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.
Indiana coach Tom Crean fired assistant coach Roshown McLeod and McLeod will not be with the team for this week’s Big Ten tournament.
“There is never a good time for something like this, but it is a decision that had to be made moving forward,” Crean said in a statement.
Crean sent McLeod recruiting on Saturday so the assistant was not with the team when it beat Northwestern 88-80 in OT at Assembly Hall.
A Jersey City, N.J. native and former standout at Duke and St. Anthony High School, McLeod was an Indiana assistant for two seasons.
He was instrumental in the recruitment of St. Patrick star Kyrie Irving, who ultimately chose Duke over several other schools.
ALLEN TO GET PENN JOB
Penn interim head coach Jerome Allen will officially be named the program’s full-time coach before the Final Four, sources close to the program said.
“Not only alum have gone to AD Steve Bilsky, but boosters, donors, parents and players have pledged their unconditional support,” a source said. “They might not even interview outside candidates.”
A former Penn standout, Allen was hired as an assistant coach in August and became interim coach when head coach Glen Miller was fired Dec. 14 after an 0-7 start.
Penn is now 6-21.
“Jerome Allen is the right person for the job,” Zack Rosen, the Quakers’ sophomore point guard and former St. Benedict’s Prep standout, told the Philadelphia Inquirer last month. “They should hire him as soon as they possibly can. They should be begging him to stay.”
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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.