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.
When the Pittsburgh men’s basketball team starts practice next week to defend its Big East tournament championship, Levance Fields, the heart and soul of the Panthers, will have to watch from the sideline.Fields, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior point guard from Brooklyn, is still rehabilitating the left foot he broke against Dayton last December. Fields returned to action Feb. 15 against Marquette, but he still had surgery in August. After that procedure, Fields contracted an infection above his foot that slowed his recovery. The bone is still healing, and Fields hasn’t been able to participate in individual workouts or pickup games the way his teammates have. He is expected to be ready in time for the start of the regular season in November.
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Meanwhile, in other Big East news, Georgetown got a commitment from Nate Lubick, a 6-8, 227-pound junior PF from Southborough (MA) St. Mark’s, according to Jeff Goodman. Goodman reports that Georgetown hasn’t had an American-born white player in four years.
“At first, after Georgetown offered, it was like, ‘Georgetown doesn’t offer white kids,’” Lubick told Goodman. “I thought about it a little bit and after I visited the second time and was with their players, I just said, ‘Who cares.’
“I went on a bunch of visits and none of the teams were anywhere nearly as close as Georgetown,” Lubick added. “It’s crazy. They all hang out together like a family and couldn’t care less about the white-black thing and that’s what made me so comfortable. I didn’t even pay attention to it.”
Goodman also reports that Providence received a commitment from 6-5, 195-pound sophomore G Kyle Wright, who played at Brewster and was a freshman last year at Stony Brook. He was recently named MVP of the Hartford Pro-Am. Providence also picked up 6-foot-8, 205-pound big Detroit Community School senior big man James Still.
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.