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.
Iona landed another quality area player when it signed St. Patrick guard Jermel Jenkins, the backcourt mate of North Carolina-bound junior guard Dexter Strickland.
A 5-foot-10 point guard, Jenkins averaged 14 points and seven assists last season when the Celtics finished 25-5 record and were ranked No. 10 nationally under head coach Kevin Boyle (above).
A quick, pass-oriented guard who can also play defense, Jenkins drew interest from La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Rice and New Mexico State.
Jenkins joins Don Bosco guard Kyle Smyth; Hackensack forward Keon Williams; St. Benedict’s guard Scott Machado; Cardozo guard Trinity Fields and 6-7 Derek Wolfley of Attica (NY) High. Iona will also add Seton Hall transfer Kashif Pratt and 6-11 Louisville transfer Jonathan Huffman this year.
Needless to say, the Gaels will be playing a four-guard lineup at times with Huffman.
We think Iona coach Kevin Willard and his staff deserve great credit for landing some talented area players.
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.