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Scholastic Roundup: A trio of Brooklyn Pirates at Seton Hall

December 30, 2022 Andy Furman
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Kadary Richmond is hot – and that’s good news for the basketball Pirates of Seton Hall University.

The 6-6, 210-pound junior, who was the 2019 New York City PSAL Player of the Year at South Shore High School, recently poured in 28 points against Providence and added 17 in a losing effort at Xavier University.

In fact, over his last two ballgames, the Syracuse University transfer has averaged 22.5 points-per-game, 6.5 rebounds and five assists.

His previous career-high came a year-ago when he scored 27 points – including 17 straight on 10-13 shooting – in an overtime victory against UConn (Jan. 8th).

Teammate Femi Odulcale, a 6-6 junior –also a Shawn Mark-coached product via South Shore High School – helped lead the Vikings to two PSAL championships.

He led the Vikings to a 28-6 record, including a 17-2 league mark, and a state playoff appearance as a senior. That Vikings team finished the season ranked 10th in the state of New York.

As a junior, he helped the Vikings to a 20-8 record, including a 10-4 mark in conference play.

Odulcale was named to the New York Federation Tournament of Champions Class AA all-tournament team after leading South Shore to the title game – and, had a game-winning dunk in the championship game victory.

He led South Shore to its first PSAL City Championship as a junior – and was named MVP of the title game.

A transfer from Pitt where he scored in double-figures 22 times – including five games with 20-or-more points.

Graduate student KC Ndefo, a 6-7 shot-blocker via Lincoln High – is the third Brooklynite playing for Seton Hall.

Prior to joining the Pirates – he played four seasons at St. Peter’s and established himself as one of the best defensive players in the country. He earned the Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year Award as the top defensive player in Division I in 2021-22 – and he finished 11th in the country with 2.82 blocks-per-game on the year.

He broke his own single-season program record with 98 blocks last season – for seventh-best in Division I – he entered this season second in the country among active players with 310 career blocks.

Ndefo was a four-year letter winner at Lincoln – served as captain both his junior and senior seasons and helped the team win a State Championship in 2016.

He joins first-year coach Shaheen Holloway at Seton Hall – Holloway coached St. Peter’s last season.

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Mariah Elohim, the 5-10 LIU freshman from Westlake, Calif., was honored for her career-high 22 points – on 7-14 shooting – against Columbia, as she was named Northeast Conference (NEC) Co-Rookie of the Week for the first-time in her career.

Another first for Brooklyn College’s junior guard Ericka James who was named City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. She earns the honor for the first time in her career by helping the Bulldogs to a 72-56 win over William Patterson – she led all scorers with a season-high 28 points – 5-9 from behind the arc and a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line.

The Bulldogs travel to Cabrini University in Radnor, Pa., for a 2 pm game today.

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Charlie Baker scored a total of 13 points in his lone season of college basketball, during his junior year of 1977-78 for Harvard. He became a star in politics, however, and has served for the past eight years as governor of Massachusetts, but he’s returning to college sports in a big way – as President of the NCAA.

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Pratt’s sophomore Kylie Grant extended her streak scoring in double-figures to 14 games – dating back to last season. She scored 13 in a losing effort against Saint Elizabeth University. Pratt returns to action Monday, January 9th hosting Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham at the ARC.

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Natalie Turner-Wyatt, former head coach at Downtown United Soccer Club in New York City since 2021, is the new women’s soccer coach St. St. Joseph’s University. In May 2022, Turner-Wyatt played for Downtown United’s women’s team, which currently competes in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, earning All-Metropolitan Conference Best XI honors. She is a graduate of Williams College and is pursuing a master’s degree in social work from the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work.

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Senior guard Alyssa Fisher scored a career-high 30 points – 18 in the first quarter – for the St. Francis College women’s basketball team in a 53-52 loss at Lafayette College (Easton, Pa.).

Xaverian High’s girls’ jayvee basketball team opened their season with a 59-26 win over Nazareth. Victoria Gauto led the Clippers with 17 points. Jasmine Salcedo added 12.

Andy Furman is a Fox Sports Radio national talk show host. Previously, he was a scholastic sports columnist for the Brooklyn Eagle. He may be reached at: [email protected]. Twitter: @AndyFurmanFSR

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