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.
Xavier Henry poured in a game-high 29 points, hitting five 3-pointers, to lead a Nike select team to a 126-50 victory over a Brazilian team in Brazil.
Avery Bradley and Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who committed to UConn, scored 20 points apiece and junior Phil Pressey added 19 points and 6 assists. Oklahoma commit Tommy Mason-Griffin had 10 assists and UConn commit Alex Oriakhi posted a team-high 14 boards. Tiny Gallon, who will play with John Wall at Word of God Academy this year, added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
**Henry will make an official visit to NCAA champion Kansas the weekend of Sept. 19 and national runner-up Memphis the weekend of Sept. 26. He is also considering Texas and UCLA, but reports have him down to Kansas and Memphis. Wall has yet to set a visit date.
**Watch out for Providence on the recruiting trail under new head coach Keno Davis. The Friars just got a commitment from 6-2 Baltimore shooting guard Antoine Allen, who will prep this year at Notre Dame Prep. Allen chose Providence over Miami, Central Florida, Towson, Rutgers and Maryland.
“It was a real good situation for me. Obviously, it’s at the biggest level,” Allen told Justin Young of Rivals. “I love the coaching staff there and I think we have a lot of things ahead of us to accomplish,” Allen said. “I know coach Davis told me that we are ready to start a whole new program. They were basically in the middle to the low end of the Big East and now the goal is to try to get them back to the top of the Big East.”
The Friars are also involved with Tevin Baskin, Jordan Williamsand Kevin Parrom, with Baskin and Parrom both telling me they planned to visit.
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.