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AJ Storr picks St. John’s after being ‘overwhelmed’ by MSG

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AJ Storr stepped on the Garden floor and imagined playing under the famed building’s bright lights. He could picture himself wearing St. John’s red and white, and wowing big crowds.

If there was a highlight of his official visit to the Queens school this week, this was it. A trip to the World’s Most Famous Arena that ended any more thoughts of where he wanted to go to college.

“I went to the Garden and I was overwhelmed,” the 6-foot-6, four-star guard told The Post after verbally committing to Mike Anderson and St. John’s. “There’s nothing like the Garden and being able to play in that [environment] in New York.”

Wednesday night, Storr became the biggest-name recruit St. John’s has landed in the Anderson era. A four-star guard, he is ranked by ESPN No. 49 in his class. He is St. John’s first top-50 prospect since Shamorie Ponds in 2016.

When told about the significance of his decision, Storr said it wouldn’t matter when he got to college. He would have to prove himself like every other recruit.

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The entire staff took a role in recruiting him, according to his mother Annette Brandy. She spoke to a different St. John’s coach every day. Anderson, though, was extremely active, speaking frequently to Storr and Brandy, and making it clear the IMG Academy (Fla.) guard was a priority for St. John’s.

“He was very, very involved. Assistant coaches, they leave programs all the time because they grow to be head coaches,” said Brandy, who played college basketball herself at Illinois Central College and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “When you develop a relationship with the head coach, that makes a big difference for a player.”

Originally committed to Illinois, Storr decommitted after assistants Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman left for Kentucky. Storr and his mother took visits this summer to Kansas, Illinois, LSU and Oklahoma, but Brandy felt there was something unique about St. John’s. Her son seemed more at ease there. He smiled more. She could tell he was enjoying his time and liked the uptempo style St. John’s plays. He had fun with the current players and got to know what the program was all about during a dinner with current star Julian Champagnie.

“At. St. John’s, it just felt a little different. We felt a family-oriented vibe,” Brandy said. “It was the big city, but the university itself felt intimate. … I could see that he felt more comfortable. It kind of felt like we were with our family hanging out instead of on a college visit and I could see AJ felt that comfort.”

Storr added: “It’s not about the name [of the school]. It’s about fit, what’s best for you.”

Champagnie, a Brooklyn native, told him all about his development under Anderson’s coaching staff, from an underrated prospect to one of the best players in the Big East to someone who could be drafted next summer. Storr saw similarities to Champagnie in himself. Anderson and Co. told Storr he could be the reigning Big East’s leading scorer’s replacement by the time he arrives.

“They plan for me to come in and be an impact player,” Storr said.

A college coach familiar with Storr said he had a big spring on the AAU circuit and his stock rose significantly. He averaged 12.6 points and 1.1 steals during the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in July with Vegas Elite.

“Good player, good body, very athletic,” the coach said. “Great in transition. Fits their system. Could be a starter from day one.”

Storr joins Florida point guard Kolby King in Anderson’s 2022 recruiting class. St. John’s still has one scholarship open for next year and may still fill it, sources said.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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