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.
Jaylen Bond, a onetime Pittsburgh commit, has instead pledged to Texas over Temple, Penn State and other schools.
“I just committed to Texas,” the 6-foot-7 forward told Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to be a Longhorn. I will not be attending St. Thomas Moore, I will be enrolling early at Texas, instead.”
Bond had planned on doing a postgraduate year at St. Thomas Moore — potentially alongside big man Andre Drummond — but will head to Texas after being recruited by new assistant Rob Lanier.
“When I was in Florida for AAU, my grandpop got a call from Rob Lanier and from there we came up to Texas for a visit,” he said. “I like the whole city of Austin. Coach Barnes is a great person on and off the court. The assistants are also great people. I loved the campus and it also has a strong academic program. Plus, I have the chance to come in as a freshman and contribute to the team in a good conference.”
Lanier also recruited incoming point guard Sterling Gibbs, a onetime Maryland pledge with whom Lanier had a strong relationship.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, 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.