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Assistant and interim head coach Bob Cantu will not be retained by USC

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Longtime assistant Bob Cantu will not remain on the USC bench during the Andy Enfield era, the coach acknowledged via his Twitter page Saturday night.

“I would like to thank USC for 12 good years!” he wrote. “I will not be returning as a coach at USC and wish the best to the future staff.Fight on!!”

Cantu served on the USC staff for 12 seasons and was named the interim head coach of the Trojans on Jan. 14 after the firing of Kevin O’Neill. The team went 7-8 after Cantu took over to finish the season and he received a good deal of praise about his handling of the team.

He has worked with the USC staff through four different coaching regimes, but will not remain on for a fifth. During his time with the school, 11 of his players made the jump to the NBA from the USC program.

USC hired Enfield on April 2 after his time with Florida Gulf Coast. According to reports, the Trojans are interesting in bringing high-level San Diego State recruiter Tony Bland onto the staff.

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

Empire State Building set to light up colors of Final Four teams

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The Empire State Building in New York City will commemorate this weekend’s Final Four games by alternating the colors on display at the top of the historic city landmark.

From Syracuse’s official athletic website:

Beginning at sunset on Saturday, ESB will shine its four sides for each team:
North Side: Syracuse University (orange and blue) East Side: University of Michigan (navy blue and yellow) South Side: University of Louisville (red and white) West Side: Wichita State (yellow and black)

Following the games, ESB will shine its north and south sides for the winner of University of Louisville vs. Wichita State, and its east and west sides for the winner of Syracuse University vs. University of Michigan.

The building often shines different colors depending on holidays and other events. In recent months, it has been made blue for autism awareness and red, white, and blue for President’s Day, among other things. According to the site, there will be a special “interactive” lighting ready to go for the national championship game on Monday evening.

By the time the sun sets, Wichita State-Louisville (PREVIEW HERE) will already be underway. That game tips off at 6:09 p.m. ET and sunset in the city is set to take place around 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be fully dark by the time Syracuse-Michigan (PREVIEW HERE) tips off at approximately 8:50 p.m. ET.

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

Jalyn Patterson’s last-second 3 gives Montverde NHSI championship

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We can only hope for endings as entertaining as this at this weekend’s Final Four.

With 12 seconds to play, St. Benedict’s guard and Syracuse commit Tyler Ennis hit a three-pointer off an inbounds pass to give the Gray Bees a 65-64 lead. On the ensuing possession, Florida-bound Montverde senior Kasey Hill drove the length of the floor and drew the defense inward toward the lane, kicking it out to  an open Jalyn Patterson in the corner.

Patterson nailed the open three with seconds remaining and gave Montverde the 67-65 victory and NHSI championship at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md., on Saturday.

That three gave Patterson five points on the game in the win.

Montverde erased a 14-point halftime lead to win Saturday, led by senior Dakari Johnson and Hill. Johnson is committed to Kentucky as part of coach John Calipari’s massively talented 2013 class.

For St. Benedict’s, Ennis played through a right shoulder injury that he suffered after a collision early in the game.

Check back soon for more on the NHSI Championship.

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