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.
Abdul Malik Abu and Jared Terrell will visit Providence unofficially next Saturday, Expressions Elite coach Tyron Boswell told SNY.tv.
Kaleb Joseph and Pascal Chukwu may also join them.
Providence has been recruiting the 6-foot-8 Abu and the 6-2 Terrell hard for two years, and head coach Ed Cooley has made them a priority.
“We want to recruit the best players in the country,” Cooley, speaking generally because he cannot comment on specific players, told SNY.tv last month at the Nike Global Challenge.
“Everybody always says a lot of negative things about the brand of Providence. Whether that’s in the past or whatever, I don’t look at that. I want the best players in the country to to play in the best league in the country.”
When Abu and Terrell cut their lists last month, Providence made the cut for both players.
“They’re hard recruiters, especially the head coaches, not just the assistants,” Terrell told SNY.tv of Providence and UConn. “They text us a lot, talk to us a lot. We just keep an eye out for them and they keep an eye out for us.”
The 6-2 Joseph out of Cushing (Mass.) Academy, meantime, recently cut his list to Providence, Syracuse and West Virginia.
The 7-2 Chukwu out of Fairfield (Conn.) Prep is considering Providence, along with St. Joe’s, UConn and others.
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.