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.
Isaiah Epps is reaping the benefits of his strong play in Vegas.
After scoring 23 points in the Playaz 78-74 semifinal loss to DC Assault in the adidas Super 64, the 6-3 guard from Plainfield High School is garnerning major interest.
“Isaiah is going to be recruited by Texas, UCLA, Michigan and Ohio State,” Playaz director Jimmy Salmon said.
Epps already holds offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall, Maryland, Pitt and St. Joe’s.
“That makes me feel good,” Epps said. “That shows me that I’m doing a good job at what I’m doing.”
Epps said he had no favorites at this time, but that he wants to go away from home for college.
“Far away,” he said.
The loss to DC Assault was especially disappointing because it was the second one this summer.
“Yeah, that’s the second time they beat us,” Epps said. “We really wanted to beat them.”
Epps’ Playaz teammate, 6-5 junior Fuquan Edwin of Paterson Catholic, also played well for the Playaz 16s. He currently holds offers from Rutgers and Seton Hall.
“Fuquan had a very good Vegas,” Salmon said. “I thought that was the best he played all season.”
Added Epps: “Fuquan, he was playing excellent. He scored when we needed him to score. Basically he just played his game.”
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.