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.
Bloomfield Tech guard R.J. Hall will opt out of his verbal commitment to Florida Atlantic because of the recent coaching change. Rex Walters left Florida Atlantic to become the head coach at San Francisco. Hall did not sign a National Letter of Intent when he committed in December.
“He’s looking at Boston University, New Hampshire, La Salle and Robert Morris,” said Tech coach Nick Mariniello, who’s coaching the Suburban Team in Saturday’s Jordan Brand Regional Game at Madison Square Garden.
Mariniello said he has heard from Florida Atlantic assistant Jeff Guin, but not from Walters or anyone above him.
The 5-10 Hall, a first-team All-Essex County selection, averaged 14 points last season for Tech, which finished 23-6 and reached the North 2, Group 1 final.
“He’s an excellent floor leader, with excellent leadership skills,” Mariniello said. “He’s a very good on-the-ball defender and he has strong perimeter skills.
“Hopefully, Monday or Tuesday we’ll try to take care of some visits.”
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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.