Ra’Shad James has decided to leave Iona. That had been a rumor during the season, that the White Plains grad was unhappy with his role with the Gaels. It appears there was some truth to it.
The explosive James recently visited Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla., and it is the leader for his services. As an NAIA school, James could play immediately without having to sit out next season.
Northwood University is the alma mater of Port Chester’s Melvin Calhoun and Lincoln’s Lester Hunte. James would have the opportunity to play for former Villanova coach Rollie Massimimo.
James originally played at Division II St. Thomas Aquinas before transferring into Iona two years ago. He sat out the 2010-11 season before joining the Gaels for their 2011-12 campaign, which ended in the NCAA Tournament.
A few other notes:
• Dustin Hogue has attracted interest from a host of Division I programs, including Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Arkansas, Wichita State, Oklahoma and others. The 6-foot-6 former Lincoln star left Yonkers after the 2009-10 season. He played prep school ball the following year and then played as a freshman at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa and averaged 11 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
• Thomas Fleming plans to play basketball at Chaminade, a Division II school in Honolulu. The Dobbs Ferry senior will join the school that once became famous for pulling off perhaps the greatest upset in NCAA history. Chaminade beat No. 1 Virginia and Ralph Sampson in 1982. The school hosts the prestigious Maui Classic every year, meaning the team has opportunities to face major Division I programs. Next year’s field includes UNC and Texas.
• Iona Prep announced a few days ago where linemen Kameron Tedder and Matt Carroll will play their college football. Tedder, a defensive end who was Super 11 as a senior, has committed to Southern Connecticut. Carroll, a guard, chose C.W. Post.
• My colleague Vince Mercogliano reported earlier this week that Harrison QB Vin Nicita had surgery to repair his meniscus. However, the surgery is minor. Nicita, a baseball player, hopes he can play designated hitter come playoff time. If that’s the case, he should be fine for football camps this spring and summer.