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Thursday / January 17.

    Texas has joined New York in cancelling all Division 1 college basketball recruiting events for the month of June, citing the discriminatory policies of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).

    “Yes, with the restrictions they put on us we’re pretty much in the same boat as New York,” Rick Sherley, Executive Director of the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), said Friday morning by phone.

    As exclusively reported Wednesday by ZAGSBLOG, New York opted to cancel all June recruiting events because of discriminatory NFHS policies. Under the new Rice Commission recommendations aimed at cleaning up college basketball recruiting, the NFHS, which has no prior experience running large-scale recruiting events, is now in charge of sanctioning and sponsoring June events.


    The Big East Conference currently features three of the best guards in the nation in Marquette’s Markus Howard, St. John’s Shamorie Ponds and Seton Hall’s Myles Powell.

    Howard set a Big East scoring record Wednesday night when he went for 53 points in an overtime win against Creighton. He eclipsed his previous career-high of 52, which was tied with former Providence guard MarShon Brooks for tops in Big East history.

    Powell went off for 31 points in Seton Hall’s victory over Butler later Wednesday night.

    Ponds, meantime, is coming off a 23-point outing in a loss at Villanova on Tuesday, and has scored 30+ points four times this season, including two games of 37 points.