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.
JayVaughn Wins Battle, Tobias Wins the War; Harris Remains Committed to UT
NEW YORK – JayVaughn Pinkston vs. Tobias Harris.
It was a showcase matchup between the two players who will likely vie for New York State Player of the Year honors.
A showdown between two elite players whose recruitments intersected in fascinating fashion.
Yet even after Harris and Half Hollow Hills West prevailed, 75-72, over Bishop Loughlin in overtime in the final game of the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College, Pinkston proclaimed himself the best high school player in the state.
“Yes, hands down. Nobody’s better than me,” the 6-foot-6, 235-pound Villanova commit said after dominating for a game-high 34 points and 14 rebounds, including a thrilling 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer that forced the extra period.
Read the full story plus recruiting notes here.
**In Paterson, N.J. Myles Mack poured in 28 points and Seton Hall-bound Fuquan Edwin had 25 to lead unbeaten Paterson Catholic over Shaquille Thomas and NIA Prep.
**And here’s a good story about how talented the teams in North Jersey are, with St. Patrick, Paterson Catholic and St. Benedict’s all ranked among the top 12 in the nation.
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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.