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.
Six weeks after committing to Arizona for a second time, Abdul Gaddy has decommitted. Again.
Gaddy, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard from Bellarmine (Wash.) Prep, opted out when Arizona’s legendary head coach Lute Olson stepped down last Thursday to spend time with his family and was replaced on an interim basis by Russ Pennell.
“We just kind of sat back and watched it,” his father, Abdul Gaddy Sr., told the Arizona Daily Star. “It seemed like they didn’t know what direction they were going to be going in. There was nothing concrete there.”
Gaddy, who previously decommitted when Josh Pastner left the Arizona staff for Memphis, is now considering UCLA and Washington.
Gaddy joins Solomon Hill and Mike Moser among decommitted Arizona players. All three told Arizona media sources that they will look elsewhere now that Olson has retired.
The Wildcats now have no players committed for the November signing period.
A Los Angeles native, Hill is considering hometown USC, among other schools. Moser, from Portland, Ore., joined Hill in decommitting last week.
Arizona, which appears in disarray, could also lose juniors Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill to the NBA draft after this season.
Mark Few of Gonzaga and Sean Miller of Xavier would seem like strong candidates to replace Pennell next season, while John Calipari and Jamie Dixon look like longshots.
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.