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.
By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOGDonnie Jones has struck again.Adonys Henriquez and Chad Brown have committed to the University of Central Florida.
Henriquez announced on Sunday that he had committed to Jones and the Knights, joining BJ Taylor in the class of 2014. That comes three days after Brown had announced that he would be joining top players in Florida, Alex Owens and Corey Sanders in the class of 2015.
Henriquez tweeted his commitment on Sunday: “Nothing like staying home I’m officially a UCF knight. #ToGodBeTheGlory#chargeon“
Henriquez thinks that he and Taylor would make a solid pairing.
“I think that we would make a good backcourt together, because we both like to score, and he’s a very good floor leader,” Henriquez previously said of playing with Taylor. “If I chose to go to UCF, we would try to make it the new Florida, and try to get people to go there.”
A 6-foot-6 combo guard, Henriquez brings a versatile presence to the court for the Knights. Ranked 80th in the new ESPN 100 rankings, he chose UCF over Butler, Creighton, Minnesota, and Vanderbilt.
Jones is looking to not only reel in in-state talent for the class of 2014, he already has three commitments from the class of 2015. Brown is the most recent to do so.
The 6-8, 210 pound power forward out of Deltona High School (Fla.), played AAU during the summer with Nike Team Florida, which included Chance McSpadden, who is another target for Jones.
“I have Committed To UCF,” he tweeted on Thursday.
Brown will bring a versatile presence to the court, complimenting Owens and Sanders well, with his ability to rebound and score in the post, and range on his jumper.
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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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