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.
Rivals released its Top 150 for the Class of 2010 and there are several local ties for the New York metropolitan area, although we were surprised not to see Fuquan Edwin of Paterson Catholic and Ashton Pankey of St. Anthony on this list.
**6-foot-8 Canadian native and Texas commit Tristan Thompson of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark is No. 5, after Josh Smith, Brandon Knight, Jared Sullinger and Harrison Barnes.
**6-3 Syracuse commit Dion Waiters, who will reportedly suit up at Burlington (NJ) Life Center Academy, is No. 20.
**Brooklyn native Doron Lamb, who transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) from Bishop Loughlin, is No. 21. The 6-4 Lamb holds offers from Rutgers, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Xavier and interest from UConn, Seton Hall and Syracuse.
**St. Patrick of Elizabeth guard Kyrie Irving is No. 27. He has a slew of schools after him in the wake of a terrific summer: Kansas, Memphis, Ohio State, Pitt, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, St. Joe’s, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.
**6-8 Long Island forward Tobias Harris comes in at No. 33. He is currently on a tour of Maryland, Georgetown and Virginia (see related posts).
**6-3 Plainfield (NJ) guard Isaiah Epps is No. 40 and has offers from Maryland, St. Joe’s, Seton Hall and Rutgers. A rising junior, he may prep for his senior season.
**6-1 guard Taran Buie of Albany Bishop Maginn is No. 53 and has many schools after him, including Fordham, Rutgers, Pitt, Syracuse and Providence.
**6-3 guard Cameron Ayers of Philly Germantown Academy and the Playaz Basketball Club is No. 55.
**Shaq Thomas, a 6-5 wing from Paterson Catholic, is No. 73. He will visit Syracuse for their Elite Camp this weekend.
**6-7 Devon Collier of St. Anthony (NO. 94), 6-6 JayVaughn Pinkston of Bishop Loughlin is No. 96, and St. Patrick of Elizabeth big man Markus Kennedy (No. 131) also made the list.
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.