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.
Lance Stephenson and the Lincoln Railsplitters won their second straight Class AA title in the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions title Sunday afternoon with an 87-67 victory over Holy Cross in Glens Fall, N.Y.
Stephenson posted a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds to earn tourney MVP honors.
Justin Greene added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Railsplitters (19-1), who also got 20 points from Darwin Ellis and 14 from Khalif Staten.
Sylven Landesberg, named Mr. New York Basketball on Sunday, scored 31 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Knights (22-9), while Kayvon Roberts added 19 points.
The 6-foot-5 Stephenson, who is the star of an Internet reality series entitled “Born Ready,” is being recruited by numerous major D-1 programs, including USC, Memphis, North Carolina, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Louisville.
Stephenson and Landesberg both missed the adidas Nations Workouts at Seton Hall University, but are expected to attend the future adidas events in Portland, Ore. in mid-May and in Los Angeles in mid-June. They will reconvene in Dallas Aug. 7-12 for the adidas Global Basketball Experience.
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.