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.
PHILADELPHIA – I’m working on a feature story for SNY.tv on Tobias Harris, the 6-7 junior forward from Dix Hills (NY) Half Hollow Hills West. Look for it in the next day or two, but I thought I’d throw out some comments from his father, Torrel, a former NBA player agent, on the recruiting process.
“A lot of schools are showing a lot of love, Wake Forest, Louisville, but we like Rutgers,” Torrel said. “Rutgers was one of the first schools that started recruiting Tobias when he was young.”
Added Tobias: “They’re the first to recruit me. They’ve shown a lot of interest and it is a good school.”
Torrel has known Rutgers assistant Craig Carter since Craig was a “kid” through New York City ball. When Carter was at Siena, Torrel told him to watch his son because he “was coming up.”
Once Carter got the job at Rutgers, “that’s how I was introduced to Rutgers,” Torrel said.
Now Torrel has a high opinion of head coach Fred Hill and his staff.
“They’re guys that have a vision about where they want to take their program, and they believe they’re going to take it there,” Torrel said. “And from the things that they’re showing so far regarding their program, they look like they’re on their way.”
Here is the Top 11, according to Torrel: Rutgers, Louisville, West Virginia, Maryland, UConn, St. John’s, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Wake Forest and Delaware. Torrel says his son will decide in the summer of 2009.
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.