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The talent developed on the sandlot courts and high school hardwood of Queens will once again go on display Thursday in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Among those from the borough:
James Southerland, a 6-8 Syracuse forward, is a native of Bayside who played at Cardozo High School where he averaged 17.6 points per game. Most recently Southerland hit 15 points in the 75-59 Syracuse victory in the NCAA opening round over Kansas State.
Syracuse meets Wisconsin Thursday night at 7:15 p.m.
Erving Walker, at 5-foot-8 and 177 pounds, might seem out of place in an era when most basketball players on the court top 6 feet. But Florida Coach Billy Donovon said, “He’s had an incredible career for a guy his size. He has a really, really competitive mindset.” Walker also set a school record for assists.
Russ Smith averaged 29.6 points per game as a senior at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood. Smith has suffered numerous injuries while a Cardinal.
Louisville meets Michigan State at 7:45 p.m. Thursday.
Doron Lamb of the No.1 Kentucky Wildcats was born in Laurelton but played high school basketball in Brooklyn. Coach John Calipari said “as far as knowing the game and having a feel for it, he has it.”
Kentucky meets Indiana at 9:45 p.m. Friday.
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