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.
Kentucky coach John Calipari is getting ready to face top-seeded Ohio State in an East Regional semifinal Friday in Newark, but that didn’t stop him from scouting one of the top players in the Class of 2012 on Sunday.
Calipari was in Glens Falls, N.Y. to watch 6-foot-10 DaJuan Coleman post 22 points and 16 rebounds as Jamesville-DeWitt cruised to its fourth straight championship with a 66-51 win over Harborfields in the Class A final.
“They have offered,” Albany City Rocks coach Jim Hart said by text, referring to Kentucky. “This is the second game in 30 days that Cal has flown up to see DaJuan. He just earned a Sweet 16 berth [Saturday] and chose to head straight to Glens Falls, N.Y.
“I would say he’s a top target for UK.”
Asked how it felt to have Calipari watch him win a state title, Coleman said, “It felt good. It was nice.”
In November, Coleman said his “top five” consisted of Syracuse, Ohio State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville.
Then he amended his list to say West Virginia and Georgetown were recruiting him hard as well.
(The AP contributed)
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.
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