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 ADAM ZAGORIAMarial Mading, the 6-foot-10 wing from Commonwealth Academy (MA), committed to Rhode Island on Tuesday.
He also considered Tulane and Old Dominion.
He could be a big-time sleeper in the frontcourt for head coach David Cox.
“Socially [he is] beyond his years,” said Commonwealth head coach Walter Mfuko. “He’s a very bright and articulate kid.
“He’s all of 6’10 with the ability to operate in the pick-n-roll at a high level. He passes very well and is an unselfish decision-maker. He is a true wing. He has very good length with a 6’11 wingspan. He is developing as an on-ball defender but uses his size well to protect the rim. He shoots well and needs to continue to add size to his frame, improve his three-point consistency and defend at a high level.”
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.