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.
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Devonta Pollard lives in Mississippi, but he’s feeling some love for Kentucky.
“Really everyone in Kentucky lives and dies basketball, so I like that,” Pollard, the No. 2 small forward in the Class of 2012 out of Porterville (Miss). Kemper County, said by phone from the Kevin Durant Skills Academy. “And I like the program that they have.
“And they always build a strong relationship with all their players.”
When he first heard he had been offered by Kentucky, he said, “I was a little surprised, and I was thankful.”
The 6-foot-8, 194-pound Pollard holds a ton of high-major offers.
He listed Kentucky, Mississippi State, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida State, Missouri, Georgetown and LSU, but says nobody leads.
“There’s no one showing me any interest more than the rest,” he said. “All of them are tied.”
He added: “I plan on visiting all of them.”
After spending a couple of days with Durant, he said he’s learning about “moving with the ball and reading screens.”
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.