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Monday, Oct. 22, 2018: BCANY announces nine additions to Hall of Fame

   Leading off today: Membership in the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hall of Fame will grow by nine next March following the announcement of the latest induction class:

   Among those to be honored March 24 in Glens Falls will be recently retired Lake George coach David Jones, who guided his teams to 360 wins and six Section 2 crowns. The 2018 NYSPHSAA title was Jones' third with Lake George.

   Also selected at the most recent BCANY meeting are:

    • Jeff Baier, Downsville: He led his teams to more than 300 wins and three Section 4 championships, also serving on the sectional basketball committee.

    • Mike Delaney, Watertown Immaculate Heart Central: Delaney, who also coaches baseball, has compiled more than 500 wins in 40-pus years of coaching.

    • Tom Downey, Livonia: He won 437 games in a 28-year career, also securing four Section 5 championships.

    • Joe Lores, East Rockaway: Joe Lores coached from 1982-2017 at East Rockaway, where he's also coached girls soccer and softball.

    • Ray Nash, CHSAA: The former standout at St. Francis College went on to coach the sport at Bishop Ford in Brooklyn and also become president of the Catholic High School Athletic Association.

    • Rich Tricarico, CHSAA: Along with Nash, Tricarico is credited with the modernization of operations in the CHSAA.

    • Gary Vail, Windsor: He coached his teams to 423 wins and become widely known as a featured speaker at clinics and programs.

    • Peter Weishan, Salamanca: In a career spanning 43 seasons, Weishan's teams won 423 games in Section 6, where he also served three decades on the boys basketball committee.

   Coming Tuesday: Count me among the observers who will be very interested to hear what the National Federation of State High School Associations has to say tomorrow when it unveils its draft criteria for how they will approve recruiting events in June run by state high school associations under the new system prompted by the Condoleeza Rice-led NCAA commission earlier in 2018.

   The forthcoming changes in the NCAA recruiting calendar are fallout from the FBI investigation of bribery in college basketball and the arrest a year ago of 10 people, including four Division 1 assistant coaches.

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   "The National Federation holds the key," St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli, who serves on the Subcommittee for Non-Scholastic Basketball and also on the Men's Basketball Oversight Committee, told blogger Adam Zagoria. "(The NFHS) is going to put out a template, they're going to pass it to every state in the country.

   "They're going to say, you have to have medical coverage, you have to have separate seating for college coaches. Everything will go from the National High School Federation

  
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to the state association. And they're going to give suggestions. Do you want to run a team camp? Do you want to run a combine? Do you want it to be regional, four sites in a state?"

   High schoolers will still play AAU ball for much of the spring and summer, but two late-June weekends are supposed to be set aside for high school settings.

   Zagoria points out unanswered questions include who will pay for travel, hotels and food for players being asked to participate at distant venues.

   "That has never been decided," said BCANY Executive Director Dave Archer, who also works with the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the National High School Basketball Coaches Association. "At the meetings, we're very concerned about urban and rural kids, so that's certainly out there as to what to do about that. Some are saying we should have the event right in the cities. But as far as the travel expenses and so on, that is not NCAA-covered. They'll cover those in the July period for their regional camps.

   "But this is like, 'Is there any money?'

   "'No, you figure that out.'"

   Evicted: The New York Post reports that Benjamin Cardozo boys basketball coach Ron Naclerio, who has won 796 games in 44 seasons, has been locked out of his office as the school works to turn the museum-worthy space into an ROTC office.

   The space has long been covered with newspaper clippings, photographs and other mementoes.

   "Someone told me the other day, if and when they build a hall of fame and museum for New York City basketball, they should just take that office, as-is, and move it to the museum," Naclerio said.

   "I have to make cuts soon so I need my scissors, he joked. "Only problem is, my scissors are locked in my office with all my other stuff."


  
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