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.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As far as midseason acquisitions go, junior combo guard Kyrie Irving is about as a good as they come.
Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, No. 4 in the RivalsHigh 100, is 6-0 since Irving debuted on Jan. 22 and may be as hot as any team in the nation.
One of those victories was a resounding 88-62 rout of then-No. 4 Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
“It feels great because we’re coming out and we’re just pressuring them full court,” the 6-foot-2 Irving said after posting 21 points, four assists, three blocks, three steals and three rebounds against St. Benedict’s. “This will put us in position to be No. 1 in the country. Our main goal, the top goal, is to be national champions and to win the [New Jersey Tournament of Champions].”
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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.