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.
Lance Stephenson and his parents, Lance Sr. and Bernadette, sat directly behind the Kansas bench Saturday night as the No. 15 Jayhawks beat Nebraska 70-53 at Allen Fieldhouse.
The student section greeted Stephenson with a standing ovation, a sign that read “Born Ready to Rock Chalk” and a “Rock Chalk Stephenson” chant in an effort to urge the 6-foot-5 guard out of Brooklyn Lincoln to select the defending national champions.
Stephenson, a McDonald’s All-American and the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2009 according to Hoop Scoop, is also considering St. John’s, Maryland, USC and UCLA and was taking his second official visit. He also visited Maryland officially and St. John’s unofficially.
Interestingly, on the same day Stephenson visited KU, Maryland toppled No. 3 North Carolina 88-85 in OT in College Park, Md behind a career-high 35 points from Greivis Vasquez.
Kansas has several players with ties to the metropolitan area, including freshman guard Tyshawn Taylor out of Jersey City St. Anthony, freshmen big men Marcus and Markieff Morris out of Philly and freshman forward Quintrell Thomas from St. Patrick of Elizabeth (N.J.).
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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.