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.
DeMar Derozan could change his college choice if USC faces sanctions in the wake of the OJ Mayo recruiting scandal, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“This is a good wake-up call,” Jermaine DeRozan, DeMar’s half-brother, told the newspaper. “I’m just hoping SC doesn’t get put on probation [If it does], I would get . . . out of there.”
Recruits who sign letters of intent are required to gain a release from that school to be eligible immediately without sitting out a season. Devin Ebanks secured such a release after the coaching change at Indiana.
Derozan, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, is a McDonald’s All-American who averaged 30.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.0 steals as a senior.
Compton High Coach Tony Thomas told the Times he had recently had been contacted by assistant coaches from two of the Final Four teams — which were UCLA, North Carolina, Kansas and Memphis — inquiring about DeRozan’s availability.
“They wanted to make sure if anything happened, don’t forget about them,” Thomas said.
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.