Former Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine hired as consultant to Israeli team

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More than seven months after he was fired from Syracuse over allegations of sexual molestation, Bernie Fine has found work.

In a statement released Thursday, Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League announced the hiring of the former Syracuse assistant, who is to be brought on as a consultant.

According to the release, Fine will be in a position to assist the team in its search for a new coach, as well as help in player personnel decisions. He will work from the United States.

Fine currently lives in Syracuse, N.Y.

He worked for Syracuse for 36 seasons, prior to his firing.

This past month, one accuser, Zach Tomaselli, admitted that he fabricated e-mails to support his false report to police. He also told reporters that he “never met Bernie Fine in [his] life” and called himself a “sociopath.” That admission from Tomaselli came after he was convicted of molesting a child at a summer camp in Maine and sentenced to three years and three months in prison.

Syracuse worked through controversy without Fine this past season, going 34-3, before losing in the Elite Eight to Ohio State.

The Orange will be losing a number of players next season, including guards Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters, forward Kris Joseph, and center Fab Melo.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: