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.
Eric Ayala to remain in 2018, transfer to IMG, names top nine
Eric Ayala will remain in the Class of 2018 and transfer to the postgrad team at Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy and play for head coach John Mahoney.
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound combo guard from the WE-R1 AAU program will transfer from Putnam Science Academy (CT) for his final season, WE-RI coach Terrell Myers told ZAGSBLOG. He had flirted with the idea of going to college in 2017.
“Eric is becoming a complete player,” Mahoney said. “His shooting range has improved and he has the ability to create off the dribble and can get to the rim.
“With Anfernee Simon and Eric I think we should a pretty good guard duo. They will make me a smart coach.”
Ayala is also now working with a top nine schools of Syracuse, Oregon, Miami, Georgetown, Indiana, Ohio State, LSU, Arizona and Maryland, Myers said.
“I just feel like I got a better opportunity in 2018 as far as trying to establish myself,” he told ZAGSBLOG this spring. “I just want to keep getting better. I’m not in a rush to go to college and rush the process.”
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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