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.
The revised Rivals 150 is out for the Class of 2009 and the top five go like this: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Xavier Henry, Derrick Favors and Jordan Hamilton.
Of local interest, Lance Stephenson (No. 9), Dominic Cheek (No. 16), North Carolina-bound Dexter Strickland (No. 17) and Villanova commit Maalik Wayns (No. 25) are in the Top 25.
Durand Scott of Rice is No. 41, Villanova commit Isaiah Armwood is No. 62 and Rutgers commit Dane Miller is No. 94.
In the Class of 2008, Rutgers center Greg Echenique is No. 50.
Among the Class of ’08 team rankings, UCLA, Kansas and Wake Forest ranked 1, 2 and 3. In the Big East, Louisville (No. 6), UConn (No. 8), Georgetown (No. 12), West Virginia (No. 17), Cincinnati (No. 18) and Rutgers (No. 30) all cracked the Top 30.
**Kenny Boynton, No. 7 overall in the Class of 2009, will get in-home visits from Duke (Sept. 9), Florida (Sept. 10) and Georgia Tech (Sept. 11) within a three-day span. Then he visits Georgia Tech. Sept. 26, according to Rivals.
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.