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Boys' basketball: Polee picks St. John's

Dwayne Polee Jr., the City Section player of the year from Westchester, has selected St. John's as his college choice, his father, Dwayne Sr., confirmed Thursday.

It's a triumph for new St. John's Coach Steve Lavin, the former UCLA coach.

"He was in love with Coach Lavin," Dwayne Sr. said. "Lavin is a West Coast guy and he was comfortable with him."

Add to that, St. John's is scheduled to play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion next season, which will be a homecoming for Lavin and Polee.

Lavin can't comment until Polee signs his letter of intent.

The 6-foot-7 Polee committed to USC as a freshman but opened up his recruiting after USC's coaching change last year. He helped lead Westchester to the City Section Division I championship and state Division I championship with his rebounding, scoring and shot-blocking skills.

Polee visited Oregon last weekend and also considered Georgia.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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