tv he was not able to comment at the moment.

    Morton left Seton Hall last week and told SNY.tv he planed to return to teaching math at Shirley Tanyhill School.

    “If Lincoln [High School] accepts me back, I will be honored,” he said then. “This is in no way a basketball thing.”

    At Lincoln, Morton coached a string of future NBA players in Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson, the all-time leading scorer in New York history.

    “I want to thank Dwayne for his contributions to our program over the last year,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said earlier this week. “He is a terrific coach and mentor for student-athletes, and I understand that he feels his calling is back in teaching. I wish him all the best as he pursues his dream job.”

    Former Fairleigh Dickinson assistant and former Seton Hall big man Grant Billmeier is expected to fill Morton’s role at Seton Hall.

    Morton was not secretive about his desire to become a college assistant, openly saying he had spoken with former St. John’s coach Steve Lavin about a position.

    He then came to Seton Hall last fall in what was widely perceived as a package deal with Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead, a former McDonald’s All-American who will be a sophomore this season.

    “Coach Willard is a guy who’s hungry,” Morton said in 2013, shortly after Whitehead chose Seton Hall over St. John’s and others. “He didn’t win any championships so he’s going to probably do what he’s gotta do to make sure everybody is successful.”

    Kenny Pretlow coached Lincoln last season with assistant James Barrett. It remains unclear how the staff will look going forward.

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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.