One of the newest rumors coming out of New York is that two Division I coaches from greater NYC will not be back with their teams next year unless there is a marked change in their team's records. The two teams appear to be Fordham with Coach Hill and Hofstra with Coach Pecora.
The Rams have had all sorts of problems since Hill came to Rose Hill. Several of his recruits were not immediately academically qualified to play and some never even ended up on campus. Some of the other players he brought in have not lived up to expectations. Fordham has seen its basketball program continue to go south during Hill's tenure in the Bronx. Two of the names that have been rumored for the position include Manhattan's Bobby Gonzalez and Villanova's Fred Hill.
I really don't think that Bobby's next move will be to the Atlantic 10. He has bigger time written all over him. Gonzalez has great recruiting ties to the city and continues to improve as a bench coach. He honed his skills under the tutelage of Pete Gillian and has instilled a lot of the Gillian philosophy with his Manhattan Jaspers.
A more likely scenario is that Villanova recruiting assistant and New Jersey native son, Fred Hill, will move up to the Bronx and bring his recruiting connections with him.
Hill will continue to be mentioned as a candidate for a head position until he finally garners one. We expect that may happen after this season. In other words, I will be surprised if he is still at Nova next year.
Saw some more junior lists and Rutgers continues to be mentioned by Stanley Branch of St. Benedicts of Newark. The Atlantic City native is a 6'8" power insider that has a national following. Chris Alvarez, a 6'8" forward at Blair Academy in New Jersey also mentions Rutgers along with Virginia and half the Big East. Alvarez is scoring in double figures and that is quite a feat since he plays in the same frontcourt as Luol Deng and Charlie Villaneuva. Kevin Palacios is another forward that mentions Rutgers.
One big guy is Shagari Alleyne's teammate Arturo Dubois. This 6'8" insider is still growing and tips in at about 240 or so. He is presently a junior at Rice High School in NYC. Under the watchful eye of Mo Hicks, the Rice Coach, Arturo has developed both as an offensive and defensive presence. He is already on the recruiting list of teams from New York to California. Rutgers is allegedly one of the schools following Arturo.
Someone told me that Rutgers continues to keep in touch with Daevon Haskins. The 6'3" scoring point guard is having a very good early year at his Junior College team. Daevon had signed on last year but was not eligible for admissions this past fall. Rutgers is also allegedly checking out junior point, Sean Singletary of Penn Charter.
If you're looking for a power forward check out Canadian Jemino Sobers, a number of major Division I schools have. The 6'8' Toronto forward averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks last year playing for the Mother Teresa Titans. He was a member of the2002 Junior National Team and a member of the 2001 Under 17 Team. He was recently elected to the All Star Team at the Toronto Humbert College Classic.
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