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Wagner coach Bashir Mason added two new pieces for the upcoming season on Monday.

The Seahawks added Shackquiel Scott, a 6-foot-7 wing forward from Monroe (N.Y.) College, and Connor Ferrell, a 6-4 guard from Daytona (FL) DME Sports Academy.

They join 6-8 power forward Jamar Brown of Wings Academy in New York in Wagner's 2016 class.

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The Yankees have selected 2B Brandon Wagner from?Howard (Tex.) College with the No. 183 overall pick.

Wagner, a 20-year-old sophomore at Howard College, hit .314 with four home runs, 46 runs scored and 48 RBIs in 48 games played this season.

He is a local kid whose?hometown is Hopewell, N.J. Wagner is considered the best junior college position player in Texas in this years amateur draft.

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Wagner and head coach Bashir Mason have secured a commitment from Quinnipiac transfer A.J. Sumbry, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward from East Windsor, N.J.

Sumbry will sit the 2015-16 season and then have two years to play.

He said he chose Wagner "mainly [because of] the coaching staff."

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Wagner coach Bashir Mason picked up two key players on Sunday who could end up starting for the Seahawks.

Brandon Rosser, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Central Arizona College, and Michael Carey (pictured), a 6-5 guard from San Jacinto (TX) College, both committed to Wagner.

Rosser, who averaged 17.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 30 games last season, also considered North Carolina Central and Toledo.

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Pope John's Matt Zignorski has committed to Fordham.

The 6-foot-3 2015 point guard also had offers from Bucknell, Princeton, American, Monmouth, Penn and Boston University.

"I think he made a tremendous decision," his high school coach, Jason Hasson, told SNY.tv. "He's a great student and a great player who continues to get better every day.

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Corey Henson, a 6-foot-2 1/2, 170-pound shooting guard from DeMatha Catholic, committed to Wagner on Thursday.

A knock-down shooter and skilled guard, Henson also held offers from Robert Morris, Navy, Iona, New Hampshire and Fairfield, among others.

"Wagner loves me," Henson told SNY.tv. "The staff and players make me feel like family and I think coach Bash [Mason] will help me to achieve all the goals I have set for myself and make it an easy transition to the next level."

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Wagner won big on Election Night.

Coach Bashir Mason's club secured a verbal pledge from Greg Senat, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward from Thompson (Conn.) Marianapolis Prep.

The Elmont, N.Y., native also considered Drexel, St. Bonaventure, Manhattan, Rider and Binghamton.

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St. John's and Wagner combined to get three of the top six plays on the SportsCenter ?Top 10 Friday night -- all on dunks -- but Mizzou's Keion Bell took the No. 1 spot with the above dunk over six people courtesy WMOUSports.

Wagner senior?Josh Thompson?came in at No. 2 with this ?dunk over two people -- his parents, Josh and Diane.

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from Jon Wagner / SNYGiants Sr Columnist

After seeing them come off of a tough, last-second loss on national television to their hated division rival Philadelphia, one would think it a safe bet that the New York Giants (2-2) should have no trouble getting back on track at home against the AFC?s only remaining winless team, the Cleveland Browns (0-4).

One look at the Giants? recent history in such situations however, says a smart bettor might want to take Cleveland along with the nine or so points New York is favored by, and that Big Blue fans shouldn?t be too overconfident about a game their team should easily win.

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The good news for first-year Wagner College head coach Bashir Mason is he has four starters and nine letter winners returning from last season's 25-win outfit. The better news for Mason is that on Friday afternoon, his Seahawks got a lot more dangerous.

Wagner announced on Friday afternoon that Dwaun Anderson, Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan as a senior in 2011, has received a waiver from the NCAA and will be eligible to play beginning this semester. He will have four full years of eligibility remaining after transferring from Michigan State.

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Jay Harris, a former Valparaiso guard, is headed to Wagner to play for new coach Bashir Mason.

"I chose Wagner because they were the best fit academically and athletically," the 6-foot-2, 160-pound guard told SNY.tv.

"Their style of basketball fits my game perfectly. I also like that their philosophy is family."

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Marquis Webb, the former Paterson Catholic and Rutgers star, has been named an assistant coach on Bashir Mason's staff at Wagner.

?We are extremely happy to have Marquis join our Wagner Basketball family,??Mason said.??He is a rising star in the coaching profession, but above that he is an outstanding person.?

At George Mason, Webb worked under head coach Paul Hewitt in helping the Patriots to 24 wins last season. He also aided in the development of Ryan Pearson, who became just the third GMU student-athlete to earn?Associated Press All-America honors.

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Dan Hurley has his first commit since taking over as head coach at Rhode Island.

And it happens to be a player who had previously committed to the Rams.

Jordan Hare, a 6-foot-9, 198-pound power forward from Saginaw, Mich., reaffirmed his commitment after meeting Thursday with Hurley and Rhody assistant Preston Murphy.

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Bashir Mason has assisted Dan Hurley at St. Benedict's Prep and Wagner College.

Now he gets his chance to follow Hurley and be his own head man.

Mason on Sunday was named the new head coach at Wagner, replacing Hurley who agreed last week to a six-year, $4 million deal with Rhode Island.

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BOSTON -- Wagner assistant Bashir Mason is the favorite to replace his former boss Dan Hurley and could land the job soon.

"Bashir is meeting with [AD] Walt [Hameline] tonight for final interview," a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. "I'm 99 percent sure it's his. He is the player's choice."

Mason came to Wagner from Marist College, where he spent two seasons as an assistant where his responsibilities included recruiting and guard development.

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Bobby Hurley wants to be a Division I head coach eventually, but for now he has chosen to bypass the offer to take over at Wagner College and follow his younger brother to Rhode Island instead.

"I was offered the job [at Wagner]," Hurley told SNY.tv in his first interview since his brother, Dan, accepted the Rhode Island job Tuesday.

"It was obviously a very difficult decision," added Hurley, the No. 7 pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. "I believe in the players that are in the program [at Wagner] and the kids that we have in the program. The people who I've worked with have been great over the last two years. It's been a great two years for me."

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Dan Hurley has agreed to become the new head coach at Rhode Island and will part ways with Wagner College after just two years at the Staten Island school, as first reported by SNY.tv and CBSSports.com Tuesday morning.

After visiting Rhode Island Saturday, Hurley made the decision Monday night upon talking it over with his wife, Andrea, and their two sons, Danny (12) and Andrew (10).

Hurley, 39, will sign a six-year deal worth approximately $4 million. He will be officially introduced at a press conference Wednesday.

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LOUISVILLE,??Ky. -- Rhode Island has targeted Wagner's Dan Hurley to be its new basketball coach, but an online story suggesting Hurley has accepted the job is false, industry sources with direct knowledge told SNY.tv.

Hurley met with Rhode Island officials this past week at an off-campus location, but no deal has been struck.

The school is reportedly offering a multi-year deal worth more than $700,000 annually, significantly more than Wagner would seem to be able to match.

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LOUISVILLE, ?Ky.?-- Rhode Island officials met this week with Wagner head coach Dan Hurley and athletic director Thorr Bjorn is looking to end the search by the Final Four, industry sources told SNY.tv.

Hurley, 39, just completed his second season at the Staten Island school, turning around a program that went 5-26 two years ago and leading it to a 25-6 campaign.

Wagner lost in the Northeast Conference semifinals to Robert Morris and was not extended an NIT bid. The school declined opportunities to play in other postseason events.

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Two years ago, Dan Hurley was coaching in high school at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark.

Now he's coaching a 25-win college team that is one victory from playing for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

"Now it's just let it rip, man, go for it," Hurley told SNY.tv after the No. 2-seeded Seahawks beat No. 7 Central Connecticut, 87-77, to move into the Northeast Conference semifinals against Robert Morris on Sunday at noon. "We've had an unbelievable year. We're one game away from playing to be a part of March Madness so go out and let it rip."

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Dan Hurley and the Wagner Seahawks are riding the school's first seven-game winning streak since the 1979-80 season.

With a 14-3 record, a 9-2 non-conference mark and a 5-1 record in the Northeast Conference, Wagner is off to its best start since the 1955-56 campaign.

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There have been some wild game-winning shots down through the history of college basketball.

But watch this video of Wagner's Kenny Ortiz last-second buzzer-beater from the left corner?going off the top of the backboard and then through the net and decide if you've ever seen anything like this.

Wagner coach Dan Hurley, who's seen a few things in his basketball days, never had.

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Wagner coach Dan Hurley set up games this year against Big East foes UConn and Pitt in order to prepare his rising team for the Northeast Conference schedule and potential postseason battles to come.

Earlier this season, he wasn't openly admitting his Seahawks could pull off either upset.

?We?re not delusional," Hurley told SNY.tv before his team lost the UConn game. "We?re in Year 2 of rebuilding of what was when we took over one of the five to seven worst teams in the country out of the three hundred and fifty whatever."

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The last time Wagner played two Big East teams in one season, they went on to win the Northeast Conference championship during the 2002-3 season.

Nine years later, head coach Dan Hurley signed the Seahawks up for out-of-conference tilts at defending champion UConn and Friday at No. 15 Pitt.

Could history repeat itself?

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Looking at Wagner's schedule, you had to figure coach?Dan Hurley?would have been happy if his team went 2-3 through its first five games.

After all, four of Wagner's first five were on the road -- including tilts at Princeton, at UConn and at The Palestra for Penn.

Instead, the surprising Seahawks are now 4-1 after Tuesday's 71-65 victory at Penn.

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Wagner coach Dan Hurley is loading up for the future.

The Seahawks officially added former Michigan State guard Dwaun Anderson, and three other recruits for its 2012 class.

After signing an athletic grant-in-aid, the 6-foot-4 Anderson will be eligible to play in the spring of 2013 -- unless he obtains a waiver -- and figures to tear it up in the Northeast Conference.

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NEW YORK -- Naofall Folahan says he's ready for Andre Drummond.

Who's Naofall Folahan, you may ask.

Good question.

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Dwaun Anderson, the 2011 Mr. Michigan Basketball winner, is the latest recruit to jump aboard the Dan Hurley express at Wagner.

Anderson, 6-foot-4 guard who averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a senior at?Sutton's Bay High School in Central Michigan, had enrolled at Michigan State, but will now enter Wagner as a non-scholarship student in January before going on scholarship next fall. He will have four years of eligibility.

Other schools involved with Anderson included Villanova, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Missouri, Drexel and Georgetown.

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Kameron Mitchell, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound combo guard who has been compared to J.J. Redick and Teddy Dupay, has verbally pledged to Wagner after an official visit this week.

"I just felt a real connection with the coaches," Mitchell told SNY.tv, referring to head coach Dan Hurley and assistant Bobby Hurley, the former Duke star.

"I feel like we can reach my full potential at Wagner. It's just a good fit for me in all areas."

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NEWARK, N.J. -- It was an emotional couple of days for Dan?and Bobby Hurley last week when they spent back-to-back days recruiting at North Jersey powerhouses St. Anthony and St. Benedict's Prep.

Wearing green Wagner shirts, the brothers spent Monday at St. Anthony, where they both played under their father, Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.

A day later, they walked into the St. Benedict's gym, where?Dan spent nine years helping forge the Gray Bees into a perennial national high school power.

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During the early rounds of last year's NCAA Tournament,?Dan Hurley?booked a game for his Wagner Seahawks to play UConn during the 2011-12 season.

At that time, Kemba Walker and the Huskies had come off winning five Big East Tournament games in five days to capture the crown, but they were not yet the NCAA champions.

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Dan Hurley says he wants to turn Wagner College into the Butler of the East Coast.

While that lofty goal remains far off on the horizon at this point, Hurley and his staff are making tremendous recruiting strides at the Staten Island school.

Having already landed 6-foot-8 2012 power forward Mike Aaman from Raritan High School, Wagner?on Monday secured a verbal pledge from 6-5, 200-pound wing Eric Fanning from The?Perkiomen School near Philadelphia.

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PHILLY -- Brian Oliver has found a new home.

The Glassboro, N.J., native and former Georgia Tech guard verbally committed to Seton Hall Wednesday after visiting campus Tuesday, and is expected to contribute at the shooting guard position beginning in 2012.

He will have to sit a year per NCAA transfer regulations and will then have two years of eligibility remaining.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It may be the middle of March Madness, but that hasn't stopped the Hurley brothers from recruiting to Wagner College.

As first reported on my Twitter, Jonathon Williams, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound wing from City College of San Francisco, verbally committed to the Staten Island school and will have two years of Division 1 eligibility left.

Williams also had offers from Seattle University, Jackson State and Idaho but chose the Staten Island school because of his familiarity with Wagner coach Dan Hurley. Williams first met Hurley at a basketball camp in the Poconos during his junior year at Kennedy High School in Richmond, Calif.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ben McLemore will announce his college choice during the NeXt All-American Classic on April 3 at Sears Centre in suburban Chicago.

The 6-foot-5 McLemore is now at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center after having been kicked out of Oak Hill Academy for a violation of team rules.

"The reason it took me so long to decide was I had three really great schools (Missouri, Kansas, and Tennessee) to choose from and I needed my family's help to decide which was the best fit for me," he said in a statement. "At the moment I'm down to UM or KU. However, I'm not leaning one way or the other."
 

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UNION, N.J. -- For the first time in 10 years Sunday, Dan Hurley attended a St. Benedict's Prep game as a fan instead of a coach.

Hurley, who compiled a 223-21 record in nine seasons at the Newark school before becoming the head coach at Wagner College, watched from the stands as St. Patrick downed St. Benedict's, 73-65, at Kean College.

"[Going from] high school to college, believe it or not it's a lot more relaxing to coach in college," Hurley said. "In high school, you feel like you've got to be perfect.

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Eugene McCrory, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward who was once committed to Seton Hall, has a number of scholarship offers and hopes to decide in the coming months.

"I'm going to decide in January or February," he said by text.

McCrory, who has dropped more than 30 pounds since the summer, holds offers from Wagner, Texas Southern, Hofstra, St. Bonaventure and Northeastern, according to Ian Turnbull of CJEOTO, where McCrory is averaging 21.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on a postgrad team that also includes Rutgers signee Kadeem Jack.

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DeAndre Daniels visited Kentucky this weekend and according to?Dinos Trigonis, Daniels' former AAU coach with the Belmont Shore, the visit went well.

"DeAndre did go to Kentucky and was there for the Indiana-Kentucky basketball game," Trigonis said. "The kid went to Kentucky alone this weekend. From what he told me today [Sunday], he had a nice visit."

Trigonis said Laron Daniels, DeAndre's father, did not attend the visit and an Internet quote attributed to Laron (and briefly used on this site) was inaccurate.

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Mario Moody, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound senior small forward from East Orange (N.J.) Campus, is the latest player to commit to Wagner coach Dan Hurley.

"It was last [Sunday] night, actually," Moody said by phone.

"I liked that it was? good local school and I got accustomed to being there. I've been there five or six times."

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Villanova forward Taylor King left the team after a violation of team rules, ESPN.com reported.

The University released a statement saying the 6-foot-6 King planned "to remain at Villanova to focus his efforts on completing his degree requirements."

Villanova coach Jay Wright did not immediately respond to a text message seeking comment.

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One week after announcing he would spend another year at Newark (NJ) NIA Prep, 6-foot-8 forward Jamir Hanner has decommitted from Seton Hall.

"I decommitted because I decided to do an extra year at NIA Prep to focus on my SAT score," Hanner said by text. "I worked day and night to bring my GPA to 2.5. I would like to become a better student-athlete."

Hanner also cited the coaching change. He committed to former Pirates coach Bobby Gonzalez in March, but told new coach Kevin Willard during a meeting that he would re-open his recruitment.

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NEW YORK -- Naofall Folahan is a 6-foot-10 basketball player from the African nation of Benin who before last summer had never heard of Bobby Hurley.

Folahan's first introduction to Hurley, the former St. Anthony High School and Duke University point guard, came through the video game system Wii.

While in Baltimore with the Cecil Kirk AAU program, Folahan took an early-90s incarnation of Duke in the Wii game and beat Mouphtaou Yarou, his AAU teammate and now a rising sophomore at Villanova.

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Here's Part 2 of my interview with Wagner coaches Dan and Bobby Hurley. We cover the changes going on at the Staten Island school, their feelings about their famous father and how they expect new Rutgers coach Mike Rice to perform in the big East.

Part 1 of the interview is here.

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Here's Part 1 of my interview with Wagner head coach Dan Hurley and his older brother and top assistant, Bobby, where they talk about Wagner recruiting and their goals for the program. In Part 2, coming soon, they talk about Mike Rice's move to Rutgers.

Wagner has a five-man recruiting class now that 6-10 big man Naofall Folahan has committed.

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Dan Hurley has been on the job less than a month at Wagner College and he is already boldly reshaping the roster.

Of course, when a team goes 5-26 the previous season, some reshaping is in order.

Having already signed guard Latif Rivers and big man Orlando Parker, Hurley is now taking aim at Naofall Folahan, a 6-foot-10 center from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., who is visiting the Staten Island school this weekend.

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Dan Hurley has landed his first two commitments since moving to Wagner College from St. Benedict's Prep.

Orlando Parker, a 6-foot-8-inch senior power forward from two-time state champ Orlando Christian Prep, verbally committed on Monday, as did 6-2, 175-pound combo guard Latif Rivers, an Elizabeth, N.J. native now at Avon Old Farms, a prep school in Conn.

"I've known Coach Hurley for some time and I know how he operates," Rivers said by phone. "I know the coaching staff that they have has a lot of experience. If they can help me get better, I'm hoping I can help get their program to the next level. I checked out the school and I liked the school. I thought that Wagner would be the best fit for me."

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**Updated at 2 p.m. with one new name***

During his nine-year run at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, Dan Hurley turned the school into a national powerhouse that repeatedly churned out high-major Division 1 prospects.

Now that Hurley has moved on to Wagner College, the challenge for the next coach will be to maintain that same level of elite play and talent development.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The men's college basketball season is officially over, but the Coaching Carousel is running wild. Here are the highlights:

**Former Clemson coach Oliver Purnell (pictured) has agreed to a seven-year deal to take over DePaul. The Blue Demons have gone 1-35 in Big East play over the last two years.

**Steve Donahue is moving to Boston College from Cornell. Donahue, who did not immediately answer a text message, will be introduced at a Wednesday news conference.

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As this guy is reporting over at SNY.tv, an MRI on Billy Wagner's shoulder showed no structural damage. The pitcher was diagnosed with a muscle spasm around his shoulder and is considered day-to-day.

No word yet on his availability for tonight's game or the remainder of the series vs. Philadelphia.

...phew... it's always a little scary when you hear "shoulder," "MRI,'" and "hospital for special surgery" being bandied about...

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