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.
The Doneal Mack Odyssey took another turn and it now appears the 6-5 shooting guard will return to Memphis after he initially said he wanted to leave. He and his father were upset with his PT last year, and now he’ll have to compete with incoming recruit Roburt Sallie.
In other Memphis news, the Tigers are one of many schools involved with John Wall, the top player in the Class of 2009 according to Rivals, but Jeff Goodman says Wall’s top three are Oregon, Oklahoma State and Baylor. Hard to say how accurate this list is at this point as we also hear Kentucky and Oklahoma State but Memphis thinks they’re in it.
Christian Watford, a 6-7 small forward from Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley, says his top five are Alabama, Louisville, Memphis, Indiana and Kentucky, but we hear it will come down to Louisville and Memphis.
Memphis is still looking to bring in talented big man Rashanti Harrisof The Patterson (NC) School, but it remains unclear when he’ll become eligible.
Michael Gilchrist, the stud sophomore from St. Patrick of Elizabeth, NJ who was hailed as a potential NBA lottery pick before he every played a game for Kevin Boyle’s team, remains enamored with the Tigers. Gilchrist was the No. 1 player at the LeBron James US Skills Academy according to Hoop Scoop.
“I think Gilchrist from what I’ve seen and heard, he’s just getting better and he’s really ready to break out,” said Boyle, whose team won back-to-back New Jersey Tournament of Champions crowns in 2006-07. “He’s going to have a chance to be Top 5 or maybe be the National Player of the Year when he’s done. I think he’ll have a great year.”
Boyle said Gilchrist has offers from numerous high-major programs, including North Carolina, Michigan State, USC, Memphis, Georgetown, Virginia and Kansas.
“Anybody who’s come to the gym wants to recruit him,” Boyle 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.