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.
NEW YORK — Kerwin Okoro, one of the top rising seniors in New York City, says he’s focusing on three schools, including two in the Big East.
“Right now I have offers from Seton Hall, Iowa State and Pittsburgh,” Okoro said Sunday after scoring 11 points to help the Sean Bell All-Stars beat Real Scout, 71-60, in the iS8/Nike Spring Classic. “Those three are the main ones.”
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wing out of St. Raymond’s in The Bronx has visited two of the three.
“I’ve visited Seton Hall and I visited Iowa State during the school season,” he said. “I might visit Pitt soon but I don’t know when that’s gonna go down.”
Okoro is making the transition to becoming a shooting guard, something he will work on this summer and next season.
“Right now I’m making the transition to being a straight guard,” he said. “This summer I’m doing a lot of shooting, a lot of dribbling, working on my athleticism. I just want to be a real good reliable guard in the college level.”
New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said Okoro must develop his perimeter game.
“He’s trying to make the transition,” he said. “He’s a good athlete. He’s a good 3-point shooter off the catch. He’s got to be able tot put the ball on the floor and make a play off the dribble for himself or someone else. He’s a terrific kid. He’s just got to flesh out his perimeter skill set.”
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.