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.
Konchalski Evaluates Big East Recruiting; Rutgers Lands Johnson, Miller
Recruiting expert Tom Konchalski says Villanova has the best recruiting class in the Big East with Maalik Wayns, Isaiah Armwood and Mouphtaou Yarou.
Tom also comments on Rutgers and St. John’s.
**Rutgers landed Austin Johnson of Blair Academy and Dane Miller of Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) High.
Here’s what Rutgers head coach Fred Hill said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Dane and Austin into the program. Our mission at Rutgers is to compete for a Big East and a National Championship. Both of these young men have the talent, character and commitment to contribute toward this gaol. They are unselfish players who each bring a little something different to the forward position.”
The 6-7, 210-pound Miller averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks as a junior to earn All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year honors from the Democrat and Chronicle.
“Dane is a very versatile performer who plays at the rim and also excels in the open floor,” Hill said. “A crafty scorer, he is always looking to get his teammates involved.”
The 6-7 Johnson averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds as a junior to earn first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League honors.
“Austin is a skilled forward with a tremendous understanding of the game,” Hill said. “He is comfortable playing with his back to the basket and is a great passer out of the post.”
**St. John’s has a signature from Omari Lawrence and Dwight Hardy.
“Maybe with those guys, they can serve as an attraction for Lance Stephenson and that would certainly be the icing on the cake for the recruiting class [at St. John’s],” Konchalski said.
For more of my interview with Tom covering Lance, Dominic Cheek, Dexter Strickland, Tamir Jackson and other topics, see below on the blog.
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.
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