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.
**Carl Baptise, a 6-8 junior forward from North Hunterdon High School, has given an oral commitment to St. Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli. Baptiste was named an Underclass All-Star last summer at the Eastern Invitational. He was also being recruited by La Salle, Temple and Delaware.
**Villanova associate head coach Brett Gunning has taken his name out of consideration for the Marist vacancy.
**NJIT will introduce former Columbia assistant Jim Engles as its new head coach at 2 p.m. today. NJIT went 0-29 last year and we certainly wish Engles the best of luck turning it around.
**O.J. Mayo of USC (above), Joe Alexander of West Virginia and Donte Green of Syracuse will go pro. Mayo is leaving USC after his freshman season and plans to hire an agent, while Alexander and Green haven’t signed with agents and could return to campus.
**Memphis’s John Calipari was named Naismith National Coach of the Year for the second time.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.