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.
J.P. Tokoto has decided his college destination….
But he won’t announce it until Thursday night at 10 p.m. CST in an exclusive interview with the local Milwaukee Fox affiliate, WITI-TV, at Dave & Buster’s in Wauwatosa, Wisc.
“This is J.P.’s moment so my lips are sealed as tight as can be,” Trevor Trimble, Tokoto’s father, said Wednesday by phone. “I don’t want to take away from his moment.”
Trimble moved the press conference from Friday to Thursday to accommodate the TV station.
The 6-foot-6 wing from Menomonee Falls High is considering Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Maryland, North Carolina, UCLA and Wisconsin. He is ranked No. 10 among small forwards in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com.
On Monday, an assistant from one of those schools told ZAGSBLOG, “I would bet anything it’s either Carolina or Wisconsin.”
Trimble said the family decided earlier this week based on a number of factors.
“Obviously, J.P. has a chance to go to some elite schools,” he said. “They are all elite on that list. Those coaches have jobs to do and roster spots to fill up. We’ve seen everything we can see. We felt it was in the best interest of him to go ahead and make that decision.”
He added: “We tried to all educate ourselves as best we can on what each university can offer and further educate ourselves from a team standpoint on what would be the best fit for J.P. We looked at rosters and the academic support to determine the best fit for him.”
For everyone else curious about the decision, the waiting is the hardest part.
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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.