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.
Several of the top young players in the New York area will be hitting the road for unofficial visits in coming weeks.
Tobias Harris, a 6-8 junior forward from Long Island Lutheran, and Mike Buffalo, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Wings Academy, will both visit UConn on Friday for Midnight Madness. Harris at one point crossed UConn of his list of schools, but has since added the Huskies back on.
Buffalo (pictured) will also visit West Virginia Oct. 23 and Pittsburgh Oct. 25, according to Hassani Stewart of the Raising Champions AAU squad.
“That’s what we have set up so far,” Stewart said.
Stewart added that Buffalo holds offers from LIU, Quinnipiac and George Mason, with interest from Arkansas, South Florida, Miami, West Virginia, UConn, South Carolina, George Washington and UMass.
Meantime, 6-2 sophomore combo guard Davontay Grace of Thomas Jefferson (pictured) is trying to set up visits to Rutgers and West Virginia.
Grace is a strong, physical player with an offer from Hofstra, Stewart said, as well as interest from South Florida, West Virginia, St. John’s and Iowa.
“He’s a Top 30 player in the country,” Stewart said.
In other news related to local players, Tyler Harris, a 6-4 wing from Long Island Lutheran and the younger brother of Tobias Harris, was offered a scholarship by Duquesne coach Ron Everhart following a recent visit.
“Coach Everhart is a very sincere coach and the campus was very nice, not too big,” Torrel Harris said of his son’s visit. “He stated to Tyler that he will follow his progress during the season. He has a scholarship offer from Duquesne.”
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.