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.
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By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOGMONTVERDE, Fla. –– Antonio Blakeney is playing the best basketball of his young career at the best time.
Blakeney is averaging 24.2 points per game, most recently scoring 25 points against the No. 1 team in the Nation, Montverde Academy. He has led Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge up against elite talent all year long up to this point, and has drawn attention from some of the best schools all across the country.
Blakeney says that no specific school has shown more interest than any others.
“Everybody has been contacting me recently,” Blakeney told SNY.tv after the loss at Montverde. “No school really more than any others. I’ve got a good relationship with Florida, Kansas North Carolina, Florida State, Missouri, everybody really.”
After transferring to Oak Ridge from Sarasota Cardinal Mooney (Fla.), Blakeney’s stock has continued to go up, and will only skyrocket when he plays for Each 1 Teach 1 this summer on the EYBL circuit.
“There are going to be a lot of big games, and a lot of great players,” Blakeney said. “Its really going to help me get ready for college.”
He currently has offers from North Carolina, Florida, Kansas, Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Clemson, Auburn, Memphis, Miami, Notre Dame, UCF, USC, West Virginia and Xavier.
Photo: Orlando Sentinel
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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 and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, 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.