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.
Melvin Oliver, a 6-foot-11, 330-pound senior center from Mississippi Elite Christian Academy, has a slew of schools recruiting him, but Seton Hall, Baylor, Nebraska and Southern Miss are his leaders, according to his coach, Victor Evans.
“I don’t think he’s in a hurry (to make a decision),” Evans said Monday by phone. “He just wants to make a good decision.”
Oliver averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks and is qualified to play in college, Evans said.
“Melvin is probably one of hte best passers that I’ve ever seen at his size,” Evans said. “He has great hands, great feet. He’s a great low post scorer. He has all the drop step moves, a lefty hook, a righty hook. He shoots in the high 70s (percentage) from the free throw line. He has a great mid-range game. He’s very skilled.”
Evans was in the process of faxing Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez his transcripts Monday, and Evans said he is close friends with Seton Hall assistant Derm Player.
“(Oliver) is going to take probably four visits and Seton Hall will probably be one of them,” Evans said. “We have not scheduled any as of yet. but he will be taking visits. When his dad comes down here next week, we will put a schedule together.”
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.