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.
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Good story today by Gary Bedore of KUSports.com on Kansas assistant Joe Dooley.
Dooley, a New Jersey native who played at St. Benedict’s Prep, is responsible for bringing Quintrell Thomas of St. Patrick, Tyshawn Taylor of St. Anthony and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris of Apex Academies in Cherry Hill to Kansas for 2008.
Gary was kind enough to ask me for some comments for the story and here they are:
“Joe Dooley has done an excellent job recruiting some of the top talents in his home state of New Jersey. This year alone he has pulled in players from two of the premier teams, not only in the Garden State, but in the country as a whole in Tyshawn Taylor, from mythical national champion St. Anthony, and Quintrell Thomas of St. Patrick,” Zagoria said.
“The Morris twins, although from Philadelphia, played last year in New Jersey. In large part because of Joe Dooley, Kansas is getting extremely well-coached, hard working, talented players used to playing in pressurized situations on the big stage.
“I think the Big East schools in the New York, New Jersey area hope to be as successful recruiting New Jersey as Joe Dooley has,” Zagoria exclaimed. “The coaches in New Jersey know him well.”
**In other Kansas-related news, Marcus Morris tallied 15 points as he and his brother Markieff helped the Unique All-Stars beat West Virginia-bound F Kevin Jones and Mount Vernon, 83-71, at the IS8 in New York. The 6-8 Jones dropped 25 points for Mount Vernon.
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.