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.
With a name like Jarrid Famous, he’s got to have a bright career ahead of him.
Famous is a 6-foot-11, 235-pound forward from The Bronx who is entering his second season at Westchester Community College.
Famous is a hot name on the recruiting trail right now and WCC associate head coach Dave Vandiver says a few schools have been working the hardest.
“He’s getting recruited by Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Oklahoma and Missouri,” Vandiver said Tuesday by phone. “Rhode Island was the first to come aboard.
“His stock is just starting to get higher and higher.”
Vandiver said St. John’s was also involved and that Famous “is interested in Rutgers as well.”
“Jarrid is interested in the Big East,” Vandiver said. “He wants to play in the Big East.”
Famous averaged 21.8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks last season as a freshman at WCC, earning All-Region XV First-Team honors. Incoming Seton Hall freshman Jamel Jackson of TCI also made the first team.
Famous had five 30-point games, including a career-high 38 in a 67-65 loss to Jackson and TCI. He also posted two 16-rebound games, one of 18 boards and another of 19. Famous has one year remaining there and then would have two years of Division I eligibility.
“Last year Jarrid really developed all parts of his game,” Vandiver said. “He played more of the 3 and the 4. He’s starting to step out to the 10-15 (foot) area. He’s still a low post, back-to-the-basket player, but he can face up more and he’s putting the ball on the floor.”
Vandiver said he is encouraging Famous to wait before making a hasty college commitment.
“His stock is going up,” Vandiver said. “He’s geting all the looks. Being 7 feet, everybody and their mother is going to try to get at you. I told him, ‘Don’t go for the ESPN contract.'”
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.