By Dylan Butler
“It was a real tough decision, but at DePaul I'm playing for a national program and I have the chance to develop,” Adeleke said. “Since I was little I wanted to play for a national program.”
The 6-foot-8 Adeleke, who averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds for Larry Major's squad, visited the DePaul campus in Chicago on Sept. 29 and 30. After crossing off New Mexico State and UMass from his list, Adeleke was torn between DePaul and staying home and going to Hofstra. Adeleke, along with Molloy's Wendel Gibson, attended the Pride's Midnight Madness festivities two weeks ago.
But the campus and DePaul's style of play were what iced Adeleke's decision.
“I loved the campus,” he said. “It's like a New York campus with a city structure. Hofstra had that too, but DePaul is a national program. It was real hard saying no to coach [Jay] Wright [of Hofstra].”
Adeleke said he wanted to make his choice early to concentrate on the SAT – he has yet to achieve the necessary score for freshman participation – and the upcoming basketball season.
“Getting less phone calls at night will definitely help,” he said.
Claxton out for the year
Former Christ the King standout Craig “Speedy” Claxton, who was selected by the Philadelphia 76'ers in the first round of the NBA Draft in June, tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in an exhibition game against the Utah Jazz Sunday night.
Claxton, a Hofstra grad who was selected 20th overall, was driving for a layup when he collided with Quincy Lewis from Utah. He immediately clutched his knee before being carried off the court.
Claxton, who averaged 4.8 points, 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals in five exhibition games, underwent X-rays in the locker room and had an MRI Monday morning.
York 3, Baruch 0. Marc Meo scored two goals and Vladmir Achille added another goal to lead the way for the Cardinals. York (6-6-2) hosts Baruch in the CUNY quarterfinals Saturday at 1 p.m.
St. John's 4, Stony Brook 2. After falling behind 1-0, the Red Storm rallied for three straight goals, two by Joanna Dawson, as St. John's sailed past Stony Brook, 4-2, at University Field Sunday afternoon in the team's regular season finale.
Jaime Clark added a goal and an assist. Flushing native Marissa Stork, Amber Carr and Lisa Rinaldi also had assists for St. John's (11-8).
Although the Red Storm failed to advance to the Big East tournament, there is a strong chance they will participate in the ECAC tournament. Last year the Red Storm fell to Villanova, 1-0, in the championship game.
Rutgers 3, St. John's 1. Rinaldi, on an assist from Heather Cook, put the Red Storm ahead in the 44th minute, but the Scarlet Knights scored three unanswered goals to defeat St. John's, 3-1, at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. last Wednesday.
Queens College 3, New York Tech 1. Bayside grad Heather Lawson scored two goals and College Point resident Deidre McNamara added another to lead Queens (5-7-1). New York Tech falls to 1-12-1.
Mercy 15-15-10-15, Queens 7-12-15-4. Natasha Arthurton had 16 digs and 12 kills and Noelia Castillo added 15 kills and nine digs for Queens (13-9, 6-3 New York Collegiate Athletic Conference). Mercy improves to 25-0, 9-0.
Pittsburgh 15-15-15, St. John's 4-7-8. The Red Storm suffered only their second road loss of the year Sunday and were swept for the first time since Sept. 14. Olga Roudovski led St. John's (20-6, 4-2) with 13 kills and is now just five shy of breaking her own record of 427 kills in a season, set in 1998.
St. John's 15-15-8-14-16, West Virginia 13-10-15-16-14. The Red Storm trailed 8-3 in the fifth game, but Roslyn Dang came up with three big kills to lift St. John's to a 16-14 win. Roudovski broke her own school record with 39 kills in the match, eclipsing her mark of 31 she set as a sophomore.
York 15-15-6-15, New York City Tech 13-13-15-6. Melissa Clark had 11 kills and Tejas Dadarkar added 10 digs to give the Cardinals their first win of the year. York improved to 1-10, while Tech is 0-8.
UMass 5, St. John's 2. The Minutemen (6-0) topped the Red Storm Saturday at the Upper Boyden Courts at UMass. St. John's (0-1) was led by Erik Scharf, who defeated Steve Prisco, 6-4, 6-3 in first singles. Cameron Lore also won his match, beating Todd Champeau, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 in No. 4 singles and teamed with Jake Maxwell to win the Red Storm's only doubles match, 8-4, over Aron Gortman and Rory Theis.