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  Basketball Recruiting

JERSEY CITY - Theresa Webb gave Tommie Patterson an ultimatum when her son enrolled at Paterson Catholic nearly four years ago."She told me flat out, 'If he's not happy, if he's not doing well in the classroom," the coach recalled, "he's going to Eastside.' " Marquis Webb wore a Paterson Catholic uniform for the last time Wednesday, four years of heart and hustle later. He never transferred out for a better opportunity, when Kennedy and Passaic were the kings of Passaic County and the Cougars' staying power was being questioned.
North Jersey Media Group


Football Recruiting

With the NCAA limiting Division One programs to only 85 overall scholarships for football, coaches now look hard for kids versatile enough to play more than one position for their team. Many colleges, including Penn State, start a player out at one position, but then discover that the athlete may be better suited to help his team win at a different position. Washington Township HS's Hugh D'Imperio is the prototypical player college coaches are looking for because he is athletic enough to play a number of positions for the team he signs with.
Hugh measures in at 6'5'', 230 pounds. An impressive athlete, he runs a consistent 4.58-4.59 forty after working with a speed coach, according to Hugh's father.
LionNews.com -- NJ Athlete Getting Stacks of Mail


Women's Basketball

C. Vivian Stringer paces the Louis Brown Athletic Center floor, shouting instructions at her players standing idle in a row along the baseline. Her voice fills the empty arena. "Do you think this is fun?" she barks. The players' body language speaks louder than words. Courtney Locke rests with her hands on the knees. Chelsea Newton sighs and locks her fingers behind the head. Mauri Horton stands in the opposite direction, not wanting to huff and puff in front of the drill sergeant. "This is actually a good thing that she's yelling at them," Rutgers sports information director Heather Brocious points out. "At least they're getting a chance to rest."
Women's basketball: Rutgers eagerly awaits its seeding - Courier News



One of the kids who could leave is Sean Axani. They don't want him to go, because he is smart and he is steady and he is serious about the game. Also, he is a genuine student-athlete, an endangered species. Axani, an All-Shore player at Red Bank, already has one degree, in economics, and is four classes shy of a second, in sports management. He has been on the Dean's List the last four semesters, he reads the Wall Street Journal every day, and you can actually have an adult conversation with him.
Men's basketball: Rutgers' Axani represents an endangered species - Courier News



ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Junior Delby Powless scored seven goals, and junior Matt Apel, a Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduate, dished out four assists to lead the 13th-ranked Rutgers men's lacrosse team to a 13-8 victory over No. 10 Navy on Saturday. It was Rutgers' first win against a top 10 team since 2001, when the Scarlet Knights defeated No. 10 UMBC 10-7. Rutgers (6-0, 1-0 ECAC) is off to the third-best start in school history. The 1955 team owns the best start, winning its first eight games. The win was also Rutgers' first against Navy (3-2, 0-2 ECAC) since 1991.
Men's lacrosse: Bridgewater-Raritan's Apel propels 6-0 Rutgers past No. 10 Navy - Courier News


 Big East Basketball

You could see it in the way Julius Page threw himself onto the press row tables for a loose ball. You could see it when Jaron Brown hurdled the Pitt bench and went into the crowd for another. It was there when Ontario Lett kicked his chair and whipped his water cup after fouling out.
And it was there when Brandin Knight and Chevon Troutman conceded their injuries by limping only when the clock wasn't running.
Pitt wasn't going to let another Big East championship get away. Not for a third straight year. Not this time.
NY Daily News - Sports - Big East's top cats? Pitt's Panthers



NCAA Basketball

In a typical March, college basketball fans would be arguing about whether their favorite team will make the NCAA tournament. Nothing has been typical this March. After two weeks of suspensions, firings, forced resignations and player boycotts, the basketball world wants to set aside its troubles and put the focus back on brackets and bubble teams. For those on the 10-member Tournament Selection Committee making the decisions this weekend, the games -- and the debates -- can't begin soon enough.
Men's basketball: Amid turmoil, Selection Sunday finall has arrived - Courier News


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