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Sunday / March 3.

    Valdir Manuel, the 6-foot-9 Class forward from Harcum (PA) College and The Patrick School, has committed to St. John’s.

    Manuel initially committed to Seton Hall in March, and later pledged to St. Joe’s in July. After he was deemed academically ineligible for college, he enrolled at Harcum. At St. John’s, he will have three years of eligibility beginning in the 2019-20 season.

    A source said Manuel “has NCAA tasks he has to complete” and St. John’s “fully expects him to be cleared to play next season.

    St. John’s assistant Matt Abdelmassih has been monitoring Manuel and has seen him play this season.

    “St. John’s has been recruiting me the hardest,” Manuel said. “I’ve built a very good relationship with the coaching staff over the phone.”


    The Larry Brown experiment in Italy didn’t last long.

    Italian club Fiat Torino announced Thursday that it had parted ways with Brown “by mutual agreement.”

    The team went 5-19 with Brown at the helm.

    “Fiat Torino would like to thank coach Larry Brown for his hard work over the past few months as well as for the great human contribution he has been able to transfer to all members of the Company,” the team said in a statement translated by Google Translate.

    Brown, 78, is the only Hall of Famer to coach both a college (Kansas) and NBA ( Detroit Pistons) team to a championship.

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