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 — Stephen Zimmerman will fly back and forth to New York City from Las Vegas twice in August.
And that isn’t exactly good times for a guy his size.
“It’s really fun,” Zimmerman, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2015, told SNY.tv in the above video at the Big Strick. “My only problem is the traveling coming down here. Being on planes isn’t fun for a 7-footer.”
Zimmerman went for 19 points and seven rebounds Saturday night as Team USA lost to Team NYC, 126-110, in the Big Strick Classic.
He will be back in two weeks for the Elite 24 on Aug. 24 under the Brooklyn Bridge.
That will culminate a tremendous summer in which Zimmerman picked up offers from a Who’s Who of high-major programs, including Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, UConn and Arizona, to name a few.
The only offers he feels he’s missing?
“Duke and North Carolina would probably be great things to have,” he said. “They both have talked to me but they both haven’t offered me.”
Kentucky has and remains in the mix.
“Kentucky is an amazing school, obviously,” Zimmerman told SNY.tv. “They put out a lot of NBA players and my ultimate goal is to be in the NBA, so that’s a big thing.”
Kansas has also offered.
“Kansas works welll with big men,” Zimmerman said. “My main thing is to go to a school that’s going to help me get to be the best player that I can be and a school that works well with bigs is a good school.”
Looking forward to the Elite 24 and his junior season, Zimmerman has one goal mind.
He wants to show everyone “that I can be a lot more aggressive than I’m perceived to be.
“I’m not the strongest person,” he added. “I can be a lot stronger and I’ve been working on it so I’ve been going around that by using my skillset and working on my jump hook a lot but I need to be getting to the free throw line a lot more and showing that I’m more aggressive.”
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.