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.
NEWARK, N.J. — Fresh off his weekend official visit to Miami, St. Benedict’s Prep shooting guard Melvin Johnson is leaning toward the Hurricanes.
“Melvin is down to three, Virginia Tech, Miami and South Florida,” St. Ben’s coach Mark Taylor told SNY.tv. “I’d say leaning toward Miami.”
Johnson said he enjoyed the visit, which included watching the football game against Ohio State.
“It was fun,” he said. “I watched the football game and then I went to go watch that fight [Mayweather-Ortiz].”
The 6-foot-3, 188-pound off guard needs to work on some academic issues, but has a strong upside as a player.
“His scoring ability is unbelievable,” said Taylor, who also coached future NBA players Jason Williams and Andrew Bynum. “At times, I’ve never seen anybody that I’ve coached score the way he can score in bunches. Melvin needs to get a little bit better handle, a little bit better defensively. I think Melvin at some point, with development at the right school, could be a pro.”
**Melvin Johnson to visit Miami
**Melvin Johnson to St. Benedict’s
(Photo courtesy NY Post)
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.