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.
Abdul Gaddy is staying home.
Gaddy, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound point guard from Bellarmine (Wash.) Prep, committed to Washington Tuesday night after deciding to decommit from Arizona.
“Abdul committed to UW [Tuesday] night,” Garry Ward, his AAU coach, wrote in a text message.
Gaddy, who twice before committed to the Wildcats, chose Washington over UCLA.
Gaddy opted out for the second time 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. It has since been reported that Olson suffered a stroke at sometime during the past year that left him suffering bouts of depression and impaired judgment. As a result, he was advised by his doctor to step down.
Gaddy decommitted the first time when Kevin O’Neill took over for Olson and several assistants, including Josh Pastner, left the staff.
Onetime Arizona recruits Solomon Hill and Mike Moser also decommitted this time around.
Gaddy joins a four-player Washington class that includes power forward Clarence Trent of Findlay Prep School in Henderson, Nev.; power forward Charles Garcia of San Francisco City College; and shooting guard C.J. Wilcox of Pleasant Grove High in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
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.