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Sunday / March 3.
  • Unknown-1North Carolina was picked to win the ACC regular season title on Wednesday, but head coach Roy Williams says the fake-class scandal has hurt recruiting.

    “We’ve already lived with it for two years,” he said Wednesday on ESPNU as part of ACC media day. “It’s hurt us in recruiting, it’s hurt us in several different ways. We’re mad, we’re sad, we’re disappointed that it happened but we gotta play basketball. We’ve gotta try to control the things that we can control and our kids out there on the court, they’re going to be playing, they’re not going to be thinking about this stuff that we’ve got going on.”

    According to NewsObserver.com, North Carolina has paid out more than $10 million in legal and public relations costs to cope with an NCAA investigation “into a system of fake classes taken by thousands of students, roughly half of them athletes, that spanned three decades.”

    IMG_0049By JACK LeGWIN

    One player has been turning some high-major heads in New England. His name is Christian David.

    A new addition to a Vermont Academy team that will compete for the NEPSAC title, David says that adjusting to the new team is going smoothly in his eyes.

    “It’s been going pretty well,” David told SNY.tv. “We are currently working out everyday, just trying to get after it. It’s tough playing against Bruce (Brown), but it’s fun too, because I’m just trying to get better every day.”

    The 6-foot-7 class of 2017 wing guard says that the reasoning behind his decision to transfer from a school close to home in Toronto to Saxtons River was based off of opportunity to play some of the best teams in the nation in Brewster (N.H.) Academy, New Hampton, Northfield Mt. Hermon, as well as many others in the NEPSAC.

    635816305223540693-lewis-acc-media-dayAs we addressed in this earlier column, Rick Pitino wasn’t at ACC Media Day on Wednesday on the advice of his lawyers.

    That left graduate transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis to speak for Louisville amid the sex scandal.

    Since both players just arrived at the school this year, there was only so much they could say, and that was precisely why Louisville sent them.

    Asked about Pitino’s future at the school, Lewis said the coach had told the players he isn’t going anywhere, something Pitino himself wrote on his Website last week.

    CGauL6iUcAAgVJtVermont Academy guard Bruce Brown has added a visit to Purdue for the weekend of Nov. 6.

    The 6-foot-3 Brown has visited Indiana and Xavier and will trip to Miami this coming weekend.

    This summer, Brown averaged 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.9 steals on the Nike EYBL circuit.

    Adam Finkelstein first reported the Purdue visit.

    **St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin and assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen were at Christ the King on Tuesday to check out 2017 point guard Jose Alvarado and others. On Wednesday, Slice was at Archbishop Molloy for young players Moses Brown, Cole Anthony and Khalid Moore.

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