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 — Just a couple of years ago, Kuran Iverson was considered one of the elite players in the Class of 2013 out of Hartford (Conn.) Northwest Catholic.
As an eighth- and ninth-grader, his potential seemed off the charts.
His talent level then seemed to level off for a period, but scouts say he is now on the upswing yet again.
“Kuran Iverson, who was going to be the next great one when he was a ninth-grader and who had leveled for a couple of years and people had caught up and passed him, he’s starting to deliver on the promise he showed when he was a young guy,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv Sunday at the Rumble in the Bronx.
“He’s starting to play 6-8, 6-9. He’s looking to rebound more, he’s looking to do more things associated with his size. He’s still a little too concerned with being tethered to the 3-point arc, firing up 3’s, doing things like that and he wants to be a perimeter player. But he’s made somewhat of an accommodation with his size. He’s not in quite in full denial of being 6-8, 6-9 as he was the last couple of years. And he’s playing better and he’s playing harder.
“And conditioning is key. I think he gets tired. I don’t think he’s in the best possible shape that he could be in in. But he could be an outstanding player.”
Iverson had 5 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists when his Long Island Lightning team lost to the Playaz, 56-63, in the semifinals of the Rumble in the Bronx 17U gold championship.
Afterward, Iverson talked recruiting with SNY.tv.
He said Florida and Oklahoma State were showing him the most interest as of late.
“They’ve come in as of late,” Lightning coach Shandue McNeill said.
Syracuse assistant Adrian Autry has also shown renewed interest.
“Syracuse was out and they got back involved,” McNeill said. “Adrian Autry’s doing a great job.
McNeill said Iverson will play AAU through the summer and then evaluate his options.
“I’m going to start visiting at the end of the summer,” Iverson said.
Wherever he goes, Iverson said, “I’ll play my role and do whatever the coach tells me to do.”
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.