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.
Daniel Orton has trimmed his list. How far remains unclear.
Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com reports it’s down to Kansas and Kentucky, while the Oklahoman says Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ohio State are still in the mix for the 6-foot-11, 260-pound senior center from Bishop McGuinness High.
Orton, ranked the No. 3 center in the Class of 2009 by Rivals, visited Kansas this past weekend and was on site when the basketball team was given its national championship rings.
“My favorite part (of the visit) was hanging out with the players,” Orton told The Oklahoman.
Kentucky’s Billy Gillespie, Kansas’ Bill Self, Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel and Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford have all been in to see Orton for in-home visits this month.
Next up is an official visit to Kentucky Oct. 9 and a return trip to Kansas Oct. 17 for Late Night in the Phog.
**If you’re a hoops fanatic, you’ll want to check ESPN’s coverage on Nov. 18, when it shows 14 games spread over 23 hours of coverage. The highlight is the Kentucky-North Carolina tilt at 9 p.m.
**Our condolences to Minnesota coach Tubby Smith and his family on the loss of his nephew William Smith, a Becker (Mass.) College student who was stabbed to death on Sunday.
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.