The NCAA last Wednesday issued three new lists related to its crackdown on questionable prep schools across America. One of the schools on a list of 22 "under review" for academic "irregularities" is St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Ct. In the fifth of a five-part series on summer sneaker camps, West Milford's Justin Sofman, who is headed next year to St. Thomas More before going to Rutgers in 2007, says he is not worried about the latest list.
"I really don't know much about it so I really can't comment on it," said Sofman, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound All-Passaic shooting guard from West Milford who committed to Rutgers beginning in 2007 and is competing at the Eastern Invitational this weekend at The College of New Jersey. "It didn't affect my decision. I still want to go there. From what I hear, (St. Thomas More) is going to pass (the NCAA standards) well because of the guys they got up there. I'm assuming everything's going to be OK."
St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn, however, says he is stunned and offended that the 44-year-old school made the list.
"I will be shocked if our lawyers don't contact these people and go after them," he said.
Pete Thamel of The New York Times wrote a story last week which revealed that Oak Hill Academy, the alma mater of Carmelo Anthony, is also upset about being on the NCAA list. In another story on Sunday, Thamel and colleague Thayer Evans say some high school players may choose to go overseas before playing in the NBA. Dan Rosen of The Record looks at the one-on-one matchups that attract hype at the ABCD Camp. The Daily News has a story about coaches text messaging players in order to stay in touch during recruiting.