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Monday, June 16, 2014: Lots of transfer news in basketball world

   Leading off today: Players come and players go. It's a reality in the worlds of college and scholastic sports -- and the basketball revolving door has been in high gear this past week, so let's get started with the latest updates.

   On the move, college edition: Former Jamesville-DeWitt star Tyler Cavanaugh is on his way out of Wake Forest, The Post-Standard reported Monday. The Winston-Salem Journal said the 6-9 sophomore, who averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds last season, met with new coach Danny Manning last week to seek his release.

   "We expected Tyler to be a significant part of what we were doing," Manning told the paper. "I told him -- and I told all the guys that were coming back to this team -- part of the reason I accepted the job and part of the reason my staff was so excited about coming here was because of the returning crew that they had."

   Citing sources, The Post-Standard reported George Washington, Dayton, Baylor, California and possibly Stanford might be on Cavanaugh's wish list if he is granted his release. After sitting for a season, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

   Cavanaugh was first-team all-state in 2012 Class A as a J-D senior. A fifth-team Class AA guard from that season is also on the move, with his new destination confirmed Monday via Twitter:

   Christian White, who helped Aquinas reach the NYSPHSAA Class AA final as a senior, is making the move from Monmouth to Syracuse, where he'll sit next season and then have two years of eligibility left.

   White was one of four underclassmen Monmouth announced in April were leaving the program, coached by former Binghamton great King Rice.

   The 5-foot-10 White played sparingly in 16 games last winter after a promising freshman season in which he played in 28 games, averaged 3.5 points a game and hit on a team best 42 percent of his 3-point attempts.

   On the move, high school edition: Wolfgang Novogratz, who averaged 18 points and 6 assists a game for Poly Prep as a sophomore point guard, is heading to the West Coast, nycHoops.net reported.

   Novogratz told the site his family is making a job-related move to the Los Angeles area, where he'll attend

  
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    Harvard-Westlake School.

       Novogratz has offers on the table from Northwestern, Rutgers and Villanova. Other schools, including Cal, Stanford and Vanderbilt, are picking up the pace in pursuing him.

       The nycHoops.net site also reported that there are wholesale changes in progress at Monsignor Scanlan. The Bronx school was projected as a CHSAA Class A contender next season, but it appears the Crusaders are losing four significant players.

       Jonathan Nwankwo, a 6-9 rising senior, 6-4 junior wing Peter Kiss and 6-foot senior guard Jordan Riullano are all heading to Victory Prep in Orlando, Fla., and 6-8 junior Emmanuel Chukwu is heading a bit north to Rye Country Day, according to Derrik Riullano, Jordan's father.

       More about transfers: When it comes to player movement, New York City has long been a target-rich environment for coaches looking to jump-start their programs. For the last several seasons, the majority of movement among high-end talents has been CHSAA players leaving for the PSAL -- in no small part because such a move does not subject the player to a one-year ban.

       Under current rules, a PSAL player who moves to a CHSAA school has to serve that one-year penalty, but nychoops.net reported last week that the Catholic schools are now contemplating granting immediate eligibility to PSAL transfers beginning this winter.

       Following up: As usual, New York was well represented at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals track and field meet held this past weekend at North Carolina A&T.

       Bringing home titles in the boys championship flight were Mike Brannigan (Northport, 8:53.59 for two miles), Benjamin Bonhurst (Smithtown West, 65-9.75 in the shot put), Mount Vernon's sprint medley relay (1:30.03) and the Northport four-mile relay (17:21.16).

       In girls competition, Zola Golden (Arlington, :53.22 in the 400 meters), Kate Zendell (Suffern, 6:51.89 in the 2,000 steeplechase), Meaghan Podlaski (Niskayuna, 7:23.40 in the mile racewalk) and Canton's four-mile relay (20:19.84) all reached the top of the podium.


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