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.
Oliver Has Top 5; Rumble in the Bronx Notes; Dan Jennings Update
Oak Hill swingman BrianOliver has a top five of Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miami, West Virginia and Pitt, according to his father, Robert, but even he said the list could change.
“He said he wasn’t going to decide until September,” Robert said. “He said he was going to take his visits.”
Oliver, a 6-6 wing player originally from Glassboro, N.J., transferred to Oak Hill (Va.) from William Penn in Delaware.
Lance Brown, a 6-3 junior wing from Passaic (N.J.) County champion Paterson Catholic, said he’s been offered by Fordham, Geoge Mason, Quinnipiac and Rider, and has interest from Rhode Island and Richmond. Brown, an athletic, physical slasher who playing alongside Seton Hall commit Jordan Theodore last season, visited Fordham unofficially last week.
Speaking of Fordham, Rams assistant Jared Grasso is doing a great job recruiting local talent, including Jio Fontan and Alberto Estwick of St. Anthony and Chris Gaston from St. Benedict’s. Fontan, Estwick and incoming frosh Trey Blue, a 6-3 shooting guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy, are all in summer school. Fordham got unofficial visits Friday from Kyle Casey, a 6-7 junior wing from Brimmer & May (Mass.), and O.D. Anosike of St. Peter’s on Staten Island. He is the younger brother of Tennessee women’s star Nicky Anosike.
Speaking of Paterson Catholic, 6-5 sophomore point guard Jayon James has been offered by Seton Hall, Xavier, Fordham, LaSalle and Rhode Island, with Providence showing interest.
James is a big, athletic point who can see over defenses. He put on a show against St. Anthony in the state playoffs last season, hitting a slew of 3-pointers in the second half.
Paterson Catholic is seeking an independent national schedule and will be loaded next year with five very talented juniors-to-be, as well as sophomore point guard Myles Mack and incoming freshman point Kyle Anderson, who may be the best of the bunch and already has interest from Georgetown, Rutgers, Xavier and Wake Forest, according to his father, Kyle Sr. The Cougars, who alread boast 6-5 Fuquan Edwin and 6-6 Trevor Clemmings, both of whom holds offers from Rutgers and Seton Hall and are sure to pick up more, also landed a 6-7 player from Switzerland.
Finally, check out my story on the recruitment of 6-9 Staten Island native Danny Jennings on the Big East Basketball Report.
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.