Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
ESPN released its Top 100 for the Class of 2009 and several New York and New Jersey players made the Top 10.
Brooklyn Lincoln star forward Lance Stephenson, who is uncommitted, chimed in at No. 4. North Carolina commit Dexter Strickland of St. Patrick of Elizabeth is No. 6. Uncommitted wing Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony is No. 8. And Rutgers commit Greg Echenique, who will play with the St. Benedict’s Prep team next year, is No. 9.
Four of the Top 25 picks are committed to North Carolina, including Strickland; 6-9 PF John Henson at No. 19; and 6-9 twins David and Travis Wear at No. 22 and 23, respectively.
Rutgers commit Dane Miller of Rush Henrietta High chimed in at No. 39. Omari Lawrence of St. Raymond’s is No. 46. Durand Scott of Rice chimed in at No. 53; Tamir “Pop” Jackson of St. Benedict’s at No. 82; and Rutgers recruit Tevin Baskin of Trinity Catholic No. 84.
Thirty-one members of the Top 100 have already committed, including two apiece to Big East schools Rutgers, UConn and Louisville.
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.