Whether Cory Alexander jumped the gun or had inside information, he made a bold claim during ESPN’s broadcast of the McDonald’s All-American Game Tuesday night from Chicago.
During a segment of the 1996 McDonald’s game featuring Shaheen Holloway, Alexander, the Virginia veteran and NBA veteran, said, “He’s staying in Jersey now, signing on as the new head coach at Seton Hall and I know Sha are at home watching, and what he misses most about this time is the fact that he had a full head of hair in 1996.”
ESPN’s Paul Biancardi added: “The nation has fallen in love with Shaheen Holloway and it’s good to know Sha when he was a player in high school. [at St. Patrick High School] to a great college coach right now.
Holloway was named MVP of the 1996 McDonald’s Game when he defeated Kobe Bryant, and later ended up on Bryant’s “kill list”.
“We started every staff meeting with him by reminding everyone that he got MVP over Kobe Bryant,” said former Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard, former Holloway boss at Seton Hall. , at the Washington Post. “He’s a humble man. He’s one of the best people I know. But he has that other side of him, where he knows he’s overpowered Kobe Bryant. There’s an edge for him that way and trust in him.
After guiding Cinderella Saint Peter’s to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, Holloway is expected to replace Willard at Seton Hall. Willard endorsed it after losing in the NCAA first round to Texas Christian.
Sources said Holloway was already recruiting for Seton Hall and current players were waiting to meet him before setting out their future plans, but as of Tuesday night the school had made no official statement on the future of its basketball program. -ball.
Jersey City is holding a parade for the Peacocks on Friday, so a press conference for Holloway in South Orange may have to wait until next week.
Final Four festivities begin Thursday in New Orleans with practices and media availability, and we thought Seton Hall would want to wrap things up before then.
“I’m not worried about it,” Holloway said after his team’s 69-49 loss to North Carolina on Sunday night in Philadelphia. “I worry about these 15 young men who are heartbroken and really depressed. It’s my job as a leader to lift their spirits, to make sure they understand what they’ve done to these two last few weeks. And like I said, we’re going to walk out of here the same way we came in here, with our heads held high.
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Adam Zagoria is a freelance journalist who covers Seton Hall and NJ college basketball for NJ Advance Media.