Fired Three Times in Three Years, Adubato Soldiers On

The professional life of a Division 1 basketball assistant is often tenuous, uncertain and fraught with instability.

Perhaps no one can attest to this more than Scott Adubato, who has been fired three times in three years at three different schools.

Adubato was an assistant under Bobby Gonzalez at Seton Hall before that staff’s tumultuous existence came to an end in 2010.

The next year he caught on with Barry “Slice” Rohrssen at Manhattan, only to be fired again in 2011.

And then after brief stints coaching with the Playaz Basketball Club AAU program and with the Chinese League team where Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith played, Adubato returned to the U.S. to join Isiah Thomas’ staff at Florida International, only to be fired yet again earlier this month. To read more of this story, click here

FIU Fires Isiah Thomas; Expect Knicks Rumors to Heat Up

Add Florida International to the list of things Isiah Thomas has failed at in recent years.

Effectively running the Knicks, the Continental Basketball Association and now FIU have all proved beyond his capabilities.

Thomas was fired by FIU on Friday after going 26-65 in three seasons.

“We want to thank Isiah Thomas for his three years here at FIU,” executive director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said. “However, we have decided to take the program in a different direction.”  To read more of this story, click here

Boeheim, Coach K Say Isiah Hiring is a Conflict

NEW YORK — Count Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski among those who think the NBA and the NCAA have opened up a Pandora’s Box by allowing the Knicks to hire Isiah Thomas as a consultant.

“It’s a conflict [of interest] either way, from college or from the NBA, I just don’t understand why it wouldn’t be,” Boeheim, the head coach at Syracuse and an assistant with Team USA, said after Tuesday’s practice at John Jay College. “You know, you’re a college coach involved with kids and the NBA wants your players or evaluations of your players.

“It seems like it’s kind of a conflict a little bit that you’re coaching kids and then recommending them to pro guys.”

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Turner Lists 7 Schools, Louisville Visit Up Next

Josiah Turner of the Drew Gooden Soldiers is in high demand as the No. 3 point guard in the nation.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Turner is currently considering seven schools as options for 2011.

“I’m at seven schools,” he said by phone from the Nike Global Challenge in Portland, Ore., where Team USA lost to France Friday night.

“Kansas, UConn, Louisville, Oregon, Oklahoma, UCLA and Arizona.”

Turner has just one official visit set.

“I’m going to Louisville on Sept. 4,” he said. “I don’t have any others planned.” To read more of this story, click here

Rakeem Christmas Opens it Up

Rakeem Christmas, the No. 1 center in the Class of 2011, is now a free agent.

As first reported here Tuesday, Christmas and his aunt, Amira Hamid, visited Rutgers earlier this week.

Now it appears that the 6-foot-8 Christmas, who had earlier cut his list to five schools, is wide open in his recruitment.

“His recruiting is open again. No list,” said Kevin Givens, head coach at Academy of the New Church. To read more of this story, click here

Christmas, Sanders Visit Rutgers

Another day, another group of stud recruits at Rutgers.

The Scarlet Knights hosted Rakeem Christmas, a 6-8 center ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2011 at his position; Jermaine Sanders,  a 6-5 wing from Manhattan Rice; Greg Lewis, a 6-9 center from Baltimore St. Frances ranked No. 10 at his position; Kevin Smith, a 6-1 point guard from Baltimore Huntington Prep; and Aaron Brown, a 6-5 wing from Penn Wood (Pa.) High.

Christmas, out of Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pa., visited with his aunt, Amira Hamid, from 11-2 p.m, but did not run with the team.

Christmas had cut his list to Georgetown, Florida, Florida International, Texas and Oklahoma, but Rutgers is now trying to break into the mix. To read more of this story, click here

Seton Hall Going European?

If the Seton Hall basketball team has a distinctly European feel to it next year, don’t be surprised.

The Pirates are involved with Torgrim Sommerfeldt, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Norway, and Ozan Dilik, a 6-4 point guard from Turkey.

Sommerfeldt visited the South Orange, N.J. campus last weekend and will likely choose from among Seton Hall, Rutgers, FDU and Florida International in the coming weeks.

“It looks like Rutgers or Seton Hall,” said Matt Fisher, Sommerfeldt’s Baltimore-based mentor. “He had a great visit at Seton Hall. They blew him away. Those guys are pretty impressive.” To read more of this story, click here

Gibbs, Harris, Mack Visit Seton Hall; New York City Recruiting Rundown

NEWARK – Seton Hall had three of the top juniors in the New York metropolitan area on hand Saturday when it beat Cincinnati, 83-76, for its first Big East win of the season.

Sterling Gibbs, a point guard out of Seton Hall Prep pictured at left, Myles Mack of Paterson (N.J.) Catholic and Tyler Harris of Half Hollow (N.Y.) Hills West were all behind the Pirates bench at the Prudential Center.

“It was a good game,” Mack said. “Seton Hall pulled it out. I love the atmosphere but when the student body gets back it’s going to be better.”

The 5-10 Mack has not officially been offered yet by Seton Hall, but sources said head coach Bobby Gonzalez planned to offer him. He has led Paterson Catholic to a Top 10 ranking nationally.

Asked if he had any favorites, Mack said, “Not really, no favorites.” To read more of this story, click here

Fordham Lands Guard Duo of James, Armand; Florida After Kadeem Jack

Fordham interim coach Jared Grasso continues to reel in recruits.

Grasso landed a double-dip of guards Monday night when Jayon James, a 6-foot-5 guard from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, and 6-2 guard Sean Armand, a Brooklyn native spending a postgrad year at Central Jersey Each One Teach One (CJEOTO) in Jersey, both orally committed to the Rams.

“I feel I had the best relationship wth Coach Grasso and the players that’s already there,” said James, who comes off the bench for the No. 9 team in the PrepNation.com poll. “I’ve been keeping in contact with them the most out of any other schools that I had.”

Grasso has been recruiting James since he was in the eighth grade and it paid off. A regular at the Reebok All-American Camp every July in Philadelphia, James said he chose Fordham over interest from La Salle, Rice, Canisius and Ivy League schools Columbia, Brown and Harvard. To read more of this story, click here

Knight Next in Line at Kentucky?

John Calipari has sent back-to-back guards to the NBA lottery and is working on a third.

Is Brandon Knight next in line at Kentucky?

The 6-foot-3 Knight, the top prospect in the Class of 2010, has narrowed his list to four schools — Kentucky, Kansas, UConn and Florida — and will sign in the spring.

Considering Kentucky freshman John Wall will likely be the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, does it make sense that Knight will end up following in Wall’s foosteps? To read more of this story, click here