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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Two members ofthe NJABC 2010 team had strong summers and are picking up a number of offers, according to head coach Matt Pauls.
Markus Kennedy, a 6-foot-8 junior center from St. Patrick of Elizabeth (N.J.), lists Villanova and Rutgers as his frontrunners, with Penn State, UMass, Miami, Syracuse, Ohio State and Temple also recruiting him after a summer in which he helped St. Pat’s win several events, including the Hoop Group Showcase at Rutgers.
“Villanova and Rutgers are recruiting him hard, and both schools have done a great job,” Pauls said. “HIs conditioning has improved, as has his work ethic, and he is now regularly nailing the 15-foot jump shot. Once he starts lifting weights regularly he is going to be scary. I am happy with his progress. He has unofficialed at Villanova, and will do the same at Rutgers and Penn State this fall.”
As for Frantz Massenat, a 6-3 lead guard out of Trenton (N.J.) Catholic, Princeton, Fordham, Rider, La Salle, St. Joes, Temple and UMass are the front runners.
“I have heard from Big East schools who are very interested in Frantz, as well as some Big Ten and ACC schools,” Pauls said. “High-major D1 schools are intrigued by his size, court vision and passing, and ability to get his teammates good shots. Frantz is the true definition of a lead guard… and is a pass-first player. I have been pushing him to be more aggressive on the offensive end because he CAN score the ball, and in July he did just that. I would not be surprised if he chooses a school based on educational value – he is very focused on education and his future outside of basketball. His GPA is about a 3.4. He has unofficialed at Princeton, and Coach (Sydney) Johnson has done a great job recruiting him thus far. We are trying to get him to Fordham, UMass, Temple, Lasalle and St. Joes this Fall.”
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.