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.
John Riek won’t suit up for the Cincinnati Bearcats to start the season, but he could be ready when the Big East campaign begins.
“If we can’t get John in this fall because his test scores and things aren’t done in time to enroll, then he will enroll in December,” head coach Mick Cronin said.
The 7-foot-2, 240-pound native of the Sudan committed to Cincinnati in August, but because he speaks limited English it remains unclear if he will get a qualifying score on the ACT.
Riek is also coming off ACL surgery in June and is still rehabbing at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
“With John, we can’t really assess his knee until we get him on campus and our doctors can look at him and the progress of his rehab,” Cronin said. “All we can go off of is what we’re being told by the people with his rehab in Florida. And they say it’s progressing great. He looks good. We’ve been down to see him, and he looks good.”
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.