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.
Former Rutgers star Essence Carson of Paterson, N.J. scored a career-high 19 points Thursday but the Liberty lost to the Chicago Sky, 69-60.
I’m doing a story for next week on Carson and former RU teammate Matee Ajavon of the Houston Comets and I found it interesting that both players will be going overseas after the WNBA season ends.
“I’m going to Riga, Latvia, that’s where I’m going,” Carson said. “I heard it’s a beautiful city, beautiful town.”
I told Essence that my grandfather’s family came to the U.S. from Riga early in the 1900s. Max Zagoria was one of seven Zagoria brothers, six of whom left Czarist Russia for the promise of a better life in Somerville, N.J.
Ajavon will play for Spartek in St. Petersburg, Russia.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Ajavon said.
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.