Fordham’s Jon Severe Takes Leave of Absence

Fordham sophomore guard Jon Severe has taken a leave of absence from the team to address personal issues, head coach Tom Pecora said.

“We will continue to support Jon as he addresses some personal issues off the court,” said Pecora. “We wish him and his family all the best during this process and hope that everyone will respect their privacy.”

Severe has appeared in three games this year for the Rams, scoring five points and grabbing seven rebounds.

He initially chose Fordham over Pitt, West Virginia, Wake Forest and Rutgers.

Without Severe, the Rams lost Saturday to Maryland Eastern-Shore, 72-66, in a game in which freshman Eric Paschall went for 25 points and six rebounds. Fordham is now 1-4.

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Fordham Lands Canadian Guard Chartouny

FordhamFordham on Friday landed a commitment from 6-foot-3 Canadian point guard Joseph Chartouny of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal.

He is a former teammate of current Fordham freshman Nemanja Zarkovic, where they won three Provincial championships together.

“It’s a combination of basketball and school,” Chartouny told SNY.tv by text. “I think I wouldn’t have found a better fit of playing at the highest level of basketball and studying business at the same time.

“I will be ready to bring whatever they ask me because I’m a competitor and I hate losing. I love to control the game and set up everyone. I can score in many ways and I think my biggest asset is my understanding of the game. I feel that I am completely different than most of the players and I will be able to help that team turn the corner.”

“As far as what he brings, he’s the most talented connector I’ve coached, and although he’s a talented scorer, he thrives on setting up his teammates,” said his coach Mike Chmielewski.

Chartouny is Fordham’s third 2015 commit following point guard Matt Zignorski and small forward Jesse Bunting.

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Fordham Lands Power Forward Jesse Bunting

BuntingJesse Bunting, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound 2015 power forward from Tabor Academy (MA) and the Expressions Elite AAU program, verbally committed to Fordham on Sunday.

Bunting also considered Duquesne, St. Joe’s and Quinnipiac.

“I picked Fordham because of the opportunities it has to offer,” he told SNY.tv. “As soon as I got there I knew it was the school I was looking for. I just felt it was the best fit for basketball as well as academics.”

In Bunting, Fordham coach Tom Pecora is getting a rugged big-bodied frontcourt player who should improve over the next year before he gets on campus.

“The coaches were looking for a guy with a motor and someone who never stops working at his game,” Bunting said. “I feel like I fit that bill. I’ll be able to bring energy to the floor and I’ll provide a strong defensive presence in the paint.”

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Matt Zignorski to Fordham; Japhet Kadji to Wagner

ZiggyPope 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.

“The A-10 is competitive conference and with his ability to score and run a team. He’s going to be a valuable player in that league.” To read more of this story, click here

Fordham’s Future Looks Bright With Paschall Coming In

Eric PaschallNEW HAVEN, Conn.Eric Paschall came up short in his ultimate goal of winning the National Prep Championship on Wednesday, but the Fordham-bound guard served notice that he could be a force in the A-10 over the next several years.

The 6-foot-6 guard went off for 25 points and 6 rebounds in the semifinals when St. Thomas More beat Syracuse-bound Chris McCullough and IMG Academy, 93-86. To read more of this story, click here

Freshmen Severe, Jordan Fail to Impress in Garden Showdown

NEW YORK — It is the Year of the Freshmen in college basketball and New York’s two best frosh squared off in a Saturday matinee at Madison Square Garden.

Fordham’s Jon Severe could’ve used the game to show St. John’s coach Steve Lavin and the Red Storm fans what they missed out on by not recruiting him.

St. John’s freshman Rysheed Jordan could’ve put on a show in his first college game at the Garden.

Instead, neither freshmen did those things in a game in which the Johnnies thrashed the Rams, 104-58, by shooting 79 percent in the first half (making 17 straight shots at one stretch) and 66 percent overall. To read more of this story, click here

Arbitello Says St John’s Should’ve Recruited Severe (UPDATED)

St. John’s did not recruit Jon Severe out of Christ the King High School, but Royals coach Joe Arbitello says they should have.

“I think it was a mistake,” Arbitello told SNY.tv Friday morning, one day before Fordham and St. John’s will meet on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

“I think that any New York City team that didn’t recruit him probably made a big mistake.” To read more of this story, click here