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

With Win at Manhattan, Fordham Provides Glimpse Into Future

NEW YORK — Fordham hasn’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 1992, before current freshman sensation Jon Severe and many of his teammates were born.

The Rams haven’t been relevant in New York City or the Atlantic 10 Conference for years, either.

Head coach Tom Pecora, now in his fourth season at Fordham, brought a record of 26-66 into this season.

But Fordham provided a glimpse into a potentially brighter future on Tuesday night, when Severe scored a career-high 30 points and senior Branden Frazier added 21 as the Rams shocked MAAC preseason favorite Manhattan, 79-75, in the Battle of the Bronx at Draddy Gym.

“We knew it was going to be a great challenge when we came [to Fordham],” Pecora told SNY.tv after the win. “There’s been a lot of heavy lifting. But I feel comfortable that we’re moving in the right direction. Now can we be consistently good? That’s the question.” To read more of this story, click here

Paschall, Severe Will Give Fordham 1-2 Punch Going Forward

Eric Paschall will be in the stands at Draddy Gymnasium Tuesday night when Fordham visits Manhattan in what should be an interesting non-conference affair between New York City programs.

But Rams head coach Tom Pecora probably wishes he could suit up the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Paschall to play against the Steve Masiello-coached Jaspers, who were picked to win the MAAC.

“He is an important piece to the process of our future success,” Pecora said when Paschall officially signed his Letter of Intent. “Eric will have an immediate impact on our program when he joins us next year.”

Pecora’s program already features the reigning New York State Mr. Basketball in freshman guard Jon Severe, who enters the Manhattan contest averaging 21.5 points per game. To read more of this story, click here

Fordham’s Severe Could Be A-10 Rookie of the Year

NEW YORK — Jon Severe is only a freshman, but he’s already caused a few jaw-dropping moments around Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym.

“Obviously, he’s a freshman, he’s still learning all our defensive schemes and dealing with the intensity of practice but there are times when everybody in the gym will just kind of look at each other, players and coaches alike,” Fordham coach Tom Pecora told SNY.tv at Atlantic 10 Media Day Tuesday at the Barclays Center, where Fordham was picked 11th out of 13 teams.

“He’s been great in practice. There’s a Tom Konchalski expression, someone scores like we breathe and that’s kind of Jon. He puts the ball in the hole so many ways.”

The 6-foot-3 Severe was named 2013 New York State Mr. Basketball out of Christ the King, where he scored more than 1,000 career points and averaged 21.6 points as a senior. To read more of this story, click here

Jon Severe to Fordham

Jon Severe is staying home.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Christ the King High School announced Wednesday that he would stay in New York and play at Fordham, choosing the Rams over Pitt, West Virginia, Wake Forest and Rutgers.

Severe is a huge get for Fordham coach Tom Pecora, whose team finished 7-24, 3-13 in the Atlantic 10 Conference last season.

“Next year I will be playing at Fordham University,” he announced during an emotional press conference at Christ the King.

“And so ends the longest five minutes of his life,” CTK coach Joe Arbitello joked after it took Severe several minutes to compose himself before announcing.

Severe’s announcement follows an 11th-hour meeting Tuesday night with new Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan and an appearance at the school earlier this week by Pitt coach Jamie Dixon. To read more of this story, click here

Devon McMillan to Transfer from Fordham

Devon “Fatty” McMillan has obtained his release from Fordham and will be at another school next semester, his brother, Dwan, told SNY.tv Tuesday.

“He’s leaving because he feels like he needs a new setting,” Dwan said. “He’s just coming off surgery and missing the first six games. He felt it was best to move on. He thanks the coaching staff for giving him the opportunity to flourish as a freshman. But it was time move on.”

Fordham coach Tom Pecora was not immediately available for comment. McMillan had initially pledged to Hofstra, but then followed Pecora to Fordham.

The 5-foot-10 McMillan was averaging 2.7 points in three games.

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‘Oblockpa’ Notches New St. John’s-Record 11 Blocks as NBA Personnel Slowly Take Notice

NEW YORK — St. John’s freshman Chris Obekpa hasn’t quite made an impression on NBA personnel just yet.

“I don’t think he’s on many people’s radar yet,” said Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com. “He’ll need to show himself in the Big East. But what he’s doing is interesting.”

What Obekpa did Saturday night was certainly pretty interesting.

He had 11 blocks, seven points and five rebounds in St. John’s 58-47 victory over Fordham at Madison Square Garden, breaking his own single-game school-record of eight set on opening night Nov. 13. To read more of this story, click here

Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes Cleared by NCAA

As reported Thursday on my Twitter, Fordham freshman forward Ryan Rhoomes has been cleared by the NCAA to play immediately.

The NCAA was looking into the academic record of the 6-foot-8 Rhoomes, who attended both Cardozo High School in Queens and NIA Prep in Newark.

“Ryan will have an impact on the boards and with his post defense,” Fordham coach Tom Pecora told SNY.tv. “He’s a high-energy guy.”

Rhoomes initially committed to TCU in April 2011 on SNY.tv, but was then one of four NIA Prep players declared academically ineligible by the NCAA that August.

He then chose Fordham in May after taking steps to resolve his academic issues by taking courses online. St. John’s, Rhode Island, Hofstra, Temple, Iona and Seton Hall were also involved.

Fordham opens up at Texas State tonight (Friday) before playing at Pittsburgh Monday in the Preseason NIT.

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