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St. John's Recruiting and Notes 09.16.08

It's the live recruiting period, so besides the preseason wrangling that college hoop fans and bloggers do, there are somewhat relevant updates on St. John's and related Big East members. So while AIG falters, McCain talks about the economy's strong fundamentals (exactly what was said before the Great Depression), and no one is talking about McCain's health care plan (which doesn't look promising for those with actual health issues), I'm giving you basketball links.

Recruiting news, below the fold.

+ St. John's coach Norm Roberts is joining Bobby Gonzalez, Joe Jones of Columbia, and others at the second annual Binghamton Basketball Coaches Clinic this upcoming Saturday. Gonzalez will be teaching "Defensive Zone Pressure" and "Fastbreak -- Transition Offense" and Roberts will be conducting "Man-to-Man Defense" and "Individual Player Development".


+ The Times-Union has been covering the coaches clinic at Bishop Maginn school, where coveted 2010 guard Taran Buie plays. Conveniently, this clinic was during the period where the coaches couldn't speak to Buie; but Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, and Maryland's Gary Williams were kind enough to give their time to the coaching clinic, as the Bishop maginn coach Rich Hurley brought in $100 per area coach. A little shady, I suppose, but he leveraged the talent (Buie) in a win-win situation and got his neighbors to rub shoulders with high-end coaches. I bet there are no big-time prospects in Binghamton.


+ NBE Basketball reports that St. John's is interested in Melsahn Basabe, a 6'6, 165 pound raw "power forward", along with Pitt. Basabe has been gaining rave reviews for his performance with the NY Gauchos AAU team.

+ St. John's target Aaric Murray, a top 50 player by the major scouting services, committed to Philly's LaSalle - guess he really wanted to stay close to home. Good get for the A-10 team.

+ Siena gets some love from Rivals in their top 50. Fran McCaffrey is a serious up and coming coach and I will openly say I wish he were coaching at a certain local Big East school. But not Seton Hall.

+ NCAA President Myles Brand is writing for the Huffington Post to expand the NCAA's media presence.