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For you basketball fans

By J. Long

Thought I’d hit you with a couple of quick basketball things:

* In case you didn’t see it, South hired a new basketball coach, Steve Lilly. Most of Lilly’s high school coaching experience is in the KC area. He also had a stint at Independence Community College from 2003-07 where he went 91-38.

* The 15 & under K.C. based Pump and Run AAU program under the direction of former Shocker L.J. Goolsby finished second in an AAU tournament in Denver and lost in the semifinals of the Jayhawk Invitational in Lawrence May 2-3.

The team features four area players: Jalen Love (East), Craig Nicholson (Northwest), Spenser Gales (Northwest), and Gavin Thurman (Southeast).

Thurman was named to the all-tournament team at the Jayhawk Invitational.

* Perry Ellis is going to the Vince Carter Nike Camp for Wings instead of the Amare Stoudemire camp for bigs.

* Very interesting read on the rise of new Memphis basketball coach Josh Pastner.

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