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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Richard Hansen is paying immediate dividends with his new blog.
He interviewed St. Patrick junior combo guard Kyrie Irving and discovered that Memphis assistant and former New York Knick Rod Strickland is Irving’s uncle.
“I wasn’t really rooting for one team (in the NCAA final),” Irving told Hansen. “I just wanted to see a good game, but my uncle Rod Strickland is an assistant at Memphis, so I was pulling for them…I was cheering for Kansas, too.”
Memphis is among a slew of schools recruiting Irving, who has blown up this summer by helping St. Pat’s win the Hoop Group Showcase at Rutgers and other events. Seton Hall and Rutgers have both offered the 6-2 Irving and Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Notre Dame, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Indiana are also in the mix.
“I’m just looking for the program that’s going to fit me,” Irving told me.
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.