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Monday / June 24.
  • Howard transfer R.J. Cole visits Alabama, UConn is next scheduled visit

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Howard transfer R.J. Cole completed his official visit to Alabama this weekend and his next scheduled official is to UConn over Memorial Day weekend.

    Cole, who averaged 21.4 points, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds last season, is also testing the NBA Draft process and was among the more than 230 names released by the NBA last week.

    The 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of Union, N.J. will sit one year to play two.

    “Basically, [Alabama] wants a sit-out guard who will come in, learn their system and when it’s time to play, just go out there and play in the system,” Cole, 19 said Sunday by phone. He didn’t meet any of the players on the visit but said he played against guard John Petty.

    “I met their whole coaching staff. They’re definitely on my list.”

    Next up, Cole will visit UConn over Memorial Day weekend. UConn’s Dan Hurley and Kimani Young have already met with Cole and his parents.

    “Playing for Danny would be nice, it would keep things in the family type thing,” Cole said. “I played for his father [Bob Hurley Sr. at St. Anthony’s]. He just wants an older to come in and be ready to play because they have younger guards.

    Cole is also hearing from Seton Hall, St. John’s, Oklahoma State and Arkansas but has only set the two visits.

    “I haven’t really set anything,” he said. “I just have my first two visits right now.”

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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.