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.
The is8 playoffs in New York City are having an impact on the recruiting plans of several of the city’s top seniors.
Lance Stephenson will not visit Kansas this weekend for “Late Night in the Phog” because his Juice All Stars will compete Saturday morning in the is8 semis against New Heights. The Gauchos, who feature Durand Scott of Rice, take on the Playaz seniors in the other semi. The championship game is on Sunday.
Stephenson, who dropped 26 points when Juice downed the Playaz juniors this past weekend, still plans to visit Kansas, but will not get there this weekend, when a number of other stars, including Xavier Henry and Dominic Cheek will attend.Stephenson wanted to visit Memphis, USC and UCLA as well, but no visits have yet been set as far as we know. Stephenson has stated on several occasions that he won’t announce until the spring. He previously visited St. John’s for its Midnight Madness event.
Scott did not visit UCLA last weekend as planned and instead competed with the Gauchos when they beat Princeton Day Academy at is8.
Scott is supposed to visit Tennessee this coming weekend although Gauchos coach Dwayne Mitchell said he wasn’t certain if Scott would still go as scheduled. One possible option might be for Scott to visit Tennessee before the weekend. He will visit Miami the following weekend (Oct. 24) and has already taken officials to UConn and Pitt.
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.