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.
Brooklyn Lincoln star Lance Stephensonis the top-ranked player in the Class of 2009 according to the new rankings by the Hoop Scoop.
Derrick Favors is ranked No. 2 in the class, followed by Kenny Boynton, UAB commit Demarcus Cousins and North Carolina commit Dexter Strickland of St. Patrick of Elizabeth.
St. Anthony of Jersey City star Dominic Cheek is No. 10 and Rice standout Durand Scott is No. 30.
North Carolina guard John Wallwas rated as the No. 1 fifth-year player by the Hoop Scoop.
In other news and notes…
**Memphis coach John Calipari has hired Bilal Batleyto a staff position. A 2007 Oklahoma grad, Batley was a graduate manager at Indiana and was also involved in the recruitment of Nolan Dennis, who ended up at Memphis.
**Providence is working hard on the recruiting trail. The Friars had James Padgett, Stephenson’s Lincoln teammate in on Sunday, and are also involved with Kevin Parrom, Tevin Baskin and Jordan Williams.
**St. Anthony forward Derrick Williams paid a visit Tuesday to Fordham. Fordham assistant Jared Grasso has already landed former St. Anthony players Jio Fontan and Chris Gaston.
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.