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.
Paterson Catholic head coach Damon Wright has his hands full with half a dozen Division I recruits on his team. Here’s an update on what a few of them are up to:
**7-foot, 245-pound center Ian Chiles of Cliffside Park, N.J. will enroll next year at Edison (NJ) Academy Prep as a postgraduate in order to prepare academically for college. Albany and Alabama State had expressed interest. Guard Jonathan RIggs of Bloomfield, forward Lorenzo Freeman of Trenton and forward Larry Awosanya of Rancocas Valley are also on the team, as is guard Ian Umpierre of the Bronx.
**On Aug. 29-30, 6-6 junior wing Shaquille Thomas is headed to the Syracuse Elite Camp along with teammate Myles Mack, a sophomore point guard. Thomas holds offers from Syracuse, Providence and Seton Hall and has garnered strong interest from Clemson, Kansas and Rutgers.
**Mack has an offer from Fordham and Syracuse and Georgetown have been following his progress.
**6-5 junior forward Fuquan Edwin(pictured) and 6-5 junior point guard Jayon James will visit Xavier unofficially at the end of August. Edwin has offers from Seton Hall, Xavier and UMass. Texas, Clemson, Marquette and Fordham are also interested.
**6-6 junior center/forward Trevor “T.J.” Clemmings holds offers from Seton Hall, Providence and UMass and interest from Marquette. He will also play football this year for Paterson Catholic head coach Benjie Wimberly, the reigning North Non-Public Group 1 state champ.
“He’s definitely playing football,” Wright said. “He’s going to be major.”
**6-3 junior wing Jermaine Peart has interest from FDU, Hampton, Siena and Iona.
**PC sent former point guard Jordan Theodore to Seton Hall, where he will play behind point guard Eugene Harvey.
**PC will play a handful of independent games this season: against Plainfield in the Tip-Off Classic at Seton Hall and against either Lincoln or Duncanville (Texas) in the PrimeTime Shootout. The Cougars are also headed to the Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina, where they will meet New Jersey power St. Patrick, a team featuring North Carolina commit Dexter Strickland and super sophomore Mike Gilchrist.
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.
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