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.
Murray, Alexander of CIA Bounce Triggering College Interest
Heading into this weekend’s Nike EYBL stop in Hampton, Va., two players triggering a ton of high-major college interest are 2016 guard Jamal Murray and 2015 big man Kyle Alexander of CIA Bounce.
“We get probably 20 calls a day from high-major schools on Jamal,” Larry Blunt, the head coach at Canada’s Athlete Institute and an assistant with CIA Bounce told SNY.tv.
Blunt listed Syracuse, Georgetown, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech among those calling on the 6-foot-5 Murray.
“Everybody, he’s really blowing up,” Blunt said.
Once June 15th passes, a flood of schools are expected to offer.
“Everyone’s going to watch him this summer,” Blunt said.
The 6-foot-9 Alexander has a 7-4 wingspan and is the younger brother of Kayla Alexander, who plays for the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars and competed collegiately at Syracuse.
Syracuse, Michigan State, Marquette, Virginia Tech and Tulane have expressed interest in Alexander, Blunt said.
“I think the kid’s going to blow up,” Blunt said. “He’s flown under the radar because he’s never played AAU before 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 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.
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