Marquis Webb Named Assistant at Wagner

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 To read more of this story, click here

Like Jeremy Lin, UCLA-Bound Anderson Has Asian Heritage

NEW YORK — Kyle Anderson has been answering the question all his life.

No, it’s not, “Which college are you going to play for?’ or “What position will you play at the next level?”

It’s, “What is your ethnic background?” or more directly, “What are you?”

“People do ask me all the time,” the 6-foot-9 Anderson told hours before UCLA lost to St. John’s, 66-63, at Madison Square Garden. “I tell them my mother’s parents have Jamaican and Asian descents.” To read more of this story, click here

Seton Hall’s Edwin Emerged From Dangerous Projects to Succeed

NEWARK — Fuquan Edwin recalls being 13 years old when the Paterson (N.J.) Police Dept. roared into his home in the Alabama projects and made Edwin and his entire family get down on the floor.

“They were looking for somebody, actually, and they came to my house,” Edwin told exclusively after he scored a career-high 28 points to go with nine rebounds as No. 24 Seton Hall crushed DePaul, 94-73, Tuesday night. “They were in full armor. They told everybody to get on the floor.” To read more of this story, click here

Giants' Victor Cruz Celebrates With Seton Hall

NEWARK — Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard had just beaten defending NCAA champion UConn Tuesday night and that’s not even what made him the happiest.

“We had Victor Cruz in the locker room,” Willard said after the Pirates snapped an 11-game losing streak against UConn by downing the No. 8 Huskies, 75-63, at The Prudential Center.

“Everybody says, ‘You gotta be happy about this one,’ I just met Victor Cruz. I’m more happy about that than anything. Got my Giants back in the playoffs, I’m all excited.”

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Former PC Teammates on Collision Course

When Paterson (N.J.) Catholic closed its doors last June due to financial struggles, it set in motion a mad scramble for all the talented players on the school’s basketball team.

The team’s two best returning players, point guards Myles Mack and Kyle Anderson, landed at St. Anthony under Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.

Two other young Paterson Catholic standouts, Reggie Cameron and Kavon Stewart, took their talents to St. Anthony’s crosstown rival, Hudson Catholic.

Now the former teammates will face off Friday in the North Non-Public B bracket if both teams win their preliminary games Wednesday. Hudson Catholic, the No. 7 seed, faces Montclair Immaculate, while No. 2 St. Anthony meets Morris Catholic.

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Watkins Invited to Hornets Camp

Darryl “Mookie” Watkins hasn’t given up on his dream of playing in the NBA.

The 6-foot-11, 265-pound former Syracuse University and Paterson (N.J.) Catholic standout hopes his dream will finally materialize this year.

Watkins, 25, was invited to the New Orleans Hornets training camp later this month and hopes to make the roster.

“Yes,” he said in a phone interview from Houston where he now lives. “It’s so exciting. You get a chance to go to a camp and have the team invite you there.” To read more of this story, click here

Kyle Anderson Takes Trio of Visits

St. Anthony junior guard Kyle Anderson visited a trio of schools this week — hitting Seton Hall, La Salle and Villanova.

Anderson is the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2012 and his father broke down the visits.

“All three visits went well for different reasons,” said Kyle Anderson Sr. via text. “La Salle’s visit went well because besides Coach [John] Giannini and the entire staff being hospitable on the tour of the campus and facilities, we met with the academic advisor [Christine Cahill] and she explained how she will help make Kyle a better student. She also spoke highly of [former Paterson CAtholic stars] Kimmani Barrett and the Williams twins. We could see the sincere concern in her face. It also helped that she had a Playaz football jersey hanging that Jerrell Williams gave her. To read more of this story, click here

James Last Paterson Catholic Recruit Ever

Jayon James’s long and winding road to college appears to have ended on a happy note.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound point guard from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic signed scholarship papers on Tuesday with Iona, where he will join a tremendous 2010 recruiting class.

“I signed today,” James, who goes to campus Aug. 23, said by phone. “It just felt like it was the perfect fit for me, the best situation at the moment.”

James becomes the second Paterson Catholic player to commit this week, and potentially the last ever from the storied program to go Division I. 6-9 forward Derrick Randall verbally committed to Rutgers Sunday. The program closed its doors in June.

James averaged 5.7 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals on a team loaded with Division 1 talent.

Paterson Catholic coach Damon Wright said James, who can play the point-forward and point-guard spots, brings a high basketball IQ. To read more of this story, click here

Harkless Trims List to Eight; James to Iona; Davis Visits Kentucky, DePaul

Maurice Harkless has trimmed his list to eight schools.

The 6-foot-8 Queens, N.Y. native wrote on Twitter he’s considering the following schools after spending next year at South Kent (Conn.): St. John’s, Maryland, Florida, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Arizona and Memphis.

I asked Harkless if that means UConn is definitely out and he said, “Yes.”

Harkless recently decommitted from UConn.Harkless was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Hoop Group Elite Camp in Reading, Pa., in early July. To read more of this story, click here