Chris Egi is one of the top big men in the Class of 2015. The Canadian product recently decided to transfer to Montverde (FL) Academy to play for legendary coach Kevin Boyle. He will be contributing to ZAGSBLOG periodically. Here’s his first entry. Check out his video interview above from Mark Bairos.
What’s up, everyone?
This is Christopher Egi from CIA Bounce and this is my player blog on ZAGSBLOG.com
I’ve just finished with the summer basketball season. This summer I was privileged enough to participate in several high-level events. I had a chance to play on the Canadian Junior National team for the U-19 World Championships and I had a great time. The tournament was held in Prague, Czech Republic, which is just a beautiful city. Being the youngest player on the team at 16, I got to learn a lot playing with older players every day in practice.
I also had another chance to play with team Canada, this time at the Nike Global Challenge, which was an extremely well run event. I was blessed enough to earn International Co- MVP honours with my teammate Montaque Gill Caeser, who I’ve played with for almost three years now.
After those two events I had the opportunity to play in two events in my hometown of Toronto. The first was the CIA Bounce Classic which was a great experience playing in front of college coaches close to home, and not having to travel to the states for once. The second event was the OVO Bounce Men’s Tournament, which was really cool since I got to meet people like Drake, Brandon Jennings, Amir Johnson, Anthony Bennett and other NBA players.
Now that all my playing for the summer is done I’m really just trying to focus on getting myself ready physically and mentally for my move to my new school Montverde Academy in Florida this fall. I’m going to spend the next two weeks relaxing with family and friends, and working out and preparing myself for a successful year. They won the national championship last year, and it’d awesome if I could help them have another season like that.
As for recruiting, it’s going real well; while I was playing I didn’t really focus too much on it. Now I have some time I’m going to take a closer look and maybe start to single out some schools that I really like. I really appreciate all the offers I have received, and I’d like to thank all the schools that have expressed interest.
I will visit Washington, Harvard, Stanford and Vanderbilt.
Everything that has happened to me this summer has been a blessing and I truly am thankful for it. I’m just going to continue to work hard, and hopefully make everyone back home proud this year.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.