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.
About 70 NBA personnel expected at Champions Classic
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Approximately 70 NBA personnel are expected on Tuesday for the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, a source close to the event told ZAGSBLOG.
Kansas, No. 1 in the AP Preseason Poll, faces No. 10 Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by No. 2 Kentucky against No. 4 Duke. Both games will air live on ESPN.
The event features five of the Top 10 projected picks on the 2019 ESPN Mock Draft — No. 1 R.J. Barrett (Duke), No. 3 Zion Williamson (Duke), No. 5 Cam Reddish (Duke), No. 7 Quentin Grimes (Kansas) and No. 8 Keldon Johson (Kentucky).
Barrett and Williamson recently combined for 52 points in an exhibition game for Duke.
Other projected picks in the event include No. 21 P.J. Washington (Kentucky) and No. 53 Udoka Azubuike (Kansas).
For more on what NBA scouts think of the top Duke and Kentucky guys, read this.
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.