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Jalen Rose planning a book about the Fab Five

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The saga (and the storytelling) of the Fab Five will continue this fall, as Terry Foster of The Detroit News is reporting that Jalen Rose will release a book about the era at Michigan called, “Got to Give the People What They Want.”

Scheduled to be released on Oct. 6, Foster reports that Rose has spent a year-and-a-half working on the book, which Rose did not provide specifics about at the Jalen Rose Golf Outing early this week.

One of the topics of discussion will surely be Rose’s strained relationship with former teammate Chris Webber. Foster asked Rose about his relationship with Webber and Jalen sounded hopeful about repairing things eventually:

“You will see when it comes out,” Rose said. “(Webber) is my brother. It’s no slight or dis.”

Rose said he wishes Webber still were part of his inner circle, but believes they will patch up their differences.

“I unite,” Rose said. “When you have a fractured relationship you hope that time heals all wounds. I think that will be the case. It does bother me but I think we will find ways to mend fences.”

Rose has been the most outwardly vocal member of the Fab Five in recent years, as he helped produce the documentary, The Fab Five, a project in which only Webber did not participate. Other Fab Five members Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson all have good relationships with Rose and they all appeared in the documentary.

It will be interesting to hear what Rose has to say in the new Fab Five book he’s planning to release, specifically the parts about Webber. Until Rose and Webber are on good terms it will be the intriguing point of conversation about the group until some other kind of new information is revealed. Hopefully Webber and Rose and can amends and start to speak on one of the fun modern eras of college basketball.

D’Angelo Harrison leads the way, Chris Obekpa breaks St. John’s single-game blocks record in win over Detroit

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JAMAICA, N.Y.–D’Angelo Harrison began Tuesday’s game against Detroit on the bench, kept out of the starting lineup by coach Steve Lavin for disciplinary reasons.

He ended the game as the team’s hero, tallying 22 points and outdueling former McDonald’s All-American Ray McCallum in a 77-74 St. John’s victory at Carnesecca Arena in Queens.

“From the time we booted him out of practice and sat [Harrison]..took his starting spot away, he’s been outstanding,” said head coach Steve Lavin. “Sometimes you have to be like an Irish judge, make the tough choices. But the kids really responded to the tough love.”

The fiery and feisty Harrison overcome a slow first half to score 15 second-half points, including a jumper with 5:48 remaining that pulled the game even at 62. With the departure of Big East Rookie of the Year Moe Harkless to the NBA, Harrison is the Red Storm’s focal point in 2012-13.

Fellow sophomore guard Phil Greene scored a career high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Defensively, the biggest performance of the night came freshman freshman Chris Obekpa, who broke the St. John’s single-game school record with eight blocks.

“In my experience as a coach and a broadcaster, he’s unique to anyone I’ve seen,” said Lavin. “It’s the length and the timing. He doesn’t pick up fouls. It’s rare to have someone get 10, 15, 20 blocks as I’ve seen in high school and pick up one foul.”

The Red Storm tried five different defenders on McCallum, who still managed 21 points, though he shot 8-of-23 from the floor. Detroit had a chance to final off a turnover in the final seconds, but a three-pointer by Juwan Howard, Jr., was off the mark.

St. John’s now heads to the Charleston Classic to take on College of Charleston on Thursday.

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

Juwan Howard is first member of Michigan’s “Fab Five” to win NBA title

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It took Juwan Howard 18 years, but he finally won an NBA title. Not only is it the first title for him, but it’s the first title for the famed “Fab Five” of Michigan in the early 1990s.

Of those five (Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, and Howard) three had lengthy NBA careers, but only Howard has been able to bring home a title.

Granted, Howard wasn’t necessarily the reason Miami won the title, considering he’s 39 years old and averaged under seven minutes per game, but he was on a team that won it, none-the-less.

Webber was cursed by having to deal with Shaquille O’Neal and the Lakers during his prime early-2000 days, and Rose fell victim to those same Lakers in the 2000 NBA Finals.

Howard hasn’t played regular minutes since 2009-10 with Portland, but he was a veteran on a Heat team that made use of his experience.

As for the rest of the Fab Five, Rose and Webber are both NBA analysts now, Jackson owns a non-profit organization, and King has battled some legal troubles after a long playing career abroad.

A well-done documentary about the Fab Five aired last year to much critical acclaim, which should help to preserve the rarity of the talented collection of youth at Michigan during the Fab Five era.

Their coach, Stever Fisher, is now at San Diego State, helping to build a contender out West. After surprising people two years ago, led by now-San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, Fisher kept the momentum going last season and is poised to have another contending team in 2012-13.

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