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.
It looks as if Pittsburgh assistant Orlando Antigua, a native of the Bronx, will take the opening on John Calipari’s staff created when Chuckie Martin left to take the Marist job. Both Antigua and Martin attended St. Raymond’s in the Bronx, and Orlando is the brother of current St. Ray’s coach Oliver Antigua, who made the news this week because of a fight with one of his star players, Kevin Parrom. If Orlando bolts for Memphis, Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon may look to move DOBO and East Orange native Brandin Knight into his coaching spot.
We hear that if Memphis does indeed get Orlando Antigua, Devin Ebanks will likely end up a Tiger. The 6-9 Ebanks is down to Memphis, West Virginia, Rutgers and Texas and could make his announcement Sunday during the finals of the iS8 event in Queens.
In other news related to the Tigers, news reports out of Memphis have the school possibly moving into the Big East. Imagine Calipari joining a conference that already includes coaching heavyweights Rick Pitino, Bob Huggins, Jim Calhoun and Jim Boeheim?
**Former St. John’s coach Mike Jarvis is a finalist for the Florida Atlantic job.
“I will coach again,” Jarvis told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I have one goal left, and that is to be one of two coaches that have won 100 games at four different schools. I have three, and now I want four.”
**Former Florida forward Jonathan Mitchell could also announce this weekend. The 6-7 Mitchell will choose from among Rutgers, Seton Hall and Marshall.
**Teeng Akol, a 6-11, 3-star power forward from IMG who originally played at Our Savior New American on Long Island, has committed to South Florida, but has yet to qualify.
“I have a good relationship with the coaches,” Akol told Greg Auman of the St. Pete Times. “I did a lot of research, and it was hard for me to decide, but at the end of the day, USF’s coaches recruited me so much. I really liked the environment there, no doubt about it.”
**Keith DeWitt, a 6-10 junior forward from Charis Prep in Wilson, N.C., has decommitted from West Virginia.
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.