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.
“They saw him play down in South America and he’s going from Venezuela to Brazil up to Dallas,” said Scott Smith, a St. Benedict’s Prep assistant who is close to Echenique.
Playing for his native Venezuela, Echenique was among the tournament leaders in scoring, rebounding and blocks at the U18 Championship, which ended with Argentina beating the USA in the title game.
The adidas Basketball Experience includes seven international teams, each of which will be coached by a former NBA head coach and will include current NBA players as mentors. Paul Silas is the Executive Head Coach of the American team. Each of the seven regional teams will consist of 12-15 of the top players from each region.
The American team includes Derrick Favors of Atlanta, perhaps the No. 1 player in the Class of 2009; Brooklyn Lincoln star Lance Stephenson; Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony; and North Carolina commit Dexter Strickland of St. Patrick.
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.