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.
Matt Jones has already committed to Duke.
Now he’s working on his Texas Titans teammate Julius Randle to join him in 2013.
“I’d probably tell him, since it’s our last year together playing AAU, ‘J, I know you are going to miss me. But if you come to Duke, you don’t have to, we’ll be right there together,'” Jones told Harrison Sanford of FiveStarBasketball.com.
The 6-foot- 8 Randle still has a long list that also includes Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Baylor and others. But he admits Duke figures prominently.
“If I don’t go to Duke, I know I’m going to miss that kid man,” added Randle, the No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2013. “At the end, I just have to make the decision that’s best for me.”
He added: “Duke, pretty much, that’s a great school, great tradition. They have one of the best coaches ever … There is a high chance I might go to Duke. I’m looking everywhere, I’m wide open.”
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.