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.
Harris Visits Rutgers; Famous to Check Out Missouri; Ryan Kelly, UConn, Pitt
Tobias Harris attended the North Carolina-Rutgers football game Thursday night, and while the Scarlet Knights were blown out 44-12 on ESPN, Harris continues to think highly of the basketball team.
“Tobias had a great time at the Rutgers football game even though the outcome was lopsided,” Torrel Harris, Tobias’ dad, wrote in an email. “He had a great meeting with head coach Fred Hill and assistant Craig Carter reviewing game tape and showing Tobias how his style of play fits their system. Tobias came away very impressed with the vision that Coach Hill has set for the Rutgers’ men’s program and how Tobias would be a very important player for his program. Tobias has great respect for Coach Hill.”
Torrel said Rutgers was the first to offer Tobias a ship, when he was 13.
“Rutgers saw the talent in Tobias at 13. They were the first Division I program to offer a scholarship. UConn was second and Indiana was third with Kelvin Sampson. Tobias toured the school with Patrick Jackson. He watched the players work out and play a pickup game. The coaching staff was at the first workout at Tobias’ new high school (Long Island Lutheran) last Wednesday. Tobias also likes that Rutgers has a good business school.”
Harris previously cut his list of potential schools to 10: Louisville, Syracuse, Rutgers, Georgetown, Virginia, Maryland, Marquette, West Virginia, Wake Forest and USC. But he later added UConn after a visit last weekend.
Harris is the No. 9 power forward in the Class of 2010 and has numerous scholarship offers. Rutgers has made him a prime target for the Class of 2010.
A year ago, he scored 52 points in one game for Dix Hills (NY) Half Hollow Hills West and scored his 1,000th career point as a sophomore. He recently announced his transfer to Long Island Lutheran.
KELLY VISITS WITH DUKE
Duke had its in-home visit Thursday with 6-9 big man Ryan Kelly of Ravenscroft (NC) High and some believe Duke and Notre Dame are in the lead with Vanderbilt the darkhorse.
Even though Duke has 6-10 Mason Plumlee coming in next year, the Duke staff Views Kelly as a perimeter big man.
“The plan is hopefully to make a decision before the season starts,” Kelly said. “I’ve been to all these places before, I just want to get that final 48 hours and make an educated decision.”
Avery Bradley, one of the top ’09 shooting guards, was set to visit Texas this weekend and rumor has it he was going to verbal. Now Hurricane Ike may have changed his plans. If he does commit, it may knock Texas out of the Kenny Boynton Sweepstakes.
PITT TO LAND DRONEY?
Tom Droney, a 6-5 junior combo guard from Sewickley (Pa.) Academy, could end up committing to Pitt next month.
“As far as my recruitment goes, I still really love Pitt but it is good to see what every other school has to offer,” Droney told the Big East Basketball Report. “I am going to be visiting Wake Forest and Davidson on Friday the 26th.”
The Panthers still see junior Isaiah Epps of Plainfield (NJ) High as their top priority in the 2010 Class. He also holds offers from Maryland, Seton Hall, Rutgers and St. Joe’s.
Epps, who averaged 16.5 points, 6.4 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 steals for a Cardinals team that finished 18-7, plans to take some time before deciding, though.
“I’m still young, so I don’t know what school I’m looking for right now,” he 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.