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.
Kentucky May See Owootoah Friday; Nova, West Virginia Coming Tonight
Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua will not see 2013 point guard Emmanuel Owootoah tonight, but West Virginia coach Bob Huggins and Villanova assistant Raphael Chillious will.
Cordia (Ky.) head coach Rodrick Rhodes told SNY.tv he was in touch with Antigua Tuesday and the coach said, “Win tonight and we’ll be there Friday.”
Cordia plays Letcher Central in its district opener tonight, with the winner advancing to Friday.
Kentucky already has six recruits for 2013 and has not yet officially offered Owootoah but is at least monitoring his situation. Antigua was there last Thursday watching the Canadian point guard play.
With McDonald’s All-American Andrew Harrison already signed to play point, it had been assumed that Ryan Harrow would serve as the backup.
But Kentucky’s interest in Owootoah has raised questions about what coach John Calipari may do at the point guard position.
Meantime, West Virginia and Villanova will watch Owootaoh and Rhodes said “Seton Hall loves the kid.” Pirates assistant Danny McHale watched Owootoah last week.
No visits are currently planned and Owootoah is not considering prepping next year.
Meantime, West Virginia assistant Larry Harrison will watch 2013 G Jon Severe of Christ the King and 2014 G Khadeen Carrington of Bishop Loughlin on Wednesday. WVU has offered both New York players.
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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.
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