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 –– UCLA could land a monster recruiting class if everyone who visited this past week were to commit.
During one day this week, the Bruins hosted Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Shaq Goodwin and 2012 commit Jordan Adams.
Adams, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Oak Hill Academy who is Goodwin’s teammate with the Atlanta Celtics, and Dominic Artis, a 5-11 point guard from Findlay Prep, have already pledged to the Bruins.
Muhammad, the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2012, Anderson, the No. 1 point guard in the class, and the 6-8 Goodwin are all considering Ben Howland’s outfit.
“Me, Shabazz, Kyle and Jordan Adams [visited],” Goodwin said Friday in Harlem during practice for The Franchise Classic. “It was cool, nice campus, nice place.”
Goodwin, who hopes to play football and hoops in college, said he wasn’t able to discuss a potential dream class with the other recruits, though.
“We had different time schedules so I didn’t see them,” said Goodwin, an Atlanta native whose father is from Brooklyn.
Anderson will also play in The Franchise Classic, but did not attend practice Friday.
Goodwin, meantime, met with both the football and basketball staffs and he said they told him, “Definitely, I could play both.”
His most current list now includes Memphis, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, and UCLA.
He replaced Alabama with Arizona.
Wherever he goes, his ideal plan is to win a national championship in football, and then turn his attention to hoops come January.
“Yeah,” he said, “that’s how it’s gonna go.”
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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.