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Wednesday / July 8.
  • With another financial crisis threatening to shudder the historic school at the end of this school year, St. Anthony’s needs about half a million dollars to remain open next season, Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley said Friday.

    “We’ve raised over $1 million so I would say right now, between now and June 30, we need to raise about $550,000 and I think that number is a number we can reach,” Hurley said on the Boomer and Carton Show.

    Hurley said the school has a couple of fundraising events planned to reach the target.

    Unlike The Patrick School, which has high-profile NBA players like Kyrie Irving and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helping fund the school and the basketball team, St. Anthony’s has no equivalent in the NBA. Kyle Anderson is the only St. Anthony’s alum in the NBA.

    Xavier coach Chris Mack says Trevon Bluiett is “day-to-day” with an ankle injury that caused him to miss Wednesday’s loss at Providence.

    “As far as Trevon, he’s really day-to-day,” Mack said Thursday on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “Like most guys with a sprained ankle, the pain’s just gotta subside. He’s gotta get the swelling out. It gets better each day. To the point where he can play on Saturday [at Marquette], I’m really not sure. But we’re gonna keep him with the trainers 24/7 in hopes that we can get him back sooner rather than later.”

    The 6-foot-6 Bluiett is averaging 17.9 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Musketeers.

    Kentucky-bound guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was on the fence about playing in the FIBA U19 World Championship this summer because he didn’t want it to interfere with his preparation entering college.

    But now that his future college coach, John Calipari, will reportedly coach the United States at the event set for July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt, as ESPN reported, it may trigger Alexander to go for it with Canada. (A UK spokesman said the school had no comment on the ESPN report.)

    “I think that changes a lot of things because we thought the [Kentucky] guys were going to be going to school June 5th,” Dwayne Washington, Alexander’s AAU coach with UPlay Canada, said Thursday on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “But now since Cal’s going to be over there, Shai will definitely be over there.”

    A year ago, Gilgeous-Alexander played for the Canadian U18 team in the FIBA Americas Championship in Chile. Despite 25 points from Virginia Tech-bound Nickeil Alexander-Walker, that team lost to the U.S., 99-84, in the gold medal game on July 23.

    Eric Ayala visited Syracuse for their game against Louisville on Monday and is still weighing whether or not to reclass to 2017 from 2018.

    “It was great,” the 6-foot-5 Putnam Science Academy (CT) point guard said. “I got to experience everything first hand. It was one of the best atmospheres I’ve been in! The Dome looks a lot different in person than it does on TV.”

    Having missed out on Quade Green (Kentucky) in the Class of 2017, Syracuse would love to add Ayala for next season.

    “Their message was to just imagine myself out there on the court while watching the game, and running the offense and coming off pick-and-rolls and making plays, whether that’s creating for one of the bigs or shooters or getting in the lane and finishing around the rim,” he said.